Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
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25 August 2013
Excerpt: A while ago we looked at the Canon 650D and pitted it against it’s nearest Nikon rival, the D5200. There has always been the question of ‘do I need to invest that much as a beginner?’ ‘Is there any major advantage of spending the extra cash for a 650D over the D3200?
Excerpt: Canon has sent its DSLR rabble-raising Rebel to finishing school and today it has introduced — with degree in hand — the Canon Rebel T4i ($949, kit) . Packed with prosumer grade technology from the 7D and 60D models, the T4i packs an 18 megapixel APS CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, 5 fps shooting, 12,800 ISO, and a 3″ flip-out touchscreen. But this isn’t just a pared down enthusiast camera.
Excerpt: Canon and Nikon make excellent cameras and with Nikon’s release of the D5200 the obvious question is; how does it stack up against the Canon competition? Here we compare the D5200 against its main Canon competition, the 650D.
Conclusion: Substituting the button controls for touch screen proved to be surprisingly snappy as Canon’s implementation of touch screen makes the simplest tasks much faster, even if you never realised you needed it. Instead of pressing buttons to reach to a particular tab, you can just touch it now. Flicking through photos and zooming in is quite snappy, and every control is quick and responsive.
Conclusion: The 650D is the first Canon entry level DSLR to feature a DIGIC 5 processor that has far reaching benefits in terms of processing power. Another first is the inclusion of AF tracking in the cameras video mode (only available on certain lenses). However despite these new inclusions the 650D retains many of Canons tried and trusted features and functionality and this all adds up to a well rounded enthusiast camera.
Conclusion: 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 excellence as a still camera.
Pros: 9 cross-type AF points, Records Full HD video, Improved AF during live view and movies (but still slow compared to most CSCs), Stereo microphones, plus external mic jack, Infrared remote port, Display sensor turns off LCD automatically when the camera is against your eye, Very good JPEG image quality, Accurate color, Low shutter lag, Good AF speeds with optical viewfinder, Remote flash function surprisingly easy to use, High-resolution articulating touchscreen LCD, Qu...
Cons: 9 cross-type AF points, Records Full HD video, Improved AF during live view and movies (but still slow compared to most CSCs), Stereo microphones, plus external mic jack, Infrared remote port, Display sensor turns off LCD automatically when the camera is against your eye, Very good JPEG image quality, Accurate color, Low shutter lag, Good AF speeds with optical viewfinder, Remote flash function surprisingly easy to use, High-resolution articulating touchscreen LCD, Qu...
Excerpt: The EOS Rebel T4i (from $849) is Canon's latest entry-level digital SLR, and the replacement to last year's Rebel T3i. The biggest change on the new T4i is related to autofocus. When shooting with the viewfinder, there's a new 9-point, all cross-type AF sensor, which improves focus speed and accuracy.
Excerpt: Over the last few years, Canon's EOS Rebel series of entry level DSLRs has become a fertile market for those wishing to make the jump to DSLR while remaining budget conscious. For 2012, Canon has announced the T4i , described as their flagship entry level model. Previous models, the T3i and T3 , will remain in production as more affordable options. The T2i is slated to be discontinued (so look out for steep discounts).
Conclusion: The Canon EOS Rebel T4i delivers top speed along with excellent image quality, and supports smooth video autofocus when paired with the right lens. It's a laudable performer, but doesn't quite edge out the Nikon D5100 as our top pick for under-$1,000 D-SLR.
Pros: Fast to start and shoot. Sharp, articulated touch-screen LCD. Compact. Nearly silent video autofocus when used with STM lenses. 5fps shooting. Good image detail at high ISOs. Fast autofocus.
Cons: Tiny viewfinder. Very limited burst shooting in Raw mode. Video autofocus is choppy with non-STM lenses.
Summary: The Canon Digital Rebel T4i (a.k.a. EOS 650D and Kiss X6i elsewhere) is a great camera. It is a superb camera for still photos, and makes fantastic-looking video. Its autofocus is marvelous for still images and action, and while the best DSLR yet for video autofocus, still not where we want it for video autofocus.