Canon EOS Rebel

Last updated date: December 5, 2018

DWYM Score
8.2

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Canon Canon EOS Rebel placed 7th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Digital Camera for a detailed review of all the top digital cameras.

Expert Summarized Score
7.6
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
3,680 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Canon is now on the same playing field, sensor wise, as Nikon and Sony, which have had 24-megapixel APS-C ILCs for a while now.
- Digital Trends
May 19, 2019 | Full review
Very comfortable to hold and use, the controls are within easy reach and the touchscreen is very well implemented, allowing you to navigate the menus and make setting selections with you a few taps. It's also very handy to be able to pinch-zoom into images to check sharpness.
- Tech Radar
Canon manages to make this big change feel incremental: It delivers roughly the same photo quality as before and shoots a little bit faster once you discount how fast the lens drives.
- CNET
October 25, 2017 | Full review
24-megapixel image sensor.
- PC Magazine
The biggest advantage of the T7i is its new autofocus system. With 45 cross-type AF points for shooting stills through the viewfinder, the T7i represents a notable upgrade from the T5i’s nine-point system
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 20, 2018 | Full review
The T7 continues to deliver good image quality for a camera in its class. Under well-lit conditions, the camera consistently produced pleasing results, almost guaranteeing success straight out of the box.
- Tom's Guide
July 31, 2018 | Full review
The new Canon-designed 24.2MP CMOS sensor provides a noticeable increase in resolution compared to previous Rebels,
- DP Review
June 23, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
In our sample videos, color quality was good but there were occasional problems with focus as the level of light changed. Bright sunshine is must when using these Rebels as camcorders.
- Digital Trends
May 19, 2019 | Full review
The EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D can also shoot continuously at up to 5fps. This may not seem fantastic by current standards, but it's still very useful when shooting sport.
- Tech Radar
While the T7i doesn't look as good when you do side-by-side comparisons, judged on its own most people will be quite happy with the results they get, especially if you'll just be viewing the photos on a mobile device. The colors pop nicely, skin tones look correct and it has a dynamic range that meets the expectations for its class -- like most low-to-midrange cameras the default settings increase contrast, which means you lose some detail in the brightest and darkest areas.
- CNET
October 25, 2017 | Full review
Limited buffer when shooting Raw.
- PC Magazine
If a camera’s screen can’t at least tilt, properly framing a shot at such angles is much harder.
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 20, 2018 | Full review
While 4K may be the rage on many DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, the T7 sticks with the basics of full HD (1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second), HD (1280 x 720 at 60 fps) and SD (640 x 480 at 30 fps). Movies are recorded in MPEG4 AVC H264, which delivers .MOV files so the T7's video can be shared easily.
- Tom's Guide
July 31, 2018 | Full review
Out of camera Jpeg images are very high quality. Raw image quality is not quite as sharp as the D5500, which lacks an anti-aliasing filter. However, the filter on the T6i appears to be relatively weak and it comes very close to the Nikon in sharpness. It would be difficult to tell the two apart in most real world usage.
- DP Review
June 23, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Canon EOS Rebel T5 SLR camera with the EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard zoom lens is perfect for families, budding photo enthusiasts and first-time SLR users alike. EOS Rebel T5 makes it easy to capture movies and photos that are nothing short of dazzling. It features a powerful 18 megapixel CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor for easy recording of HD video and high-resolution photos and has a huge 3-inch LCD screen for Live View recording and review. With a 63-zone, dual-layer metering system, an expanded ISO range for outstanding operation in less-than-perfect light, shooting modes like Scene Intelligent Auto to take the guesswork out of complex shots plus creative options like Basic+ function and Creative Auto, the EOS Rebel T5 is ready for anything. With a helpful Feature Guide, rugged, lightweight construction and proven Canon design, the EOS Rebel T5 makes EOS SLR photography faster and easier than ever!

