Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) review

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Canon EOS Rebel T5 (1200D in Europe) is an entry level DSLR. It is built around a familiar 18 MP APS-sized sensor and brings two major upgrades over the old Rebel T3 (1100D); better 18 MP sensor and the ability to record videos. On a market flooded with smaller mirrorless cameras with large sensors, Canon seems not to care and instead keeps offering traditional big DSLR cameras, so I was interested to see what it can offer that would make someone choose it over a smaller yet similarly featured mirrorless competitors.


  • Announced: 2014.
  • Type: Entry level DSLR
  • Dimensions: 130 x 100 x 78 mm (5.12 x 3.94 x 3.07″)
  • Weight: 480g (with battery)
  • Sensor: APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm), 18 MP (5184 x 3456 pixels)
  • Lens: 18-55mm (kit lens), F/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Image stabilization: Yes (in the lens)
  • Dust and moisture protection: No
  • Flash: Built-in pop-up flash + hot-shoe
  • Continuous shooting: 3 fps
  • LCD screen: 3″, 460,000 dots
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Battery: Li-Ion LP-E10
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 @ 30p/25p, 1280 x 720 @ 60p/50p, 640 x 480 @ 30p/25p
  • Connectors: mini USB 2.0, mini HDMI, 2.5mm remote


Upon first contact, I noticed relatively cheap build quality. The camera is made from rough plastic all-around (there is metal frame inside of course) and it clearly states this is the entry level model. Grip and the thumb rest are covered with some sort of hard rubber. Despite cheapish build, I got used to it very soon and stopped noticing it. The camera is very light and I had no problems holding it for prolonged periods of time without hand fatigue.

Ergonomics is relatively good. The grip is thin but still provides secure grip when used with light lenses like the 18-55, 50mm prime or the new excellent 10-18 wide angle lens.

EOS 1200D has direct controls for most important functions like ISO, WB, drive or AF point selection. Everything else must be set using either quick menu or the main menu, but more on them later.

The built-in pop-up flash is engaged using a dedicated soft button beside the shutter button. I would have preferred mechanical button on the left since this one can be reassigned as ISO button which I found more useful. The thing is, when you set ISO by pressing flash button, ISO value is displayed in the viewfinder so I do not need to lower the camera to see the main LCD. When you set ISO using the “ISO button” on the back it is not displayed in the viewfinder but only on the main LCD. Weird, but this is the way it is on many entry level cameras.

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One thought on “Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) review

  1. I am having trouble taking a single shot, and the picture will not display on the screen, I received this camera as a gift. I also see the BUSY notification when I try and take a picture. HELP??

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