Are you considering the Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D? We pit Canon’s first compact system camera against its heralded entry-level DSLR to compare the handling and image quality of the Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D.
Unlike some compact system cameras (CSCs) the Canon EOS M has an APS-C (22.3×14.9mm) format sensor. In fact it has the same large 18Mp CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor as the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D, so in theory at least it could be capable of matching one of the new Canon DSLRs for image quality.
But as Canon’s first CSC gets a new mount and lens it’s not a given, so we’ve been testing the Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D side by side to see how they compare.
Because it’s a compact system camera the EOS M doesn’t have a mirror or an optical viewfinder and, as Canon hasn’t given it an electrical viewfinder, images must be composed on the LCD screen.
Consequently, in a Canon EOS M vs T4i comparison, the M replicates many of the features that the Rebel T4i has in Live View mode, including the 31-point Hybrid AF system that was debuted by the Canon T4i.
This system is intended to combine the speed of phase detection with the accuracy of contrast detection AF.
The screen is also the same 3-inch 1,040K-dot touch-sensitive device as is found on the T4i, but it’s fixed rather than mounted on an articulating hinge.
This means that when composing photos on the Canon EOS M vs the T4i / 650D, it’s not quite so easy with the M at awkward angles – low down close-ups or shooting held high over people’s heads – as it is with the T4i.
Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D: spec sheets compared
Want to know how the Canon EOS M specs compare vs the T4i / 650D? We put together this handy cheat sheet which shows both Canon cameras’ specs in a format that makes it easy to compare the EOS M vs T4i.
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PAGE 1: Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D specs and features
PAGE 2: Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D flash
PAGE 3: Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D build quality & handling
PAGE 4: Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D performance
PAGE 5: Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D verdict