Best Budget DSLR for Video? Canon EOS Rebel T4i (650D) DSLR Product Review

Best Budget DSLR for Video? Canon EOS Rebel T4i (650D) DSLR Product Review

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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:

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Hey, I’m Stephen Schweickart with VScreen where we make videos for companies. And, today, in conjunction with ReelSEO, we’re going to be doing a product review of one of the best DSLR cameras for amateurs called the Canon Rebel (I like that word) T4i.

Alright, guys, we know that the world of digital camcorders can be overwhelming and deciding which one to buy makes you feel a bit like Wile E. Coyote chasing the Roadrunner. But don’t fret, viewers. We’re going to tell you why picking up the Canon T4i will give you the most bang for your buck in under three minutes. Start the timer….NOW.

You can get the Canon T4i body and a starter lens for about 900 bucks. It costs a little more than it’s predecessors the T2i and T3i, (go figure) but it has some really significant improvements over those cameras as well, including a new sensor and image processor. Not bad considering how much prosumer video cameras cost to begin with. This is well above entry level and will give you crisp, colorful images and video right out of the box.

The T4i upholds Canon’s reputation for quality. With an 18 megapixel sensor as well as the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor, it can shoot full 1080p HD video that is vastly superior to most traditional camcorders – even ones costing thousands of dollars more. The difference lies in the sensor – since the T4i was designed to function primarily as a stills camera, the sensor is much larger than most cameras intended just for capturing video. This increased sensor size not only results in increased resolution – (5184 x 3456 for you pixel peepers out there), but also allows for much better low light capabilities and the ability to capture images w/ the shallow depth of field that smaller sensors will not allow. This will be great for shooting really artsy b-roll close-ups of flowers, or for getting your first quirky indie rom-com (romantic comedy) in the can and off to Sundance.

With the T4i, you get all the control you need with the manual setting. Go into the menu, switch off everything you see that says “Auto” and you’ll be stylin’. Then set the dial to Manual and open that aperture as wide as possible to crush your depth of field. When shooting images with tricky or mixed exposure – like a backlit portrait or an interior with bright windows, the T4i really comes in aces by allowing you to shoot multiple consecutive shots that expose for all parts of the scene and then combines them to output one properly exposed image – pretty sweet! The T4i doesn’t stop there, not only does it have a killer articulating screen, which makes it easy for you to shoot from a variety of angles; it also breaks new ground by being the first HDSLR with a touch screen.

Here’s the real kicker. Even though it’s a DSLR, this baby is no longer optimized just for shooting stills. It has a ton of video-friendly features, including full time auto focus for video and adjustable gain control for the internal audio. This alone is enough to put the T4i on the top of your list.

Overall, the T4i will be a great choice when you’re trying to take your videos to the next level. Just make sure you check out the rest of our videos to learn just how to shoot video and not shoot yourself. As always, subscribe, tell us what you think, tell me how your day’s going, I really don’t care.


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