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Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP Digital SLR with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens (OLD MODEL)
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- 18MP APS-C "Hybrid CMOS" sensor
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- 9-point AF system, all cross-type
- ISO 100-12800, expandable to 25600
- 1080p HD video recording
- 3.0 inch articulated touch sensitive LCD with 1,040,000 dots
- 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
- Built-in stereo microphone as well as external microphone input
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|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)||100 to 12800||—||—||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400||Auto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)|
|Item Dimensions||3.11 x 5.24 x 3.94 in||3.11 x 5.24 x 3.94 in||3.11 x 5.24 x 3.94 in||3.11 x 5.24 x 3.94 in||3.07 x 5.1 x 3.93 in||3.07 x 5.2 x 3.98 in|
|Item Weight||1.27 lbs||3.84 lbs||1.28 lbs||1.28 lbs||1.06 lbs||1.22 lbs|
|Megapixels||18||18 megapixels||18 megapixels||18 megapixels||18.7 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||18 megapixels||18 megapixels||18 megapixels||18 megapixels||18 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)|
|Style Name||with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens||18-55mm||18-135mm||Body Only||18-55mm||w/ 18-55mm|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Wireless Technology||EyeFi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||BuiltIn, 802.11b/g/n with NFC|
Canon is proud to introduce its most sophisticated Rebel ever—the EOS Rebel T4i DSLR! Built to make advanced photography simple and fun, the new Rebel T4i delivers phenomenal image quality, high performance, and fast, intuitive operation. This EOS Rebel amps up the speed with the powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor that helps make high-speed continuous shooting of up to 5.0 fps possible—great for capturing fast action. An 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor ensures that every image is shot in superb, high resolution; and an extended ISO range of 100–12800 gives photographers the opportunities to take the Rebel T4i into more shooting situations than ever before. A 9-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision dual cross f/2.8 center point) delivers improved autofocus performance, and a new Hybrid CMOS AF System increases autofocus speed when shooting photos and video in Live View. For users interested in creating impressive videos, the Rebel T4i is ready to help you create your next masterpiece. Movie Servo AF provides continuous focus of moving subjects, so you never miss a moment. A built-in stereo microphone and manual audio level adjustment helps ensure that your audio will match the stunning quality of your video. First ever for an EOS Rebel, the Rebel T4i features a Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II, which allows fast and intuitive camera operation. Add compatibility with Canon’s proven EF and EF-S lenses and a slew of EOS accessories, the Rebel T4i is an incredibly versatile tool for creating the images and videos you envision.What’s in the box: Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, Eyecup Ef for Digital Rebel Cameras, R-F-3 Camera Cover, EW-100DB IV Wide Strap, LC-E8E Battery Charger, LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1120mAh), USB Interface Cable IFC-130U, EOS Digital Solution Disk v.25.1, Camera Instruction Manual, Software Instruction Manual CD and 1-Year Limited Warranty.
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Canon is proud to introduce its most sophisticated Rebel ever—the EOS Rebel T4i DSLR! Built to make advanced photography simple and fun, the new Rebel T4i delivers phenomenal image quality, high performance, and fast, intuitive operation. This EOS Rebel amps up the speed with the powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor that helps make high-speed continuous shooting of up to 5.0 fps possible—great for capturing fast action. An 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor ensures that every image is shot in superb, high resolution; and an extended ISO range of 100–12800 gives photographers the opportunities to take the Rebel T4i into more shooting situations than ever before. A 9-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision dual cross f/2.8 center point) delivers improved autofocus performance, and a new Hybrid CMOS AF System increases autofocus speed when shooting photos and video in Live View. For users interested in creating impressive videos, the Rebel T4i is ready to help you create your next masterpiece. Movie Servo AF provides continuous focus of moving subjects, so you never miss a moment. A built-in stereo microphone and manual audio level adjustment helps ensure that your audio will match the stunning quality of your video. First ever for an EOS Rebel, the Rebel T4i features a Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II, which allows fast and intuitive camera operation. Add compatibility with Canon’s proven EF and EF-S lenses and a slew of EOS accessories, the Rebel T4i is an incredibly versatile tool for creating the images and videos you envision.
Amazing Capture and Processing Power
18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
The EOS Rebel T4i features Canon’s amazing 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Perfect for enlargements or for cropping detailed portions of the composition, the EOS Rebel T4i’s sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range. This first-class sensor features many of the same new technologies used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel’s light-gathering efficiency and has center pixels that aid in the EOS Rebel T4i’s accurate AF performance. This APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).
