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Canon Rebel T4i Review

Canon's Rebel T4i represents a middle ground between bargain-bin DSLRs and enthusiast models.

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Science Introduction

The Canon T4i (MSRP $1,199) is a decent mid-range performer from Canon that's very easy to pick up and use, but it doesn't always capture clean, accurate photos with ease. It makes little headway in improvement over its predecessor, the T3i, and it houses a three-generations old 18-megapixel sensor that leaves a lot to be desired in today's competitive market.

Sharpness

The Canon T4i produced subpar resolution, even with the improved 18-135 STM lens, but at least sharpness was evenly distributed across the frame.

Much like its predecessor, the T4i turned in somewhat disappointing resolution numbers in our studio tests. While the results showed some improvement over the T3i (almost certainly thanks to the improved optics of the new 18-135mm STM kit lens), it’s still a decidedly mediocre lens-body combination. This isn’t any real surprise since the sensor is essentially unchanged from the earlier model, aside from the addition of phase-detect autofocus pixels, but we count it as a missed opportunity for improvement.

This is a decidedly mediocre lens-body combination.

It should be noted that all test images were taken using Canon’s “Faithful” color mode, which produces the most accurate color rendition and does not apply any additional sharpening. Using different color modes, such as Automatic or Landscape, will artificially increase sharpness to some extent.

Color

The T4i produces extremely accurate colors in the Faithful and Neutral color modes, but it goes astray when left on Automatic.

Studio photographers will appreciate the fact that the T4i renders colors very accurately when using the Neutral and (particularly) Faithful color modes, which are near perfect with regard to saturation and extremely reliable in terms of accuracy. Other color modes, such as Automatic, Portrait, and Landscape are less conservative, tending to amp up the saturation (as high as 123% in Landscape) and taper off in accuracy.

If you’re shooting RAW, of course, none of this matters much since the camera’s color modes are applied to JPEGs only.

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