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November 20, 2012
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Save Up To $400 On Selected Canon DSLR And Lens Bundles (Again: EOS 60D and 7D cleared out)

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Save Up To $400 On Selected Canon DSLR And Lens Bundles

I think there is no doubt that Canon is clearing out EOS 60D and EOS 7D stocks. Here is another rebates action with concrete savings on selected Canon DSLR and lens bundles. Among these (click on the name to access the rebates page): the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 60D, the EOS 7D, the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D, the Rebel T3i/EOS 600D and the Rebel T3/EOS 1100D. The biggest savings are on EOS 5D Mark II bundles.

 

October 15, 2012
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Rebel T4i/EOS 650D Reviews And Comparisons Round-Up

Rebel T4i/EOS 650D Reviews And Comparisons Round-Up

Time for a Rebel T4i/EOS 650D reviews and comparisons round-up. There are at least two big innovations that Canon carried out with the Rebel T4i/650D: the touchscreen interface (same as on the EOS M) and the hybrid auto-focus system. The AF system allows for full auto-focus while you are in video mode, a very quiet AF when you use STM (Stepping Motor) lenses. The hybrid AF and the full AF in video mode are a primer for Canon: The Rebel T4i/EOS 650D is the first Canon ever that comes with this feature. The Rebel T4i/EOS 650D kit with the 18-135mm IS STM kit lens has a price tag of $1200. The Rebel T4i/EOS 650D acted as a sort of testbed for the technologies Canon later implemented on its first mirrorless system camera, the Canon EOS M (see here for price and specs). Rebel T4i/EOS 650D specifications:

  • STM Lens Support for Quiet AF in Movies
  • 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD Movie Mode with Continuous AF
  • 5.0 FPS Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Multi Shot Noise Reduction
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

Let’s start with digitalcamerainfo. They compared the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D with its predecessor, the Rebel T3i/EOS 600D. The new Rebel is definitely a more powerful video-making gear. However, if you are not particularly interested in video, then the Rebel T3i/EOS 600D (click here for price and specs) may be your best bet. Virtually same image quality at a concretely lower price (it’s the last year’s model). The same guys at digitalcamerainfo also made a comparison between the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D and the Nikon D3200 (which is almost half the costs of the Rebel).

There’s little question that the T4i is a better camera in every respect, aside from pure image quality. It’s better built, more feature rich, has a more logical and full-featured control scheme, and boasts neat party tricks like touchscreen control and continuous video autofocus. This is stuff the D3200 can’t hope to match.

I know a lot of people who are unsure if they should prefer the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D or the more feature rich EOS 60D. The following video by Dave Dugdale may help take a decision.

Some more Rebel T4i/EOS 650D reviews. PCPro UK‘s verdict:

Clever use of a touchscreen display and a vast improvement to autofocus performance on video and stills makes the 650D the best all-rounder for amateurs.

Photographyblog‘s conclusion:

In summary the new 650D / Rebel T4i is the most complicated yet friendly mid-range Canon DSLR yet, truly a camera that you can grow into as your photography skills develop. It only misses out on our highest Essential award because of the still slow Live View auto-focusing and a small price increase over the 600D, but is more than deserving of our still-coveted Highly Recommended award.
I will come back to the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D when there are new reviews.

 

Canon Rebel T4i/EOS 650D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon Rebel T3i/EOS 600D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EOS M price and availability check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
October 8, 2012
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Canon EOS 650/T4i Got DXOMarked (and falls behind the EOS 600D/T3i)

Canon EOS 650DT4i got DXOMarked

The Canon EOS 650/T4i got DXOMarked and now we have the rather unsatisfying result. Whatever you might think about DXO Marks they are here and we have to take it in account. Sure, it’s a purely engineering measure and it doesn’t tell the whole story. But they are an indicator for the sensor, its performance and properties. Not only the Rebel T4i/650D falls behind the Rebel T3i/600D, the previous iteration of the series, but it falls very short also when measured against its competitors (Nikon D3200 (click here for specs) and Sony SLT-A65 (click here for specs)). The DXOMark of the EOS 650D/Rebel T4i is 62, the 600D/T3i has 64.

I was surprised to read what DXOMark says about the the auto-focus of the EOS 650D/Rebel T4i: “innovative, quick, quiet, and powerful hybridized autofocus. In video mode, the autofocus operates continuously and takes full advantage of the emerging new line of lenses equipped with Stepping Motor (STM) technology“. This sounds good, especcially after the very critic review of the EOS M made by Engadget. Both cameras mount the same, hybrid sensor with dedicated photosites for auto-focus.

Don’t get too much impressed with these scores. Sure, they have something to say. But a feature-packed modern DSLR like the EOS 650D has much more to offer.

EOS 650D/Rebel T4i price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via DXOMark]

September 28, 2012
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[Deal] EOS Rebel T4i/650D, 18-135mm, Pixma Pro 9000 Mark II & 32GB Card For $1294

Cool Rebel T4i/650D bundle on sale on eBay for $1294 (click here) by trusted seller beachcamera. Limited quantity. The Kit includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18MP SLR Camera 18-135mm STM Lens Kit Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 Mark II Photo Printer- $400.00 Mail In Rebate With Select SLRs
  • Sony 32 GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card – Class 10
  • Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag – CA58A
September 19, 2012
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[Deals] Canon Sales On Ebay (60D, T4i/650D, G12)

There is a bunch of discounted Canon related items available on eBay. I only list reputable, top rated sellers. Let’s see the items on sale:

  • The EOS 60D is sold for $790 (click here)
  • A Rebel T4i/EOS 650D starter kit, including 18-55mm lens, memory card, tripo, bag and more is yours for $869 (click here)
  • The Rebel T4i/EOS 650D body only options comes for $735 (click here)
  • Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera with Deluxe 16GB Accessory Kit, bag etc for $429 (click here)
  • Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag with Opteka 8GB SDHC Memory Kit is sold for $49 (click here)
September 9, 2012
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[Deal] More Crazy Canon Summer Discount (5D2, 7D, 60D, Rebels)

There is still a Canon Lens and Speelite Rebate going on, and now B&H added another crazy sale. DSLR and lens bundles can make you safe up to $350 (click here)!! Expires September 29th. The deal applies to the EOS 5D Mark II (!), EOS 7D, EOS 60D, Rebel T4i/650D, Rebel T3i/600D and Rebel T3. Good chance to get a Canon DSLR.

September 8, 2012
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[Review] Rebel T4i/EOS 650D Is A Great Entry Level DSLR

The Phoblographer just published its review of the Rebel T4i (named EOS 650D in Europe). The review is detailed and well-reasoned, as usual. You may be surprised to learn that the Auto-Focus on the T4i/650D can easily outperform the AF of the EOS 5D Mark II (well, in certain situation):

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.

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