Canon's T4i has several controls located on the top of the right hand grip. They include (starting from the top) the shutter release button, the main control dial, ISO speed button, along with the Mode Dial and the Power switch mounted to the right of it. Canon has added a movie mode to the power switch, making it easy to to quickly enter movie mode. This is important with the camera's new found movie features.
The Mode Dial is divided into 3 Zones:
The Basic Zone:
- Scene Intelligent Auto - Fully automatic mode with auto scene detection
- lash Off - for shots or locations where flash is prohibited
- reative Auto - for easy setting of image brightness, flash, background blurring, ect.
The Creative Zone:
- Program AE - Camera selects the optimum shutter speed and aperture for the shooting conditions.
- Tv - Shutter priority; you select shutter speed (1/4000 to 30 seconds), camera matches appropriate aperture
- Av - Aperture priority; you select aperture, camera matches appropriate shutter speed
- Manual - Manual selection of both shutter speed and aperture
The Image Zone:
- Portrait - subjects stand out backgrounds are blurred
- Landscape - for Wide DOF, sharp images
- Close-up - for close-up shots such as flowers
- Sports - for shooting images in motion
- Night Portrait - for shooting images at night
- Handheld Night Scene - Combines 4 images to create one night scene
- HDR Backlight Control - Uses 3 shots with 3 different exposures to increase the images dynamic range
Controls on the back: These controls have not changed from the T3i that Canon released last year. To the far right you see the AE/FE lock button that seconds as the index key when in Playback mode, and next to that is the AF point selection button that seconds as the magnify button when in Playback. Underneath of these two buttons is the small speaker for audio playback. Next is the AV Aperture/Exposure compensation button. Depending on the exposure program being used, this button allows you to adjust the aperture and exposure compensation functions of the camera. Below that is the Quick Control button for the T4i's shortcut menu, which is also used as the print function menu while in Playback mode. Next you will see the 4-way controller, which has several jobs. These include navigating the menu system, scrolling inside an enlarged image in playback mode, and a quick recall of specific camera functions. Pressing "Up" will display the White Balance options, "Right" accesses the AF mode, "Down" gives access to the Picture Style modes, and "Left" toggles the drive mode (burst/self-timer). Lastly, we have the Play button to send the camera into Playback mode, and the Delete key at the bottom right to delete images.
Like its predecessor, the T4i uses SD/SDHC/SDXC style memory cards to store all of its images. With the camera's large file sizes and incredibly ability to capture Full 1080p HD videos, you will want to use the largest, fastest memory cards that yo can find. The camera is shown here with a Kingston Ultimate X 100x, Class 10 SDHC card. For our performance tests, we will be testing it using an 8GB SanDisk Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-1 (95mb/s) memory card.
The I/O (Input/Output) ports are on the left side of the camera and are covered with a flexible rubber door. The image to the right shows the A/V and HDMI ports. The A/V port handles standard video output and the USB 2.0 high-speed connection to your PC, as well as direct printing. The bottom HDMI port is used for connecting to a HDTV television set. The left image shows the remote release and microphone input ports.
The EOS Rebel T4 is compatible with the RS-60ES remote switch, as well as the RC-1, RC-5, and RC-6 remotes. Shown here is the remote sensor located on the front right grip.
Powering the T4i is a 7.2V, 1120mAh (LP-E8) rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This battery provides enough power to capture up to 550 images while using the viewfinder or up to 200 images when in Live View mode using the LCD screen. The quick charger shown above is also included making it easy to keep several batteries charged and ready to go, so you never have to run out of power.
The Rebel T4i is also compatible with the optional BG-E8 battery grip, which offers double the battery life. It obtains this by holding 2 LP-E8 or 6x AA batteries, and also provides a shutter button and control dial along with AV/Exposure Comp., AE/FE Lock (Index or Reduce in playback), and AF point selection (Magnify in playback) buttons for vertical orientation. The Canon BG-E8 offers creative flexibility by providing a stable grip for vertical as well as horizontal shooting positions.