Canon Announces the Entry-Level Rebel T5i and the New 18-55mm Kit Lens


Canon’s special announcement today is the its tiny new Rebel SL1 DSLR, but it has a second new DSLR to show off. The Rebel T5i succeeds the Rebel T4i (AKA 650D AKA Kiss X6i) as the new flagship Rebel, and is geared toward entry-level photographers.


The improvements over the T4i are very minor. Not much has changed between that camera, announced in June 2012, and the new T5i announced today.

The sensor is still an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor backed by a DIGIC 5 processor. ISO still goes up to 12800, and is expandable to 25600. Continuous shooting speed remains at 5 frames per second. The autofocus is still a 9-point system with all cross-type points. There’s a 3-inch swiveling touchscreen on the back.


Live View autofocusing is still aided by the same Hybrid CMOS AF system.

One of the main improvements isn’t the camera at all, but the new kit lens that’ll be bundled with the camera and the new SL1. It’s the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, which is designed to focus quickly and silently for both stills and videos.


As with the T4i, the T5i offers special features designed for consumers. There are seven creative filters that can be previewed in real-time using Live View: ArtBold, Water Painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Fish-Eye and Miniature.


Creative Shooting modes can help owners snap acceptable shots without having to deal with manual adjustments. Modes include Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Contro, and Multi-Shot Noise Reduction. The camera’s mode dial now features a special option for selecting Scene mode.


For video recording, the T5i can capture 1080p Full HD video footage. The camera’s Hybrid CMOS AF system and the Movie Servo AF can help lock onto moving subjects with minimal hunting.


The Canon EOS Rebel T5i will be available starting in April 2013 with a price tag of $750 for the body by itself, or $900 when bundled with the new 18-55mm kit lens. If you need more reach, you can also pay $1,100 for the kit lens to be the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.

The new 18-55mm kit lens will also be sold separately for $250.

  • Carsten Schlipf

    OK, so far, so boring. Now where is the 70d?

  • Anatole

    I still see no reason to replace my T2i.

  • JP030

    They should have named it the T4iS

  • Joakim Bidebo

    Instead of updating the body with a new firmware and adding a new motor to the kit-lens they should have made a little better lens, like something between kit and pro, maybe a 18-55 with a fix aperture of 4 with IS and STM.

    It’s never meant to be a replacement camera for people that already have an entry-level camera, those should look for the next better series.

  • eraserhead12

    the swivel screen seems like a neat gimmick, but other than that I haven’t been tempted by subsequent rebel’s

  • 4323423423

    fuk off canon this is a shame….

  • Mansgame

    I kind of lost track of Canon’s entry level cameras after the XTI…The whole two name system of numbers and letters confuse the hell out of me. XS, XSi, 250D, 350D….just pick one! Nikon’s entry level cameras may not make sense either after the D60, but at least they only stick to one letter and the rest numbers.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Look on the bright side: beginners can now purchase even cheaper 550D/600D/650D’s.

  • Strange Trip Studios

    At first I feel like I am falling behind the times and everything I have is obsolete. That is, until I read the specs and see that there is little change from one to the other.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I find it ironic that the announcement of the 700D and 100D only emphasized how much they’ve stagnated in the area of entry level cameras. I can only hope that they would somehow redeem themselves with the 70D.

  • lidocaineus

    Canon model numbers make way more sense than Nikon. T5i is just the regional model name for the 700d. All Canons have standard model numbers. The XXX (600d, 700d, 550d) are all entry level. All XX are mid tier (40d, 60d, 70d). All X are their high end (5d, 1d).

  • Jonathan Maniago

    It’s pretty much consistent if you stick to a single regional naming system. The problem only kicks in when you start reading online reviews or when you intend to purchase overseas.

    It’s a minor issue for those who have been shooting Canons for years, but the naming convention can be confusing for newcomers. Personally, I think it was a stupid idea considering that this is the -entry level- series. Imagine a newbie asking an even more clueless relative in the US to buy a certain EOS Kiss X7.

  • El_Fez

    I still see no reason to replace my Rebel K2 35mm camera. :)

  • Canon fanboy

    I am a proud canon user and I think you are wrong. Canon’s naming convention is far better than Nikon because it is easier and faster to pronounce.

    In america, it is faster to pronounce Rebel t5i than 650D or D71000 which is a mouthful and hard to remember for a newbie. T5i is a lot faster and easier to say. Same goes for Japan. It is easier and faster to say Kiss than D7100 or D5200.

    Canon is a cool company with cool name products, unlike Nikon with a bunch of obsolete products with names that comes from a math book, and so hard to remember. Ask a newbie to remember D5200 versus remembering T5i.

    Anyways, Canon > Nikon

  • Shany

    que estafa

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Waste of money… If you have a t2i, just buy a good lens.

  • 32323232

    juts a release to screw customers