For this episode of Reel Rebel, Stephen Schweickart provides a brief video product review of the new Canon Rebel T4i digital SLR (DSLR) camera, also known internationally as the Canon EOS 650D. With the improvements Canon has made from previous models like the Rebel T3i, the Rebel T4i could possibly be the best budget DSLR in the market for an amateur photographer or videographer.
Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i DSLR Review for Video
First let's take a look at pricing. You can get the Canon Rebel T4i and starter lens (18-55mm EF-S IS II Lens) on Amazon for about $850 (see widget to the right). We recommend upgrading the lens or buying the body and then purchasing a lens separately. The price is an increase from previous models but there are some significant improvement that make it well worth it including a new sensor, image processor, extended ISO range (100-12800), and a new auto-focus system. These changes will give you crisper, more colorful images.
As with all Canon products, this one continues Canon's reputation for quality. It comes with an 18 megapixel sensor and new Digic 5 Processor which will allow you to shoot full 1080p HD video that looks as good, if not better than what you can get from many camcorders. Since the sensor was designed to assist the user when taking still shots, it's larger much larger than what you would find in most cameras/camcorders that were designed to be used primarily to capture video. The increased sensor size gives you better resolution as well as better quality when capturing low light shot.
Additionally, the Rebel T4i is also the first DSLR to have a variable angle, 3.0" LCD touch screen.
Canon Rebel T4i vs. Rebel T3i for Video
They've also upgraded some features for shooting video including:
- Faster Autofocus: A new Hybrid CMOS AF system that increases autofocus speed when shooting video in Live View and Movie Servo AF to provide continual focus on moving subjects.
- Better Audio Controls: Manual audio level adjustment and built-in stereo microphone (though it's always better to use an external microphone.)
As an additional benefit, the T4i gives you all the control you need over the look and feel of your video by using the manual settings. Simply go into the menu and turn off all settings that are set to auto. Then turn the dial to manual mode and set your aperture as wide as it will go to give you the best depth of field.
Using the Canon Rebel T4i, along with our other video tips, is a surefire way to take your videos to the next level.
Check out these articles for more information on using DSLRs for videography:
- How To Guide for Shooting HD Video With A DSLR Camera
- Zoom H4N Review: How to Get Better Audio for DSLR Video [Reel Rebel #6]
- Using a Shotgun Mic – Types of Microphones for Video: Part 1 [Reel Rebel #9]
- When and How to Use a Wireless Lavalier Mic – Types of Microphones for Video: Part 2 [Reel Rebel #14]