Canon EOS 650D

$708
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released June, 2012
For users moving up from compact cameras, the 650D offers a very significant increase in image quality and a comfortable to hold camera wrapped in an interface that accommodates both touchscreen and external control operation.
Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)

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First reviewed June, 2012

Features Key features of the Canon EOS 650D

Angle view of Canon 650D / T4i
Canon clearly put a lot of thought into its implementation, and the EOS 650D sports the most comprehensive and intuitive touchscreen interface we've yet seen in any camera.
Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)

megapixels

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24.2 MP

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It may not have the pixel count of the Nikon D3200, but the Canon 650D is a very well-rounded DSLR with plenty of features for novices and enthusiasts.
EOS 650D by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
Looking at the 100% crops above, it is clear that the 650D displays noticeably more chroma noise than the Nikon D3200, which manages very clean output despite having a pixel count that is 33% greater than that of the Canon.
EOS 650D by DPReview (Aug, 2012)

sensor size

Canon EOS 650D
Nikon D7000
Nikon D5100
When its APS-C sensor is combined with a reasonably fast lens, the EOS 650D offers the opportunity for creative use of shallow depth of field, something that will be a revelation to anyone used to shooting video with their smartphone or compact camera.
EOS 650D by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
The 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is an EF-S lens for APS-C cameras that also features 'Dynamic IS' image stabilization, designed to compensate for the different patterns of camera movement encountered when shooting video (for example when walking with the camera).
EOS 650D by DPReview (Aug, 2012)

viewfinder size

Canon EOS 650D
Fujifilm X-E1
Sony Alpha NEX-6
The EOS 650D uses the same viewfinder as the EOS 600D, which means it's of the pentamirror type with 95% coverage of the image area and a 0.85x magnification.
EOS 650D by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
With its touchscreen, Hybrid AF and other user-friendly functions, the Canon 650D transforms the way you use a camera and how you take pictures.
EOS 650D by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

body size

133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm
120 x 67 x 43 mm
129 x 74.9 x 38.3 mm
Overall build quality is pretty good, with the stainless steel chassis and polycarbonate resin shell feeling robust enough while keeping weight down to just 575g.
EOS 650D by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
As with Canon's other beginner and enthusiast DSLRs, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens makes a nice, lightweight option for the Canon EOS 650D that is ideal for novices.
EOS 650D by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

focus points

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Whereas the 600D offered only one cross-type AF sensor in the centre of the viewfinder, all nine AF points of the 650D are of the cross-type variety.
EOS 650D by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
We found the Canon 650D focuses quickly and accurately, although those used to bigger 'square' AF points (as on Canon 60D and Canon 7D cameras) might find the Canon EOS 650D's AF points a little small to begin with.
EOS 650D by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Canon EOS 650D

DxOMark image quality

Canon EOS 650D
Nikon D5200
Nikon D5300
As with previous entry and mid-range Canon DSLRs before it, the 650D's video image quality is quite good with pleasing colors and contrast.
EOS 650D by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
Consequently, we recommend keeping this expansion setting for emergencies, and where possible use it with the Multi-Shot Noise Reduction setting for smoother results.
EOS 650D by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

DxOMark low light performance

Canon EOS 650D
Nikon D5300
Nikon D5200
Meanwhile, Handheld Night Scene mode is there to help you capture low light evening shots without the need for a tripod.
EOS 650D by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
Being able to shoot at these high settings is a great bonus in low light, since you are able to use shutter speeds that enable you to shoot with the camera handheld.
EOS 650D by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

shutter lag

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The Canon EOS 650D's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography.
EOS 650D by Photography Blog (Sep, 2012)
And, of course, not having to reach for the shutter release also has its benefits if you need to shoot stealthily.
EOS 650D by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)

continuous shooting

3.7 fps
When this new mode is used, the camera shoots and combines four consecutive shots to create one low-noise image.
EOS 650D by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
Burst performance results were interesting, in a disappoining way.
EOS 650D by c|net (Oct, 2012)

battery life

440 photos
1,100 photos
1,050 photos
I think the battery life should be a little better for the money, though.
EOS 650D by c|net (Oct, 2012)
The EOS 650D uses the same LP-E8 lithium-ion battery found in both the EOS 600D and 550D models.
EOS 650D by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
  • Generic
  • Yes
  • Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
  • Great for recording movies
  • 1,040 k dots
  • Opaque
  • 9
  • 3.5mm
  • For that film look
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas

