Canon EOS 650D

Released June, 2012
New: EOS 700D (Apr, 2013)
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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.
by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
8.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 650D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 650D
8.4
EOS 50D
8.4
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 650D
7.1
EOS 50D
8.5
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 650D
8.1
EOS 50D
9.4
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 650D
9.2
EOS 50D
9.3
Reviews from canonwatch.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, trustedreviews.com and 3 more

8.6

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 650D
8.6
EOS 50D
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 650D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 650D
722 ISO
EOS 7D Mark II
1,082 ISO
EOS Rebel T6i
919 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 650D
2,600 LPH
EOS 50D
1,800 LPH
EOS 700D
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 650D
269 ms
EOS 50D
131 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 650D
74 ms
EOS Rebel T5
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 650D
700 ms
EOS 50D
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 650D
5 fps
EOS Rebel T5
3 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 650D


7.7
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.

9.0
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.

8.0
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.

9.0
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.

7.8
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.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Focus

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.
by TechRadar (Jul, 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.
by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
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.
by c|net (Oct, 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.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2012)
The big news, of course, is that the 650D becomes the first DSLR to offer a touch-sensitive screen.
by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
And as we've mentioned, the touchscreen is responsive and fast to use.
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.
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.
by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
The AF system seems to work fairly well with wide apertures on fast lenses, including the 50mm f1.
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.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
I didn't see any rolling shutter but did spot some moiré and aliasing on diagonal edges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by c|net (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm
Thickness 78.8 mm
Weight 575 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 440 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, JPEG, 22 shots
  2. 5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, RAW, 6 shots
Focus lag 269 ms
Shutter lag 74 ms
Startup delay 700 ms
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