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Without a lens, it is severely chuckable - so lightweight its almost worth worrying about its legibility as a canon product. Most of the body is covered in a solid industrial resin feeling material along with some rubberized, leather-like grip around the right hand area and left steadying part. You get a fairly standard shooting mode wheel with the usual suspects. The Shutter button is well located and has good compression for delicate focusing, to taking the shot. The Buttons are laid out in default positions, optimized for ease and speed. A pleasant addition is the removal of video from the mode dial and instead a further notch on the on/off switch, along with a button that acts as record for video mode and live preview in photo. There's the standard dial for ISO setting scrolling, navigation plus the same lens and flash release buttons. Battery life is quite impressive - around 5 hours.
Possibly the greatest part of the camera, the touchscreen is one handy little addition. Swipe photos, select camera settings and press and hold to focus on set points or faces and the real bonus being the swiveling rotations it can pull off. Boasts 11 different sections, all in the same layout as previous models so it's simple enough to navigate. It's worth mentioning that the software that comes with the camera new features a very useful application called 'Digital Photo Professional'. Easily the worst part of the package, the lens equipped feels cheap and chinsy as if found in a happy meal. It's only saving grace being the field of view. If you can find a body-only variant I suggest you do so as the standard lens included is as bad as they come. You can choose from 4 recording sizes - 640x25fps, 1280x50fps, 1920x24fps or 1920x25fps. Audio is average all things considered, then again there is that mic slot for improved sound as long as you have the equipment.
With a decent lens equipped, you'll be impressed. Depth of field being a real strong point and high clarity results. In comparison to later, cheaper models, the very sound of the shutter is instantly more gratifying and chunky sounding. Thanks to the plethora of in-camera effects and filters, images can be cleaned and perfected before you take them off the card. Red Eye can be dealt with also, as can altering light. Images themselves can be upwards of 10MB and the RAW's twice that. Problems arise when in low light. Worst of all though is the flash - the camera releases a short burst of about 4 quick flashes whilst focusing, before taking the shot - this can be extremely unpleasant as it not only tricks your audience into believe you've taken several photographs, so they relax/move, but it also acts as some kind of blinding, epileptic fit inducing strobe light. It does this so it can get its bearings for focusing on a subject. There's minimal changes from the previous model. 500 word cap...
The EOS Rebel 700D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens from Canon is an APS-C format digital SLR camera with an 18MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor. It is combined with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens for an effective range of wide-angle to standard focal length. With 14-bit Analog/Digital conversion, an ISO range from 100-12800 (expandable to 25600) and Multi Shot Noise Reduction, the Rebel T5i offers sharp details, accurate colors and low-noise imaging in both bright and low-light shooting situations. Its 9-point all cross-type autofocus system provides fast focusing when shooting with the viewfinder, and Hybrid CMOS AF increases autofocus speeds when shooting in Live View. The Rebel 700D can continuously shoot up to 5 fps.