by Leo Jakobson | June 19, 2012

Canon’s new EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR camera has added a lot of features focused on making shooting video easier and better, notably a new touchscreen, built-in stereo microphones, and a silent, fast video autofocus.

Which isn’t to say Canon skimped on the photography in this upgrade. The heart of the camera is still an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor, but it has been improved to shoot up to ISO 12,800 for cleaner stop-action and better, less grainy low-light and night shots. With the Digic 5 image processor it can now handle 5 frames per second.

As for video, the biggest news is the new autofocus system, Movie Servo AF, which uses newly designed motors to provide fast, silent, continuous autofocus while shooting full HD video. Then there’s the bright new 3-inch swivel touchscreen, which lets you use features like choosing a person in the center of the frame and letting the autofocus keep him in focus throughout the shoot. There’s also a touch shutter feature.

The EOS Rebel T4i will be available at the end of June for an estimated $949 with an 18-55x zoom lens.