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Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR User Review Updated

Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR User Review Updated - Prashant Meswani gives us his opinion on the new Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR, in his user review. Updated: 02/08/12 with low-light examples.

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Category : Digital SLRs
Product : Canon EOS 650D
Price : £415
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Prashant Meswani (pmeswani) gives us his opinion on the new Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR: Updated: 02/08/12 with low-light examples.

Canon EOS 650D Side ports

I have had the EOS 650D for a few weeks now and prior to purchasing the Canon EOS 650D, I had been using the Canon EOS 600D. The main reason for the upgrade was down to the following reasons:
  • The Digic 5 processor
  • The ability to create HDR images in camera
  • Faster FPS rate: 5fps vs 3.7fps (the 1.3fps increase does make all the difference, but there again, I'm easily pleased)
  • More sensitive ISO level (25k)
  • A built-in Speedlite transmitter
  • Improved movie recording
The ability to use the same batteries as the 600D (bought a couple of spare batteries with a dual charger prior to the upgrade) also helped in the decision to upgrade, but wasn't part of the main reason.

I won't deny that I am a geek and I do like new features. However, some of the features were things I have been looking for for nearly a year, but was either not available, or was in a camera that I couldn't afford.

I bought the camera with the kit lens, but decided to sell it as I had a 17-85mm USM EF-S lens which gave me the extra distance and speed I needed.

Canon EOS 650D Menus
Canon EOS 650D Menus

I haven't had the opportunity to use some of the features (such as the Speedlite transmitter, Movie Recording and the Night time shooting mode), but hope to do so in the future, and will be happy to provide a further review in due course. I have used the HDR function, and despite the subject not being completely still, the processing was still good.

Canon EOS 650D Lens correction
Canon EOS 650D Lens correction

Some of the features I like, which I didn't go looking for, included the cross-type AF, GPS tagging via a GPS adaptor (which I will buy in due course) and the ability to enable lens aberration correction in-camera.

One feature I haven't warmed to is the Touch Control, and have disabled it, simply because I am concerned that my face may accidently change something on the screen while looking through the viewfinder.

I'm in 2 minds about buying a STM lens (which is designed for the 5D Mk III and the 650D) as one of the Youtube videos, in my opinion, didn't reflect the 40mm STM Pancake lens in great light, so I don't know if I will be investing in these type of lenses until someone convinces me that they are a great addition to my kit.

1/200 sec | f/2.2 | 50.0 mm | ISO 200
1/200 sec | f/2.2 | 50.0 mm | ISO 200

The in-built HDR is impressive, but I have only used it a few times, including on today's shoot. Apart from the obvious issue of movement of the model, it does a good job. While I accept that HDR will always store the image in JPEG format, I would have liked the option to save the 3 RAW files as well, so that if the HDR images didn't work out, I would still have a usable image, but I can't have it all.

1/2500 sec | f/2.8 | 105.0 mm | ISO 400
1/2500 sec | f/2.8 | 105.0 mm | ISO 400

One nice feature is that taking a shot with the 650D is noticably quieter than the 600D. It can be uneasy to accept at times, especially when you are used to the clunky noise of the 600D.

1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 80.0 mm | ISO 3200
1/125 sec | f/5.6 | 80.0 mm | ISO 3200

One (big) annoyance, is that the image review doesn't always work after taking a shot. I have to turn the camera off and back on again to get it working again. I don't know if this is specific to the camera I own, or a bug in the software that affects all models. I wasn't paying attention to how I produced the fault, but it may be down to when changing modes from a set program (e.g. AV or TV) to Manual or vice versa. I can't remember the circumstance in which I was able to replicate it, but if I do, I'll be happy to let you know. However, compared to what I have achieved with this camera, it's a small inconvenience for me, but maybe a big bugbear for someone else.

1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 85.0 mm | ISO 12800
1/50 sec | f/5.6 | 85.0 mm | ISO 12800

I have set (today) the AF method to Flexizone - Multi. This was set to Flexizone - Single, so it will be interesting to see the results.

The Custom Functions I have set are as follows:
  • Exposure level increments: 1/3 stop
  • Exposure ISO Expansion: enabled.
  • Highlight tone priority: Disabled
  • AF-Assist Beam Firing: IR AF Assist Beam only (I may change this in due course)
  • Autofocus/Drive Mirror Lockup: Disabled.
  • Shutter / AE Lock button: Default.
  • Assign Set Button: Default.
  • LCD Display when power on: Default.

