Canon hasn't brought out a new sensor in seemingly forever, meaning that the T4i has the same sensor as the older T3i, and the T2i before it. It is also the same sensor used in the 60D and 7D. So while the "prosumer" models have more "pro" features, they also have very similar image quality. As far as the 60D goes, as you note it has some weather sealing, along with a more robust battery, a brighter pentaprism viewfinder, a top deck status LCD, two control dials, and more buttons for direct access to commonly used controls. The 7D adds a magnesium chassis, a more sophisticated auto-focus system, and faster and more robust performance.
Full frame does net better image quality over a wider range of conditions, but at a significant cost in size and dollars. Naturally he manufacturers are keen to sell you one because they make more money not just on the camera, but the lenses as well.
<span id="INSERTION_MARKER">Ok, I've been reading other people's questions and answers and all the reviews and specs etc and I've got info overload. And no one has the exact same criteria as me so I'm asking for help here. I shot with a Canon AE-1 Programmable (which I always used on all manual) for years. Then things went digital and I thought it made sense to learn digital photography on a point and shoot first before shelling out.<span>
<span>Well, I'm sick of the quality I get from point and shoots and my slr is so old that when I pulled it out of storage and shot a couple rolls, I was very disappointed with the quality of the shots, so I'm clearly not sticking with film.
<span>I used to shoot weddings and other events, head shots, and portraits, and personal travel photos. Also, spending money on large cibachrome prints from slides, so I'm used to the quality and clarity from that as well. Every time I ask at a camera store, they say oh, you used an AE-1, all you need is a rebel T4i. But, I'm wondering if that is going to be good enough as it's not considered a prosumer but an entry level camera.
<span>I know how photography works, but I still have a hard time learning all about things like white balance etc when I don't have a DSLR to learn it on (although my point and shoots have always been more advanced with manual features, the digital aspect of photography always takes soooo much time, push this menu here and that menu button there and change this etc and then the shot is gone! So, I'm not thrilled about having to drill down to find the way to shoot something, but I don't want to get a camera, learn the "new" aspects of digital photography and then think oh, I wish I'd gotten the ....
<span>I like the idea that the 60D has some weather proofing and is considered a prosumer camera. But then I start reading about the full frames and think maybe I should go there.
<span>I don't want to spend thousands of dollars because I can't but I also don't want to get a cheapie and then upgrade later. I would appreciate some perspectives.Sorry to be so lengthy.
<span>Thanks in advance