Canon 650D: has Canon revealed its mirrorless technology?

Canon EOS 650D: front view

The Canon EOS 650D/Rebel 4Ti debuts a couple of new technologies for Canon that could be used in a mirrorless compact system camera (CSC).

For a start, the EOS 650D is Canon’s first DSLR to feature full-time autofocusing in Live View and video mode. Both of these modes require the reflex mirror to be lifted out of the way, so the camera in effect emulates a mirrorless model.

How to shoot with the Canon Creative Auto mode

How to use Canon Creative Auto mode

Canon’s Creative Auto mode has been introduced to help beginners achieve good results without having to learn all of their Canon camera’s functions. The Canon Creative Auto mode (CA) is similar to Full Auto mode, but offers some control over image brightness, depth of field, Picture Style setting and Drive mode.

You can select depth of field and image brightness using sliders and the camera automatically sets the exposure settings and ISO.
Guided shooting modes like Canon’s Creative Auto are very user-friendly. Click to find out how it works.

Canon vs Nikon: shooting modes compared and explained

Canon vs Nikon shooting modes compared

You may be a Canon loyalist, or you may shoot strictly with Nikon DSLRs. But be honest: you’ve probably wondered what the other has on offer, haven’t you?

We certainly have, so we decided to start with the top dial. In our latest photography cheat sheet, we looked at the shooting modes on offer from two of the most popular DSLRs on the market: the Nikon D3100 and the Canon EOS 550D.

How to use your Canon Quick Control screen

How to use your Canon DSLR's Quick Control screen

There’s a lot to be said for a simple, uncluttered control system but, for immediate access to wide-ranging shooting parameters there’s never been a substitute for banks of buttons, or at least not until recently. The Quick Control screen on your Canon DSLR isn’t a brand-new development – cameras like the EOS 50D sported this feature – but it comes into its own on new Canon cameras, beginning with not-too-distant offerings like the EOS 550D, delivering a raft of essential adjustments behind the camera’s refreshingly consolidated button layout.

Compared with the older 450D, the new Q (Quick Control) button takes the place of the White Balance button on the back of the camera. Even so, you still get dedicated buttons for accessing white balance as well as ISO, exposure compensation, drive mode, and autofocus options, and for selecting various picture styles like Standard, Portrait and Landscape

Master Live View on your Canon DSLR

Master Live View on your Canon DSLR

The optical viewfinder in your Canon DSLR offers a bright, crystal-clear image of the scene you’re photographing. Easy on the eye, it makes photo composition and focusing a breeze. The one thing it can’t do, however, is give you a totally accurate picture of the final image you’ll capture.

What you’re looking at through the viewfinder is the scene as it is in reality, not how the camera ‘sees’ it. As light enters the lens, it’s simply reflected by a mirror onto the viewfinder arrangement. The effects of exposure, ISO, white balance and other camera settings aren’t visible in this image, as these are only applied once the mirror flips out of the way to expose the camera’s imaging sensor to light when you take a picture.

Canon suspends 5D Mark III shipments

Canon DSLRs: Canon EOS 5D Mark III review

Canon UK has said that shipping of the 5D Mark III has temporarily stopped while it investigates problems with the top LCD causing exposure issues.

The fault has been widely reported online, and appears to show the exposure value changing as a result of the top LCD plate light being activated when shooting in very dark conditions.

Canon UK has admitted the fault, and issued the following statement, “Canon has identified that when the LCD top light is switched on in very dark situations, the displayed exposure value may change on the EOS 5D Mark III. Canon is now investigating the issue and will announce further details on the Canon support page in due course.

Canon 5D Mark II mashup: K-24 aerial recon lens


We’ve featured the handywork of Jason Bognacki before when he combined his Canon 5D Mark II with a 1919 Piccolette Contessa-Nettel camera. Since then he’s done another Canon mashup; this time it’s a Canon 5D Mark II with a 7-inch f/2.5 Kodak Aero-Ektar lens attached to it removed from a K-24 aerial recon camera. These lenses were built by Kodak for aerial reconnaissance photography and most were made during World War II. There is even some dispute that these lenses are radioactive as they contain Thorium. Holy smokes.