Canon Announces New Rebel T4i With AF In Video Mode. $850 US.


Canon announced the new Rebel T4i DSLR with auto focus in video mode. The new T4i has an improved five frames per second continous shooting and an improved ISO range from the Rebel T3i. It also claims to be able to read the minds of actors, a major step forward for any motion picture camera. If you are cool with slightly soft or fishy focus then this may be the camera for you. If it does work, that would be great. I have to see it to believe it.

Here is a rip from the Canon Press Release.

“The camera includes a revolutionary new auto focus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus and smooth HD video. The new AF system includes a nine-point all cross-type sensor array, and new Hybrid CMOS AF which achieves fast focus when shooting stills or video in Live View mode. Much to the pleasure of aspiring student filmmakers and parents everywhere, the Rebel T4i features Canon’s new Movie Servo AF providing a quiet, continuous AF during HD video recording when using one of Canon’s newly introduced Stepping Motor (STM) lenses.”

Product Highlights

  • STM Lens Support for Quiet AF in Movies
  • 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD Movie Mode with Continuous AF
  • 5.0 FPS Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Multi Shot Noise Reduction
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

Canon also announced a new 40mm f2.8 pancake lens that actually looks pretty cool. I think I just might be able to squeeze a lens gear on this puppy. Click here to check it out.

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Loren Nelson

    It’s easy to scoff at autofocus for video (I did the same thing) but I think this is aimed squarely at the consumer market. Maybe consumers just don’t like using both hands to shoot video? As much as I’m not a fan of front-end focus rings the one on the 40mm lens looks halfway decent.

  • Goforjared

    Totally! “Parents and aspiring student filmmakers.” Why aim so low? Canon has a huge gap in the middle of their lineup. They need to drop a $5K camera that competes with the Sony FS100. Not sure why they are pandering to soccer moms?

  • Loren Nelson

    Soccer moms have money. And they think touchscreens on cameras are cool.

  • Jacoya C

    I find the ef 18-55mm lens is quite loud when recording with the autofocus, any help? I’m totally new to using DSLR