One of my friend bought Canon T5 (1200D) as his first camera for getting into photography. He wanted me to have a general look over it, and I think there is no better topic for another blog post.
Here is my view about Canon's entry level T5 (1200D) photography camera.
1) High megapixels: T3 only has 12.2 megapixels, so a decent upgrade to 18 megapixels here. This allows better cropping without losing clarity or details. Bigger sized prints which can be really helpful for landscape photography or fine art prints.
2) Light weight: Only 1.05 pounds. Easy to carry on hiking and outdoor visits.
3) Full HD video recording: This is a big upgrade over T3 which only supported 1280*720.
4) Increased ISO range: Maximum of 12800 replacing 6400 limit of T3.
1) No dedicated DOF button: C'mon Canon. Either make the settings option browsing simpler or provide a dedicated depth of field button. I tried reverse lens macro photography with my friend's camera and it was a pain to lock the aperture blades as there was no dedicated button to lock it.
2) No continuous auto focus during video: T5 has full HD recording (1920*1080) which is a great feature, but it can be disappointing to see blurred subjects just because your camera doesn't know how to auto focus while recording a video. Yes, refocus is allowed while recording is in progress but it doesn't offer a smooth transition and takes a lot of time due to slow AF. This was one of the major setbacks for T5 (1200D) which led many video blogging enthusiasts to have a strong aversion to this camera. T5i has continuous auto focus during video recording.
It would be total injustice to compare an entry level T5 (1200D) with mid or professional level photography cameras like 80D, 7D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, etc. These cameras have fantastic AF, newer processors, higher resolution view screens, fast burst rate, high ISO performance and many more features. However, they cost way more than a T5.