Announced by Canon in June 2012, the Canon EOS 650D is the direct successor to the EOS 600D/Kiss X5/Rebel T3i camera. The Canon EOS 650D is the first camera from Canon to feature an 18 MP CMOS sensor. It also has a new, articulated touch-sensitive screen with improved user-functionality and a plethora of newer features. At its introduction, recommended retail prices for the body were US$849.99 (AU $809.44), and was meant to be an entry-level DSLR camera, but in all likeness, this camera is also good for professional level work. So, here is our review of the great Canon EOS 650D.
Inside, it has a Digic 5 processor that allows the user to shoot at a continuous 5 frames per second. It is also possible to record full 14-bit profiles. The sensitivity range on the camera runs at a range of ISO 100 to 12,800, which can further be expanded to 25,600. It is also possible t record full HD video at an impressive resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a variable frame rate. Sound is recorded using the stereo microphone found at the top of the device. There is also a Mic input at the side of the camera with which sound can be recorded separately by attaching another microphone depending upon the video shooting conditions.
In LiveView Mode, the camera can shoot with continuous autofocus that uses a combination of face detection and contrast detection focusing. Over a normal reflex mode, there are 9 AF points – all of which are cross-type.
And to top it further, the Canon EOS 650D has got Canon’s special IFCL Metering which was first seen in the Canon EOS 7D.
The Canon EOS 650D is all about making photography easier for the user – and is particularly user-friendly and intuitive for beginners. There are now two new shooting modes that are accessed via the dial. The first is the hand-held night scene shooting mode that captures multiple images at fast shutter speeds and blends them together for a blur-free result. The second shooting mode is HDR Backlight control which takes a sequence of three shots that are the auto-aligned to create one single images with correctly exposed foreground and background.
The creative filters which can be applied to recorded images have now been boosted from five to seven with the addition of ‘Art Bold’ and ‘Water Colour’ Effects.
Since the camera has a touch-screen, the user can simply swipe on the screen in order to navigate through his entire gallery. This also supports the option to pinch-zoom into an image on the screen, or pinch-out to zoom out. You can also tap on the thumbnail images on the screen to enlarge them and get a full view. In a similar fashion, all options, such as menu options and settings on the camera can be simply toggled by swiping or tapping at them on the touch-screen.
Some advanced level users want more liberty to customize the way they take pictures from their cameras and want over control over them. In this regard, the Canon EOS 650D puts all tools at your disposal. When you are in LiveView mode, you set the Auto-Focus point wherever you want by simply touching and tapping on the screen. With a variety of other modes such as the Touch Shutter Mode in LiveView, you can customize the shot to your liking.
Likewise, in manual exposure mode, you can use the screen to adjust the exposure just by pressing the relevant icons.
In addition to this, the Canon EOS 650D has got a great new noise reduction feature. Found in the menu, the option is called ‘High ISO Noise Reduction’. When you set this feature to NR – meaning Noise Reduction, the camera will take a series of four images which are then combined to create one image with lower noise.
The Canon EOS 650D features a three-setting power-switch that can be used to toggle the camera On, Off, or put it in Video Mode. Then when you want to actually start shooting the video, you press the activating button above the screen and the camera starts recording. When you are done, you can press again to stop. Do note that at this same instance, you can also take a picture by pressing the shutter release button.
Battery Life And Capacity
Battery life for the Canon EOS 650D is rated at 440 shots according to CIPA test results, but you can expect to take up to 500 shots with fine and fair usage.
Price And Availability In Australia
The Canon EOS 650D is available from various online retail stores (including TopBuy AU) as well as high-street local stores in Australia. Initially launched at a retail price of $1,299.00 in June of 2012, the Canon EOS 650D now retails for an impressive AU $709.00 at TopBuy Australia, with 45% discounted savings.