Canon EOS M vs T4i / 650D: Build quality & handling
Appearance and size-wise, in our Canon EOS M vs T4i comparison, the M is more like one of Canon’s mid-range Powershot compact cameras than a DSLR.
Its stainless steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate and glass fibre construction also gives its body a solid, high-quality feel.
This robust build quality is complemented well by the new EF-M 18-55mm kit lens, which has a metal barrel and feels superbly built, with smoothly rotating zoom and focusing rings that have just the right friction.
Interestingly, although this lens is smaller than the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II supplied with the EOS Rebel T4i kit, at 210g, it is 10g heavier.
Unfortunately the EOS M only has a shallow ridge of plastic to serve as a finger-grip and this doesn’t give much purchase – especially with the 18-55mm kit lens mounted. It doesn’t feel nearly as comfortable or balanced in the hand as the T4i / 650D with a 18-55mm kit lens attached.
Although it doesn’t have the same number of button and dial controls as the Rebel T4i, all the key features are within quick and easy reach via the touchscreen.
Canon has opted for a capacitive screen (like an iPhone’s), so in our Canon EOS M vs T4i comparison both screens respond to a touch of a finger rather than a press.
The M’s is one of the most responsive screens we have seen on a camera and it makes swift work of making setting changes via the Quick Menu.
There are still navigation buttons and a wheel on the back of the EOS M, that can be used to scroll through settings options and make changes, but using the touchscreen is quicker and more intuitive.
There’s no mode dial on the Canon EOS M, but a switch around its shutter release allows you to choose between Scene Intelligent Auto (green square), Camera and Video modes.
In Camera mode a touch of an icon brings up various exposure modes, including Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority, as well as Creative Auto and a selection of scene modes. It’s very quick and easy to control.
In most situations the screen provides a very clear view of the scene, but it suffers from reflections in direct sunlight, making composing images a bit trickier.
With the Rebel T4i / EOS 650D you would usually employ the viewfinder in such conditions, but this option isn’t available with the EOS M.
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
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