Updated (March 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
5 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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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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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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
700 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The T4i's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
269 ms vs 283 ms
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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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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$478.99 vs $649.99
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The best price we've seen is $171 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              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%
              Size Large Help
              T4i133×100×79 mm
              T3i133×100×80 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T4i269 ms
              T3i283 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              440 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T4i12,800 ISO
              T3i6,400 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.53x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T4i11.2 EV
              T3i11.5 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T4i62.0
              T3i65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T4i21.7 bits
              T3i22.1 bits
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T4i722 ISO
              T3i793 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $475 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 - $949 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Size Is much smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

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              Juan Figueroa (1:48 AM, November 27, 2014)
              It is not a tie. The pros of the T3i are minimal compared with the pros of the T4i
               
              WADAA (11:56 PM, April 15, 2014)
              The t3i and the t4i BOTH have swivel screen :/
               
              Dave (5:37 AM, June 10, 2012)
              You missed the articulating screen