Canon EOS 650D

The Good Good image quality. Touchscreen is useful, functional and offers actions like pinch to zoom. Easy to use for beginner photographers. For the majority of uses, AF in video is very good.

The Bad Currently only two STM lenses available. Easy to accidentally switch into video-recording mode.

The Bottom Line The Canon 650D has all the features you would expect for an entry-level SLR, but the shooting experience and extra bells and whistles make this a compelling camera.

Editors' Rating
8.5 Overall

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Review

Canon EOS 650D

Oct 2012

Design and features

Looking for your first SLR or wanting to upgrade? The 650D offers plenty of enticing reasons to hand over your cash, from its reasonably lightweight construction, right down to its articulating 3-inch LCD screen.

This camera sits in the Canon SLR range between last year's 600D and the slightly bigger and faster 60D, though it bears the most striking resemblance to the former camera in its look and feel. Say farewell to the EOS 550D, as the old trooper has been shuffled out of the line-up to make room for this new model.

If these features weren't enough to help tempt photographers into the world of SLRs, rather than picking up an interchangeable lens camera (ILC), Canon has included a number of interesting features on this new model, including an HDR and handheld night scene mode. When shooting in this mode (found on the top dial) the camera shoots four frames in quick succession, then superimposes them in-camera, with automatic adjustments to alignment. It's not going to replace shooting properly with a tripod, but it's definitely good enough for a night snapshot when you don't have anything sturdy to lean on.

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