Canon EOS Rebel T4i (Body Only)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: CNETRebelT4i
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- A fine camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i's more expensive 18-135mm STM kit (or body with another STM lens) is the only version that merits an unqualified recommendation. You can probably find better alternatives if you just want a sub-$1,000 dSLR for still photography.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $799.00 - $827.95
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 10/19/2012
The good: The Canon EOS Rebel T4i delivers extremely good photo and video quality plus improved performance in Live View shooting over the T3i -- as long as you buy the more expensive 18-135mm STM kit. Plus, the camera has a more streamlined shooting design than its predecessor.
The bad: The feature set remains rather blah, and its photos aren't as good as the T3i's at high ISO sensitivities.
The bottom line: A fine camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i's more expensive 18-135mm STM kit (or body with another STM lens) is the only version that merits an unqualified recommendation. You can probably find better alternatives if you just want a sub-$1,000 dSLR for still photography.
Upgraded from T2i
by JessopCG11 on February 8, 2014
Pros: Outstanding Image Quality
Great build quality, rubber grips are actually quite nice, feeling much more flexible and grippy.
Very good autofocusing with video
Ease Of Use
Cons: Q button is almost directly above the "up" button
Learning curve on the touchscreen
Summary: I've owned 3 Canon cameras over the years, a Rebel SLR film camera, upgraded to the XTi for digital, then up to the T2i as it added video. I ...
Summary: I've owned 3 Canon cameras over the years, a Rebel SLR film camera, upgraded to the XTi for digital, then up to the T2i as it added video. I skipped the T1i/T3i as the feature set didn't seem that much improved over my previous models for the cost. I've been very happy with the T2i, shooting over 4000 pictures with it. However, I take a lot of video with the T2i and the stereo mic plus the enhanced Digic 5 processor for better low light performance and an upcoming trip to Vegas (with lots of night shot potential) sold me on upgrading again. I shot about 500 photos over the past week with it.
The T2i wasn't without its quirks. For example if I was shooting at an obvious target with the center focus point it would consistently try to autofocus somewhere else off to the side if it was closer. I got around this by just enabling the center AF point but it would still occasionally hunt for the focus. Another problem I had with it was its occasional color reproduction. There's a bar at Vegas in the Aria casino called the Moderno Bar with a dark chocolate brown sign and faux trees lit with a blue light that, no matter how I adjusted the exposure or color settings would inevitably turn out as blue gray or sandal wood. Intense reds or yellows would come out cooler or more intense than my eye was seeing them. The colors I could fix in post-processing but it was still an annoyance.
I'm pleased to report that the T4i is a decent enhancement.
Low light performance IS better. ISO 3200 is useable... SOMETIMES. It has real problems with gradients (IE dark sunsets, low lighting conditions with shadows will become very noisy and grainy.) Hard brightness/color changes with solid colors look very good, however. I suspect that this is due to the built-in noise reduction processing of the camera and not an improvement on the sensor itself. This noise is NOT noticeable on the built-in screen unless you zoom almost all the way into the picture. But it's readily noticeable on a regular monitor. Like the T2i I've set the limit to max out at ISO 1600. But it IS better than the T2i at ISO 3200.
Color reproduction is better - The Moderno Bar came out near perfect on my first shot with the T4i (and a little manual adjusting got it close enough to perfect for my taste for the effect I was going for). Reds don't tend to "bloom" as much either and blend better with the scene. Auto-Exposure is still tricky, but whereas the T2i guessed too dark and captured a bright picture, the T4i errs on the other side and guesses too light and captures a darker picture. That's not a killer issue because that's readily apparent from the image review but still a quirk nonetheless.
Autofocusing - Much better. I still only use the center AF point but it was very rare for me to not "lock" onto a point to get what I wanted.
Stereo Mic - The mic is moved to the top of the camera just in front of the flash hot shoe. Stereo separation is decent and the mic is much clearer than the T2i's (much more high end) But... the mic is on the top so its much more sensitive to wind noise. Even the slightest breeze will sound like a hurricane. Canon's added a wind noise attenuator that can be enabled which essentially clips the wind noise after half a second. Overall I'm pleased with the audio.
UPDATE - Watch your breathing/camera placement - I was doing some videoing with the camera held at chest level, breathing through my nose and the mic sounded like I was in a hurricane.
Autofocusing with video - You don't need the STM lens to get the autofocus feature. The T4i will automatically step the lens to bring things into focus though it might end up hunting for a bit. This is much better than the T2i's autofocusing abilityu but still not a great solution. You WILL hear the noise of the lens focusing, even with an ultrasonic motor. (I did not have an STM lens to test with as all the kits in my area that contained them had been recalled for the rubber grip issue and none of my local dealers had the lens itself in stock) For the T2i I ended up pre-focusing on a far away target then leaving the focus untouched for most cases or manually focusing while videoing and I continued the practice for the T4i.
