Canon just updated its top camera in the entry-level Rebel DSLR line, finally adding a feature that’s been on equivalent Nikon’s for a while: continuous autofocus while shooting video. The EOS Rebel T4i will keep your subject in focus while recording video, and it does so in an intelligent way.
As long as you have one of Canon’s new Stepping Motor lenses, the continuous autofocus is said to be whisper-quiet (noise has been a complaint on some other models). The Hybrid CMOS AF system has a nine-point sensory array and works with the 3-inch touchscreen’s “fingertip” controls.
Did we mention this is Canon’s first DSLR with a touchscreen? The Touch Focus will instantly put the subject you touch on the LCD in focus, and if you enable the Touch Shutter function, the camera will snap a pic as soon as you do. Not sure if we’d use that ability much, but it’s nice to have the option.
You may have heard of HDR photography — when a quickly snaps three different photos and combines them to product the best result. Canon’s upped the ante in the T4i, with new modes called Handheld Night Scene and Multi-Shot Noise Reduction, both of which take multiple shots to capture a wider dynamic range and minimize grain or noise.
The Canon T4i will be up for sale by the end of June at $850 for just the body or $950 as a kit with a standard kit EF-S lens (18-55mm). However, if you really want this camera for the continuous autofocus, you’ll be interested in the Movie Kit bundle, which packages the T4i with one of those special quiet lenses, an EF-S STM (18-135mm) for $1,199. The lenses are also available separately.