T4i colors, I am impressed !

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JeanPierre Thibaudeau
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T4i colors, I am impressed !
Jun 3, 2013

I just bought a Canon 650D 2 days ago and I am very impressed with the camera overall but mostly the accuracy of the color rendition.

I own near 20 digital cameras, mostly Olympus, and after trying 5 or 6 different Canon DSLR in the last 4 years, I ended up returning or reselling all of them (XSI, 40D, 60D, T2i, T3 and recently the 6D).

The T4i is the first one I consider keeping, the colors it produces are so close to what I am seeing, I consider this a big step for Canon. Of course it's not perfect, it is still misses the Kelvin color control, which all Olympus 4/3 and M4/3 has.

I bought the basic 3 penses kit, 18-55, 55-250 and the 50mm F1.8, all that for a thousand dollars, including a Canon bag, a Dynex tripod and a 64G high speed card. I didn't try the video yet but I use it mainly for stills.

So if you're like me and privilege mostly color accuracy rendition - which is rare today in digital cameras, I strongly suggest you try the Canon T4i.

My overall score: 9/10.

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In reply to JeanPierre Thibaudeau, Jun 3, 2013

I agree with you Jean-Pierre, that the colours are very good. They are pleasing to the eye.

Sometimes I have to turn down the saturation a little bit and hardly have to use any of my plug-ins software anymore.

I was strictly an Olympus user too starting with the E300.

No there is not much to complain about the T4I. How do you like the 50mm lens?

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In reply to JeanPierre Thibaudeau, Jun 3, 2013

Thank you for your review.  Enjoy your new camera.

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Thanks for posting, have a great day.
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In reply to Hollander, Jun 3, 2013

Hi Hollander,

For best color accuracy and saturation for the T4i, I forgot to mention that you should use the faithfull picture style, it's by far the best one. Near perfection.

Despite it's cheap selling price, the 50mm F1.8 is really good. Very sharp lens, especially stopped down a bit.

Thanks for the good coments on my honest but simple review.

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In reply to JeanPierre Thibaudeau, Jun 3, 2013

JeanPierre Thibaudeau wrote:

The T4i is the first one I consider keeping, the colors it produces are so close to what I am seeing, I consider this a big step for Canon.

Agree completely.  The T4i has so much going for it.

Of course it's not perfect, it is still misses the Kelvin color control

Funny thing, is that if you shoot in RAW, then you can adjust color by degrees Kelvin in Canon's DPP software!  Which is what I like to do with my own T4i.

Enjoy your camera!

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In reply to R2D2, Jun 4, 2013

Tonight I shot a bunch of  pics in RAW. Although the pics are very nice, I found 3 down sides to it:

1- The files are HUGE!

2- The pictures have too much saturation

3- The camera does not correct the chromatic aberrations, the lens' distorsion and the vignetage.

Am I right?

Also, do the raw files keep the picture styles and white balance? I don't think so, judgiing by the results.

So I think I'll keep shooting in jpegs, unless I decide to buy expensive lens.

Hollander (see above) was right when he said there was too much saturation when shooting raw.

Thanks for reading.

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JeanPierre Thibaudeau wrote:

3- The camera does not correct the chromatic aberrations, the lens' distorsion and the vignetage.

CA and Lens distortion correction profiles only applies to JPEGs and only with Canon lenses. You can only have a limited amount of lens profiles stored on the camera (don't recall how many a T4i can store, but a SL1 has 40); you have to use the EOS utility to change them.

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In reply to JeanPierre Thibaudeau, Jun 4, 2013

You are right, the RAW files are not corrected, but the setting are saved in the RAW file.  While using DPP, you can apply non-destructively any settings, such as white balance, color balance, lens correction and all.  You can also crop without loosing the original image.

Once satisfied, you can save as jpeg or any format you like.

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