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Canon EOS 650D review

August 25, 2012

Overall Rating:

4

Canon EOS 650D


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Price as Reviewed:

£699.00

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

Dynamic range

Image: There is still plenty of detail in the shadow areas of this scene

Measured dynamic range is an area of performance where the EOS 600D fails to match its competition, and the same can be said for the EOS 650D. However, thanks to the new processing engine, the new camera has welcome, if subtle improvements over its predecessor. While the 650D’s dynamic range is still more than 1EV short of rival models such as the Sony Alpha 57 and Pentax K-30, an HDR shooting mode has been included on the shooting mode dial. Given the lack of detail in some high-contrast scenes, I found myself using this mode regularly as a back-up to a single-frame capture and for exposure bracketing.

  • 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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