Canon Announces Internet’s Worst Kept Secret in the Form of the Rebel T4i and 40mm F2.8 Pancake Lens

Today, Canon’s Rebel T4i has finally been unofficially unveiled after what I’d probably say was as the company’s largest NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) breach in the 5 years I’ve been a technology journalist. And it really seems that the rumor sites and bloggers have nailed it quite well this time around. Indeed, Canon has not only announced the new camera, but also a new 40mm f2.8 pancake lens: something that has been missing from their product lineup for quite a while.

All the specs you care about minus the press release are after the jump.

 Specs on the Canon T4i

– 18MP APS-C  (1.6x crop factor) CMOS Sensor

– DIGIC 5 Image Processor

– 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD (useful for quicker access to settings using Canon’s quick menu available in nearly every camera.)

– Full HD Movie Mode with Continuous AF (no word on how this affects battery life, but in general the Rebel series of cameras have had some quite stellar battery performance.)

– 5.0 FPS Continuous Shooting (this is enough for most people that love to photograph their kids’ sports games.)

– ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600 (though we have yet to actually test the camera out, we think that the best performance may max out at around 6400 ISO) Especially when one mixes in the Multi-Shot Noise Reduction

– 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System. With the way that it works, consumers are often recommended to upgrade to faster lenses.

– SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Memory Card Support

Canon also announced their 40mm f2.8 EF lens. In a similar fashion to their extremely popular 50mm f1.8, there is a super small focusing ring, so you’ll mostly be using this lens in AF mode.

The lens and camera are are listed at B&H Photo.