Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon Rebel T3

Winner
Canon Rebel T4i

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Canon Rebel T3

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Weight
Light-weight
459 g

Items often bought with the T4i or T3

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T4i.
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Advantages of the Canon T4i

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.2 EV vs 11 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
269 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T4i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
755 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$339.00 vs $669.95
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The best price we've seen is $331 cheaper (around 50% less)
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 575 g
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More than 20% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
130×100×78 mm vs 133×100×79 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T4i17.9 MP
              T312.2 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T4i269 ms
              T3309 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T4i11.2 EV
              T311 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T4i12,800 ISO
              T36,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T4i21.7 bits
              T321.9 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              62.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T4i0.53x
              T30.54x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T4i1080p @ 30fps
              T3720p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T4i722 ISO
              T3755 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $259 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is much smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T4i.

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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