Canon T4i information at digital.photorecommendations.com

CyberMonday Update: T4i is now selling with 18-135 for $899, additional freebies(SD Card, Backpack and Training Card) UPDATE: $100 instant rebate ends today(12/2), it is likely that tomorrow all bundles with the T4i will increase $100.

This is going to be a short, wrap-up style, review of the Canon T4i, I have already demoed the touch screen, showed ISO sample with video and stills and posted several videos on the new continuous focusing feature with both STM and non STM lenses. If you haven’t watched those yet click the links above, they all open in new tabs.

Canon T4i Review

Overall this is a really nice camera – The articulating touchscreen is really sweet and offers some nice options for controlling and focusing this camera, and this is coming from someone that was not excited about this feature. But, the button placement in conjunction with the touchscreen is near perfect and allows for flexibility in how you control your camera – I appreciate that! You might appreciate that more than you think too. The Q button (on screen or physical) allows quick access to changing almost all common settings, also very appreciated.

Video and photo quality is excellent – I find ISO 3200 perfectly useable and could certainly go to 6400 in a pinch. I pulled a frame out of a video the other day and was stunned by the quality, and I feel that one could easily get a decent 4 x 6 out of 1080p resolution. On the audio side, the stereo audio is lovely and it is nice to not have to worrying about capturing audio with an external microphone or a separate device like a Zoom Recorder when you are using the silent focus STM lenses, other, non-STM lenses do still make enough noise during auto focus that the microphone captures the sound.

I have been impressed with battery life, the screen is bright and easily viewed indoors and out and that draws some power but shot life is on par with earlier rebels wiich is about 500 shots or between an hour or two of recording.

Now for the bummers – the continuous auto focus (cAF) is a step forward but it is a small step, if your subject is moving faster than a slow walk the camera will struggle to keep it in focus. In bright light with a large depth of field you can pretty much fake it but this is not the camera to use to record high speed sports or really any sports where the subject or action is faster than toddler speed. Another bummer I have run across, and it is a nit-picky one, is the slight lag in turning the screen on. It is slight just about a second or so but occasionally I wondered if I had done something wrong. My final item for the bummer category is price -All models should be $100 less, overall I love this camera, really nice to shoot with, excellent quality but I don’t quite get why they have priced it higher than previous Rebels. This might be the perfect camera for your, or maybe you can save a bit and get the Canon T3i(600D) or even save a bit more and get the Nikon D3200, I am happy to help you decide which camera is best for you. Shoot me an email at tobias@digital.photorecommendations.com or leave a comment below.

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  1. Hi,

    I need some help. I just bought the 7D and I really love it but I am a very beginner in SLRs and was considering returning it in exchange for the t4i. I think I just need more of a combination of SLR and point and shoot features to start. My question is, outside of 8fps, what is the major drawback to making this exchange? I don’t want to lose image quality. From what I’ve read, they have the exact same sensor right? Please help.

    Thank you

    • Hi Lindsey,

      The T4i is more friendly than the 7D offering the Creative Mode plus all of the automatic modes – Just remember your goal should be to eventually move away from those toward the M, Av, Tv and P modes because you are a better decider of the photo than the camera. You won’t lose any image quality, in fact you gain a bit – the T4i uses the newer processor which squeezes a bit more ISO out of the sensor. You do lose some focus points but all 9 of the T4i’s focus points are cross-type so this isn’t a big deal. Battery life will take a hit but just buy a spare, 3rd party is fine. Amazon is still not selling the T4is so if you want to buy now I suggest Adorama http://www.adorama.com/ICAT4IK.html?KBID=64680 and I highly recommend you pick up Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson Please let me know if you have any questions.

    • I responded to Lindsey via email but I thought it would be worthwhile to share most of my response here too.

      The T4i is more friendly than the 7D offering the Creative Mode plus
      all of the automatic modes – Just remember your goal should be to
      eventually move away from those toward the M, Av, Tv and P modes
      because you are a better decider of the photo than the camera. You
      won’t lose any image quality, in fact you gain a bit – the T4i uses
      the newer processor which squeezes a bit more ISO out of the sensor.
      You do lose some focus points but all 9 of the T4i’s focus points are
      cross-type so this isn’t a big deal. Battery life will take a hit but
      just buy a spare, 3rd party is fine.

  2. Hi, I was wondering if the D3200 would be better than the T4i? I’m a photographer, I do all types of sessions, but I am a new photographer so these are in my price range. I started with the Nikon D3100 and then moved to the Nikon D5100, but something happened with my 5100 and I’m left without a camera. I was looking at the photos on this website for the D3200- http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/digital-slrs-hybrids/nikon-d3200-1076574/review?artc_pg=6 and I wasn’t impressed at all with the detail when I zoomed in. Can you help me?

    • HI Maci, If you shoot RAW you can get excellent images out of the D3200 and under $700 the price is quite friendly. And is probably the best option for you based on budget and the fact that you are used to Nikon. You mention you do all types of sessions? you are using this camera for business? I would strongly recommend you pick up an external flash and/or explore the use of prime lenses and this is where the D3200 is not quite as good as the T4i, the D3200 and D5100 do not have internal focus motors and so some of the nice Nikon prime lenses do not auto focus on a D3200 or D5100. Another option is an older model like the T2i or T3i and that gives you focusing with all canon primes and wireless flash control. I am happy to chat lots more about these options. P.S. I do agree that the photos on the site you linked are a bit flat but they are trying to challenge the camera and likely did not shoot RAW.

  3. Thoughts on the K30? They are similar price points, and seem to have similar specs as well. Im not an experienced photographer, and have no investment in lenses as of yet. Just sorta looking for a step up from point and shoot camera.

    • If you don’t have a lens collection and are more interested in shooting stills over video the K30 is a very tempting camera. It is very comparable to the T4i but without an articulated touchscreen, stereo mic and mic jack – it does have a better viewfinder – larger and brighter, weather sealing, focus peaking for easy manual focusing with loads of Pentax lenses and image stabilization in camera, that last one is pretty huge- throw an old prime lens on there and it will be stabilized. . quite nice indeed.. I see lots of folks calling it tough . . it is made out of the same material as the T4i but the weather sealing is very nice, I just don’t see anything that says shock proof. Battery life is comparable and if you buy the AA adapter http://goo.gl/IQpPf you never really have to worry about charging, this would seem to me to be especially nice for traveling – AA batteries can be found everywhere. I will add the spec list to my big compare page soon.

    • Awesome – thanks for sharing. I’d love to setup a photo sharing spot on this site or FB for folks to post their images and maybe receive some critiquing.

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