Overall Product Rankings

1. Nikon D850
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Sony A7
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 7
3. Nikon D500
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Fujifilm X-PRO 2
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
5. PANASONIC LUMIX FZ300
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Sony DSC-RX10M
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Canon EOS Rebel
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Olympus TG-5
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Digital Cameras

Everybody loves to look at pictures of that stunning family vacation from the previous year. Or to pull out your old wedding album and look at the images from the day you and your significant other committed to each other for a lifetime of happiness and memories. Pictures of loved ones rest in frames around our homes as moments that we cherish and long to remember. More than likely, these images were captured using a digital camera, and over the last 10 years, digital cameras have improved by leaps and bounds, meaning the pictures you take have more vibrant colors and sharper images.

Digital cameras do not use film to produce an image. Instead, a digital camera stores the image on a digital memory card. Most current digital cameras can record video as well as still images, making them more powerful than cameras of the past. Gone are the days when you need to take a roll of film to the pharmacy to have your pictures developed. Digital cameras use a memory card, like an SD card, to store the photos you take with the camera. You can then simply connect the SD card from the digital camera to your computer and view and print the images you took. And then, once you have saved the images to your computer or to the cloud, you can format or delete the images off of the memory card and use it all over again. No need to keep buying new memory cards when they are full like you would have to do with film.

Digital cameras come in many different designs and models. You can purchase a digital camera with a fixed lens, which means the lens that is attached to the camera can’t be swapped out for another lens, like the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300. The Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 comes with a 25-600 mm zoom lens with a F2.8 aperture Leica Lens.

The aperture of a camera lens controls the amount of light that reaches the camera sensor. Think of it as how your eyes adjust to moving from a dark room to a room full of light. Aperture is recorded as an f-stop by the camera. So a camera with an f-stop of 2.8 has a larger aperture and allows more light to hit the camera sensor. This can be confusing for some because the smaller the f-stop, the larger the aperture. If the camera’s f-stop is set to F11, then the aperture is smaller and less light is allowed to pass through the lens to the sensor.

Another type of digital camera is a DSLR, also known as a digital single-lens reflex camera.  DSLR cameras come in a wide range of price points and are used from beginners all the way up to professional photographers. One of the great advantages of digital cameras across the board is that they allow you to see the image almost immediately, thanks to an LED screen on the back of the camera. The Nikon D500 has a 3.2-inch 2,539k-Dot tilting LCD touchscreen and the Nikon D850 has a 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen.

Inside the body of a DSLR camera is a mirror that reflects the light that comes through the lens onto an optical viewfinder to display the image that you are seeing directly through the lens. Optical viewfinders use very little power, so DSLR cameras typically have very good battery life, with some models allowing you to take up to 1,000 photos on a single battery charge. You are also able to take many photos very quickly.

The sensor inside the camera body also plays a very important role in the quality of the image produced by the digital camera. DSLR cameras usually come with one of two sensors. The Nikon D850 has a full-frame sensor, while the Nikon D500 has an APS-C sensor, or what it is more commonly referred to as a cropped sensor. These sensors are a big reason why the images you take with a DSLR camera and a mirrorless camera produce higher-quality images than you take with your phone or a point and shoot camera. The sensor inside a full-frame DSLR like the Nikon D850 is 35 mm, the size of standard film. A camera with a cropped sensor, like the Nikon D500, has a sensor about half the size of a full-frame sensor. So, when you put a 50 mm lens on a cropped sensor, the actual field of view of that lens will be closer to a 75 mm lens. A APS-C sensor adds a 1.5x crop factor to lenses. The larger the sensor, the better the digital camera performs in low light situations. While you get a little more zoom from a cropped sensor, you are also not able to capture as wide of an image as a digital camera with a full frame sensor. Digital cameras with a full-frame sensor also will create photos with a shallower depth of field, giving you a nice blurry background look, while your in-focus image looks sharp. A digital camera with a cropped sensor can be more cost effective and is a good choice for those looking to shoot more telephoto photography because of the extra zoom it provides. You can see the difference in price between the Nikon D850, which has a full-frame sensor, and the Nikon D500, which has the cropped sensor. The Nikon D850 costs more than $3,000, while the Nikon D500 typically costs under $2,000.

