Canon T4i 18.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Reviews Roundup

On June 8 2012, Canon announced the highly anticipated EOS Rebel T4i (aka 650D) DSLR camera. This entry-level DSLR is equipped with a new 18 Megapixels CMOS sensor that offers a hybrid of phase and contrast autofocus, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, and 3.0-inch vari-angle LCD touch screen with 1.04 million dots resolution. Borrows from the EOS 60D DSLR, the T4i features a new AF system with a 9-point all cross-type sensor array and Hybrid CMOS AF to achieve fast focus when shooting stills or video in Live View mode. There is also a new Movie Servo AF mode for a continuous AF during HD video recording when using the newly introduced Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. The T4i also comes with stereo microphone, 5fps burst shooting (versus T3i's 3.7fps), ISO range up to 12800 (expandable to 25600), adjustable noise reduction strengths and two new creative filters: art bold and water painting.

There are two new STM lenses that's announced along with the T4i - the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. Both are Stepping Motor STM lenses which can support smooth and silent focusing to achieve continuous AF while recording video. The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens also comes with Dynamic IS (Movie Shooting Mode only) that uses a wide image stabilization correction range to help ensure steady video. The one-inch thick EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens boosts an aperture of f/2.8 making it an ideal lens for capturing portrait stills or video. The Canon EOS Rebel T4i is listed for an estimated $849 body-only, or $949 with an 18-55mm kit lens, or $1,199 with the new 18-135mm kit lens. That lens alone is listed for $549, and the new 40mm pancake is listed for $199.

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Canon EOS Rebel T4i Camera Reviews Roundup

