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Canon EOS Rebel T4i

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Pros: Fast, images turn out great even at a high ISO, touch screen is very handy, price is perfect for those that want to spend less than $1000

Cons: Not a bad con, but it does feel too light, doesn't feel as strong as the higher end models

For about 1/2 a year now, I've been wanting to get a new camera for myself since my dad let me use his old Canon 1D mkII N for a photography class, and my somewhat old PowerShot SX20 IS just wasn't cutting it anymore and I needed an upgrade. Was searching high and low, couldn't decide between buying a refurbished 7D, 60D, or 5D mkII, or justifying spending that much even on a refurbished camera, but when I saw that a new Rebel was being released this summer, it sparked my interest.

The Canon EOS Rebel T4i (650D as it's called in Europe) is the newest consumer level camera in Canon's DSLR lineup. Using the new Digic 5 processor, the speed of this camera is much faster than it's predecessor, the T3i; able to shoot up to 5 frames per second, up from 3.7 in the previous model. It's almost the same body design as the T3i, but a few button differences and probably the biggest change is a full 3" capacitive touch screen.

My first thought about adding a touch screen to a DSLR is your nose messing with settings when you hold it up to your eye, but I found out it has a light sensor, similar to what's found in the iPhone when you have it held it up to your ear it shuts the screen off, as when this is held up to your eye, it shuts the screen off. The touchscreen has really helped with navigation in the menus, including viewing pictures, able to pinch zoom to move in closer to your shot. This is probably one of my favorite features of this camera, being the fact that you can just tap on a menu option now instead of scrolling through the list like you previously had to do.

Pictures have been absolutely stunning coming out of this camera, then again, I was coming from a PowerShot and an older 1D mkII N. I've set the ISO to 3200 and I was impressed on how not so noisy the picture was. If I were to set my SX20 to even 800, my pictures would turn out like a dust storm, and it was the same story when I used the 1D mkII N, 1000 was just too noisy. I have yet to try the ISO out any higher, but I can tell that the Digic 5 processor has made all of the difference.

I also got the 40mm F2.8 STM pancake lens to go along with it and that small lens has turned out some pretty great shots. I'd even consider that lens to replace the "nifty 50" as even at F2.8, pictures have the right amount of DOF and has a pretty close macro focal distance, believe it's .98ft if I remember. Also shooting video using this lens has also turned out some pretty nice shots. With the servo AF on, the lens focuses very smoothly and is virtually silent thanks to the new stepping motor. I would of wished I picked the one bundled with the 18-135mm IS STM lens, but I didn't have the extra money at the time, and that lens is $549 alone.

The body though feels a bit light as it's made from mainly resin plastic unlike the higher end models which use an aluminum or magnesium alloy, but I got the vertical battery grip, so it adds a bit more heft to it with both batteries in it. Using SD cards could be a downer for some, but since this is now able to take full use of UHS-1 class cards, recording video and RAW files should be pretty speedy.

I could go on and on how much I like this camera, but I really don't want to make the review too long. So to make it short: if you want to spend less than $1000 on a new Canon DSLR, this is the one to pick.

Here's a couple sample images I took, all unedited, but at 1/2 resolution due to OCN's 10MB pic upload limit:

40mm - F2.8 - 1/40 - ISO 3200



300mm - F5.6 - 1/1600 - ISO 400



40mm - F2.8 - 1/400 - ISO 400
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For those wanting a DSLR, but don't want to spend over $1000 on the body alone, or are just starting out, this is a great camera to choose. This is the first consumer level DSLR camera using the new Digic 5 processor, although it's the less powerful one found in the 5D mkIII and 1D-X, it's still a pretty quick camera. With a 18MP sensor and ISO expandable up to 25600, shots taken in all conditions look great. Also being the first DSLR with a touch screen, menu navigation is made much easier now and can also be used to pin point auto focusing points when in Live View mode. Includes a 9-point AF system, 5 FPS continuous shooting, built-in Speedlite transmitter, and compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC USH-I class cards.

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