Some of us might be in the mood for total recall, but fret not – the recall exercise that we are talking about here has absolutely nothing to do with being in a fantasy world, but rather, it concerns something that is far closer to home – color changing issues. Yes sir, Canon did not slather peanut butter all over their Canon EOS Rebel T4i, but that does not mean the front rubber grips that came with some units of the mentioned camera (if you happen to live overseas, it is known as the EOS 650D/EOS Kiss X6i) are not “allergic” to color changes, with the possibility of changing color to white after a while.
Only select lots produced between May 31st through June 27th, 2012 have the potential to turn white after a short period of time, and after inquiring with the rubber manufacturer and performing their fair share of analysis, the white substance is determined to be zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate). High temperature and high humidity have been cited to be possible contributors to such a condition, where zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) that are deposited on the rubber surface might be the result of a chemical reaction.
To know whether you are affected, just refer to the serial number of your camera. Should the 6th digit of the serial number be “1″, then you would do well to contact the nearest authorized Canon customer support (in the US and Puerto Rico). Otherwise, your Canon EOS Rebel T4i is free from this potential defect. [Press Release]