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 12/11: The price of the T4i with 18-55 lens has dropped, I expect this is the last price drop we will see this year and if the T4i is like the T3i last year it will actually increase in price again during the new year. T4i with 18-55 is now $599 (Lowest Price on Amazon) | T3i with 18-55 is $599 (Lowest Price on Amazon) The savings are now small enough that I believe the T4i is the best value for all. If you want to shoot easy video with the T4i buy the T4i with 18-135 for $799 (this includes free SD Card and backpack) Bundled deal with 55-250 is also possible. Ask me if you have any questions.
UPDATE #2 (7-15-12) – The below is no longer valid – Amazon is not selling affected units at this time (8-10-12)
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.Thanks for shopping at Amazon.com.
- Canon T4i Bundles – Which package is right for you? And recommended accessories.
- Canon T4i (650D) Video Review
- Canon T4i Video Review and Touchscreen Demo
- Canon T4i (650D) Initial Thoughts
- Canon T4i Manual (PDF)
The Versus Posts
- Canon T4i vs 60D
- Canon T3i vs 60D
- Canon T4i vs Nikon D3200
- Canon T3i vs T4i (Explained simply)
- Canon T4i vs T3i vs Nikon D3200 vs Sony A37 (chart)
Other Recent Canon Posts
- Canon Recommended Lenses (by budget)
- Canon’s New 40mm f/2.8 STM & How to read MTF Charts
- Rumors of an affordable Full frame camera?
- What does STM mean? Canon 40mm and 18-125 STM Lenses explained
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 and of course an excellent camera capable of taking photos, none of the camcorders can take even close to a comparable photo at this time.
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. The T4i is a nicer camera but doesn’t offer a ton of new features that will make you a better photographer or produce much higher quality photos. The one caveat is the new 18-135 STM lens is excellent and buying the T4i with the 18-135 kit is a good value and one of the first longer range “walk-around” lenses that I can highly recommend.
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. Watch my video that details burst mode shooting with the Canon T4i
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. A strong alternative is the Sony a65.
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 Canon T4i touchscreen is excellent, 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 think you will find it a much faster and more intuitive way to change settings. – Video Demo of the Touch Screen
Q: Will EF Lenses work on the Canon T4i?
A: YES – EF and EF-S lenses work on the Canon T4i. EF-S do NOT work on full frame cameras like the 5D Mark II and III. My list of Canon Recommended lenses.
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