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Canon EOS M Versus Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D

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When the Canon EOS M was announced, a very obvious comparison was drawn with the Canon EOS REBEL T4i / 650D. The specs are similar, but each camera serves a slightly different purpose.

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

 
Canon EOS M
Winner
Canon EOS Rebel T4i
Megapixels17.9 MegapixelsDraw17.9 Megapixels
ProcessorDIGIC 5DrawDIGIC 5
ISO100-12800 (expandable to 25600)Draw100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Memory TypeSDDrawSD
Focus Points39 pointsM9 points (still!)
Frames Per Second4.3 fpsT4i5fps
ViewfinderNoT4iYes
Screen Size3.0″ Draw3.0″
LiveviewYesDrawYes
Min Shutter Speed60 secM30 sec
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 secDraw1/4000 sec
VideoFull HD Movie DrawFull HD Movie
Battery Life230 PhotosT4i440 Photos
Dimensions109x66x32 mmDraw133x99x78 mm
Quiet Shutter ModeNo shutter!MNo
TouchscreenYesDrawYes
Flip-out ScreenNoT4iYes
Built-in Flash NoT4iYes
HDR ModeYesDrawYes
Time-lapse SupportNoT4iYes
BASE Price$799.00M$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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4 thoughts on “Canon EOS M Versus Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D

  1. Libby

    Just wondering if you have actually used the EOS M, because it takes about a year to focus. Sounds like you’re just writing off of spec sheets here. Well anything to get clicks on referral links I guess.

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    1. JoshDunlop

      Not quite.

      Yes I am writing of spec sheets here, which is why I don’t draw a definitive conclusion. This was written when the EOS M was just announced, and for people looking to find a good comparison in specs.

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