Exactly why you might want to buy one of those cameras over the other, we will get to further down the page, but first, lets have a look at a comparison of their specifications, and which one comes out on top.
Canon EOS M Versus Canon EOS Rebel T4i
Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels Draw 17.9 Megapixels
Processor DIGIC 5 Draw DIGIC 5
ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600) Draw 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Memory Type SD Draw SD
Focus Points 39 points M 9 points (still!)
Frames Per Second 4.3 fps T4i 5fps
Viewfinder No T4i Yes
Screen Size 3.0″ Draw 3.0″
Liveview Yes Draw Yes
Min Shutter Speed 60 sec M 30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec Draw 1/4000 sec
Video Full HD Movie Draw Full HD Movie
Battery Life 230 Photos T4i 440 Photos
Dimensions 109x66x32 mm Draw 133x99x78 mm
Quiet Shutter Mode No shutter! M No
Touchscreen Yes Draw Yes
Flip-out Screen No T4i Yes
Built-in Flash No T4i Yes
HDR Mode Yes Draw Yes
Time-lapse Support No T4i Yes
BASE Price $799.00 M $849.00
Let me start by saying that although this is a good way to lay the specs on the line, simply saying that the T4i wins over the M by two points, and therefore, it’s a better camera, would be a very bad way to measure up the two.
You’re better off looking at each comparison, and deciding for yourself what you consider to be more important.
Do you want a small camera, with good control, long shutter speeds, and lots of focus points, without the need for a flip out screen, long battery life, or built in flash? If the answer is yes, then the Canon EOS M is the camera for you.
Perhaps you’d rather have a bigger camera, with more tactile controls, a long battery life, a viewfinder, and a built in flash. If so, then you should probably buy the Canon EOS REBEL T4i / 650D.
I mention in the price table that the EOS M wins when it comes to price, but in all honesty, it’s hard to make a comparison. When you buy the base T4i with a lens, you get a lens with a better zoom range. And if you want to add your EOS lenses to the EOS M, then you’re going to need to spend $200 on an adapter. And if you wanted the same zoom range as the T4i, that’s $300.
So you can see, for a small camera, the price of the EOS M can really start to add up. But then why buy it?
Well, I’ll tell you why I want one. It’s a small body, that I know to be good quality (judging by the specs), which I can use my pro lenses on. I would probably spend most of my time using the 22mm lens that comes with it, but it’s nice to know that I have the option if I want to.
The EOS M is not (in my opinion) a replacement for a DSLR. You’re far better off having physical controls at the end of your fingertips, over a touchscreen, but it clearly has it’s uses.
If you’re an enthusiast who is looking to make the leap to a DSLR, but don’t want to lug it around, then the ESO M is the camera for you. If you already own a Canon DSLR, and want something a little bit smaller at times, then this camera is also for you. For anyone else, I would recommend the Rebel T4i.
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