Canon EOS Rebel T4i
Estimated Street Price: $849 (body only)
Canon’s EOS Rebel DSLRs are entry-level models, the new Rebel T4i being the 10th member of a line that began when the original Digital Rebel became the first DSLR to sell for under $1,000 in 2003. Not so ironically, the new camera—despite much greater capabilities and the rising yen vs. dollar—costs less than that first "affordable" DSLR.
The EOS Rebel T4i is the top model in the Rebel line, sharing 18-megapixel resolution with a number of other EOS cameras, but featuring a new Canon CMOS sensor with phase-detection AF sensors embedded among its pixels. These are part of a new Hybrid CMOS AF system, which provides both contrast-based and phase-detection AF for live-view and video shooting—a first for a Canon DSLR. The system works with all EF lenses, but is especially quiet and smooth coupled with the new STM lenses, which are ideal for video. For non-live-view shooting using the eye-level optical viewfinder, the T4i features a phase-detection AF system similar to that of the EOS 60D, with nine AF points, all cross-types. This is the most advanced AF sensor ever for a Rebel camera.
A powerful DIGIC 5 processor helps make possible such features as 5 fps shooting, a normal ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600), reduced noise in JPEGs and movies, lens chromatic aberration correction and, of course, the new AF system.
Video capabilities include full 1080 HD at 30 or 24 fps and 720 HD at 60 fps, with stereo sound via a built-in microphone or an optional external mic, and adjustable sound level. The Video Snapshot feature automatically combines 2-, 4- and 8-second clips into a single video file, perfect for sharing. Movie Servo AF provides continuous focus tracking for moving subjects. The 3-inch touch-screen LCD monitor makes it easy to shoot video, and you even can focus by touching the appropriate spot on the screen. Estimated Street Price: $849 (body only).
STANDOUT FEATURE: The first Canon DSLR with continuous AF for video.