Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR Hands-On Preview

We have a hands-on look at the new 18 megapixel Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR and give our first impressions on this new camera.

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Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 650d Hands On (7) (Custom)

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. 

Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 650d Hands On (4) (Custom)

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.

Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 650d Hands On (13) (Custom)

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. 

Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 650d Hands On (1) (Custom)

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 (Rebel T4i) Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Find out more in our Canon EOS 600D vs 650D Comparison

Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T4i) Specifications

Effective Magnification1.6x
Image Sensor
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 modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30/25/24
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8
Battery Life (CIPA rating)440shots
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

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