14-bit A/D Conversion
With 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion, the EOS Rebel T4i captures and records images with remarkable gradations and detail in subtle tones and colors, resulting in more realistic and detailed images. By recording up to 16,384 colors per channel the EOS Rebel T4i ensures that the fine detail found in subjects like foliage, sky and water are preserved and recorded with a tremendous level of accuracy, ensuring gorgeous results.
ISO 100–12800 and expandable to 25600 in H mode
Thanks to its new DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the EOS Rebel T4i features an expanded ISO range of ISO 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) that makes shooting possible in situations previously unthinkable without flash. The Rebel T4i, with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor’s remarkable noise-reduction technology sets a new standard for Rebel cameras and low-light photography. Along with one of Canon’s EF or EF-S lenses with Optical Image Stabilizer, the EOS Rebel T4i can record beautiful images even when light sources are scarce.
DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The Rebel T4i is the first Rebel to feature Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor works with the camera’s CMOS sensor to deliver images with incredible detail in more situations, without the need for artificial light sources. With the power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor the Rebel T4i can achieve higher ISO sensitivity, can shoot up to 5.0 fps continuously and can even perform advanced functions like HDR Backlight Control, art filters, lens correction and much more. The brilliant “brain” of the camera, this imaging engine supercharges every facet of still and moving image capture.
The Fastest Rebel Yet!
High-speed continuous shooting
A Rebel first, the EOS Rebel T4i can shoot up to 5.0 frames per second, continuously. Thanks to improvements in the shutter mechanism, the mirror drive and the camera’s sensor, the EOS Rebel T4i is ready for action; whether capturing that perfect expression, the game’s winning goal, or the bride walking down the aisle, the EOS Rebel T4i delivers the speed and performance to guarantee results.
Enhanced AF Systems Tailored for Perfect Stills and Video
Improved autofocus performance and new Hybrid CMOS AF
The EOS Rebel T4i is equipped with AF features that ensure speedy, accurate and continuous AF every time. When shooting through the viewfinder, the EOS Rebel T4i has improved autofocus with a new 9-point, all cross-type AF system (including high-precision dual-cross f/2.8 center point) for accurate focus whether the camera is oriented in portrait or landscape position. A new AI Servo AF system achieves and maintains consistent focus with an exceptional degree of reliability.
The EOS Rebel T4i features Canon’s amazing new Hybrid CMOS AF System, perfect for shooting photos and video in Live View. This new system combines two distinct AF technologies, phase and contrast detection AF, for speedier and more accurate focus. These complementary focusing systems are aided by pixels on the camera’s CMOS sensor that assist in predicting subject location; therefore making continuous focus tracking quick and accurate in video recording while enhancing focusing speed.
True HD Performance, Rebel Simplicity
Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF
The EOS Rebel T4i offers easy to use, professional video capture without compromise. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates the Rebel T4i sets a whole new standard for performance, quality and simplicity. The Rebel T4i enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features, even in-camera editing! New Movie Servo AF allows continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects while recording video. When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. With an STM lens attached, the EOS Rebel T4i sets a new standard for SLR moviemaking performance!
|Resolution & Recording Sizes||Frame Rates|
|Full HD |
1920 x 1080
|30 fps (29.97)|
|25 fps – PAL standard|
|24 fps (23.976)|
1280 x 720
|60 fps (59.94)|
|50 fps – PAL standard|
|Standard Definition (SD) |
640 x 480
|30 fps (29.97)|
|25 fps – PAL standard|
Built-in stereo microphone, manual audio level adjustment
The EOS Rebel T4i has an internal stereo microphone for improved audio capture and a wind filter feature to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors. Sound recording levels can be manually (up to 64 different levels) or automatically controlled. A built-in attenuator is also provided to reduce audio clipping. For more advanced audio recording, the Rebel T4i is compatible with many third-party electret condenser microphones with a 3.5mm diameter plug.
With the Video Snapshot feature, the EOS Rebel T4i DSLR can capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights â€œalbum.â€ With no editing needed after shooting, the compiled video is perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on an HDTV via the camera’s HDMI port. Additionally, stills can be recorded during video shooting simply by pressing the camera’s shutter button. During playback, video clips in an album can now be reordered or deleted.