Imaging Resource - Nov 04 2012
"When a company touts a new feature that turns out to be, well, not so hot, it casts a pall over the entire product, sometimes unnecessarily. This is one of those cases. Most people still don't think of SLRs primarily as video cameras, so that the on-sensor phase detect isn't as responsive or accurate as we'd like doesn't take away from the Canon T4i's excel..." More »
Not Rated
LetsGoDigital - Nov 04 2012
"Canon EOS SLR cameras are known for their high image quality. The EOS 650D is no exception; the camera delivers excellent photos and offers many more possibilities than previous models. The resolution is one of the best in its class. With the hybrid autofocus system and the possibility of taking continuous shots with a speed of 5 images per second, up to a..." More »
90out of 100
PCMag - Oct 31 2012
"Imatest also checks for image noise, which can make photos appear grainy and rob them of detail as you increase a camera's sensitivity to light. The T4i keeps noise under 1.5 percent through ISO 1600, and only hits 1.6 percent at ISO 3200. If you're shooting JPG files, image detail is excellent through ISO 1600, and still quite acceptable at ISO 3200. If yo..." More »
80out of 100
CNET US - Oct 22 2012
"Overall, the photo and video quality of the T4i still rates as excellent, though at high ISO sensitivities it's slightly surpassed by the T3i; it looks like either the blue channel in the new sensor just isn't as sensitive as the previous one or Canon's processing the heck out of it. JPEGs are fine up through ISO 400 if you're not a pixel peeper; if you are..." More »
78out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Oct 12 2012
"The Canon EOS Rebel T4i is a very solid mid-level DSLR. If that sounds like faint praise, it should. This is not a camera that inspires strong feelings in either direction. It's a competent, incremental upgrade to a well-received ancestor. It gets the job done. It's not the best at many things, but it's not the worst, either. It rests comfortably in its cla..." More »
83out of 100
Digital Camera Resource Page - Oct 03 2012
"Camera performance is mixed. The Rebel T4i's 1.3 second startup time is a bit slow for a digital SLR. Focus times depend on the lens you're using, the chosen focus mode, and lighting conditions. When shooting with the optical viewfinder, the T4i offers robust performance. Live view is a different story. With an STM lens in good light, the camera will focus..." More »
Not Rated
Steve's Digicam - Sep 22 2012
"Taking a look at our outdoor samples, we can see that the camera produces an excellent overall image, with great exposure and outstanding colors. Our standard outdoor samples were taken in both SR Auto and Program modes, showing that the SR Auto does make a difference if you are only going to point-n-shoot. It did produce a slightly different exposure in ea..." More »
Not Rated
Amateur Photographer - Sep 14 2012
"All the upper-entry-level and enthusiast-level Canon DSLRs feature an 18-million-pixel CMOS sensor, so it is no surprise that the 650D is a match for resolved detail at its base ISO 100 setting. At this setting and in raw capture, the camera reaches 28 on our resolution chart, while in JPEG capture the camera resolves up to the 26 marker. This level of perf..." More »
84out of 100
TheVerge - Sep 14 2012
"It's hard to complain about the T4i's image quality. The tried and true 18-megapixel APS-C sensor can deliver beautiful results, whether you're taking pictures fully automatic, manually adjusting settings, or shooting 1080p or 720p DSLR video at 60 frames per second. The results aren't quite what you could get with a full-frame camera, perhaps, whose larger..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - Sep 11 2012
"The Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i is the best mid-range Canon DSLR yet, offering a lot of new features that aren't apparent at first glance. In particular we appreciated the new touch-screen interface, faster burst mode, expanded ISO range and the ability to continuously auto-focus during movie recording, although the innovative Hybrid AF system still doesn't..." More »
90out of 100
ePhotoZine - Sep 11 2012
"Exposure is extremely reliable. Dynamic range is very good and can be expanded in a number of ways including the "Auto lighting optimizer" or the new HDR mode. Macro performance is reasonable although for better results a macro lens is recommended. Detail is good whether using the lens at the wide or telephoto end of the lens. Although it does ben..." More »
90out of 100
Phoblographer - Sep 10 2012
"Canon Rebels are generally very easy to use, and the T4i continues that tradition for the most part. With additions like the video mode being put on the On/Off switch and the back record button, users should find it easier to record video overall. As far as still operation goes, the Rebel has changed very little from its predecessors. So if you're the touri..." More »
Not Rated
Gizmodo - Sep 05 2012
"The camera's video quality is virtually identical to the performance on the T2i. The noise at high ISOs is still a mess, the image could be sharper, and the aliasing and moire distortions haven't been fixed. Given that video is one of the selling points for this (and all Canon cameras), you expect better. The T4i did get an upgraded Digic 5 processor, which..." More »
70out of 100
dpreview - Aug 21 2012
"With the EOS 650D, Canon faced the challenge of taking an already successful camera line and finding a way to offer more than a token upgrade without stealing too much thunder from its higher-spec'd DSLRs. By maintaining what has long been very good image quality for both stills and video shooting and addressing operational handling with a remarkably well-e..." More »
77out of 100
KenRockwell - Aug 20 2012
"Canon's claimed magic image-sensor phase detection AF for live view isn't all that great, and even if it was, it only works towards the very center of the image, not out in the frame where you really need it. The marketing fluff about the magic phase-detection CMOS sensor is just that. It's better for video as covered at the introduction, but still leaves a..." More »
Not Rated
Camera Labs - Aug 07 2012
"The upper entry level DSLR market is a tough environment and companies have to be bold, but also cautious in order to succeed. Canon is a canny operator in this respect, maintaining a clear distinction between its budget, upper entry level and mid-range models. The risk in this approach is that competitors who don't operate under the same constraints can ou..." More »
88out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Jul 23 2012
"Improvements to the autofocusing system were most noticeable when the viewfinder was used for shot composition. In Live View mode, it often took a second or so for the focus to establish, although using the touch shutter reduced hunting and AF lag times to around 0.3 seconds. Lags of between 0.3 and 0.5 seconds were common in movie clips during panning and..." More »
88out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Jul 10 2012
"While the Canon EOS 650D's top 5fps burst speed still falls short of rivals such as the Sony A57 and Pentax K-30, it's still an improvement over the 4fps of the Nikon D5100. That said, we were unable to record the claimed 22 consecutive JPEG frames, even when using the fastest memory card available and with all processing options kept to a minimum. Metering..." More »
80out of 100
Pocket-lint - Jul 10 2012
"A significant reason to buy a DSLR is to take benefit from the large sensor size and the increase in image quality that's above and beyond compacts, smartphones and the like. The 650D features an APS-C-size CMOS sensor paired with the latest DIGIC 5 processor and is structurally different from the 600D, thanks to the new hybrid AF system. This on-sensor AF..." More »
80out of 100
CNET AU - Jun 18 2012
"The 650D marks the first Canon SLR to implement automatic focusing during video recording (full 1080p at 30, 25 or 24fps). There's also a built-in stereo microphone, as well as a 3.5mm stereo microphone input. Movie Servo AF lets a subject be tracked continuously during filming. Two new lenses have been announced at the same time as the 650D. The EF-S 18-13..." More »
Not Rated
ePhotoZine - Jun 14 2012
"At the Jessops re-launch of the New Oxford Street store in London, we had a hands-on look at the new Canon EOS 650D in the Canon section of the store. Unfortunately it was a pre-production sample so we were unable to put a memory card in it to have a look at the image quality. We were, however, able to use the camera's new touch-screen interface, this lets..." More »
Not Rated
PhotoReview Australia - Jun 13 2012
"The AF system has been dramatically improved for the EOS 650D. Although it's still a nine-point system (as in the 550D), each AF point is a cross-type sensor, instead of just the central point. This is a 'first' for Canon in an entry-level DSLR and should deliver fast and accurate autofocusing, regardless of how shots are composed or the patterns in the sub..." More »
Not Rated

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