Variable touch screen - Neat feature but I just didn't use the variable portion of the screen. The touch screen is cool but I found the touch to focus tricky and sensitive to being "retouched" before I could press the shutter button. If you're right handed, you're going to want to touch the screen with your right hand while holding the camera in your left, then grip the right side with your right hand while moving the left to get a brtter steady position and I found myself brushing the screen with my left thumb way too much. You can also "swipe" your pictures and pinch zoom them while viewing them but the buttons still retain the same functionality as before so I continued to just use them.
Build quality - The rubber grips (the source of the recall) are actually quite nice, feeling much more flexible and "grippy". The buttons on the back have rough edged plastic that makes them more tactile but also feels a little cheaper. The button clicking is much more pronounced though and I think that's a good thing. (My only complaint is that the Q button is almost directly above the "up" button so I kept overshooting the up button and pressing it instead when doing fast adjustments so that I was adjusting other things besides what I wanted)
If you already have a T2i and don't care about stereo audio or low light photography, I'm not sure you need to upgrade. The focusing and reproduction are somewhat better but I'm not sure it's $900 better if you're not interested in the newer features. On the other hand if you're a new buyer this is a decent camera to start with.
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6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Forget Reviews - Just Buy It!
by PRinaldiXD on November 10, 2012
Pros: + Outstanding Image Quality
+ HDR mode is very good
+ Touch screen is great
+ 5 Frames Per Second Shooting
+ Ease Of Use
Cons: - Bezel around the touchscreen is uneven
- AF function is loud
Summary: I pondered for months over every test report for a whole range of DSLRs across the Pentax, Canon, Sony and Nikon ranges. My choice was limited as I have been ...
Summary: I pondered for months over every test report for a whole range of DSLRs across the Pentax, Canon, Sony and Nikon ranges. My choice was limited as I have been used to having an articulated screen on my Powershot G5 and G12 and this is a facility I did not want to lose. I take a lot of pictures of railways and use the versatility of the articulated LCD frequently.
Having read so many DSLR reports and opinions on forums I ended up suffering from information overload. Then Canon brought out the Rebel T4i and immediately my mind was made up. The recall of the Rebel T4i due to a dodgy grip intervened though and no one seemed to have even a demonstrator for a while.
I find the camera a nice weight and size. I have average size hands but on my G12 fingers and thumb are constantly pressing buttons by mistake. Not so the Rebel T4i. There is ample room for my thumb to rest between two banks of buttons on the back but almost everything is accessible when needed by thumb or forefinger. The video button could be better placed nearer the shutter release but for me it is OK. I do shoot a lot of video but with a dedicated video camera. I may use this camera as a backup for the odd video but prefer my usual Sony and DV tapes.
Half pressure on the shutter release is easy to find and hold. Being a spectacle wearer this is a boon. Wearing glasses means that half pressure has to maintained longer than usual in order to look around the viewfinder for settings or focus confirmation.
One of the most significantly useful features is the Q button which brings up a screen full of options that can be easily altered by buttons or by touchscreen. I prefer to use buttons as the LCD panel can get very messy very quickly from finger grease marking when it is used as a touch screen.
Where the touch screen comes into its own is in live view for setting focus. Just touch the screen where you want the main focus to be and camera does the rest including taking the shot. There is quite a delay though between touching the screen, focus being found and the shutter firing so this facility is only useful for static subjects. With the screen extended to the left of the camera it is very easy to hold the camera steady with the right hand and adjust focus and firing the shutter with the left . I am not left handed but this could be handy for anyone who is. I cannot compare the touch screen to any on smart phones as I don't possess one.
One thing lacking is fn buttons which can be user defined. The manual says that the `Set' button can be user defined but doing so you would lose that facility for setting any parameters you have decided upon and the touch screen would have to be used for 'Set' confirmation. I could be wrong about this. Further investigation is necessary.
There are three user defined settings available in Picture Styles but the parameters the user can set appear to be confined to brightness, contrast, colour saturation and sharpness. It was in using picture styles that I made my deliberate mistake which took me a couple of weeks to correct. I don't like garish colours so I started shooting with the Picture Style set to neutral. Everything seemed fine so far as I knew but when I attached the Tamron 10-24mm lens that I purchased at the same time as the camera, I could barely achieve focus no matter what I did. After dozens of trial shots I was on the point of returning what I thought was a dreadful lens. Reading once more through the manual and playing with Picture Styles I discovered to my surprise that setting the Picture Style to Neutral sets the sharpness to zero whereas every other style sets it to half way between zero and seven. Problem solved and the Tamron lens is really very good.
In bright sunshine I find the LCD screen just as poor as every other I have ever tried in spite of what manufacturers would have you believe. Angling the screen helps a bit but the time taken to find an acceptable angle could mean lost pictures. There is an adjustment available via the menu to increase the brightness and that is something else I will have to investigate. In anything other than bright sunshine the screen is fine.
