Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Best Buy offering $150 off on Canon's T5i


Several years ago I decided to stop fooling around with point-and-shoot pocket cameras step up my game with a digital single-lens reflex camera. And, there was no question about which camera I would buy. It would be the Canon EOS Rebel. Today, a Canon DSLR has been my go-to camera for more than a decade and it has never disappointed me.

Canon sells an entry-level version of the Rebel, but the sweet spot for amateurs who are serious about photography is the Rebel T5i. It's a step up from the basic Rebel and it's also on sale at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com. They've knocked $150 off the regular price of $1,049.99 if you buy it before Dec. 20.

The camera comes with the Rebel body and an 18-135mm lens, which I found to be a real workhorse. It's good for a variety of situations, including portraits, landscapes and even close-ups. The camera has a 3-inch color monitor with a touch-screen that you can use to frame the shot or use the optical viewfinder.

Other features include image stabilization, which can be help shooting in low-light situations, high-definition 1080p video, a 5fps burst mode for action shots, and an option to shoot is HDR (High Dynamic Range), which combines multiple shots within the camera to give you the image with the highest quality.

Canon DSLRs have a reputation for finding a middle ground that pleases both casual users and near-pros. You can select an option that matches your situation (portrait, nighttime, etc.) or set the controls youself. If you need to adjust the ISO setting or tweak the aperature setting, you can do that as well. One of my favorite shots shows a full red moon rising over the city skyline. My Canon captured the details of both the moon and the high-rise buildings.

Check out the product page at BestBuy.com for more details and specs and to read some of 141 customer reviews.

Note: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


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