Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of T5i vs SL1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from canonwatch.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Rebel T5i vs SL1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Rebel T5i
681 ISO
Rebel SL1
843 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T5i
264 ms
Rebel SL1
264 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T5i
74 ms
Rebel SL1
76 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T5i
700 ms
Rebel SL1
600 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T5i
5 fps
Rebel SL1
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Rebel T5i
440 photos
Rebel SL1
380 photos

Features Key features of the Rebel T5i  vs SL1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Rebel T5i
17.9 MP
Rebel SL1
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Rebel T5i
25,600 ISO
Rebel SL1
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Rebel T5i
0.53x
Rebel SL1
0.54x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Rebel T5i
18.5 microns
Rebel SL1
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Rebel T5i  vs SL1 

7.6
7.8
While video is probably the main application for the SL1’s improved Hybrid AF, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked when composing and shooting casual snapshots.
Rebel SL1

7.8
7.6
While a 13x19 print of an ISO 6400 photo wasn't quite as clean or sharp as I would have liked, it doesn't look that bad.
Rebel T5i

9.0
8.0
We found that the vari-angle screen provides a good, clear view with lots of detail visible even in quite bright light, making it very useful when composing images at ground level or above head-height.
Rebel T5i

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Rebel T5i  vs
SL1 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO Unknown to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
CR2 14bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 9 9
Cross type focus points 9 1
Supports continuous Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.85x 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.53x 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 4 fps
Battery life 440 380
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
5 fps
Focus lag 264 ms 264 ms
Shutter lag 74 ms 76 ms
Startup delay 700 ms 600 ms

video

Rebel T5i  vs
SL1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MJPEG) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 133 x 100 x 79 mm 117 x 91 x 69 mm
Thickness 79 mm 69 mm
Weight 580 g 407 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
WiFi None None
Image stabilization
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