• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon T4i advantages over Sony NEX-5T

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    19 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Sony NEX-5T advantages over Canon T4i

  • Less expensive
    $448* vs $539
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,015 vs 722 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.0 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    392g vs 1039g
    Lighter weight
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes.

  • Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T5i

Canon T4i
Canon T5i
  • $618
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
Sony NEX-5T
Canon T5i
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Canon T3i

Canon T4i
Canon T3i
  • $618
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
Sony NEX-5T
Canon T3i
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-30

Canon T4i
Pentax K-30
  • $618
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-5T
Pentax K-30
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Canon T4i
Pentax K-5 II
  • $618
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony NEX-5T
Pentax K-5 II
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony NEX-3N

Canon T4i
Sony NEX-3N
  • $618
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-5T
Sony NEX-3N
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
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