A round up of all the information I have and have found on the Canon T4i – Please leave questions in the comments and I will be happy to answer and add to this document. – Scroll down for the Q&A section

UPDATE: Holiday Deal: Update: T4i is now selling with 18-135 for $899, additional Freebies Included 

UPDATE: $100 instant rebate ends today(12/2), it is likely that tomorrow all bundles with the T4i will increase $100.


UPDATE #6:  The Canon T4i with 18-135 STM Lens is now in stock at Amazon |  My Full review of the Canon T4i with 18 – 135 STM

UPDATE #4: Canon’s new Mirrorless camera will be announced on Monday (7-23-12) this may be a nice alternative for some of you from the bulk of a DSLR.

UPDATE #3 (7-20-12) The T4i with 18-135 is once again listed on Amazon and is available for purchase.

UPDATE #2 (7-15-12) – The below information is no longer accurate- Amazon is no longer selling cameras in the recall group – buy with confidence!

Greetings from Amazon.com.We have recently learned that Canon USA is voluntarily recalling the EOS REBEL T4i Digital SLR camera .The front rubber grips of some EOS REBEL T4i units may turn white after a short period of time due to the deposit of zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) on the product during manufacturing as a result of a chemical reaction.While Canon has not received any reports of injury or allergic reactions, allergic skin reactions may develop. In addition, if eyes are rubbed after contact with the substance, symptoms, such as red eyes, may develop.You may also find additional details about the recall in the Canon USA bulletin at: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e024805ba6ceWe took this step as soon as we learned of the safety concern surrounding this product and regret the inconvenience this cancellation has caused. We trust that you will understand that the safety of our customers is our highest priority.

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Canon T4i with 18-135 STM Lens
Canon T4i with 18-135 STM Lens


T4i(650D) Information

The Versus Posts

Other Recent Canon Posts

Q: Should I buy the T4i to replace my aging camcorder?

A: Maybe – Camcorders are still easier to work with, focus faster and you can get a nice 1080P camcorder for less Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom, 16 GB Embedded Memory and Built-in Projector  What you don’t get with a camcorder is excellent low light capabilities that the T4i offers and the lovely blurred backgrounds you get shooting with the larger sensor at large apertures. Not to mention all the lenses Canon has to offer.

Q: I am a landscape photographer moving up from a P&S – should I get the T4i or the Nikon D3200? 

A:  Review the Versus post linked above but I would lean toward the D3200 – it offers more megapixels on a top notch sensor and landscape photographers can never work with enough pixels – You are going to want to consider a different lens on the D3200 though as the kit lens is not as good as the sensor.

Q: I have a canon T3i, should I upgrade?

A: Review the T3i vs T4i post above but I lean toward not recommending upgrading.  T4i is a nicer camera but doesn’t offer a ton of new features over the T3i except the touchscreen and the autofocus during video.  That last feature is pretty huge but for everyone – if you use video a ton and really wish that the camera would do continuous focus while filming, then yes, you should upgrade.

Q: I don’t understand the difference between the auto focus during video of the T3i and the T4i- can you explain this simply?

A: Most DSLRS have a mirror that bounces the light coming into the camera up to the viewfinder and the big brains of the camera(responsible for focusing), when you go to take a photo the camera focuses(very quickly) and then the mirror flips up(this usually is louder than the actual shutter) and the light hits the sensor and you have a photo.   In live view or while filming (basically the same as live view) the mirror is flipped up and stays up, this blocks the big brains from being part of the focusing and as a result the camera focuses much more slowly as it uses the littler brain connected to the sensor and can only do it when you ask the sensor to focus, it is not capable of continuous AF.  You also have the option of letting the mirror flip down for a second, refocus, and continue filming. This does cut off light to the sensor for a moment and interrupts the video.    Canon has made changes to the sensor, it is now a hybrid CMOS sensor that basically has a bigger brain and is capable of continuously auto focusing while filming without flipping down the mirror or being very slow about it.

Q: Is the T4i fast enough for sports photography?

A: The T4i is now up to 5.3 FPS – Frames Per Second, Shooting RAW you can only get six shots before the buffer needs to clear.  My direct experience with the T3i was that this buffer really took time to clear, especially if you were shooting RAW.  JPEG gives you almost 22 shots before the buffer is full.  So, you hold the shutter down for one second and you get 6 shots and can’t take any more for several seconds.  In the world of Sports (except maybe your child) this is not fast enough and the buffer does not clear fast enough.  If you are serious about sports the 60D is an option but even better is a 7D – used would be just fine and at $1000 a great deal for a serious camera.

Q: Is the T4i the best camera in its class?  

A: Really hard to answer this one – And you probably need to really define the “class” you are talking about.  The T4i is an excellent camera with lovely features but it isn’t really a game changer (I know that this doesn’t directly answer the question)  And there are now loads of options.  I am still Canon biased, you are buying into a huge ecosystem – tons of excellent lenses (Canon Recommended Lenses (by budget)), oodles of accessories and quality control plus customer service that is really only matched by Apple.    When I am shooting weddings I am always keeping an eye on the guests and what they shoot with too and Canon is still champ in numbers but cameras like the Sony NEX series and Olympus Pen are certainly on the increase.  I will have a review of the Sony A65 which is probably the closest competitor to the Canon T4i soon.

Q: Can I use my old Canon lenses with the T4i

A: You can use your old lenses with the t4i, unless they are really old.  If they have the designation EF or EF-S they will work just fine with your T4i.

Q: How are the Canon T4i Reviews?

A: Good, don’t bother reading the early reviews on Amazon though -very few actual owner reviews are listed for the Canon T4i and the bulk of the negative reviews are either folks complaining that they just bought the T3i and paid lots of money and now feel ripped off  or they want to make a statement about those that are leaving 5-star reviews without actually using the camera either.   Reviews from most tech journalists are mostly positive. With mentions of increasing pressure from the 4/3 and other mirrorless cameras are making on the more traditional approach of the Canon T4i.

Q: What SD Card should I get if I am going to be shooting video

A: You want the SanDisk Extreme 16GB SDHC Flash Memory Card It is fast, reliable and affordable, you do NOT Need the ones labeled Video, they don’t offer anything different and the SanDisk Extreme works perfectly for video and photos.  If you will be shooting LOADS of video with the canon T4i grab the 32GB version

Q: If I am primarily interested in video – is the T4i or the D3200 a better dslr for video

A: I lean toward Canon, the video output from Canon sensors always seems to be a little cleaner and suffers less from rolling shutter(wavy lines on the screen as you pan the camera) the Hybrid CMOS sensor of the T4i is going to offer a little better auto-focus while filming, Though if you are really serious about video on a DSLR you are going to take the time to learn how to manually focus.

Q: Earlier Rebels could only film for 12 minutes, What is the movie recording limit on the T4i?

A: The limit is now 29min and 59seconds.  With a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E8, the total movie shooting time approx. 1 hr. 40 min. at room temperature and approx. 1 hr. 20 min. at lower temps. Remember that each 20 minute clip at 1080P is going to be nearly 10GB.

Q: Should I buy a spare battery? and if so third part or canon?

A: I would buy a spare, battery life is good -about 500 shots-  but it is always nice to have a spare around and I might even say essential if you plan on shoot lots of video.  Buying the Canon Brand LP-E8 for the T4i (same battery used for t2i and t3i) is safest but there honestly is little chance anything bad will happen from using a 3rd party battery other than it might not last quite as long.  Though in my experience with the Rebel XT 3rd party batteries were just fine.

Q: How is the Canon T4i Touchscreen?

A: The touch screen is very good, this isn’t a cheap resistive screen we have seen on other P&S cameras, rather it is a screen very similar to the Apple iPhone and iPad screens we all know and love – it is fast, responsive and for now Canon still offers physical buttons for all the controls so you the touchscreen’s use is entirely optional, though I thnk you will find it a much faster and more intuitive way to change settings.

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  1. Re: video. I’d lean towards the 3200. I’ve used a variety of DSLR’s for video over the years, most notably the 5D and 7D, whilst I’d agree with you that historically Nikons video output has been weak (the 5100, for instance, being particularly poor) – I’ve found the 3200 to be really very good in this regard. It suffers none of the poor down-sampling with associated moire that the 5D suffers from. Compression is well handled too, I’ve been able to push colours and luminance around in Resolve far more than with 5D and 7D footage. I’ve not tried the D800 yet but I’d say the D3200 is currently my favourite DSLR for video. Incredible for a body that costs less than £500.

    A few other things, rolling shutter isn’t ‘wavy lines’ as such, it’s temporal lag on the sensor and is more likely to manifest itself as a straight skew, ie a bus going through frame at speed – the uprights will appear as diagonals – the only way you’ll get wavy lines is if your handheld and just throwing your camera around. The 3200 certainly suffers from rolling shutter, as do all DSLRs – I’ve not measured how pronounced it is yet.

    Regarding autofocus, all AF systems on DSLRs are rubbish. They’re irrelevant.

    • Nice comments Ally – sorry I didn’t explain rolling shutter well, I do mean when you pan back and forth the slanting creates wavy lines with what should be straight lines. I also think that for parents looking for something to capture their kids the Canon T4i with stereo mic and more friendly autofocus will make it easier. Good to hear though that the D3200 really shines, I know the sensor is spectacular with still shots – wish you had an option to shoot medium RAW/NEF, 24MP files are huge.

    • Hi Eddie,

      Page 294 of the manual covers this, which you can download here. You want to go into the menu,custom functions and set C.Fn-2 ISO expansion to ON.

  2. Sobre o audio, vou usar um microfone de lapela para captação de audio, funciona bem? E eu consigo controlar o nivel de audio, muito obrigado

    • Sim, um microfone de lapela será capaz de capturar áudio bem e você tem a porta de microfone externo com controle de áudio manual. Espero que ajude.

      – Used google translate to translate this and respond – hopefully it makes some sense. In English the question was –
      Q: On the audio, I use a lapel microphone to capture audio, works well? And I can control the audio level, thank you

      A: Yes, a lapel microphone will be Able to capture audio as well and you have the external mic port with manual audio control. Hope that helps.

  3. Hey

    I’m totally new to photography, but have always appreciated a good picture. I’ve always wanted to learn about photography and having a kid recently gave me the stimulus to get started. I have the t4i and am going around looking to soak up all the info I can. so ,specifically, i saw a comment on another website referring to this video here: http://youtu.be/ZRoqNx9rlVA

    The commentor said “When the photographer in the video, J.P. Morgan, mentions specific focal lengths, he’s referring either to 35 mm film cameras or full-sensor DSLR’s. If you’re using a cropped sensor camera, such as a Canon Digital Rebel EOS T1i – T4i, you should multiply his answer by 0.6, so the 135 mm lens he’s recommending would translate to something like 80 mm.”

    If this person is correct, please explain what they mean here (and how does it pertain to lense selection if at all), and is this something that will be important to remember about my camera in the future. If they are wrong,please explain why also. Thanks in advance

    • Hello – Good question. The commenter is correct. The Canon T4i and all the other Canon Rebels are crop sensor cameras, officially referred to as APS-C which means you have to multiply the focal length on your lens to get the true focal length. If you are shooting with a 50mm lens on your T4i your true focal length is 50 * 1.6 which equals 80mm. This is something you should keep in the back of your mind as you select lenses. I love the 50mm f/1.8 and you will see it often recommended as a great lens to buy with your DSLR but it can be a little long on a T4i due to the multiplication factor. If you are interested in hitting that 135 sweet spot the 85 f/1.8 is a very nice lens for head shots and portraiture. If you move up to a full frame camera in the future the 85 is still excellent. Feel free to follow up with more questions.

    • Cela dépend de ce que vous avez besoin, mais en général, je crois que le Canon T4i(650D) offre la meilleure valeur pour photo et vidéo.

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