I've always held the opinion that Canon's T1i-T3i series were the best-bang-for-the-buck cameras out there. And they really are. No fancy weather sealing or anything, but for someone looking to step up to a DSLR for under $1000, this T4i ($849) bumps everything up a notch. Add to that a bargain 40mm f2.8 pancake lens for true portability!? Way to go!
We just posted yesterday about the leaked information, and sure enough, it all seems just about as accurate as could be.
Aside from an 18MP APS-C sensor and a new 'vari-angle' 3" touchscreen, Canon introduced a new surprise -- a video surprise.
Ever been bugged by in-video AF? It's unusable -- it's just too noisy and not smooth enough. Well, Canon may have changed that with support for new STM lenses -- and that 40mm f2.8 pancake is one of them! Essentially, Canon's new STM lenses, in certain modes with compatible bodies, can take advantage of a stepping motor that will silently and smoothly autofocus during video recording! In addition, Canon added the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM to the line-up as well, which can be bought as a kit lens with the new T4i for $1199 (this lens alone will be $549, so the package really saves).
Things were really stalled before the new year on both the Canon and Nikon front. Half-way through, it seems all of that has changed completely... These new offerings really up the ante. What do you think?