Sharp and Clear, with Tactile Controls
New Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with multi-touch operation and Touch AF
The EOS Rebel T4i comes with a newly engineered, Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II. Using the same capacitive technology as today’s popular mobile devices, this new screen is touch-sensitive and delivers intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be used for zooming or changing images, menu and quick control settings can be accessed, and focus point and shutter release can be activated with the touch of a fingertip. Displaying fine detail (at approximately 1.04 million dots), this screen is perfect for composing and reviewing images. Thanks to a new, solid construction between the monitor’s resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, reflections are minimized, and the display can be viewed, without glare, from any number of angles. The LCD’s surface is treated with a smudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints and maintain a bright, clear image display.
Complex Functions Made Simple
Scene Intelligent Auto mode
The EOS Rebel T4i features an enhanced Scene Intelligent Auto mode that incorporates a number of Canon technologies to deliver the best possible exposure. Joining Picture Style Auto, Automatic Lighting Optimizer, Automatic White Balance, Autofocus, and Automatic Exposure, Scene Intelligent Auto mode analyzes the image, accounting for faces, colors, brightness, moving objects, contrast, even whether the camera is handheld or on a tripod, and then chooses the exposure and enhancements that bring out the best in any scene or situation.
New Effects for Dramatic and Gorgeous Results
Handheld Night Scene mode
Accessible right on the EOS Rebel T4i’s Mode Dial, Handheld Night Scene mode captures nightscapes with bright highlights and detailed dark areas, delivering results previously impossible without the use of a tripod. By shooting and combining four consecutive shots at a shutter speed fast enough to avoid camera shake, the EOS Rebel T4i’s Handheld Night Scene mode makes dramatic nighttime photography simple.
HDR Backlight Control mode
The EOS Rebel T4i’s HDR Backlight Control mode ensures that backlit subjects are not recorded too dark. By shooting three consecutive shots at different exposures (underexposed, correctly exposed and overexposed) and then combining the images, the final result maintains detail in both the shadow and highlight areas, ensuring the backlit subject is properly exposed.
Seven Creative Filters, plus new Art Bold Effect and Water Painting Effect
To add to the fun and creative possibilities available with the EOS Rebel T4i, seven different creative filters that can dramatically alter the mood and visual effect of any particular scene. Creative Filters include Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect and new filters, Art Bold Effect (makes the photos look like an oil painting, with subjects appearing three-dimensional), and Water Painting Effect (photos are altered to look like a water-colored painting). Since the filters can be applied to the image after shooting, it’s easy to try several effects on the same shot.
Cleaner Images, Even at High ISO
Multi Shot Noise Reduction
To enhance its already admirable high ISO shooting capabilities, the EOS Rebel T4i features an intelligent Multi Shot Noise Reduction tool that reduces noise even further than the camera’s sensor and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor alone. With Multi Shot Noise Reduction activated, the camera takes four consecutive shots, merges and aligns them. This eliminates more noise than the Rebel’s traditional Noise Reduction filter, with little or no apparent resolution loss. Moving subjects are even optimized to minimize subject blur! Thanks to this clever new feature, high ISO shooting has never looked better.
Flexible and Reliable Recording
Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed cards
The EOS Rebel T4i uses popular SD, SDHC, SDXC and is even compatible with the newest Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) memory cards. Compact and available in large capacities, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel T4i’s compact design.
Additionally, the EOS Rebel T4i is compatible with Eye-Fi∗ SD cards, which are outfitted with a Wi-Fi® transmitter (IEEE 802.11b/g) and an internal antenna for wireless, high-speed transfer of images. With an Eye-Fi card installed, the EOS Rebel T4i can display the Eye-Fi’s connection status and error notes with ease, for fully functional wireless uploading of images directly from the camera.
∗Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be available outside the United States and Canada; please contact the card manufacturer for territory availability.
A Comprehensive System of Optics Perfect For Video and Stills
Compatible with EF and EF-S lenses
The EOS Rebel T4i is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, including compact and lightweight EF-S lenses, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses and including the new STM series optimized for video shooting. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver outstanding performance and deliver beautiful results. Special technologies like Canon’s Image Stabilizer technology help to minimize the effect of camera shake, effectively adding up to four stops of light; STM lenses even feature a stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous autofocus while capturing video. With an array of lenses perfect for travel, sports, still life and everything in between, photographers can truly maximize the quality and performance of their EOS Rebel T4i.
