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Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens

Canon Rebel T5i digital camera SLR for seniors

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LCD size: 
3 in or more
More than 12 megapixels
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Canon’s entry level Rebel line has always been an amazing and inexpensive way to step up to a DSLR from a point-and-shoot. When you’re getting more serious about your photography and want more control over your images.

The T5i continues that tradition, stepping it up with an 18 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, up to 5 frames per second shooting speed, a 3″ articulated screen (it swivels to make viewing easier, even on really high and really low shots), and ISO from 100-25,600! It works great indoors or out. The LCD screen is also a touch-screen, making it easy to navigate the menus.

The viewfinder is bright and clear, and overall ergonomics are very good. Canon has been building cameras a long time, they know where to place controls to make them easy to access by most people. As DSLRs go, this one is small and light, very easy to carry. You can set it on anything from the green mode (the camera does everything but press the shutter for you) to full manual, and everywhere in-between.

It’s a very capable video camera, as well, shooting full HD 1080p at 24, 25 and 30 fps, and can also do 720p at 50 and 60 fps, great if you want to slow it down for slow motion videos.

18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
5 FPS continuous shooting
9 point AF system, all cross type
ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) and 720 (60, 50 fps) HD video (29min limit, H.264 format)
3″ articulating touch panel LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots
Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects
Integrated speedlite transmitter
Multi Shot Noise Reduction for better detail when shooting with high ISOs
GPS compatible with the GP-E2 (sold separately)
The lens that comes with it as a kit is an 18-55mm lens. Since the camera uses an APS-C sensor, that makes the 35mm film equivalent length a 27-82mm. If you have $200 extra to spend, we’d recommend getting the kit with the 18-135mm lens instead of the stock 18-55mm. It’s a lot more versatile, you can get closer in on a subject, whether it’s your grandkids playing soccer or a beautiful butterfly on a walk.

We recommend an extra battery, as this camera does have a shorter battery life than others in its class. AF performance isn’t fast, but good for this class.

It’s available on for $649 with the 18-55mm, or $849 with the 18-135mm.


Extra Battery – Canon LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion

64 GB SDXC Card – SanDisk Ultra 64GB

Camera Bag – Canon 100DG Bag

Flash – Canon 270EX II Speedlite Flash

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