It’s Deja Vu (all over again) when I see a comment like this: “The T4i is out? Dang, I just bought the T3i!”
I was in that exact place when I bought my first Canon Rebel. I spent months deciding between the Canon Rebel 300D and Nikon D40.
Obviously, I came down on the Rebel side of that dilemma, and when I received my very first digital SLR from my friendly UPS delivery man, I was so excited.
My excitement was short-lived, because the very next week, the Canon Rebel 350D became available. I’m talkin’ within a few days.
I know now that I could have returned the first camera and replaced it with the newer one, but back then, that being my first Amazon purchase, I was unaware of the return policy. So I worked through my disappointment and came to love that first Rebel.
Fast forward to 2012.. I own the T3i. It is my newest joy in photography equipment.
What do I do when the Canon Rebel T4i is released? I do what any other camera nut would do.. I order it!
I have had the T4i for about a week and a half as of this post, so here are a few thought about the comparison between the T3i vs T4i.
Compare Rebel T3i vs T4i
I always start by going to the Amazon and B & H Photo websites to read customer reviews. In this case there were only a couple, and some of those were from people who had not yet held the camera. No help here.. I would have to make my own review. If it turns out the T4i does not have enough upgrades to keep it, I can always use that super Amazon return policy.
First impressions can be misleading. In this instance, the Canon Rebel T4i looks just like a clone of the 600D. But don’t let outward appearances fool you. Dig a little deeper, and you will soon discover that there is, certainly, reason for consideration that may alter your camera-buying path.
In order to “see” the reasons for a new release in this very popular camera series, you have to get your hands dirty, as it were. Before getting into the “innerds” of the camera, let’s take a look at a few things that actually do show up on the camera exterior. You will have to find the name on the front of the camera to know which Rebel it actually is. Look at the top of the camera and notice that there is a slightly different mode dial on the newer DSLR.
There are two new selections that do not appear on the T3i. First there is Hand-held Night mode, and next is HDR with Backlight mode.
“Hand-held Night” is a self descriptive mode setting. The user can use this setting when light levels are highly challenging.
This gadget bag actually has “Rebel” on the strap.. for those of us who are proud of our Rebel
Manufacturers of most brands have been adding HDR capabilities to many new models. The way HDR happens is that it uses 3 different exposures of the same image to create one “high dynamic range” picture. The rapidly growing popularity of HDR makes this one feature very desirable to many camera buyers.
“Under the hood” of the new T4i, there is a brand new image processor, the DIGIC 5. This is the first processor upgrade in quite some time. However, Canon has announced that this upgraded piece of hardware has 4 times the processing power of the DIGIC 4.
Looking in the rear view mirror several years and models, the Canon Rebel T4i has the same size, 18 megapixel CMOS sensor. More professional models like the 7D and 60D have the same sensor.
In spite of being the same size, it is quite a bit different. How is “hybrid CMOS AF sensor” for an impressive name? According to Canon, it is much better at recognizing focus such as face detection and continuous focus in Live View. Personally, this one difference between the T3i and my new T4i has been possibly the most impactful.
New!! Touch Screen Technology
Canon has beat the pack to the next new feature. 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.
ISO sensitivity has also been upgraded. The ISO has reached new heights at 25600 on the T4i vs 12800 for the T3i.
The continuous shooting rate is yet another upgrade. Where the continuous shooting rate comes into play is in action photography, such as sports, pet activity, or children in constant motion. The Rebel T3i can capture 3.7 frames per second, but the T4i tops that at 5.0 frames per second.
The list does not stop there. The focus system has also received major attention as it has been upgraded from one cross-type focus point to 9 cross-type focus points. This is the same capability as that in more advanced DSLRs.
There are three things to consider with respect to better video performance when considering the T4i VS T3i.
- The T4i now has continuous auto focus in video mode. This is huge if you are one who shoots a lot of video.
- Touch screen focus is the second improvement to video. All you do is touch the LCD, and the camera actually focuses on the point you touched.
- And there is also enhanced audio input. There are now two stereo mics repositioned on top of the digital slr to detect sound so much better. The photographer can also adjust the sound input level, something new for a Canon Rebel camera.
What about you? Now, you are not faced with the “Rebel without a cause” dilemma.. you have cause.
I created this website, thinking I was going to be using the T3i for many years. But since that may not be the case, I finally went ahead and started a photography blog with just my name.. WayneRasku.com. That way, even if I switch to Nikon or Panasonic (gasp), I will have a platform for my writing.
Please visit me at the new website – WayneRasku.com.
PS – Here is everything I wrote in video format..