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Canon 800D vs T5i

The Canon EOS 800D (called Canon T7i in some regions) and the Canon EOS Rebel T5i (labelled Canon 700D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in February 2017 and March 2013. Both are DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The 800D has a resolution of 24 megapixels, whereas the T5i provides 17.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 800D
versus
Canon T5i
Canon 800D   Canon T5i
Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200) ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600)
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
6 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
600 shots per battery charge440 shots per battery charge
131 x 100 x 76 mm, 532 g 133 x 100 x 79 mm, 580 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 800D and the Canon EOS Rebel T5i? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon 800D and the Canon T5i. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 800D vs Canon T5i
Compare 800D versus T5i top
Comparison 800D or T5i rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T5i is somewhat larger (2 percent) than the Canon 800D. Moreover, the T5i is markedly heavier (9 percent) than the 800D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 800D nor the T5i are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. In this particular case, both cameras feature the same lens mount, so that they can use the same lenses. You can compare the optics available in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the 800D gets 600 shots out of its LP-E17 battery, while the T5i can take 440 images on a single charge of its LP-E8 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 800D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749i
2.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649i
3.
 
Canon 850D 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
4.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
5.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
6.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
7.
 
Canon M6 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779i
8.
 
Canon 1300D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449i
9.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 106 mm 61 mm 42 mm 319 g 265 n Feb 2016 699i
10.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
11.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
12.
 
Canon T6i 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
13.
 
Canon T6s 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
14.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549i
15.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599i
16.
 
Canon T4i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849i
17.
 
Nikon D5600 124 mm 97 mm 70 mm 465 g 970 n Nov 2016 699 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The T5i was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 13 percent) than the 800D, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

In terms of chip-set technology, the 800D uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 7) than the T5i (DIGIC 5), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 800D and Canon T5i sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the 800D offers a higher resolution of 24 megapixels, compared with 17.9 MP of the T5i. This megapixels advantage translates into a 16 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the 800D has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 3.72μm versus 4.31μm for the T5i). In this context, it should be noted, however, that the 800D is much more recent (by 3 years and 10 months) than the T5i, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that compensate for the smaller pixel size.

The resolution advantage of the Canon 800D implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the 800D for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 30 x 20 inches or 76.2 x 50.8 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 24 x 16 inches or 61 x 40.6 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 20 x 13.3 inches or 50.8 x 33.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon T5i are 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm for good quality, 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm for very good quality, and 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS 800D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T5i are ISO 100 to ISO 12800, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600.

800D versus T5i MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 800D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
2.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
3.
 
Canon 850D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
4.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
5.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
6.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
7.
 
Canon M6 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
8.
 
Canon 1300D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p........
9.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p........
10.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
11.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
12.
 
Canon T6i APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
13.
 
Canon T6s APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
14.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363
15.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765
16.
 
Canon T4i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
17.
 
Nikon D5600 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.114.0130684

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the 800D provides a higher frame rate than the T5i. It can shoot video footage at 1080/60p, while the T5i is limited to 1080/30p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The 800D and the T5i are similar in the sense that both have an optical viewfinder. The latter is useful for getting a clear image for framing even in brightly lit environments. The viewfinders of both cameras offer the same field of view (95%), but the viewfinder of the T5i has a higher magnification than the one of the 800D (0.53x vs 0.51x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 800D and Canon T5i along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 800Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon T5ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon 850Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
4.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon 200Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon M6optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 1300Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IInone n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 8.0 Y Y
10.
 
Canon 750Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon T6ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
13.
 
Canon T6soptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon SL1optical n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
15.
 
Canon Mnone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
16.
 
Canon T4ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
17.
 
Nikon D5600optical n3.2 / 1037 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 800D and the T5i write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 800D and Canon EOS Rebel T5i and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 800DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
2.
 
Canon T5iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon 850DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon 2000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon 77DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
6.
 
Canon 200DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
7.
 
Canon M6Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
8.
 
Canon 1300DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon 750DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
11.
 
Canon 760DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon T6iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
13.
 
Canon T6sYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
14.
 
Canon SL1Ymono / monoY-mini2.0---
15.
 
Canon MYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
16.
 
Canon T4iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
17.
 
Nikon D5600Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY

It is notable that the 800D offers wifi support, while the T5i does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Both the 800D and the T5i have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The T5i was replaced by the Canon T6i, while the 800D was followed by the Canon 850D. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Canon 800D better than the Canon T5i or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 800D:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (24 vs 17.9MP) with a 16% higher linear resolution.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 7 vs DIGIC 5).
  • Better video: Provides higher movie framerates (1080/60p versus 1080/30p).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (6 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (600 versus 440) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years and 10 months of technical progress since the T5i launch.


Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i:

  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.53x vs 0.51x).
  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (13 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in March 2013).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the 800D is the clear winner of the match-up (9 : 3 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

800D 09:03 T5i

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 800D and the Canon T5i place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 800D or the T5i. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 800D4.5/5..3.5/580/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749i
2.
 
Canon T5i......76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649i
3.
 
Canon 850D4/5+3/580/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
4.
 
Canon 2000D..o....3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
5.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..4/582/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
6.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +4/578/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
7.
 
Canon M6......80/1004/54/5 Feb 2017 779i
8.
 
Canon 1300D4/5o4/573/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449i
9.
 
Canon G7 X Mark II4.5/5+ +..81/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2016 699i
10.
 
Canon 750D5/5....75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
11.
 
Canon 760D5/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
12.
 
Canon T6i5/5....75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
13.
 
Canon T6s5/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
14.
 
Canon SL14/5+..78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549i
15.
 
Canon M3/5+....4/54/5 Jul 2012 599i
16.
 
Canon T4i4/5+ +..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849i
17.
 
Nikon D56004/5..4/579/1004.5/54/5 Nov 2016 699 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? If you would like to see a different side-by-side camera review, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Canon 800D vs Canon T5i

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 800D Canon T5i
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2017 March 2013
    Launch Price USD 749 USD 649
    Sensor Specs Canon 800D Canon T5i
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51,200 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 7 DIGIC 5
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 61
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 21.7
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.2
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 681
    Screen Specs Canon 800D Canon T5i
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x 0.53x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 800D Canon T5i
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 6 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon 800D Canon T5i
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Canon 800D Canon T5i
    Battery Type LP-E17 LP-E8
    Battery Life (CIPA)600 shots per charge440 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 131 x 100 x 76 mm
    (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.0 in)
    133 x 100 x 79 mm
    (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 532 g (18.8 oz) 580 g (20.5 oz)

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