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.
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.
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.
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.
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