Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS M vs Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T4i

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Canon Rebel T4i

60

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Canon EOS M

54

Canon EOS M

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Size Significantly smaller 109x66x32 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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4.5x smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.1"
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2.5x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 298 g vs 575 g
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Around 50% lighter
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Color depth Better color depth 22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Focus points More focus points 31 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 827 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The EOS M has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lowest price Cheaper $359.95 vs $650.00
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The best price we've seen is $290 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon T4i

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 269 ms vs 742 ms
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2.8x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay Much less startup delay 700 ms vs 2700 ms
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3.9x less delay when turning on
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 49.5x more lenses available
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Battery life Longer battery life 440 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.2 EV
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $639 - $743 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $800 body only

              $979 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Touch screen No touch screen

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