I spent a good number of hours experimenting with the T4i. There are some fascinating features, but to be frank, I haven’t taken it onto the street yet. There is a learning curve. For example, the pull out screen seems nifty at first, but it also has drawbacks – the main one being that focus and shooting lag are much longer than when you are looking through viewfinder. I suspect it will be great for slow compositions, and there will be times when it will be handy for composing over the head shots and low angle shots, but it will also eat up the battery quickly.
I tend to be the sort that falls into one habit of shooting, and I don’t mess around too much once I’ve got that down. At any rate… I spent a fair amount of time shooting my guitar learning the ins and outs of the LCD screen. One thing that is definitely cool – you can close it so that the screen itself stays protected.
And if you don’t think you’ll be using the live view – you can turn it off in the custom functions.
In short, I suspect I’ll have the camera tuned to my liking pretty soon.
The other thing is – the images really do seem larger. A RAW full is about 21.5 inches x 14.4 inches @ 240 dpi. That’s a pretty good size, esp. if you are shooting at a slow ISO because I’ve been able to interpolate very large images from my old (the first) Rebel.