More Features for Increased Versatility
Lens Aberration Correction
The EOS Rebel T4i features lens correction tools that compensate for lens characteristics that can affect overall image quality. The EOS Rebel T4i’s lens peripheral illumination correction feature corrects light falloff in the corner of the image according to the characteristics of the lens being used. It even has correction data for a number of popular lenses stored in its memory. With the EOS Rebel T4i’s new chromatic aberration correction tool, distracting color fringing can be corrected at the time of shooting.
To help explain the specific function of features found on the EOS Rebel T4i, the feature guide displays a simple description helpful in determining the applicability for the situation at hand. It is displayed in each shooting mode, during mode dial operations, and for Quick Control screen functions. It appears automatically when a function is selected—a lifesaver when trying to determine the best mode or function for the next picture. The feature guide works automatically by default, and can be disabled easily through the camera’s menu.
With the optional GPS Receiver GP-E2 attached to the hot shoe or the digital terminal, the EOS Rebel T4i can record location, including latitude, longitude and altitude, plus can track the trajectory of movement with its logging function. An electric compass records the camera’s orientation during each shot, and world time information is recorded through GPS syncing.
To create images suitable for sharing by email or online, the EOS Rebel T4i can resize JPEG files, in camera, of varying pixels (aspect ratio cannot be changed, only the image size can be decreased) while leaving the original image untouched.
Photographers can share their images in book form with the EOS Rebel T4i’s convenient Photobook Set-up feature. Users can easily choose specific images, images in a folder and even all images, then specify their sequence and layout. The results can be printed in book form, with ease.
To help organize images recorded to the camera’s storage, the EOS Rebel T4i makes it simple to rate individual images from one star to five. Therefore, image browsing, printing and slide shows can be based upon those ratings.
What Is In The Box:
• EOS Rebel T4i Body
• EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
• Eyecup Ef
• Battery Pack LP-E8
• Battery Charger LC-E8E
• Camera Cover R-F-3
• Wide Strap EW-100DBIV
• USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
• EOS Digital Solution Disc & Software Instruction Manual CD
• Camera Instruction Manual
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This is my second Canon camera. Previously I have owned Olympus and Minolta cameras. I owned a t2i before this and used a t3i for weeks for testing purposes. I will try to cover most aspects of the new features and image quality. For testing purposes I used a Canon 17-40L lens.
Look and Feel:
Not much to say here for the look of the camera. Looks almost the exact same as the t2i, t3i. The battery grip and accessories all fit the same. One thing that is different from the t2i is the proximity sensor. On the t2i it was below the optical viewfinder and above the screen. On the t4i it is above the optical viewfinder. I use an eyecup(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y06336)and it used to make the screen shut off on its own regularly on the t2i. This is a non issue for the t4i. There is also an added dedicated movie button in the power switch now.
Feel is a little different. The t4i feels more sturdy than the previous two rebels. The buttons are more solid and the selector wheels are improved. The adjustment wheel has better clicks and don't feel like you could easily flick it and change a setting by accident. The mode selector wheel is sturdier as well. I notice this because my t2i used to regularly switch to A-DEP mode when I would pull the camera out of my bag and I would get upset if I missed a quick shot because of it. I feel this will be a non issue with the new model. One issue I have is using my eyecup mentioned previously. The flippy screen catches on this and is just a slight annoyance but not a huge deal in the grand scheme. The rebel series always felt a bit small in the hand for me so I now use a battery grip which adds weight and substance to the camera.
When I saw rumors that the t4i would have a touchscreen I first said I wouldn't buy it. I figured this would be a gimmick and offer limited functionality. Then when i saw the press release and videos from Canon I changed my mind. I was sceptic of a couple things I will address here. I will start with the touch to adjust. Right now I feel kind of wonky using the touchscreen to make most adjustments to shooting in manual mode which is all i shoot in. But I consider this like moving from a blackberry to an iPhone. You are used to using buttons and the keyboard for so long you are lost on the touchscreen at first, but with time it ends up faster and easier. So in time it will end up faster for me to adjust by touch I am sure. It is in two spots already. ISO adjusting always seemed kind of odd to me on the rebel. The ISO button was placed so you had to kind of search for it and then do a three button combo to set it. On the touchscreen I find this easier. A couple taps and its done. The other major place it's easier for me is AEB. Bracketing on Canon is typically a pain. Hit menu, find the exposure selector, hit OK. Slide the wheel, hit OK again then press menu. On touchscreen you just press the exposure and tap a couple times to set the bracket.