Canon EOS 650D Other sample images


The image quality is good at both macro level, close-up and mid-distance (17mm to 105mm). I hope to test the camera at a distant level in the near future, but I am confident that the quality of the images will be good.

This camera is ideal as an upgrade and for those who are looking for a high-end consumer level camera, and for those looking to get their foot into professional photography. Otherwise, the Canon EOS 550D and 600D are still reputable cameras.

By Prashant Meswani (pmeswani).

Canon EOS 650D Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Effective Magnification1.6x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels18Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5184
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)22.3mm
Sensor Size (height)14.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,040,000
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • AF Fine Tuning
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30/25/24
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8
CIPA Rating440
Box Contents
Box ContentsEyecup 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
Dimensions
Weight575g
Width133.1mm
Height99.8mm
Depth78.8mm

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Comments


JackAllTog e2
5 3.7k 58 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 11:30AM
Cool user review and neat pictures too. Thanks.
Stuart

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24 Jul 2012 11:44AM
Thanks for your feedback Jack. Smile
mikesavage 12 245 2 England
26 Jul 2012 12:53AM
Lovely portraits of the model! Tongue
icross 2 Scotland
1 Aug 2012 6:28PM
I agree with all you say. I have had mine for about a week and it is a significantly better camera than my 1000d as you would expect. Looking forward to getting to grips with features I have not used before. Thanks for a good review.

Iain
walkerr 12
3 Aug 2012 6:47AM
Nice review thanks, very handy to get real user feedback
6 Aug 2012 10:09AM
Good review, thanks. Color and skintones are bad
6 Aug 2012 10:12AM
When someone says Bad, it can have multiple meanings. Do you mean Bad in a terrible way, or bad in a slang way (i.e. to mean great, wicked, fantastic). Just need to clarify so that I can understand what you mean.
6 Aug 2012 10:43AM
Too much green and yellow in skintones. And man... bad is always bad
6 Aug 2012 10:50AM
Thanks. Just wanted to clear that up. Smile
6 Aug 2012 11:02AM
Thank you too for not teasing me =)
6 Aug 2012 11:17AM
This isn't the place to tease or annoy people to be honest. Everybody has their own opinions, and I welcome it, regardless of whether I agree with it or not. And as this page is intended as a review, rather than a critique of my photos, I don't think it is appropriate for me to go into debate on my photos. (If you look at my submitted photos on my portfolio, I am happy to have the debate there). If anyone believes there are issues on the photos submitted on this review, then I welcome the feedback, as it will help others make the decision on whether this is a good enough camera for them.

In the UK, when someone uses the word "Bad", whilst grammatically it means "Bad", it is often used as slang. On the internet, it is not always clear whether "Bad" is used in Slang or grammatically.
6 Aug 2012 11:20AM
Thank you again. About colors - it can be camera's color cast.
6 Aug 2012 11:46AM
Some of the photos I have used a different White Balance / Kelvin in order to give some warmth to the shot.
mikehit 5 6.7k 11 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 12:03PM

Quote: Too much green and yellow in skintones.

Doesn't that only apply to jpegs? You can shoot raw or create your own profiles if you don't like the ones that the camera uses.
6 Aug 2012 12:25PM
Hi Mike, the majority of my shots are in RAW only. Sometimes I shoot in RAW+Large, but on the rare occasion, I will shoot Large JPG only.
5 Sep 2012 9:39AM
Hi there, just a comment with regards to your statement:

"One feature I haven't warmed to is the Touch Control, and have disabled it, simply because I am concerned that my face may accidently change something on the screen while looking through the viewfinder."

The camera has a listed feature that auto-switches the touchscreen off when you put the camera to your eye. I myself have tested this on a camera in-store, so would be nice to see this updated in the review. Smile

Rich.
5 Sep 2012 10:02AM
Hi Richard, I am aware of the feature, but the comment was more a remark of my paranoia rather than functionality. However, if anyone reads this review, I hope they read all the comments. Smile
5 Sep 2012 11:04AM
Ok, but the review makes it sound like the feature isn't present, which in my opinion makes it slightly misleading in that regard. if the feature exists, then it prevents what you are paranoid of, and as a reviewer I would expect you use test feature thoroughly to allay those fears and ensure that it works as advertised. Smile

Regards,

Rich.

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