For a wide majority of shooting situations, the Canon T4i’s phase detection focusing is extremely quick; when not in Live View Mode [...] My general way of using cameras no matter what the make or model is to manually select a single focusing point when shooting. However, when the user enables all focusing points to be used, you’ll end up having little to no problem in terms of both speed and accuracy. In fact, the Canon T4i’s focusing is better than my Canon 5D Mk II’s. Now don’t take this the wrong way; they are two totally different cameras. However, it is a testament to show just how far the technology has come: an entry level Rebel can outdo a 5D Mk II in terms of focusing. That’s pretty crazy when you think about it.
Many sample images at different ISO settings are provided (btw, the T4i/650D has a rather good high ISO performance). All in all a review that’s worth to be read. From the conclusion:
The Canon T4i is a wonderful entry level camera with loads and loads of lenses available to the system. The image quality is excellent, it is easy to use, and it has a rather decent video mode. The menus can be a bit complex, but overall there really is absolutely no real problem with this camera despite what seems to be modest upgrades from its predecessor.
In this video we take a little trip to the Ani Com fair, which showcases a load of people dressing up in maids and schoolgirl uniforms, to compare two of Canon’s most popular DSLRs: the EOS 60D and recently released 650D. Just which one is right for you?
DPreview published the awaited review of the Rebel T4i/650D. I didn't expect it to be that positive, final score is 77/100. However, the “biggest disappointment [...] lies in the camera's 'hybrid' AF performance in live view and video modes“. No surprise here. The positive aspects:
Comprehensive touchscreen interface that is intuitive and efficient
High image quality with good balance between detail and noise reduction in JPEG output
Good subject tracking AF in viewfinder shooting mode (compared to mirrorless competition)
5 fps with ample buffering in JPEG-only mode
Very responsive operation, with menu access available even when buffer is full
Good-looking video output with manual exposure and audio controls
New 'hybrid AF' is a step forward (compared to its predecessor)
Built-in lens correction for vignetting and CA
Effective HDR, lowlight and noise reduction multi-exposure modes
Wireless strobe triggering via built-in flash
Eye sensor to toggle LCD on and off
Built-in stereo mics
External microphone socket
Updated LCD screen minimizes fingerprint smudges from touchscreen use
[...] all three cameras [...] shot the same scene with the same lens (Canon 24-105 f/4) and settings (f/9, 1/50, ISO 100). We use a picture style with sharpness at 0, contrast at 0, and saturation at -2. We adjusted the focal length on the crop-sensor t4i to match that of the other two cameras. Obviously this isn’t completely scientific, but we did our best.
The outcome may surprise you. While the EOS 1D-X is obviously the best performing gear here, and the 5D Mark III is second placed, the performance of the Rebel T4i/650D is by far not so much worse as the others cost more (we’re talking about video modes here). See for yourself, and do it by enlarging the video to full screen (otherwise moire artifacts are hard to spot).
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