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


White balance and colour

Image: In this scene dominated by greens and browns, the AWB has produced a cold colour balance, while the sunny setting retains the warmth of the light

I have always been impressed by the colours straight out of the camera of Canon’s DSLRs, and JPEGs from the EOS 650D do not disappoint. Unless one is overly critical, it is possible to keep the camera in auto white balance and auto picture style in most situations, and get good results. Other picture-style options include faithful and neutral modes but, interestingly, no vivid-type option. Auto picture effect is fine, but for those who want punchier results, extra saturation needs to be dialled in manually. Up to three custom picture styles can be saved for quick access, and I found it useful to create a vivid option, along with two monochrome settings using different filter effects.

For the situations where colours are inaccurate, which can typically happen when a scene has a single dominant colour that the camera mistakes for a colour cast, or in tungsten light where colours can be a little neutral with the warmth taken out, there are the usual six white balance presets or custom control.

  • 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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