Canon 650D Review

For the ability to review the camera Canon EOS 650D body Many thanks to Vitaly Yakovlev, who sent me a camera for review from another area.

Canon 650D Review

Canon 650D Review

Canon 650D is the newest, latest hobby cropped DSLR model as of early 2013. I was very surprised that the Canon 650D is built on the basis of a relatively old matrix. A similar matrix was used in Canon 550D. Of course, the Canon 650D uses an updated matrix paired with a new processor, which allowed us to reach the limit of ISO 25.600 (H mode).

EOS 550D 600D 650D
Digital rebel T2i T3i T4i
Kiss digital X4 X5 X6i
The number of MP 18.0 18.0 18.0
Year of construction winter 2010 winter 2011 Autumn 2012
Maximum ISO 6400 6400 12800
ISO Extended 12800 12800 25600
FPS, JPEG 3,7 fps 3,7 fps 5 fps
Focus points 9 9 9
Cruciform dots 1 1 9
Measuring area exposure 63 63 63
Display 3 ′, 1.040K 3 ′, 1.040K 3 ′, 1.040K
Live view Yes Yes Yes
Display rotation no Yes Yes
Touch screen no no Yes
Video yes, 1920x1080 yes, 1920x1080 yes, 1920x1080
Frequency at 1920x1080 30 (25) 30 (25) 30 (25)
Track. Autof. Video. no no Yes
Flash control no Yes Yes

Canon 650D uses CMOS sensor on 18MP, in the end, you can get pictures from 5184 on 3456 pixels (total 17.915.904 pixels). Nikon and Sony already use 24-megapixel matrixes in their models. Of course, not in megapixels camera level is measured. Canon 650D can use ISO 100-12.800, the sensitivity range can be extended to ISO H (25.600). In general, it is very interesting that just ISO 12.800 and ISO H 25.600 can be used for shooting photos, but ISO 12.800 is already called ISO 12.800 for shooting video, and the ISO sensitivity value of 25,600 is not available at all. Also, in the automatic ISO mode, only values ​​up to ISO 6400 are available. I believe that the matrix was not completely updated.

Canon EOS 650D sample photo

Canon EOS 650D sample photo

The Canon 650D is Canon's first DSLR with a true Continuous auto focus when shooting video 'Servo AF'. Video mode is activated by a special switch near the wheel for selecting shooting modes. Record and stop video recording by pressing the Live View button. You can shoot videos in Full HD 1920x1080 format with a frequency of 30, 25, 24 fps, H.264 codec in MOV format. Sound is recorded from the stereo microphone, which is located on the camera near the flash. One speaker is responsible for playing sound on the camera. When shooting video in M ​​mode, you can control shutter speed, aperture, and ISO speed. Shutter speed cannot be set below 1/30 second. In Servo AF focus mode, it is very convenient to select the desired focus area using the touch screen. For the video camera, the Canon 650D is very well suited.

Canon EOS 650D sample photo

Canon EOS 650D sample photo

Canon 650D has touchscreen (touchscreen), which seemed to me a very convenient innovation in modern digital mirror photographic construction. Using the touch screen is very convenient to select any desired focus point when working in Live View. Also, it is very convenient to navigate through the menu and very, very convenient and comfortable to view the shot material. The display supports multi-touch, this allows you to zoom in on the captured material with two fingers. The display responds only to the fingers, gloves cannot use the display. Navigating photos taken is similar to how it is done on modern mobile smartphones, tablets, etc. I expected that the touch display would be an unnecessary element in the camera, for which you would have to pay extra money, but everything turned out to be the opposite. You can turn off the camera control function using the touch screen and use the usual buttons to control it.

Canon EOS 650D sample photo

Canon EOS 650D sample photo

Canon 650D has a focusing system based on 9 cross-type focus sensors. The same phase focusing system is used in the advanced camera. Canon 60D. But unlike other cameras, the Canon 650D has a special hybrid focus system in Live View and when shooting video.

