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Canon Rebel T4i

Updated on October 5, 2013

My (current) Favorite Canon Rebel Camera - T4i (650D)

Kids in toy stores don't have a clue as to what lies ahead when they grow up and get to have the real toys.

I know life is not about who has the biggest and best toys, but when it comes to my digital camera, I simply LOVE the Canon Rebel lineup of digital SLR cameras.

I have been a Rebel owner since about 2004. That's when I bought the very first digital Rebel, the 300D. It was love at first snap!

Now, 8 years and 8 models later, I have just become the proud owner of a new Canon Rebel T4i. And at the moment, I am in possession of the T3i and the T4i. (That is 8 Canon Rebel releases. I did not mean that I have purchased every one of them - I am on Rebel #3.)

This is good, because I can do a comparison of the two cameras side-by-side. This is the first time I have had this opportunity.

So, the purpose of this lens is to share my findings with y'all, doing a Canon Rebel T4i VS T3i shootout (pun intended).

Lens photo is me with my new toy, the Rebel T4i when it is about 2 hours out of the box. Ironically, the photo is taken with the Canon Rebel T3i.

First Shots with Canon Rebel T4i
First Shots with Canon Rebel T4i

First Impressions of the Canon Rebel T4i

Totally unbiased LOL

Did I mention that this is my 3rd Rebel?

Right, so I am totally unbiased in my opinions here


I am a Canon Rebel Fan. I bleed Rebel blood (no relation to the Civil War or the "good ole boys" of the South).

To be honest, I do not get every new model that comes along. Therefore, it is quite unusual that I would buy the T4i when I own the T3i already.

But I'm glad I did! My first impression is that this newest Rebel is a great camera. The reason for getting it is the upgrades of two important features.

*First, there is a faster continuous shooting rate. The T3i shoots 3.7 frames per second. The T4i shoots 5 frames per second.

*Second, focusing in video and Live View is continuous auto-focus.

Canon Rebel T4i with 18-135mm STM lens

Continuous auto focus does not happen in the T3i. In fact, Canon has two new lenses made specifically for the purpose of continuous auto focus while shooting video. One of the new lenses, a Canon 18-135mm STM, can be purchased as part of a new kit rather than getting the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

The second new lens is a Canon 40mm STM pancake lens. Looks really weird compared to any other Canon EF lens.

Get Your Canon Rebel Today! - Whether you get the T4i or the older T3i, you will be totally satisfied.

With the release of a new Rebel, prices on older models typically go down. If you are looking to save money, it is a great time to buy one of the older Rebel models.

Use one of these links to buy your Canon Rebel T4i, and you can have your T4i in 2 days. You also get a 30-day money back, no questions asked, guarantee. Cool.

Butterfly Weed with Canon Rebel T4i
Butterfly Weed with Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i New Features And Benefits

Let's start with what IS NOT new.

If you are familiar with Canon Rebel cameras, you will notice right away that there is almost no difference in appearance and weight between the T4i and the T3i. Size and weight are virtually the same.

Looking at the button layout, you will also conclude that the T4i is pretty much the same as it's older brother, the T3i.

Going back several years and models, the Canon Rebel T4i has the same size, 18 megapixel CMOS sensor. Not only is this sensor in the latest Rebel models, but it is also the sensor of record in more professional models such as the Canon 60D and 7D.

However, while the sensor size is the same, there is a big difference in the sensor itself. The sensor is new in that it is a hybrid CMOS AF sensor. According to Canon, it is much better at recognizing focus such as face detection and continuous focus in Live View. I have noticed a huge difference here between my T3i and my new T4i.

Here is a first from Canon. The Rebel T4i is the first digital SLR with a touch-screen LCD. This is very cool, and it will entice some of you tekky folks with iPhone-like actions such as pinch to enlarge and swipe through your images by moving your finger across the LCD panel. Not only that, you can now select settings by touch. You don't have to learn which button to push or which direction to go using the myriad of selectors on the right side of the LCD screen.

Also improved is the Increased ISO. It is now doubled to 25600 vs 12800 on the T3i.

Another biggie for yours truly is the burst rate. This is how fast the camera can take pictures, and it comes into play during photos of kids sports (or any sports, for that matter) or photographing your pet or your children playing. The new T4i has a continous burst rate of 5.0fps vs 3.7fps in the T3i.

Finally, Canon has employed a new processor, the DIGIC 5 processor. It allegedly has 4 times the processing power of the DIGIC 4.

A new focus system which includes 9 cross-processing focus points vs ONE for the T3i is another impressive improvement. It would seem that this one item will push the T4i to a level playing field with the 60D.. just sayin'. (I'm no expert, just a casual observation)

Finally, there are three elements of video that have been improved.

  • First, as already alluded to, there is now the capability of continuous auto focus.
  • Second, video recording rate has improved to 30fps at 1080p. This is in line with the best DSLRs in video.
  • And there is an Improved audio input for video with stereo mics repositioned on top of the camera to detect sound much better.

Module photo of Butterfly weed was taken on day one with the Canon Rebel T4i.

Canon Rebel T4i VS T3i - A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words - It works for photographers

This is a visual representation of the information above.

Pro-type Camera for Beginners - Even YOU can take awesome pictures with a camera like this!

Skipper Butterfly taken with Canon Rebel T4i
Skipper Butterfly taken with Canon Rebel T4i

Seriously, this camera is fantastic. This little skipper butterfly is about 1.5 inches across.

Now, I have to admit, I did not take this with the Canon 18-55mm kit lens. I used a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L lens that I picked up used for about $600 a few years ago.

The beauty of getting good lenses is that they last through many camera upgrades.

Personal recommendation: I am a fan of getting a good lens for your new Rebel. If you can afford it, get the new Canon 18-135mm STM lens. But, honestly, if I was getting my very first Rebel, I would get the Canon EF-S 18-200mm.

Click here to see my Tamron 28-75mm lens review

My first lens was (and it's still my favorite, by the way) a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8.

I took the photo of the orchid below using my Tamron lens. I did a small bit of work to darken the background and remove a stick, but other than that, it's all camera.

Did I say yet that I love this Rebel?

Orchid (without flowers)

Orchid (without flowers)
Orchid (without flowers)

Does the subject matter? - T4i vs T3i

Canon Rebel T4i vs T3i
Canon Rebel T4i vs T3i

It's not a good time for Cardinals right now. I just took the photo on the left with my new T4i. The one on the right looks a little better - it was taken with my T3i a few months ago when the Cardinals were in "full bloom".

Ya gotta feel bad for the poor fella on the left. I wonder if he is a bit embarrassed about his lack of plumage?

New Canon Rebel T4i - unboxed - Yep, it's me with my newest Rebel T4i toy.

Visit for more of how these two Canon Rebel DSLR cameras compare.

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What's on your mind? - Do you have your eye on a new Canon Rebel? Or will you stick with your old camera?

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      @digitaltree: HA! Gottcha digitaltree! Go ahead and get one. No buyer's remorse :-)

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      digitaltree 5 years ago

      Great Lens about your experience with the camera, now i want one.

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey, dewittsenior, I know what you mean. I do have a few of those product reviews in my group, but I try to personalize them as much as possible. However, this one is truly "from the heart" since I just bought this camera. Thanks for your comment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow!!! A product lens that doesn't just re-hash information I can find on the manufacturer's website. I love it when someone actually takes the time to use a product and tells me about. Thanks for making my day.