Touch to focus was something that I didn't see coming from Canon. When they announced it my thought was it would be OK but nothing great. I figured it would be where you would touch on one of the 9 AF points you would like the camera to use. But thanks to the hybrid CMOS on the camera, it is truly a touch to focus. No matter where in the frame you press the camera will seek out and quickly focus on that area. This function works much better than I anticipated and I may use it in the future. At first I figured this would be a selling point for soccer moms but I was incorrect. I have not used the face detection follow focus to comment on it yet.
This is the most important thing in the end when you buy any camera. How will my images look? The t4i does not disappoint. Thanks to improvements in the processor, focus, sensor and noise reduction software the t4i simply crushes the previous rebel cameras. We can start with the White balance. On the previous rebels and even the 60d, white balance was not so great. A yellow or tan-ish hue was almost always present and reds were soft. Canon has addressed this issue and images are clear and cary a nice contrast throughout the image. Auto focus I have touched on. Moving from 1 to 9 cross type AF points and a new added contrast detection sensor for AF makes a world of difference. Focus is fast and true and doesn't waste time seeking as much as before. In live view mode in low light, the digic4 and old sensors were pretty bad. A lot of seeking and misplaced focal areas. This is greatly improved with this model. Because of these reasons if you shoot in auto focus or any auto mode on the camera your images will turn out better.
Low Light/High ISO:
When the digic 5 was announced Canon touted this as being able to provide up to 75% better image quality over the digic 4. Of course I didn't buy into this because it's Canon and they were there to sell you. With the t4i Canon added the digic 5 as well as some new noise reduction software to boot. How did it make out? I tested these things against a Canon 60D. Same lens, same settings. In RAW at ISO 6400 the image quality looked at least twice as good over the 60D in terms of noise. At 12800 its laughable. That being said, on my t2i I would not use an image over ISO 1600 to print or display or sell. On the t4i I would gladly use ISO 3200 and at times 6400. Auto focus is so much improved at high ISO and low light that it's one of the first things you notice when comparing the camera to the 60D.
Battery life: Have not used it a full day to test yet. I imagine if you use full time AF it will go down slightly from the previous models.
Scene Intelligent Auto....Used for one shot. Seemed to be OK but I am a manual shooter. I am sure this would work well for most beginners.
Handheld Night Scene....This takes 4 quick shots in a row and then in the camera combines them to reduce shake and noise. At 6400 ISO the image did result in less noise over standard shooting in RAW. This mode can only be done in JPG. I can see it being very good indoors at functions or for quick night shots outside.
HDR Backlight Control....This will do in camera HDR. It takes three shots of various exposure and combines them to improve highlight and shadow detail.This worked well and didn't produce too much noise in low light. It does not produce an image that people now days think of in HDR with blown out tones and surreal feeling to it. It is more traditional in where it just makes shadows appear less and corrects some blowing out by brighter lights in a frame. Works well for what its supposed to be. Also only available in JPG
Autofocus during video...Worked well and somewhat fast with my 17-40. Still allowed some noise from the lens searching for focus, but I wasn't using one of the STM lenses designed for this function.
EDIT: Since my initial review I have had a chance to test video with an STM lens and try out the face follow focus. The STM lens does improve focus speed quite a bit in video and is much quieter. There is still a little noise but may be something you don't notice depending on the scene you are shooting. Face follow focus works better than I thought it would. It can actually focus on an object as well as just faces. It follows through the frame very well and precise even in low light. It's nto super fast to focus but still works well.
Outstanding Image Quality. Even at higher ISO
Ease Of Use
5 Frames Per Second Shooting
Built in stereo mic is kind of pointless unless you use an STM lens. Maybe even then.
The bezel around the touchscreen is uneven, but that has nothing to do with function. It's just poor design.
Learning curve on the touchscreen
Feature guide...It makes touchscreen control unbearable. Just disable it as soon as you turn the camera on and save yourself the frustration of being told why you need to change ISO every time you touch the button for it.
