« on: January 18, 2013, 11:28:15 AM »
I own a T4i, a 5D Mark III and I used to own a T3i. The T3i was my first camera and I owned it for about 6 months before I upgraded, but I was a very quick study. Going from a T3i to a T4i, I was very annoyed with the new touch controls. I felt like I was in less control of what I was doing.
I know you said you were an amateur amateur, but if you know how to use your XSi comfortably then I think the T4i would be a step backwards. While you can still control the T4i the same exact way as the T3i, the T4i does have more automatic functions that take you of the driver seat. If you want that, then by all means, get the T4i. If you feel like you have a comfortable command over your XSi and can shoot manual from time to time, the T4i will just be like an annoying backseat driver.