As a food blogger, capturing mouth-watering images of your culinary creations is essential to engage your readers and make them crave the dishes you share. To achieve stunning food photography, having a reliable camera is crucial.
In this Canon Rebel T5i (700D) review, we'll dive into this entry-level dslr camera's suitability for food photography.
The Canon Rebel T5i features an 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, delivering excellent image quality with rich details and vibrant colors. Its image sensor and noise reduction perform admirably, especially in well-lit environments, allowing you to capture appetizing photos that showcase the texture and colors of your dishes.
The camera's ISO range of 100-12800, expandable up to 25600, ensures good low-light performance, enabling you to shoot in low light (with or without flash) as well as well lit conditions.
For capturing the intricate details of your food, the Rebel T5i offers a 9-point cross-type autofocus system. This autofocus optical viewfinder system ensures precise focusing on your subject, resulting in sharp and well-defined images.
Additionally, the in-camera's hybrid CMOS AF system facilitates smooth auto focus during live view shooting, which can be useful when shooting overhead shots or capturing videos.
One standout feature of the Rebel T5i is its 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor. This touchscreen display can be flipped out and rotated, providing flexibility in shooting angles and allowing you to easily compose your shots.
The touchscreen functionality offers convenient access to camera settings and menu navigation, making it a breeze to adjust parameters such as aperture, shutter speed, jpeg or raw files output, and white balance. You can even tap on the screen to manual focus on a specific area during live view shooting, making it incredibly useful for food photography.
Unlike complaints I read about many other cameras out there, I find the touch screen sensitivity to be just right.
In addition to stunning stills, the Rebel T5i excels in video recording. It supports full HD 1080p video capture at 30 fps (frames per second), allowing you to create high-quality food recipe videos or cooking tutorials. With the camera's manual exposure control, you have the freedom to adjust settings to achieve the desired cinematic look.
However, note that the camera lacks an external microphone input, so for professional-grade audio, an external microphone may be needed.
While the Rebel T5i doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, you can leverage an optional Wi-Fi adapter to connect the camera to your smartphone or tablet. This feature comes in handy for remote shooting, enabling you to capture images wirelessly from a distance.
It also allows for convenient image transfer and sharing, making it easier to showcase your culinary creations on social media platforms.
Lenses and Accessories
The Canon Rebel T5i is compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses, providing a wide range of options to suit your specific food photography needs. For capturing close-up shots and highlighting details, a macro lens like the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II or 18-55mm stm lens can be a valuable addition to your gear.
Investing in a sturdy tripod, such as the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3, can also elevate your food photography by ensuring stability and reducing camera shake.
In conclusion, the Canon Rebel T5i (Canon EOS 700D) is a fantastic camera for food photography (and just about all other types of photography and videography). With its impressive image quality, versatile autofocus system, touchscreen functionality, fantastic battery life, and excellent video capabilities, it empowers food bloggers to capture stunning visuals that showcase their culinary creations.
While it may lack built-in Wi-Fi, an optional adapter can overcome this limitation. Combined with a selection of compatible lenses and essential accessories, the Rebel T5i is a reliable tool that can take your food photography to the next level.
As a food blogger myself, I highly recommend the Canon Rebel T5i for capturing delectable food images that will engage and entice your audience. Happy shooting!
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! The Canon Rebel T5i is a great camera for beginners. It offers intuitive controls, a user-friendly interface, and a variety of automatic shooting modes that make it easy to capture stunning food photos even if you're new to photography.
If you are a complete beginner to DSLRs, I would recommend going through The Photography Masterclass. It's a small upfront investment that saves you potentially hundreds of hours of frustration later on.
While the Canon Rebel T5i is not a professional-grade camera, it is more than capable of producing high-quality food images. With its impressive image sensor, autofocus system, and manual control options, you can achieve professional-looking results with the right techniques and composition.
To take a crash course on food photography setups, techniques, compositions, etc, I HIGHLY recommend going through the Tasty Food Photography guide. I did a more in-depth review - here!
Yes, the Rebel T5i features a 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD monitor that can be flipped out and rotated. This functionality is particularly useful for capturing overhead shots, allowing you to easily compose and frame your food images from various angles.
Yes, the Rebel T5i supports full HD 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second. It's a great camera for creating food recipe videos or cooking tutorials to enhance your food blog content.
While the Rebel T5i doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi, you can use an optional Wi-Fi adapter to connect the camera to your smartphone or tablet. This enables wireless remote shooting and seamless image transfer for easy sharing on social media.
The Rebel T5i is compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses. There is a wide range of lenses available to suit various food photography needs. Consider investing in a macro lens for capturing close-up details or a prime lens with a wide aperture for achieving a beautiful shallow depth of field.
Yes, the Rebel T5i features a 9-point cross-type autofocus system that ensures precise focusing on your subject. This allows you to achieve sharp and well-defined focus on your food, capturing all the delicious details.
The Rebel T5i does not have in-body image stabilization. However, many Canon lenses come with built-in image stabilization (IS) to help reduce camera shake when shooting handheld. Investing in an IS lens can be beneficial for achieving sharp images in low-light conditions or when shooting without a tripod.
Alongside a collection of lenses suitable for your specific needs, a sturdy tripod like the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 is highly recommended for stable shots and reducing camera shake. Additionally, consider investing in external lighting equipment, such as a speedlight or continuous LED lights, to enhance your food photography in challenging lighting situations.
The Canon Rebel T5i, as discussed in this review, is an excellent choice for food photography, but the "best" Canon Rebel can vary depending on your specific photography needs and preferences.
The Canon Rebel T5i, also known as the Canon EOS 700D, was released in March 2013. Despite it's age, it is still a highly sought after camera - largely because it is one of the best in it's price range with the flip-out screen.
The Canon Rebel T5i has an estimated shutter life expectancy of around 100,000 shutter actuations. This means it should last for a significant number of photos before requiring shutter replacement or repair.
No, the Canon Rebel T5i is not a full-frame camera. It features an APS-C sensor, which is smaller than a full-frame sensor. However, this sensor size is still capable of delivering high-quality images.
Yes, Canon Rebel cameras, including the T5i, are known for being good entry-level and mid-range DSLRs suitable for photography enthusiasts. They offer a combination of features, ease of use, and image quality that makes them a popular choice for beginners and amateur photographers.
The Canon Rebel T5i model is over 10 years old, as it was released in March 2013.
No, the Canon Rebel T5i does not shoot in 4K resolution. It supports full HD 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second for video capture. If 4K video recording is a priority, you might want to consider a more advanced Canon camera model.