Can you create a rebel or are they just born that way? Obviously, Canon believes they are created and has brought forth its fastest, most sophisticated Rebel to date—the EOS Rebel T4i DSLR. Digital Rebels have always been great Canon cameras for any level of photographer, but this latest model brings with it speed, high-resolution quality and… more speed.
Accompanying the new Rebel into the arena are two lenses as part of two separate camera kits. The first is the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens, a go-to lens for all your day-to-day needs, but the second is a wonderful 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 STM Autofocus Lens designed with videographers in mind. STM functionality delivers smooth, silent, and continuous auto focus that's ideal for shooting HD video. This camera-body attribute allows EF and EFS lenses to provide continuous autofocus when shooting video, but it works best with STM designated lenses.
At the heart of the T4i’s excellent image quality and high speed functions is the powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor. From a 9-point cross-type Auto Focus system to the expanded ISO range and the continuous shooting of up to 5 frames per second, the DIGIC 5 processor brings fast action capture and low-light capability to the hands of any photographer.
Equipped with an 18.0-Megapixel CMOS sensor, with the same new technologies found in high end professional cameras, the Rebel T4i produces large, lush images with exceptional clarity and tonal range. These high-resolution images retain their clarity when cropped for details or enlarged into spectacular prints. For this model, Canon has included an extended ISO range of 100-12800, expandable to 25600(H), which will improve fast action capability and allow for low-light shooting opportunities never before possible.
To enhance the all-important autofocus on the T4i, Canon has adopted two systems, which in combination have markedly improved the AF’s speed and handling and will eliminate that horrible feeling of seeing the action pass by as your camera rolls and hunts for its focus. The 9-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision dual-cross f/2.8 center point) will quickly lock in on what you are shooting and retain that focus and a new Hybrid CMOS AF System increases autofocus speed and accuracy when shooting both photos and video in Live View. This is a hybrid system because it incorporates both phase and contrast detection AF technologies and is a CMOS system due to the pixels on the sensor that can assist in predicting a subject’s location and therefore track and focus faster.
As mentioned earlier, image processing improvements have increased the Rebel’s continuous shooting speed to 5 frames per second, so between its lightning quick auto focus and rapid click, click, click, you will not miss the action, whether it is your daughter’s first goal or that simple turn of a smile that captures your son’s true beauty.
An additional feature new to the Rebel series is its Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II. This rear screen, tiltable, rotatable LCD brings a level of ease and speed to what is arguably the most important part of your shooting experience: composing and playing back your images. The Vari-angle design will also allow for faster overall shooting as you flip out the screen and twist it to any position that is most comfortable for getting your shot. No more maneuvering the camera out of the glare or squinting to see your composition. It’s wonderful for shooting in a less conspicuous manner too—quick as your hand can move, get the genuine smiles the first time, no need to ask everyone to pose again. This large, bright display is also built with the same touch-sensitive technologies of the latest smart phones. It delivers intuitive touch panel operation that can be used for zooming or changing images as well as navigating menu and control settings. A new construction between its resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display reduces reflections and glare and its Clear View coating minimizes smudges and fingerprints, allowing you to enjoy the details of your images on its 1.04 million dot screen.