Example photo on a Canon EOS 650D at high ISO

Example photo on a Canon EOS 650D at high ISO

Hybrid Focus Method in my eyes was not a panacea at all. Phase focusing in Live View mode allows you to quickly focus the lens in the area of ​​focus, but then fine-tune the focus using the usual fidgeting of the lens in contrast-detect focus mode. In general, the Canon 650D focuses faster in Live View and when shooting video than contrast focusing cameras. Still, the focusing speed of the Canon 650D in Live View mode and when shooting video remains slow enough. Also, the Canon 650D can use hybrid phase focusing. only in the central area of ​​the image... By the way, they say that if you use specially designed lenses for focusing through Live View - Canon STM, it can speed up and improve focusing. I believe that Hybrid CMOS is a huge step forward, it just needs to be improved.

Example photo on a Canon EOS 650D at high ISO

Example photo on a Canon EOS 650D at high ISO. The noise level is very high.

The camera can shoot at a speed 5 frames per second... Believe me, 5 frames per second is already a serious indicator for an amateur camera. Truth, frame buffer, which is the place where pictures are placed before recording them on a memory card, the Canon 650D is quite small. I used a Canon 650D camera with a SanDisk Extreme PRO 95MB / s memory card SDHC Class 10 16GB. If you disable all additional features, such as:

  • Light Priority (aka D +)
  • Perifer. lighting (vignetting control)
  • Color aberration (lens aberration control)
  • Shumopod. when it lasts. shutter speed
  • Shumopod. at high ISO
  • ISO range extension

Then when shooting in RAW format, the buffer shows 6 shots, in JPEG L format 9 shots. With my quick memory card, the length of a real series of pictures is 1-2 frames longer than it shows frame buffer... When I used a slower memory card, the camera started to slow down after the buffer was full. If you enable all the additional functions described above, then in RAW format the camera can take 6 frames in a row, and in JPEG L format only 3 frames. In general, with a fast memory card, after filling the memory buffer, the camera simply continues to shoot, but at a lower rate of fire, while it does not 'freeze'. For instance, Canon 1100D, after filling the buffer, it slows down a lot.

Example photo on a Canon EOS 650D at high ISO

Canon EOS 650D sample photo

I also want to note that the Canon 650D has something like an auto focus lamp, but in fact it works as a timer (delayed) shutter indicator. Low-light auto focus assist illumination is provided by the built-in flash in strobe mode. I don't like this 'blinking' backlight.

Canon 650D sample photo

Canon 650D sample photo

On the camera you can find the following ports:

  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI mini
  • remote control connector
  • stereo microphone jack

Also, the camera has a number of additional useful features:

  • Cleaning the matrix from dust. Can be set to 'Auto clean' in which the camera will clean the sensor every time the camera is turned on or off
  • Auto power off function
  • Sets of Picture Controls
  • Different auto focus settings: Tracking, FlexiZone Single, FlexiZone Multi, High Speed
  • Remote flash function. This is a very useful thing.
  • Noise reduction function in burst shooting NR. Combines the last 4 pictures, does not work in RAW, RAW + JPEG. The same function increases the dynamic range of the image.
  • and a number of others, by the way, a request to users of the Canon 650D, please unsubscribe, can the Canon 650D sync with an external flash at short shutter speeds?
Canon 650D sample photo

Canon 650D sample photo

Personal impressions

I really liked the Canon 650D camera with its touch-screen rotary display. As for the noise level, the operation of the focusing system with the new hybrid phase sensors, and the quality of the images in general, I was left a little upset. You can find examples of photos on the Canon 650D in the lens overview Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS II

More examples of photos (with processing) on ​​the lens Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 55-250mm 1: 4-5.6 IS II for Radozhiva kindly provided Alexander Frolov.

Prices for modern Canon cameras in popular stores can look at this link.

In comments Can I ask you a question on the topic and you will answer, and you can also express your opinion or describe your experience. Many little things for a photo can be found on AliExpress.


Conclusions:

The Canon 650D is a great amateur camera. It attracts with its light weight, good rate of fire, touchscreen display and ample video shooting capabilities. Recommend.

