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Help me decide - T3i vs T4i

 
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Feb 23, 2013 08:04 |  #1

Hello,

I currently have the rebel XSI and I'm looking to upgrade. I can't decide it its worth splurging for the new T4i or get a good deal on the T3i.

We have a newborn baby and my biggest complaint on my XSI is the ISO is only good until 800 (1600 is far to noisy). So unless I have the ideal lighting conditions my shots have to have a much slower shutter speed which makes our daughter blurry because she doesn't sit still long enough. I want a camera that can up the ISO enough to get decent shots yet not having to compromise shutter speed or image quality as much.

My other concern is I have the Canon 55-250mm lens for my XSI - will this work with either of these bodies?

I'm also not sure how I feel about the T4i's touch screen? Any reason for concern there?

Thanks for any help!!


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Feb 23, 2013 08:07 |  #2

A decent Speedlite such as the 430EXII would probably do more for you than a new body.


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Feb 23, 2013 08:12 |  #3

I have the XSI and yes you will be surprised how much difference the speedlite makes




  
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Feb 23, 2013 08:20 |  #4

I looked at that before - I hate using my flash now because I hate the fake lighting and shadows it causes. I'm very much into natural lighting. Does this flash still appear as natural lighting when used?

Beyond that option though if I still wanted a new housing what would work better and why?


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Feb 23, 2013 08:26 |  #5

The t4i will be better.


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Feb 23, 2013 08:29 |  #6

Your lens will work on both. The af should be better on the T4i and it has better video capabilities. If these don't matter the T3i would be fine. If you don't need the articulating screen the t2i would be a winner to


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Feb 23, 2013 08:43 |  #7

How does the sensor compare? Will the pictures be very noisy above 6400 with the t4?


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Feb 23, 2013 08:48 |  #8

ISO 6400 is a push with any crop sensor camera. You can get usable shots but you may have to post process and you will lose some detail. There is a thread here with combines sensor for the t2i/T3i/60d etc canon 18 mp crop cameras. Check it out and I am sure there are some High Iso examples there.


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Feb 23, 2013 09:29 as a reply to  @ jaomul's post |  #9

...t4i


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Feb 23, 2013 09:35 as a reply to  @ ZDENKO's post |  #10

Autofocus is improved on the t4i, I have my 1D and I wasn't that dissapointed with speed or accuracy.

You can turn the touch screen off I you don't like it. Surprisingly good though, copes with gloves in the cold better than my iPhone.

For video, the mic is considerably better. You may not think you want video, but one you have it, you might find yourself using it. In fact the whole layout for video is considerably better. The reason I was looking for a rebel was a video compliment for my 1D until I can afford a 5D3. Was shooting with a friend and his 5D3 the othe r day, ended up using the rebel a lot on the crane, light weight can e a big benefit!


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Feb 23, 2013 11:14 |  #11

If you just want better ISO than your XSI, then the T2i or T3i would work just fine, the T4i isn't going to improve on that at all really, or very little. Plus the savings would allow you funds to purchase other glass or a flash. There are some pretty good deals around if you look including the Canon's refurb store.

Also, I would read up on various threads about how to set up your camera for dealing with higher ISO noise more easily, plus post processing techniques. The XSI should be able to pull off decent ISO 1600 shots. If you only shoot at 800 now and don't change anything about how you shoot or post process, you will probably only be able to shoot at ISO 1600 on the newer bodies. If you do change how you shoot and post process, you will at least improve that by 1 stop to ISO 3200.

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Feb 23, 2013 11:35 |  #12

I just come from the sx30 and was having the same dilemma as you with camera choice. With the t4i on special now it made my decision for me. You can get the t4i with a 18-55 for $649.00. Thats only 50 bucks more then the t3i. I didnt think I would like the touchscreen either. But after a couple weeks of use, I wouldnt want to give it up.




  
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Feb 23, 2013 16:00 |  #13

adgjqetuo wrote in post #15643058 (external link)
I looked at that before - I hate using my flash now because I hate the fake lighting and shadows it causes. I'm very much into natural lighting. Does this flash still appear as natural lighting when used?

if you bounce the light off a ceiling and/or wall then it more approximates natural lighting




  
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Feb 23, 2013 17:07 |  #14

Also take a look at the 60D thread on here , the price drop is pretty wild at this point .. Some nice photos




  
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Feb 23, 2013 17:19 |  #15

Speedlite and bounce flash will probably give you better pics than going to a T4i. I went from a T4i to a 5D3 because I wanted useable shots at ISO 6400 with minimal post processing.




  
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