Update 3/22/2013: The Canon T5i has been announced, very minor upgrades. The T4i with 18-135mm STM is currently a better value and the best price is now at Amazon or B&H, Includes free SD Card at B&H and bundled deal with 55-250 is still possible. For serious photographers T5i does not offer any improvements. T5i vs T4i and 18-55 STM Lens info.
The T4i with 18-55 lens is available at B&H or Amazon. If you want to shoot easy video with the T4i buy with 18-135 for at Amazon or B&H. The bundled deal saves $130 over the cost of the same package at Costco, repeat the Costco T4i deal is not as good as the B&H & Amazon deals linked above.
|Canon T4i 650D||Nikon D5100||Nikon D5200|
|Quick Thoughts||Serious camera crammed into this little body with a responsive touchscreen, good button layout, stereo mic and wireless flash control||Closing in on 18 months old – currently a good value. Will be replaced in Nov 12, no in-body focus motor means some older Nikon lenses will not auto focus||39 point AF system with an excellent sensor and metering system, likely to be the new king of crop sensor camera performance.|
|Max Resolution||5184 x 3456||4928 x 3264||6016 x 4000|
|ISO range||100 – 12800 (25600 with boost)||100-6400 (128000 & 25600 with boost)||100 – 6400 (25,600)|
|Continuous Drive (fps)||5||4||5|
|LCD Screen||Articulated touchscreen 3″ 1,040,000||Articulated 3″ 921,000 dots||articulated 3″ 921,000 dots|
|Viewfinder||Optical – Pentamirror 95% coverage||Optical – Pentamirror 95% coverage||Optical – Pentamirror 95% coverage|
|Full Time AF while Filming?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Movie Mode||1080 at 30,25,24fps 720 at 60,50fps 640 at 60,50fps||1080 at 30,25,24fps 720 at 30,25,24fps 640 at 30,24fps||1080 at 30,25,24fps 720 at 60,50fps 640 at 30,25fps|
|Max Recording Limit||29 Minutes||20 Minutes||29 Minutes|
|Microphone||Stereo||Mono||Mono – maybe stereo but doubtful|
|Ext Mic Jack||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Image Stabilization (IS)||In some lenses||In some lenses||In some lenses|
|Lens Mount||EF/EF-S Mount||Nikon F Mount||Nikon F Mount|
Canon T4i – There is a lot packed into this little camera, very nice touch screen but retains buttons for physical control too – Paired with the new 18 – 135 STM lens and you have an excellent package. High ISO images have a bit less noise than D5100(a good thing) and slightly better frames per second rate/burst of images. – Detailed Canon T4i Review | Canon 18-135 STM Lens Review
D5100 – Despite being a year older than the Canon T4i and
now selling for $300 dollars less it can still be considered competitive, put the savings toward a nice Nikon zoom or even better in my opinion a prime like the 34 f/1.8 and you have a camera capable of taking excellent photos, not quite on par with the T4i on the video side of things as it has a mono mic and the output is not quite as clean as the lovely video from T4i. D5100 has built in intervalometer, useful for taking time-lapse photos.
D5200 – Uses a toshiba sensor similar to the excellent D3200, one of the best crop sensors that has been tested and as a result low light still performance is very good, video performance is not on par with the Canon t4i. Includes On-board Stereo Mic, focus system and metering from D7000 make this very attractive on paper. Bonus: Built in intervalometer is excellent for creating time lapse video.
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