Canon EOS 650D review

Price as reviewed

(body only)


AWB Colour
Dynamic Range
LCD viewfinder
Very good
Tested as
Upper-entry-level DSLR
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In addition to its proven 18-million-pixel sensor, the Canon EOS 650D is the first DSLR to feature a touchscreen and 'hybrid' AF. But how successfully has this new technology been integrated? Read the Canon EOS 650D review to find out

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Canon EOS 650D at a glance:

  • 18-million-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid AF system
  • Full 1080p HD video capture with continuous AF
  • 3in articulated LCD touchscreen
  • ISO 100-12,800 (expanded to ISO 25,600)
  • Street price around £699 body only

Canon 650D review - Introduction:

Every time a compact system camera or enthusiast compact camera is announced, it comes decorated with claims of how it can offer DSLR-level control and image quality. Yet in what can only be described as a turnaround, here is a DSLR that is taking something back. With a new touchscreen and a hybrid AF system that combines contrast- and phase-detection AF, the Canon EOS 650D is a DSLR that wants to be a CSC. Make no mistake, though: aside from these two new key features, the camera is at its very core a DSLR, and features the same 18-million-pixel CMOS sensor as its enthusiast EOS counterparts, and a pentamirror optical viewfinder with a 95% field of view.

Although very similar to the EOS 600D, the Canon EOS 650D will sit alongside it in the range thanks to the 'unique' features it brings to the company's DSLRs. The camera is a clear move by Canon to tap into the video market, but can the camera satisfy such users? I am also interested to see if the transformation of the camera's handling brought about by its new features will still allow it to appeal to photography purists.