I have now tried the Video setting briefly. I don't possess a full HD TV but it will accept 720 so I used the Rebel T4i on that setting and the pictures were excellent. Much better than my elderly video camera but it is this that I will be staying with for video as holding a DSLR away from my body and using Live View seems very alien. I like eye level viewfinders for video. Everyone says that the 18-55mm kit lens is too noisy for video when focusing and I would agree with this. I am unlikely to buy the 18-135 stepper motor lens though so will not be able to comment on the Rebel T4i's full movie capability.
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I have plenty more to discover about using this camera especially as I am so new to DSLRs but I think the Rebel T4i will keep me busy for a long time to come. I would certainly recommend it to a friend.
5 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: CNETRebelT4i
- Description: The EOS Rebel T4i features incredible image quality with an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor that helps capture all the action with high-speed continuous shooting of up to five frames per second (fps) and an extended ISO range of 100 - 12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) that gives photographers the opportunities to take the EOS Rebel T4i into more shooting situations than ever before. The camera includes a revolutionary autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus and smooth HD video. The AF system includes a nine-point all cross-type sensor array, and Hybrid CMOS AF which achieves fast focus when shooting stills or video in live view mode. Much to the pleasure of aspiring student filmmakers and parents everywhere, the Rebel T4i features Canon's movie servo AF providing a quiet, continuous AF during HD video recording when using one of Canon's Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. The silent continuous autofocus when shooting HD video helps ensure the camera only captures the sounds of the scene being recorded. When combined with the camera's vari-angle touch screen 3.0-inch clear view LCD monitor II and intuitive "fingertip" controls, touch-menu and advanced still and video capabilities.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode,
with Movie recording
- Resolution 18 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Effective Sensor Resolution 18,000,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 14.9 x 22.3mm
- Field of View Crop Factor 1.6
- Sensor Dust Reduction Yes
- Sensor Features Self Cleaning Sensor Unit,
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
- Image Processor DIGIC 5
- Auto Focus Hybrid
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- AE/AF Control Subject-tracking AF,
Touch Area AF,
Movie Servo AF,
- Face Detection Live Face detection AF mode,
Automatic Face Tracking technology
- Digital Video Format MOV,
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
RAW + JPEG
- Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 100-12800,
ISO auto (100-12800)
- Exposure Metering Partial (9%),
- Exposure Metering Zones 63
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Handheld night shot,
Backlight correction HDR,
- Special Effects Water Colour,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (white)
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- White Balance Bracketing Yes
- X-sync Speed 1/200 sec
- Exposure Range EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
- Lens System Mounting Canon EF
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 13
- Flash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Wireless off-camera control,
Flash +/- compensation,
- Continuous Shooting Speed 5 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Display brightness control,
HDR image enhancement technology,
Scene Detection Technology,
Dust Delete Data system,
Depth-of-field preview button,
Eye-Fi Card Ready,
High ISO NR,
Resizing an image,
Video Snapshot mode,
Touch Shutter technology,
Multi-Frame Noise Reduction,
Picture Style Auto,
Scene Intelligent Auto technology,
Exif Print support,
RGB primary color filter,
Highlight tone priority,
Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC),
Digital noise reduction,
Auto Lighting Optimizer,
Highlight point display,
In-camera movie editing,
Built-in help guide,
1080p Full HD movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
Peripheral illumination correction
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Eye-level mirror pentaprism
- Field Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.85x
- Dioptric Correction Range -3 to +1
- Viewfinder Frames Autofocus frame
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Display Features Rotating (270°)
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone Features Wind noise reduction,
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x Remote control,
1 x Microphone
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
- Supported Battery Canon LP-E8
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1120 mAh ( Included )
- Battery Life Details Photo shooting ( At 23 °C (LCD Monitor off) ),
Photo shooting ( At 0 °C (LCD Monitor off) ),
Photo shooting ( At 23 °C (Live View mode) ),
Photo shooting ( At 0 °C (Live View mode) ),
Video recording - 1.67 hour(s) ( At 23 °C ),
Video recording - 1.33 hour(s) ( At 0 °C )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card,
SDXC UHS-I Memory Card,
SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
- Image Storage RAW 5184 x 3456,
JPEG 5184 x 3456,
JPEG 3456 x 2304,
JPEG 2592 x 1728,
JPEG 1920 x 1280,
JPEG 720 x 480
- Video Capture MOV - 1920 x 1080,
MOV - 1920 x 1080,
MOV - 1920 x 1080,
MOV - 1280 x 720,
MOV - 1280 x 720,
MOV - 640 x 480,
MOV - 640 x 480
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5.2 in
- Depth 3.1 in
- Height 3.9 in
- Weight 18.3 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 0 - 85%
14.9 x 22.3mm,
14.9 x 22.3mm,
14.9 x 22.3mm,