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Comments: 176, on the subject: Canon 650D review

  • Vladimir

    I can’t understand why the Canons haven’t a sharp image! Is it a SLR ?! Who can tell?

    • Stas

      But what if a DSLR then the image should be sharp? I used to shoot with a digital soap box better than with a DSLR ... it's in my hands, you just need to straighten them. and everything will work out.

    • Alexander

      Here are examples of shots taken by the budget Canon with a whale lens, where something is not sharp. or I have something with my eyes….http://35photo.ru/items/Canon+EF-S+18-55+mm+f3.5-5.6+IS_i4630/

      • Vadim

        This is the end of endless discussions like "Which lens is better" or "Kit lenses are not good for anything."

  • Elena

    Hello! I can not decide on the camera between the Canon EOS 600D 18-55 KIT II IS and the Canon EOS 650D 18-55 KIT II IS. Not only quality photo is important, but also video shooting. Originally planned to purchase a Canon 650D, because a newer model, as well as tracking autofocus. I have not read in the reviews yet that servo autofocus will work only with STM lenses. Unfortunately, buying a kit with an 18-135 KIT STM lens does not fit the budget. So the question was whether it is worth overpaying for 650 D? How much video in the Canon 600D with manual focus will lag behind in quality (I’m going to shoot only for myself, trips, holidays, children) from 650 D? Does 650 D autofocus work with a conventional lens? The difference in price is up to $ 100.

    • Stas

      take nikon d5100 and not a party is a hundred times better….

    • kirya

      with a regular lens it doesn’t work, money divorce kenon released another duck, but with Nikon d5100 any lens works in the video and it’s not bad at times focuses better than Boot)

    • anonym

      The Canon650d with STM achieves a 100% accuracy, while 5100 with a whale crawls in 4 out of 5 cases. Of course, 18-135 is more universal but 18-55 STM is cheaper.

    • Arkady

      It will work with all lenses, the whole difference is that they will very clearly track the STM lenses without any unnecessary sounds of the motor and a second misses the focus. While a regular whale 18-55 will buzz and periodically lose focus, adjust it and lose again, then with luck. I usually turn on manual focus and twist it myself, in this case it seems to me the only problem might be as if the hand did not get into the frame :)

      • Kirill

        at the expense of sounds - not all stm-s are the same, - there are quite even “sonorous” ones, and they can also fidget, less often than ordinary motors, but fidget

    • anonym

      take 100D and 18-55 stm

  • Alexey

    I recently tested Canon650d + 17-55 2.8 is usm, the tracking focus works fine but it sounds like a woodpecker. From 18-55is stm is almost inaudible.

    • Vadim

      18-135 stm is generally silent.

  • Diana

    Hello! Please tell me how to get rid of noise while shooting a video. I tried to turn it off manually on the Servo AF display - the noise disappears, but the quality of the shooting also deteriorates. What can be done to get rid of noise and not lose video quality?

    • anonym

      Buy a lens with STM.

      • Kirill

        not a fact, depends on the specific lens

    • Dmitriy

      Put an external microphone

      • Kirill

        +

  • Igor

    Thanks so much for a good review :)
    Only, such a beautiful girl in outfit and in…. jeans. It cuts without a knife :)

  • C Yuri

    There are lenses from Zenith: Helios 44 m-4 and Zenitar-m; I want to buy a Canon 650 with an EF-S 55-250 lens ...
    or better than 18-200? .. How does it even look?

    • Lynx

      18-200 will be more universal, all other things being equal.
      ...
      and helios and zenithars - through an adapter - will generally be suitable for using manual settings for portraits.

  • C Yuri

    Guys, please clarify my question somehow. Even if something and not according to the rules invaded with his doubts ... You are young here. And for me - well over 70. And therefore it is also important for me that I managed to comprehend, and where to look and look ... However, there would be enough time, and for him - mind ...

    • anonym

      If you, dear write for what tasks need a lens, it will be easier to tell.

  • VLADIMIR

    When planning a review of the Canon EOS 700D.

