[Review] Rebel T4i/EOS 650D Most Comprehensive Hands-On Review So Far

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digitalcamerainfo published what is the most comprehensive first-impressions review of the Rebel T4i/650D I saw so far. I would almost dare to say this is a review (though they were using a pre-production model). The review goes over eight dedicated sections covering everything from handling to usage modes and controls, photo gallery included. The overall impression is pretty positive, the new Rebel didn’t miss most of the expectations people had. The highlights are the AF improvements (live view shooting and video recording), the touchscreen, 1080p video recording, a new 18-megapixel image sensor and the faster shot to shot rate (click here for more specs, or click here for a series of videos). Not to forget the greater ISO range. From the conclusion:

In shooting with the T4i, it’s clear that the sum of all those spec upgrades is a camera that truly feels new. That’s a good step for Canon, as we felt the T3i was a lackluster, marginal improvement on the massively successful T2i that preceded it. With the T3i staying in the line as a mid-level option (above the T3 and below the T4i, for now), that separation was necessary for the T4i to be relevant.

In our time with the camera, we loved the snappiness of the new autofocus and more responsive shutter. The camera itself is very familiar, as its body is almost identical to the T3i, with only some minor handling differences. On the inside, the new Digic 5 processor chugs through bursts much quicker than the T3i did, and the autofocus is a hair sharper.

If you are looking for a detailed insight in all of what this camera has to offer, then digitalcamerainfo’s review is the one you should not miss.

Below are pre-order links for the Rebel T4i/650D (and the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens).

image courtesy of digitalcamerainfo.com
image courtesy of digitalcamerainfo.com

 

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[Pre-Order] EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake and 18-135mm STM IS Lenses Ready For Pre-Order (Update)

Update: Scott Bourne’s thought about Canon’s pancake (click here). He points out one of the features of the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake that may get overlooked: the focusing distance of 30cm. techradar had its hands on the little pancake, verdict: Although it’s not an ‘L’ lens, the new 40mm Canon optic feels nicely put together and has a reasonable weight. We found that its focusing motor was much quieter than the 18-55mm kit lens […].

Pre-Order options for the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens:

 

Canon’s Press Release (40mm pancake and 18-135mm STM):

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[Rumor] EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake & 18-135mm STM Specification Leaked

Rebel T4i/650D with 18-135mm STM lens - image: www.canonpricewatch.com

Thanks to reader nini we can post the supposed specs of the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake and the 18-135mm STM, both expected to be announced tomorrow, Friday 8th. The specifications have been published on Japanese site digicame-info (Google translated). If I got it right, they received the specs from an anonymous source. Here they are (this is machine-translated text, I made some corrections):

  • EF-S18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM [see image above]

– […] new focus by (STM) stepping motor and six-group zoom
– Greatly improved performance [of] video AF
– AF achieve smooth video recording of a moving subject in combination with the EOS Kiss X6i[Rebel T4i/EOS 650D] – Adopted a single sheet and high-precision aspherical lens 1 UD lens, achieving high image quality compared with conventional models
– The first with a dynamic IS valid when shooting motion
– Stage 4 minute camera shake correction in terms of shutter speed

  • EF40mm F2.8 STM specs [see image below]
    – The thinnest and lightest lens in the EF line-up
    – […] smooth and quiet AF drive [adopting a] (STM) stepping motor
    – 22.8mm Length
    – 130 grams in weight
    – […] one glass mold aspherical lens
    – 7-blade circular aperture
    – noise reduction control is [achieved] adopt[ing a] micro-step drive to the diaphragm mechanism
    – Minimum focusing distance is 0.3m
    – full-time manual focus adjustment is possible to focus one-shot AF

Here They Are: Rebel T4i/650D, 18-135mm STM & EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Pictures Leaked

First pics of the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D and the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens, both expected to be announced next Friday, showed up at CPW (click here). The picture above shows also the 18-135mm STM (silent AF motor). Below, the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens. Nothing new about the T4i/650D specs.

[CPW via CR]

See below for Rebel T3i/EOS 650D deals:

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[Rumor] Rebel T4i/EOS 650D Coming This Week (Plus 40mm Pancake And 18-135mm Lenses)?

Looks like the the upcoming Rebel T4i/EOS 650D could be announced this week, on Friday 8. That’s what CR is reporting:

It appears June 8, 2012 may be the announcement date for the new Canon EOS T4i/650D. I am told the NDA’s lift that day. […] I also expect a new EF-S 18-135 IS to be announced alongside the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake.

NDAs are Non Disclosure Agreements. No news about the specs, which should be:

  • 18mp (no word on whether or not its a new or modified 18mp sensor)
  • 9 AF Points, all cross-type
  • Touchscreen LCD
  • Continuous AF in LiveView & Video Recording
[via CR]

Check the live-ticker below for possible Rebel T3i/EOS 600D deals.

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[Rumor] EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake Lens

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos

Looks like Canon will announce a new, affordable so-called pancake lens in June (no, not the one in the picture above), together with the T4i/650D and a mirrorless camera. “pancake” because such a lens is small and light. It’s rumored to be an EF 40mm f/2.8, and it will not be an “L” lens. Price should be <$300. This would be a nice addition to the huge Canon lenses family. An EF-S 18-135 IS II is also rumored to be announced in June. Lot’s of news coming from Canon next month!

[via CR]