This time, we are going to discuss the comparisons between Canon Rebel T3i vs T5i. They are both among Canon’s most popular DSLR cameras, with Canon Rebel T3i being slightly more affordable than Canon Rebel T5i. You are probably wondering what you can get for the extra bucks. Well, although the two cameras use the same housing materials, you need to note that the more expensive model is equipped with a more capable image sensor and a more powerful AF system. Continue reading below for the detailed comparisons.
Design and Display
If we put Canon Rebel T3i and Canon Rebel T5i side by side, we will see that the dimensions are identical. The 10 grams of weight difference is also negligible. Their housings are made of stainless steel with polycarbonate resin and fiberglass. Nevertheless, the T5i features more grip area on the front-right side of the camera, which means that the handling is slightly better (take a look: Canon Rebel T5i vs T6). Each of the two models is equipped with a nice pentamirror viewfinder.
Each of the two cameras is equipped with a three-inch articulating display screen. However, the one on Canon Rebel T5i is a capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch support. It will be more intuitive and convenient to use. Don’t worry; it still retains the buttons and dial control, which are preferred for quicker access to certain features and settings.
Both Canon Rebel T3i and Canon Rebel T5i come with 18 MP APS-C CMOS image sensors. Technically, the T3i has slightly more pixels, but the number of effective pixels is the same. Nevertheless, the T3i only has an ISO range of 100 – 6400, expandable to 12800. On the other hand, the T5i offers improved ISO performance with a total range of 100 – 12800, expandable to 25600. In real tests, both cameras perform similarly until ISO 1600. Starting at ISO 3200, Canon Rebel T5i shows better performance with less noise.
Also worth mentioning, Canon Rebel T5i comes with higher continuous shooting speeds and a slightly bigger buffer capacity. It can shoot at 4.8 fps and take up to 15 shots before buffering.
One important difference of Canon Rebel T3i vs T5i is about the AF system. Canon Rebel T3i does not have any phase detection. Meanwhile, Canon Rebel T5i is armed with a hybrid CMOS AF sensor which has phase-detection AF points. The camera will be able to use both contrast detection and phase detection, for stills and videos, to deliver superior tracking performance. The T5i will give you faster and more consistent focusing. This is very useful for certain photography purposes such as sports and wildlife, and for video projects.
Both models are capable of recording 1920 x 1080 videos at 30, 25, and 24 fps. However, the improved ISO performance and AF system have enabled Canon Rebel T5i to perform better in video recording. Unlike Canon Rebel T3i which uses a mono mic, Canon Rebel T5i features a stereo mic.
In the end, we recommend you to choose Canon Rebel T5i. It is definitely worth the money, as it comes with a better image sensor and a significantly more powerful AF system. It also has a stereo mic and a touchscreen, which are nice plus points.