The Perfect Family Camera – The Canon EOS Rebel T5i

  By Evelyn Drake

As the aunt of nine nieces and nephews, I have become our official family photographer. My role at birthday parties and holiday festivities is to be the “fun” aunty while chasing them around with a camera in hopes of capturing some memorable shots of these whirlwind events. Lately, I have been shooting most of our family functions with the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. Here are a few reasons why this DSLR is perfect for moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and fun aunties like me:

Reason #1: Photo Quality

When it comes to choosing a camera, great photo quality may seem like a given. However, it’s often the last thing thought about in the moment. I cringe when I see people photographing kids with their phones. Mostly because I know that they are going to be disappointed with the outcome in the long run. Those pictures might look great on a phone screen or decent on Facebook, but they are not going to hold up when you want to make a photo-book or print an enlargement for the wall. When I take a photo with a DSLR, I know I am giving myself more options for preserving the memories. The images from a Canon EOS Rebel T5i have great detail, colour, and clarity, even in lowlight situations.

Reason #2: Ease of Use

When photographing kids, you typically don’t have much time to think, so your camera has to be easy to use. That is one of the reasons why the T5i is perfect for families. It is extremely intuitive and the auto functions are very reliable. One of my favourite features is the Scene Intelligent Auto mode which analyzes the image, accounting for faces, colours, brightness, moving objects, contrast, even whether the camera is handheld or on a tripod. When the camera is in this mode, you can feel confident passing the camera off to anyone to snap a great shot.

Reason #3: Capturing the Action

Having a responsive, quick focusing camera is another obvious must-have feature for family photography. The EOS Rebel T5i is equipped with AF features that ensure speedy, accurate, and continuous autofocus. It also shoots at 5fps so you can capture those incredible moments even when they literally pass by at the blink of an eye.

Reason #4 Video! 

Having a great camera really increases the creative options for your photography. It is even better to be able to use the same camera to capture video. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is equipped with a video mode that captures Full HD Movies. It even has Movie Servo Auto Focus which helps make shooting high quality movies easy. The Vari-angle Touch Screen is also a nice feature and is very helpful for composing videos.

Reason #5: Great Value at a Family Friendly Price Point 

Canon Rebel DSLR cameras have always maintained a reasonable price point and great value. The Canon Rebel T5i is no exception to this. For the holidays Canon has created a special bundle that includes the camera, two great lenses, a monopod, and a carrying case. All for the low price of $999. Click here for more information on this special holiday bundle.


Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.