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    Canon EOS 650D review

    | Reviews | SLRs | 13/07/2012 02:00am
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    Our testing team was one of the first to get their hands on the new Canon EOS 650D. They’ve posted their full, scientific Canon 650D review over on our sister site TechRadar. So go there for all your image quality analysis, noise charts and more. If you want some of the review highlights and the verdict… well, find out below what our in-house experts thought.

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    Canon EOS 650D: front view

    The Canon EOS 650D – or Canon EOS Rebel T4i in the US – sits above the Canon EOS 600D/Rebel T3i in Canon’s DSLR range, and has been designed for beginners and enthusiast photographers alike.

    One of the key aims for the manufacturer was to make the new camera easier to use, so it has given the Canon 650D new automatic shooting modes as well as a touch-sensitive vari-angle LCD screen. There’s also a healthy smattering of more advanced features to keep experienced photographers happy.

    Despite the headline features, a close look at the Canon EOS 650D/EOS Rebel T4i reveals it’s quite a bit more than just a 600D with a touchscreen LCD.

    Canon 650D Review: touchscreen

    Although it has an 18-megapixel sensor like the Canon EOS 600D, for example, some of the pixels are dedicated phase detection tools – part of the new camera’s Live View and video mode Hybrid AF system (find out: What is Live View telling you?).

    In a first for a Canon EOS camera, the Canon 650D can focus automatically during video recording. Let’s take a closer look.

    Canon 650D Review

    Canon EOS 650D Features

    At full resolution, the Canon EOS 650D produces 5184 x 3456 pixel images. This means they are big enough for A3 (16.5 x 11.7-inch) size prints at just under 300ppi.

    While some may feel that’s not quite as good as the 24MP offered by the Nikon D3200, it’s enough for many photographers and, of course, it’s the quality of those pixels that’s important.

    The Digic 5 processor in the Canon EOS 650D is six times faster than the Digic 4 processor found in the Canon 600D.

    Canon 650D Review

    This has enabled Canon to boost the 650D’s continuous shooting rate to 5fps for approximately 22 JPEGs or six raw files – up from 3.7fps with the 600D for around 34 JPEGs or six raw files.

    So you gain speed, but lose out slightly on the number of images you can record. To be fair though, how often do you need to shoot bursts of 20+ images?

    The better specified, bigger Canon EOS 60D is only 0.3fps faster, at 5.3fps (although it will capture around 58 JPEGs and 16 raw files in one burst).

    So having 5fps capability in a camera at the Canon 650D’s level is quite a bonus. It’s fast enough for most wildlife, action and sports photography.

    When the Canon EOS 650D’s new Hybrid AF system is in action it uses the central pixels to inform the phase detection part and get the subject close to sharp. Then the contrast detection steps in to get it into full focus.

    The aim is to make the Live View and video mode focusing quicker and more accurate. If this makes Live View usable when the camera is handheld, it could give the Canon EOS 650D appeal to those upgrading from a compact camera, even if it isn’t a hugely popular feature with enthusiasts.

    Canon 650D Review

    As on the Canon EOS 600D, Canon EOS 60D and Canon EOS 7D, the Canon EOS 650D has an integrated Speedlite transmitter, enabling you to use the built-in flash to trigger external flashguns remotely.

    You’ll need a flashgun with a slave option to use this function, but it’s a great way to take very creative, professional-looking photos by adding dynamic side lighting.

    The aim is to make the Live View and video mode focusing quicker and more accurate. If this makes Live View usable when the camera is handheld, it could give the Canon EOS 650D appeal to those upgrading from a compact camera, even if it isn’t a hugely popular feature with enthusiasts.

    As on the Canon EOS 600D, Canon EOS 60D and Canon EOS 7D, the Canon EOS 650D has an integrated Speedlite transmitter, enabling you to use the built-in flash to trigger external flashguns remotely.

    You’ll need a flashgun with a slave option to use this function, but it’s a great way to take very creative, professional-looking photos by adding dynamic side lighting.

    Meanwhile, Handheld Night Scene mode is there to help you capture low light evening shots without the need for a tripod (check out these 3 ways to hold a camera steady when you don’t have a tripod).

    It does this by taking four different images in rapid succession to achieve a longer total exposure. Again the images are auto-aligned and combined in-camera.

    Canon unveils EOS 650D touchscreen DSLR

    Other spec highlights on the Canon 650D include a sensitivity range of ISO 100-12800 that’s expandable to ISO 25600, 14-bit image processing and a new nine-point wide-area AF system with all cross-type sensors.

    There’s also a new Multi Shot Noise Reduction option, which works in JPG mode only, in addition to the usual four High ISO Speed Noise Reduction settings (Off, Low, Standard and High). When this new mode is used, the camera shoots and combines four consecutive shots to create one low-noise image.

    NEXT PAGE: The Canon EOS 650D Verdict

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