Canon EOS Rebel T4i vs Canon T5i- The Difference

Canon just launched their EOS rebel T5i (700d), and it has some big differences from their previous rebel models, the T4i (650D) and T3i (600D) that you should know before looking at buying any DSLR.

Sensor Changes: Canon has indicated that minor sensor enhancements have been made, but the resolution of 18 Megapixels that we’ve seen since the T2i has been left untouched on the T5i. Three generations is a long time to not touch resolution, but 18 megapixels is large enough for nearly any purpose, and still leads the lower ends of the market, and the mid range.

Autofocus: Canon has kept the autofocus system largely the same, which is is OK on the T5i because the autofocus was significantly upgraded on the T4i, when they switched all points to crosstype, a faster, more efficient focus.

My chat with the President of Canon

Expanded ISO and low light shooting: This has been a sticking point for me in the past with cheaper DSLRs. They don’t always have very good low light performance which means crazy noise, and that the autofocus doesn’t quite work (it just gives up in dim light). The T4i’s ISO range went up to 6400 with expandability up 12800. The T5i doubled the possible range, with an ISO range up to 12,800, expandable up to 25600. This brings the T5i in line with some of its’ more expensive competitors from Nikon, like their full-frame D600.

I bought a T3i.

Burst Rate: The Rebel line has been known as the lower end of burst rate for a while. The T4I shot at a mere 3.7 FPS at full resolution, which is not fast enough for real sports shooting. Many people have paid up for nicer models based on this alone. The T5i has 5 Frame per second shooting, which is just slightly slower than Canon’s $1000+ bodies. That’s a 35% improvement in speed, and now the Rebel T5i is a much more viable option for consumers who want to get that perfect action shot at their kid’s soccer game.

How to find a DSLR

Weight has stayed fairly consistent on the T5i, with a minor difference from the T4i. Everything else from the T4i is fairly similar on the T5i, including the touch screen controls, manual controls, inputs, and layout. Canon did add a dial for a 360 degree rotation feature, and a few software upgrades, but that’s about it.

So when’s it worth an upgrade? If you’re shooting in low-light, or shooting athletics you’ll notice a significant difference, but elsewhere it’s practically the same camera. Video settings have improved a bit from previous models, but not significantly. Ultimately, if you have a 60D, T3i, or newer there’s no real reason to upgrade yet.

Related Reading:

  1. I bought a T3i.
  2. How to find a DSLR
  3. Traveling with a DSLR
  4. Canon Sx 260 HS Review

Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

You may also like...

10 Responses

  1. Salem Saas says:

    Well, You mentioned that T4I shot at a mere 3.7 FPS while T5I shot at 5 FPS !! that’s not TRUE, Both are shot at 5 FPS. Check T4i page:

    The only different on both are here:

    – The T5i has the 3-10x digital zoom found in the Canon Rebel T3i, that the Canon T4i did not.
    – Different finish
    – Scene Mode added to the Mode Dial

    Yes, the ISO could be expanded to 25600 on T5i, but who’s using it?!!! Everybody knows ISO over 3200 cause a big noise issue!

    I am still investigating WHY Canon release T5i !!?? I do not see any reason to release it unless it is only for commercial purposes!!

    • appstorechronicle says:

      You’re correct on that quick shooting point. My mistake. It’s all marketing, but it benefits the consumer more than Canon itself. @7031a9379b36d11dd4aa659eae834e0a:disqus Whenever Canon releases a new model, the previous model drops in price by around $300 within a few short months. so anyone can get practically the same camera at a $300 discount soon! There is an upside to this!

      • Salem says:

        Yes, I agree with you. It is all about marketing. T4i owners are very mad about losing $300 in just about 8 month for no reason. Thanks for your update.

        • appstorechronicle says:

          Yeah, but those in the market for a T4i are very happy 😉 That was actually my strategy with the T3i, and it paid off nicely (enough for me to get some good glass to go along with it). Thanks for stopping by

    • patrick says:

      It looks like he put the t3i stats up

  2. Brandon says:

    I was thinking about buying a T4i last week and then heard about the t5i. I’m glad it was released at the right time for me. However now I’m confused as which to get. It seems that the t4i is at $650 on Amazon, and the t5i is at $900 with STM lens. If I get the t4i and the new lens then it will be the same price as just getting the t5i. So my main question is, do you think that the t4i will go any lower than $650 or how long will it take for the t5i price to lower. The maximum I can wait is in till May/ June this year to pickup a DSLR. If I get one before then I won’t really be using it, as I don’t even have time to shoot anything. However, if you think that the t4i is going to stay at $650 and the t5i is staying at $900, then I might just get the t4i now, even though I won’t need it till summer… I can try to learn the menus and stuff. My main use is going to be recording video and some car photography shots. If the t5i price lowers by June, then I’d probably rather get that as it’s gonna come with STM lens, and be better for auto focus. I really want the auto focus so no t3i for me.

    • appstorechronicle says:

      The price usually gets a bit lower at around the 60 day mark after the newer model’s release (which fits personally with your timeline) so personally, if I were you, I would wait until June. Look around for package deals around then, and make your decision then. If you can wait, wait. The T5i’s price isn’t getting any lower until the T6i comes out, but the T4i’s could definately get lower.

    • Rice says:

      I recommend getting a good deal on ebay with the t3i model. I got t3i with basic lens kit and a 1.4 prime lens, 6 batteries and 2 chargers along with the battery grip for $560 in total. All it takes is a little bit of researching and strategic bidding. t4i isn’t much different from the t3i in all honesty. Save yourself some money and buy lenses and accessories.

    • TorqueDom3 says:

      From what I just read… the T4i Will be fazed out shortly after the t5I release, and the t3I will remain, because the t4i is just too similar to both models. that might be good news for you, because if the T4I is discontinued, I can see them actually selling new cheaper than the T3I. The bigger improvement is the 18-55 IS STM lens, which is improved. If you look at the t4I reviews, the STM is better at video than stills. So it’s ultimately your call… whether you lean towards video over stills, and whether you will replace the kit lens with something better.

    • Patrick says:

      As an avid Canon follower DO NOT get the t5i it has such a small increase in performance over the t4i its not worth mentioning and its way too overpriced, wait for it to release so the prices go down on the camera. If you do video get the t4i if not get the t3i and a good prime

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *