The T5i has been released. It performs identically in low light to the T4i. There are other slight differences between the T4i and T5i.
What the T4i has that the T3i doesn’t
- Continuous and silent* Auto focus during video thanks to the Hybrid CMOS sensor, T3i is not able to continuously auto focus during video.
- Stereo Microphone, T3i had Mono – both have mic port
- Touchscreen – Very good, makes camera a bit more user friendly, especially for photographers new to DSLRS
- Higher Iso, can now hit 25,600 thanks to the Digic 5 processor, T3i had a Digic 4
- Digic 5 Processor also allows in camera HDR
- Digic 5 Processor also allows 5 Frames Per Second burst, T3i was 3.7 FPS
- Better Focus with 9 cross type AF points, T3i has one cross-type(center) and 8 single axis points.
* Silent Af only possible with the two new STM lenses, the 40mm and the 18-135
|Canon T3i Body only: $599.99
Body+18-55 IS II Kit: $599.99
Body+18-135 IS Kit: $769.99
|Canon T4i Body only: $599.99
Body +18-55mm IS II: $699.99
Body +18-135mm IS STM: $799 (Bundled deal w/ 55-250)
With the recent price drops the T4i with 18-135 really becomes the best option for most folks.
Should you upgrade? If you are a video shooter or a parent looking to have one device capture all and do it more easily than previous models I say upgrade. If you are primarily a still shooter the T4i would be a nice but certainly not necessary upgrade. Or if you don’t already own Canon lenses maybe you should consider other options.
Update: Review of the 18-135 STM lens – Canon’s new best walk-around lens?
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. – MORE Q&A at Canon T4i – Everything you want to know
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I have answered nearly 400 reader questions in the last few months, most wonder if they should get the T3i or the T4i, If you want your own answer send me an email – include what you like to shoot, what gear you have now and I will be happy to share my thoughts.
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