cons

  • APS-C
  • 62.0
  • 21.7 bits
  • 11.2 ev
  • 722 ISO
  • Jun, 2012
  • None
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
  • 95%
  • 440
  • You'll have to protect your camera from the elements
  • 9
  • No automatic stitching
  • 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm
  • 78.8 mm
  • 1/4000 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 77%
Read the review (Aug, 2012)
What this means in practical terms is that despite the compositional benefits of using live view and the 650D's well-designed touchscreeen controls, shooting through the viewfinder remains the preferable option when trying to use autofocus to catch that 'decisive moment.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Sep, 2012)
The 18 megapixel 650D / T4i offers a dual AF system which ensures sharp stills as well as continuous autofocus tracking when shooting movies, a 1,040,000-dot vari-angle LCD screen complete with touch-screen operation, a 63-zone metering sensor, standard ISO settings of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), and 5fps continuous shooting.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
ISO performance is pretty good on the whole and while some noise does begin to show itself as low as ISO 400 images retain their integrity right up until ISO 12,800.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Jul, 2012)
The LCD on the Canon EOS 650D is a touchscreen vari-angle 3-inch (7.7cm) 3:2 Clear View II TFT, with approximately 1040k dots resolution.
Rated 78%
Read the review (Oct, 2012)
The control layout on the back remains essentially unchanged, but Canon tweaked the design on the menu and info buttons for the better; they're slighly easier to feel now.

Focus

That said, the new sensor and expensive STM lens that you have to pair with it to take advantage of improved Live View autofocus really serve to bring the T4i into parity with newer technology, such as Sony's fixed-mirror SLT system and mirrorless ILC alternatives.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 78% by by c|net (Oct, 2012)
In the video below, we've chosen to compare the 650D mounted with Canon's EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens against the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 with its X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS kit lens, whose contrast-detection AF performance ranks among the top of current mirrorless models.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
The traditional phase-detection AF on the EOS 650D is very fast and impressively accurate.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)

Screen

In use, the big practical benefit of the 650D’s touch-screen is that it allows you to pinpoint where you want to focus simply by touching that part of the screen.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
The big news, of course, is that the 650D becomes the first DSLR to offer a touch-sensitive screen.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
And as we've mentioned, the touchscreen is responsive and fast to use.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 90% by by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

Lens

While we're on the subject of sound, however, its worth noting that you can hear the focusing mechanism in quiet shooting scenarios on each of the kit lens options other than the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
Alongside the EOS 650D, Canon has introduced the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
The AF system seems to work fairly well with wide apertures on fast lenses, including the 50mm f1.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 78% by by c|net (Oct, 2012)

Video

The Canon EOS 650D also has a mini HDMI port so you can play your home movies on any HD TV.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 90% by by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
I didn't see any rolling shutter but did spot some moiré and aliasing on diagonal edges.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 78% by by c|net (Oct, 2012)
The power switch surrounds the rather crowded-looking mode dial, and gains an additional position for movie recording, meaning you can quickly switch to video from any exposure mode.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)

Touch

It's much more responsive than the touchscreens on Canon's compact cameras such as the Canon IXUS 510 HS.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 90% by by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
By maintaining what has long been very good image quality for both stills and video shooting and addressing operational handling with a remarkably well-executed touchscreen implementation, the latest addition to the Rebel lineup carves out a niche as one of the more enjoyable to use entry level DSLRs on the market.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 77% by by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
It's responsive and has an updated user interface and the usual capabilities, like touch focus, that streamline Live View shooting.
Canon EOS 650D | Rated 78% by by c|net (Oct, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

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Nikon D7000 2-way tie: Is weather sealed Nikon D7000 vs Canon EOS 650D
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Nikon D5100 3-way tie: Largest sensor Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 650D
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Fujifilm X-E1 Rated the best by consumers Fujifilm X-E1 vs Canon EOS 650D
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Canon EOS 60D Most shots per battery charge 60D vs 650D
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Nikon D5200 Best image quality as rated by DXOMark Nikon D5200 vs Canon EOS 650D
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Canon EOS 600D 3-way tie: Highest resolution screen 600D vs 650D
Front view of Canon 650D / T4i

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Editions Editions of the Canon 650D / T4i

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  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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I prefer the canon...it just feels so good. The flip-screen helps in capturing through nice angles! nikon isnt just my choice. Best luck. Have fun.

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New release with new engine, touch screen and high resolution , hypird focus system 

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This model is 2012, the new tecnology

Canon EOS 600D
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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1100D = very entry level in the family and old release  600D = good entry level  650D = newer then 600D in the same level with many feature , new engine , touch screen and continuous focus in...

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If I were you I'd take 650d. 60d is bigger and if you are a girl you'd appreciate xxxd range size and grip. 650d is new, have a bunch of new features and will keep its value for a year or two may...

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I get also my first DSLR after searching a lot of camera... i prefer canon and nikon. and it is depend if your friends have the same camera that will help a lot for tips and trying the lens -...

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  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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If I were you I'd take 650d. 60d is bigger and if you are a girl you'd appreciate xxxd range size and grip. 650d is new, have a bunch of new features and will keep its value for a year or two may...

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New release with new engine, touch screen and high resolution , hypird focus system