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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  • Ethan Vanderbuilt

    If you are looking to save a lot of money when you are starting out you can go with the Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-M18-55mm IS STM Lens it is only $311. It uses much the same technology as the T4i. It has a slow auto focus, but I mainly use manual focus. Video image quality is great and it has a mic input. I use the HDMI port connected to a LCD monitor as my video monitor because it does not have a flip out LCD screen. Make sure you buy a second battery as well.

  • Larry Vaughn

    Obviously you just took sales points from press release info without testing anything at all.

  • Creative Flows R&D

    Does anyone know if this camera overheats during interview sessions?

  • Victor

    What would you recommend instead of the starter lens (18-55mm EF-S IS II Lens). I would want something that is good for both photo and video but mainly the best bang for my buck.
    Your video was very informative and I am now feeling better about going with the T4i. This would be my first dslr.
    Thank you in advance.

    • Mark Robertson

      If you have the money, I'd buy a f2.8 lens. Take a look at the Canon EFs 17-55 f2.8 - or if you have less, the Sigma

    • MesaMK

      For video, the ultimate companion to the 650D is the 18-135mm STM lens. It's optimized for video shooting with the autofocus features with its fast steppermotor (STM). It's the best bang for your buck.

  • Mike

    i have been looking for a dslr that can shoot video extremely well in night club situations where par cans, led lights, and roaming scanners change the light frequently and drastically .would the t4i do well in this scenario? the mkiii is out of my range even though i have used it and love its cinema effect it . what do you suggest?

  • Grant Crowell

    I'd be interested to hear if anyone has a preference of the Canon EOS 60 DSLR over the Rebel T4i. I've also been looking at the Nikon D7000. They all appear to be great DSLRs for the price, so maybe it's just a matter of what feels best in your hands?

    • Mark Robertson

      definitely go for the 60D IMO. better low light capabilities and only ~150 more....

      • Grant Crowell

        Thanks you Sir Mark of Robertson, Oh Wise One and Master of All Things Video. ;-)

        • Mark Robertson

          ;-) Also go with a low aperature lens, like the sigma 17-50mm 2.8 or the cannon ef-s 17-55 f.2.8 - Dont go with the starter lens. You're welcome my little video sweetheart.

  • Aaron Booker

    Still no output to HDMI recorders like the Ninja though, correct? That's the main pain point we see with Canon. :-(