Canon’s latest entry-level DSLR – the EOS 650D (or Rebel T4i if you’re stateside) shares many of its key features with predecessor, the 600D, such as 18MP CMOS sensor, 9 point Af system and 1.0 dot flip-out LCD but it boasts significant changes in all areas as well as some new addtions including the first DSLR with Touchscreen and Hybrid AF. Images and video are processed using Canon's Digic 5 14-bit engine, which enables a maximum continuous shooting rate of 5fps, that's up from the 3.7fps of the Canon EOS 600D. Sensitivity has also been pushed, and the Canon 650D/Rebel T4i has a native range of ISO 100-12,800, which can be extended to ISO 25,600.
The 650D is the first DSLR to feature a 3-inch 1,04,00-dot unit touchscreen, mounted on an articulating hinge making it easier to shoot from a wide range of angles and features a gap between the LCD and screen cover filled with optical gel to help minimize refections.Menu display colour can be changed to 5 different options, one of which is a red text on black background which could be useful for night-time shooting.
Canon EOS 650D Front View with Touchscreen Enlarge
With Hybrid AF, the 650D has a 9 point phase detection AF system but all these points are cross-type, whereas the 600D only has one cross type AF point, making the 650D more responsive and better able to detect the subject. On-sensor pixels dedicated to informing the system make the phase detection part of the Hybrid AF process possible which allows the 650D to focus continuously in live view and movie mode for better shooting fast paced scenes, such as sports and animals. These On-sensor pixels are not on the same plane as the imaging pixels which suggests that unlike the pixels employed by Nikon's hybrid AF system in the Nikon 1 J1and Nikon 1 V1, they are used solely for focusing and don't make up the image.
The 650D records Full HD (1920 x 1080) movies at a variety of frame rates and has a stereo microphone built into the top of the camera, but there’s a port to connect an external mic should you wish. The only disadvantage is that there is no headphone jack for you to monitor audio better than listening to playback through the camera’s speakers.
Like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III the 650D has the ability to rate images out of 5 which makes for an easy reviewal process. While it doesn’t have a button feature like the 5D Mark III, it can be found in the menu and stores the information with the image EXIF data so the star ratings are displayed in software packages such as Photoshop Elements and Bridge.
New modes include Handheld Night Scene and HRD BackLight Control designed to look after the novice photographer. The first takes a sequence of four images and combines them using auto-aligning to get a correct exposure without blurring the subject while the second combines three JPEG images into one auto-aligned composite with a correctly exposed background and foreground. The 650D also has two new filters – Water Painting and Art Bold effect which can be added afterwards but sadly not while shooting.
The Canon EOS 650D is available from June 15th starting at €839.99 RRP incl. VAT.
Keep checking back here as we'll be posting a hands on video of the 650D after we get to play with it next week!