Canon T5i vs T4i vs D5200 and more

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Entry to mid level DSLRs Compared

Update 3-25-13: I have now been using the D5200 and the T4i side by side for over two months – I have been a Canon shooter for many years and I will probably stay a Canon shooter for many years but the more I use the Nikon D5200 the more I see it as superior to Canon’s current(T4i) AND upcoming cameras(T5i). I still see value in the T4i with 18-135 STM as a very nice family friendly machine that does both photo and video in a friendly and approachable way but the D5200, fairly consistently, gives better results. When the light levels drop- the results are noticeably better AND you get more features like intervalometer & Wifi control through dongle.  You do have to put up with a few quirks of the D5200 and it generally feels a bit slower in the hand BUT if image quality is your ultimate goal the D5200 is a better camera.

This table compares the Canon T5i(700d) with last years T4i (650D) and several competitors.

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Round up of all T5i information (coming soon)

Honestly the chart below is only so helpful – I have other more helpful post outlining the differences in plain speak.

Note – T5i specs are based on rumors from Canonwatch, Canonrumors & DCI- Specs will be updated when cameras are announced March 22

Canon T5i vs Canon T4i vs Canon T3i vs Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D3200

t5iT5i (700D) t4i_angleT4i (650D) Canon T3i(600D) d5200 Nikon D5200 Nikon D3200
Quick Thoughts Minor upgrade over T4i -User friendly, responsive camera with touchscreen control and silent AF during video when paired with 18-135 STM. Now sold with 18-55 STM too and wider AF area for video focus. User friendly, responsive camera with touchscreen control and silent AF during video when paired with 18-135 STM. Serious entry level camera w/ articulated LCD and even more room to grow Feature packed camera with excellent sensor (video comparison with t4i) Serious MP count in this DSLR w/ solid video options including AF while filming equal a stellar option, excellent sensor.
MP 18 18 18 24 24
ISO range 100-25,600 100-12,800 expandable to 25,600 Auto – 6400 (12800) Auto – 6400 expandable to 25600 Auto – 6400 Expandable to 12800
Number of Focus points 9 focus points, all are cross type 9 focus points, all are cross type 9 focus points, center cross type 39 focus points, center 9 are cross type 11 focus points, center is cross type
Continuous Drive (fps) 5 5 3.7 5 4
Max Burst
LCD Screen Articulating 3″ 1,040,000 dots Touchscreen Articulating 3″ 1,040,000 dots Touchscreen Articulating 3″ 921,00 dots Articulating3″ 921,000 dots Fixed 3″ 921,00 dots
Viewfinder Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage
Full Time AF while Filming? YES YES NO YES YES
Movie Mode 1080p 30/25/24 fps720 60/50 fps640 60/50 fps 1080p 30/25/24 fps720 60/50 fps640 60/50 fps 1080p 24fps720 30/25/24640 x 424 24 1080i 60/50fps, 1080p 30,25,24fps 720 60/50fps 424 30/25fps 1080p 30,25,24fps  720p 60,50fps, 424p 30, 24
Max Recording Limit 30 mins 30 mins (see recording limits for more info) 30 mins (see recording limits for more info) 20 Mins 20 Minutes
Microphone Stereo Stereo Mono Stereo Mono
Ext Mic Jack YES Yes Yes Yes Yes
IS In Lens In Lens In Lens In Lens In Lens
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Nikon F Mount Nikon F Mount
Battery Life 470 shots 440 shots 500 shots 540 shots
Weight 580g 530g 570g 506g 505g
COST (body only) $649 $518 ~ $499
Cost (Kit lens) $799 (1199 w/ STM lens) $578 $896 $699
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  1. March 21, 2013

    Scoob

    Any word on how many focus points the T5i will have and if they are doing anything to catch up to Nikon in this area?

    • March 21, 2013

      toby

      9 focus points is the prediction, so no :( I should add that to the chart, Thanks!

  2. March 21, 2013

    Klaas

    Hi Toby, can you explain the 50 grams added weight to de T5i, as it seems the only options that have changed compared to the T4i are the filter preview in LiveView and that you now can turn the mode dialer (not sure what it’s called in Engelish) 360 degrees. Not sure why this should add an extra 10 percent to the total weight.

    • March 21, 2013

      toby

      Klaas, 50 grams is a tiny amount and simply could be a by product of the change of the dial and other very minor styling differences. I have a post up comparing the t4i and the T5i, the differences are slight!

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