Canon EOS 650D review

August 25, 2012

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Canon EOS 650D

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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.

  • Video: 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30fps, 25fps or 24fps), 1280 x 720 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), 640 x 480 pixels (at 30fps or 25fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
  • External mic: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, plus custom setting
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -3 to +1 dioptre, 19mm eye point
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 13m @ ISO 100
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I)
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, over 3 images
  • AF Points: 9 cross-type individually selectable points, auto or manual selection possible
  • Field of View: Approx 95%
  • LCD: Articulated, 3in touch LCD with 1.04 million dots
  • Output Size: 5184 x 3456 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentamirror with 0.85x magnification
  • Sensor: 18-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.6x
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 6 scene modes and creative auto
  • Weight: 575g including battery and card
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion LP-E8 battery
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • Drive Mode: 5fps for 22 large/fine JPEG files or 6 raw images
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF-S (compatible with EF)
  • RRP: Around £750, including 18-55mm kit lens
  • ISO: 100-12,800 expandable to ISO 25,600
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF
  • Dimensions: 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8mm
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Metering System: 63-zone evaluative metering (linked to all AF points), centreweighted, partial (9%) and spot (4%)
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
  • Tested as: Upper-entry-level DSLR

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