Another type of digital camera, and one that has become more popular in recent years, is the mirrorless digital camera. The Sony A7 is an example of a mirrorless digital camera. While a DSLR camera has a reflex mirror, a mirrorless camera does not. Thus, a mirrorless camera does not have an optical viewfinder. Instead, light is exposed to the image sensor at all times giving you a digital image preview on either your LCD screen or your electronic viewfinder, also known as an EVF.

While a point-and-shoot camera, like the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300, is also technically a mirrorless camera, it is not like the Sony A7S because it has a fixed lens. The Sony A7S is a digital interchangeable lens camera. So like the Nikon D850 and Nikon D500, the Sony A7S allows you to switch the lens you have on the camera. If you want a wide-angle image, a 18-mm or 24-mm lens is what you would put on your digital camera. If you’re trying to take an image of something far away or you want a close-up of a person’s face, a 200-mm lens or 400-mm lens could be put onto the camera. This is one reason why mirrorless and DSLR cameras are typically more expensive than digital cameras with a fixed lens.

Mirrorless cameras can typically be smaller and lighter than DSLR cameras, which has helped them grow in popularity. While DSLRs are not a thing of the past, mirrorless digital cameras have made steady headway in the digital camera field in recent years. It may be time to consider purchasing a mirrorless camera now or in the near future as the image quality continues to improve and surpass what a DSLR can achieve.

DYWM Fun Fact

While the first digital cameras didn’t reach consumer stores until 1990, the original idea behind digital images began floating around the brain of Eugene F. Lally in 1961. Lally, who worked in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he was trying to create artificial gravity, began having thoughts about how to capture digital images of planets and stars during space exploration. In 1975, Steve Sasson at Eastman Kodak built the first working digital camera, but the image quality was very low. The megapixels of the image were just 0.01 and the camera weighed 8 pounds. Today, a digital camera like the Nikon D850 can capture an image with 45.7 megapixels.  It wasn’t until 1981 that the first true digital camera was successful. The University of Calgary Canada ASI Science Team was able to create a successful digital camera to capture images of auroras in the sky. The first digital camera to reach consumers was the 1990 Dycam Model 1.

The Digital Camera Buying Guide

  • Do not get your digital camera wet. Also, make sure to keep the sensor of the camera clean. Don’t touch the sensor with your fingers. If dust gets on your camera sensor, which can happen simply by switching lenses on the camera, your images will have blurry spots.
  • Before cleaning your sensor yourself, try using the camera’s auto-clean mode if it has one. If not, get some lint-free cleaning swabs that are specifically designed for your camera’s sensor, some camera sensor cleaning solution and a hand/bulb air blower. To clean, start by removing the lens and locking your camera in its manual cleaning mode. Use the air blower on the cleaning swab to make sure there is no lint on it. Put two or three small drops of the cleaning solution on the swab, but make sure not to use too much. You don’t want your cleaning swab to be soaking wet. Then gently take the swab and rub it across the camera sensor, making sure not to press too hard. You want to swab the sensor in one fluid motion and once you reach the other side of the sensor, turn the swab over and bring it back across the area you just cleaned. Once you have done the entire sensor, attach your lens back to the camera and take a photo to see if you still have any blurry spots.
  • Make sure you get the most bang for your buck with your digital camera purchase. Lots of current DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras have the ability to capture video as well as still images. Digital cameras today are able to film up to 4K resolution and some can even film in slow motion. The Nikon D850 can record up to 4K resolution, has the option of shooting at 120 frames per second in slow motion and has an 8K resolution time-lapse photography feature.
  • Some digital cameras work better than others in low-light situations. If you think you will be taking a lot of photographs where the lighting isn’t ideal, investing in a digital camera that has both a full-frame sensor and a large ISO range would be beneficial to you. The Sony AS7 is a camera known for its low-light capabilities, thanks to its full-frame sensor and its ISO range of 100-25600.