From Canon USA
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The front rubber grips of some units of the Canon EOS REBEL T4i Digital SLR camera (EOS 650D/EOS Kiss X6i overseas models) may change color (turn white) after a short period of time. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.
Canon continuously strives to provide our customers with high quality, reliable products that can be used with confidence. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who may be inconvenienced.
The front rubber grips of some EOS REBEL T4i units produced in certain lots between May 31st through June 27th, 2012 may turn white after a short period of time. We have determined after inquiry with the rubber manufacturer and analysis, that the white substance is zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate).
Zinc bis is not used in the production of this product. However, the quantity of rubber accelerator used in the affected production lots was slightly higher than usual. As a result the rubber grips may turn white due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances. High temperature and high humidity may contribute to this condition. Zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), which becomes deposited on the rubber surface, is created as a result of this chemical reaction.
Some EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR cameras produced from May 31 through June 27, 2012 may be affected.
You can use the serial number to check whether your camera is affected by this phenomenon. If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1” please follow the procedure below. If the sixth digit of the serial number is “2” or higher, your camera is not affected.
We have added new serial numbers to our system since this Product Advisory was first posted on July 13, 2012. Please enter the serial number of your camera on our website, following the directions below, to determine if your camera needs to be returned to Canon USA for repair. Because the website has been updated, even if you checked your serial number on our website prior to August 1st, please check it again.
Go here to see if you’re affected by this recall.
We received the first mention of the next Canon product announcement date. I’m told the date is pretty solid, but as always, Canon can move things around at the last minute.
It’s expected we’ll see a new mirrorless system announced as well as a few lenses. We probably won’t see new full sized EOS cameras or PowerShots announced until August or September.
A good review of the new Canon Rebel T4i
The folks at Cinema 5D have posted a review of the new Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D.
From Cinema 5D about their test camera
“The beta firmware version had some limitations like I couldn’t adjust the white balance or had wrong exposure at times. This should be resolved in the final version.
The handling of the camera was nice, although I didn’t find the button layout perfect for video (having to reach with the wrong hand to the wrong side of the camera).”
When can you get one?
The new Rebel T4i/650D will be available in stores fairly soon. Below is a list that is to the best of my knowledge as to when you can expect shipments to start for the new flagship Rebel.
Rebel T4i Body Only & Rebel T4i w/18-55 IS II Kit
Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM Kit
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
By the looks of things, and what people have told me. Initial stock for all the above items should be pretty good initially and be great in July and August. There appears to be a wait for the T4i w/18-135 IS STM kit initially, although the lens by itself is showing availability in late June, we’ll see what transpires with that.
Good first review for the T4i.
The T4i has been reviewed by digitalcamerainfo.com, and it’s quite favourable. It looks like Canon has upped their game for the Rebel line.
From Digital Camera Info
In shooting with the T4i, it’s clear that the sum of all those spec upgrades is a camera that truly feels new. That’s a good step for Canon, as we felt the T3i was a lackluster, marginal improvement on the massively successful T2i that preceded it. With the T3i staying in the line as a mid-level option (above the T3 and below the T4i, for now), that separation was necessary for the T4i to be relevant.
Read the complete review
Preorder the Canon Rebel T4i/650D
Canon Rebel T4i Body Only $849 B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Rebel T4i w/18-55 IS $949 B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Rebel T4i w/18-135 IS STM $1199 B&H | Adorama | Amazon