Digital SLR Cameras : Canon’s EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Adds Vari-Angle Touch Screen & Continuous AF for Video
Two New STM (Stepping Motor) Lenses Also AnnouncedJune 8, 2012
The camera includes a new autofocus (AF) system designed to record smooth HD video. The AF system includes a nine-point all cross-type sensor array with a dual-cross f/2.8 point at center, along with hybrid CMOS AF, said to achieve fast focus when shooting stills or video in live view mode. And Canon’s new movie servo AF was added to provide quiet, continuous AF during HD video recording when using one of Canon’s also announced Stepping Motor (STM) lenses.
For user-friendly operation, the AF system combines with the camera’s vari-angle 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD monitor with 1.04-million-dot resolution, “fingertip” controls and a touch menu. Multi-touch capabilities allow photographers to use familiar gestures such as pinch-to-zoom and swiping to scroll between pictures. And the touch screen flips out to the left and rotates 180º forward and 90º backward for above-the-head and low-to-the-ground shots.
“Our Rebel line of cameras bridges the gap between the casual photographer and someone looking to advance their photography and capture moments in new and creative ways. The EOS Rebel T4i boasts full HD video with AF and touch-screen navigation, inspiring even more photographers and videographers to explore the creative options made possible with DSLR cameras and lenses,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon USA.
Using the touch panel, consumers can select their child on the LCD and the camera will remain focused on that child while they stay in-frame. To make capturing photos even easier, a touch-shutter function can be enabled; when users select a subject on the LCD, the T4i will instantly take a photo, once focus is locked.
Other improved performance features to help novice photographers capture quality images and video, even in low–light, include scene intelligent auto mode—the “green” mode on the dial that analyzes the scene, taking into account faces, colors, brightness, movement and contrast, to select appropriate settings—as well as handheld night scene mode, HDR backlight control and multi-shot noise reduction—which all take multiple pictures and combine them in-camera to capture a wider dynamic range, minimize image grain or noise and produce more vivid colors. And, video snapshot produces a highlight reel of recorded adventures; users can delete, cut or reorder the clips before exporting the snapshot album to post online.