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At the Jessops re-launch of the New Oxford Street store in London, we had a hands-on look at the new Canon EOS 650D in the Canon section of the store. Unfortunately it was a pre-production sample so we were unable to put a memory card in it to have a look at the image quality.
We were, however, able to use the camera's new touch-screen interface, this lets you touch an area of the screen to select focus and take a photo. It's also possible to use the rear control screen to change settings directly on the screen. There are further benefits in playback with swipe to go from photo to photo, as well as multi-touch zooming - much like the iPhone interface. There are also new creative filters in playback mode.
Improved live view and video modes are thanks to a new sensor based 9 cross type hybrid focus system, that is said to be more precise than the focus system on the 600D. Another benefit for anyone recording video is the built in stereo microphones.
The 650D now features in-camera HDR creation, combining three exposures into one shot with extended dynamic range. There is also lens aberration correction, that now corrects for chromatic aberration, based on built in lens profiles.
Pressing the Q button on the touch-screen activates the rear control screen, letting you change options. Live view focus seemed a little slow with the 18-55mm lens, although it will be interesting to see how a final production version performs, particularly with the new lenses and we will be putting the camera through the full tests when we get the camera in to review.
Canon EOS 650D Hands-On Photos of Equipment
Find out more in our Canon EOS 600D vs 650D Comparison
Canon EOS 650D Specifications
|CCD pixels||18Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||22.3mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||14.9mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/4000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||30sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 25600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8|
|Box Contents||Eyecup Ef, Camera Cover R-F-3, Wide Strap EW-100DBIV, Battery Charger LC-E8E, AC Cable (with E-type plug) 1m, Battery Pack LP-E8, Battery Cover, Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST, Interface Cable IFC-130U|