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Old Apr 6, 2013, 7:57 AM   #1
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I have seen a lot of posts about the t5i here and elsewhere.

I currently have the t3i. Have ruled out the t5i because it doesn't seem to have much of anything that the t4i does not have.

But I wonder if the t4i is a worthwhile upgrade. I am shooting more and more video.

B&H has the t4i with the 18-135 mm lens for $799. With what they will give me for the t3i ($250) it would be $550.

Is this worth it?

Or should I wait for the t6i?

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Old Apr 6, 2013, 9:21 AM   #2
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What are you shooting in the way of photo? If you are making your DSLR decision solely upon it's video capability, maybe a nice video camera would be a better solution and then keep the T3i for your photos? Just throwing it out there.
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Old Apr 6, 2013, 9:36 AM   #3
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What are you shooting in the way of photo? If you are making your DSLR decision solely upon it's video capability, maybe a nice video camera would be a better solution and then keep the T3i for your photos? Just throwing it out there.
Thanks for the input.

I shoot far more photos than videos. I travel extensively (both business and personal, up to four months per year). On a typical 30-day trip I'll shoot around 500 photos and maybe 15 videos; I tend to shoot more videos when I am home.

I really can't justify another device dedicated to video (and don't want to lug yet another device around).

I just don't know whether the other improvements in the t4i make much difference, such as the Digic 5 versus Digic 4 processor.

The touch screen is meaningless to me (I do not like them in general and would probably stick with the dial anyway).

What caught my eye was the price with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens.

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I should have mentioned that I shoot photos at the highest resolution (RAW + .jpg)
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I just bought a super zoom with the digic 5 processor, and I am convinced Canon has a real upgrade in this one. The SX40 HS has a 1/2.3" chip, and I am able to take usable photos at 3200 iso, with minimal pp. Check it out HERE, you might find this of interest.
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Thanks, hawgwild.

The Digic spec was never something I paid any attention to other than that the number went up with each new camera.

This seems like a pretty compelling area of improvement for the t4i over the t3i.

Of course if I do get the t4i, then they'll release the t6i with Digic 6!

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Thanks, hawgwild.

The Digic spec was never something I paid any attention to other than that the number went up with each new camera.

This seems like a pretty compelling area of improvement for the t4i over the t3i.

Of course if I do get the t4i, then they'll release the t6i with Digic 6!

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Old Apr 7, 2013, 12:16 PM   #8
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Won't help with your choice, but this video gave me a chuckle

There are too many cameras out there! http://youtu.be/1EfWPrjNMNo Canon Rebel T5i Review / Rant.

Here is the Rebel history, they release 1 new model about every 12 months in the first quarter of the year.

rebel 2003Q1 digic 6mp
rebel xt 2005Q1 digic 8mp
rebel xti 2007Q1 digic2 10mp
rebel xsi 2008Q2 digic3 12mp
rebel xs 2008Q3 digic3 10mp
rebel t1i 2009Q1 digic4 15mp
rebel t2i 2010Q1 digic4 18mp
rebel t3i 2011Q1 digic4 18mp
rebel t4i 2012Q2 digic5 18mp
rebel t5i 2013Q1 digic5 18mp
rebel sl1 2013Q1 digic5 18mp

Note the three rebel digic5 models are not using the digic5+ processor found in the upper end 1dx, 5dmkiii and 6d!
digic5 is 6x faster than the digic4
digic5+ is 17x faster that the digic4

New digic6 was announced in March 2013 and is already in the point& shoot sx280
My guess is you are right, next years t6i model will have the digic6 in it.

As the rant video said, you can't win the constant upgrade game, all you can do is pick you poison and stick with it!
(or go broke trying to keep up!)
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There is really not to much between you T3i, T4i and T5i. The T5i does have the upgraded processor which should help in the processing for noise. And all the AF point are cross types. Which make them more accurate.

Unless you want a bigger body, look at the 60D or when the 70d comes out.
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one thing to keep in mind with the t4i is if you use the auto focus for video it will pick up the noise from the lens as it focuses .maybe a reason to get a separate video camera
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