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



When it is done right, I’m a fan of touchscreens on cameras – take Panasonic’s latest Lumix G CSC models, for example. The key point for an interchangeable-lens camera with manual exposure control is that touch functionality should enhance the handling of the camera, not compromise the level of control available on the body. As with the Panasonic models, the EOS 650D succeeds on both counts.

The key benefits of using the 650D’s touch functionality for shooting include touch shutter and touch AF. Given that the autofocus is linked to the metering, this effectively gives touch metering, too. That I was not once frustrated with its operation shows that touch response is rapid and accurate, and handily most of the frame is covered by these controls.

Magnifying images for close viewing by pinching the screen is a plus, as is the flick action for scrolling through images and navigating a magnified view. For quick viewing over several images, I find that maintaining the magnified position and scrolling through images is a more useful tool, and this is possible here too. In short, viewing images on the camera is intuitive and speedy. Navigating the menu is also quick, especially when using a combination of the screen and the buttons on the camera body.

  • 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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