If you were holding back or looking for a reason to upgrade your digic 4 based camera this is the one you are looking for. Compared to the t2i/t3i/60D this camera will offer you better image quality, focus, low light performance and ease of use. Yes the 60D is an "upgrade" over the rebel line but as of now, you'd only gain size, weight and one stop of shutter speed over the t4i with the 60D. With the t4i you'd gain better images, video, high ISO performance, touchscreen, shutter lag and a few other things. This camera offers many new technologies and additions from Canon that aren't seen on any other camera in their line up. If you are a beginner or someone with a previous rebel looking for a nice camera you will find this camera to offer many things that you will enjoy in a first camera or an upgrade. This camera can make your photos better by taking the same photos as you would have with the previous models just with the improvements and that is what you should look for. The t3i was a small upgrade form the t2i and Canon has made up for it with this rebel.
If you do own or buy this camera join the flickr group we have made. It can be found at Flickr /groups/canont4i/
Yes, you can use the camera as a point-and-shoot in auto mode, but why pay all this money to use it as a fully automatic camera? The fun . . . and the challenge . . . is to play with aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. But, learning how to do so is, simultaneously, a challenge, a process, and where the fun and results are.
The camera gives you several ways to do virtually anything -- and that can get confusing. Where do I find this? What is the point of my doing this or that? How do I find out?
My first and best suggestion is an excellent course from the Great Courses ([...]) called "Fundamentals of Photography" by National Geographic photograpgher Joel Santore. It is NOT a course in the Canon Rebel T4i, but it IS a course that will explain aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, composition, and a lot about digital cameras. Whatever he covers is doable with the Rebel T4i. And, he'll have you WANTING to do it. The only question is, "How?" The course is frequently on sale and should be bought only when it is on sale since the "regular" price is considerably higher and unnecessary. On sale, the course goes for around $60.
That's where the second reference comes in, Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D For Dummies by Julie Adair King. You can get it for about $16 from Amazon.
Sartore's course will provide knowledge, motivation, and a clear idea of what you might try. The King book will help you fill in the gaps on how, specifically, do you do it with the Canon.
Some random notes:
o Sartore's course is, IMHO, the best by far of the Great Course offerings (although some of the music courses by Robert Greenberg are pretty good). He gives "homework" assignments to help develop you as a photographer. They're worth actually doing!
o Those whose prior experience with lower-priced digital cameras had them disappointed because of the slow focusing and shooting speeds, can rest easy. This camera focuses quickly and its burst speed is remarkable, allowing you to take a barrage of pictures in very rapid order. Those people who you find attractive but not photogenic will now take a good picture because, by taking several pictures rapidly, you'll catch those micro expressions which account for their attractiveness. (Everyone is photogenic if you take enough pictures of them. And, since there is no cost to taking lots of pictures, why not?)
o Aperture, the size of the opening through which a picture is taken, determines the depth of field (i.e., whether the background is clear or not). Learn to use it to take pictures that blur the background when the subject is more important and to provide 3-D effects. (The more the background is blurred, the more the subject seems to leap off the page ... or canvas if you have the picture printed out on canvas and blown up.)
o Shutter speed -- the faster the shutter speed, the more an action is frozen rather than blurred. At the higher speeds, a moving fan will appear to be a picture of a stopped fan or a kicked football will appear frozen in the air. At the lower speeds, more light is admitted and a tripod may be necessary.
o ISO speed. With modern cameras, one can shoot at night without a flash if the ISO speed is set high enough. The downside? The shots may appear grainier.
And there is the photographer's trio -- smaller apertures and faster shutter speeds, which are sometimes desired, admit less light. So, one has to decide whether to use a flash or a higher ISO (film or memory sensitivity to light). Or, if one doesn't use fully manual mode, one can pick a setting that allows you to take control of any one of the Big 3 and allow the camera to take care of the other 2 -- which is, in fact, what I usually opt to do.
The camera is highly capable and flexible. Go with a high speed, high capacity memory card to avoid handcuffing it. Then, get out of automatic mode and explore it.
NOTE: I know. I know. This review is useless for those who know photography and cameras well. But, you're not my audience. I'm writing for those who want to take the next step to assist in their finding an approach to learning more about this camera.
I haven't said a lot about the camera itself, per se, other than that it's capable and flexible. But, others have covered its capabilities far better than I can. I'm just telling the other tyros who are considering stepping up that the water is fine and where to get their swimming lessons.
I feared that I had bought too much camera but have been glad to find that the camera is like Excel. You can use it immediately and get some fine results. But, when ready, you can use it at far deeper levels and will find that whatever you want to do with it you can do with it . . . if you dig a little deeper to learn more of its capabilities. You won't outgrow it, but you can certainly grow as a photographer with it.
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