Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon Rebel T4i

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Canon Rebel T4i

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer 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

Items often bought with the 5D Mark II or T4i

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

Advantages of the Canon T4i

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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
220 lenses vs 165 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 30% 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
Size
Smaller
133×100×79 mm vs 152×114×75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
575 g vs 850 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$615.00 vs $1,499.99
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The best price we've seen is $885 cheaper (2.4x less)
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
79.0 vs 62.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality: 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the T4i
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.53x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
206 ms vs 269 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
850 shots vs 440 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 95%
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T4i12,800 ISO
              5D Mark II6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T4i5 fps
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T4i11.2 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $1,099 - $1,138 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed

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