  • Alexey

    Dear FORUM, tell me how to check 650d for broken pixels?

  • Alexey

    The question is, how to get out of the situation? I have +2 vision and correction to + 1 on Canon650d.

  • Elena

    Please tell me where you can buy a Canon 650D in conjunction with an 18-55 KIT STM lens (Ukraine).

    • anonym

      650D doesn’t come with such a lens, see 100D or 700D

  • Nadezhda

    Hello, please tell me an inexpensive tripod for this camera with an 18-135 STM lens?

    • Kirill

      any

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    please tell me choose between Canon 60d or 650d advise in choosing .. thanks

    • Lynx

      want more weight, training and flexible settings - 60
      if you want a smaller one, on vacation, to the country house, videvo and without problems - 650

    • Kirill

      60d is better for a photo, definitely 650d for a video

  • Igor

    I bought a 650d shift 350d. Old man 350 worked for 6 or 7 years and everything is like new. 650d is a good machine. Low noise, I can safely use the sensitivity of 3200 indoors. I compared it by noise with 7d and realized that there was nothing to compare, 7 is very noisy (the sky, faces on 7d on iso400 are already just ugly at 100% viewing). The picture on 650d is nice with smooth transitions, probably this is what most fans like. It focuses quickly and accurately (I mainly like to use the center point myself). The video is excellent, I focus mainly on the manual. Automation in video sometimes works quickly and clearly, and sometimes it’s not entirely clear how. When switching to life view, sometimes for some reason it raises the mirror for a while and something? does, then the mirror drops and everything is fine. I rarely use life-view mode. I often use the touch capabilities of the screen! Although before I thought, why do I need them. The screen is excellent. When working through the viewfinder, 1200 frames in photo mode is far from the limit for the battery. Separately on the lens 18-135stm. For an amateur, this is just a miracle. Everything within the limits of the possible in this class. If you do not specifically notice any shortcomings, then no Elks are needed. The picture is sharp throughout the frame and at any focus, the color rendering is excellent. The stabilizer is just a miracle. Chromatic aberrations and vignettes are removed with a carcass without a trace. Absolutely silent !!! Used to do 2-3 frames each (there was Sigma 18-200 without a stabilizer), now I break the habit. Immediately I took the hood, set it and did not take it off (the lens saves when you are in a crowd or climb some bushes). When shooting against a light source, glare is visible, but I think this is a normal phenomenon. I recommend 650d in conjunction with 18-135stm to everyone who wants to switch from something ancient to the latest achievements of science and technology from Canon in an amateur class !!!

    • Anatoly

      Well, it turned out like another mini review)) It was interesting to read, I found out what I wanted. Thanks.

  • Mikhalych

    Recently, I also bought this “Miracle?” The impression is not unambiguous. + Suddenly stunned the screen. I thought it was a trinket, the sensor turned out to be super. Lens 18-135STM for an amateur is very decent (especially for video). A wonderful feature for travel - video clips. I shoot mostly in P mode, I don't like software. In general, the pictures are decent, but ?! -Very small buffer (with the following). The processor does not work correctly ((misses with the BB, vignette correction (not critical), red eye (then yes then no)). The editor is nothing at all. I look through HDMI TV and PC. I would like to hear other impressions. Share your experience.

  • Vasiliev Ivan

    connector for D.U. board - remote control

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Fixed

  • Mikhalych

    Dear Arkady, can you tell me how to turn on a camera with a mono lens without Lushnikov’s dandelion? On the screen it says, there is no electrical connection between the camera and the lens.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      About 650d I can not tell.

  • Paul

    Good day to all.
    Tell me how this camera shows itself when connecting Soviet lenses?
    Interested in not only photos, but also video, again, through Soviet lenses (M 42).

    • Kirill

      normal, the essence of the model relative to the video is simply lost (af on the sensor, tracking af)

  • Igor

    Good afternoon. The camera is friendly with Soviet lenses, adapters (Lunshikov and Ktaysky) work ... I took 550D as a replacement ... the differences are not only cosmetic

  • Maksim

    "If you enable all the additional functions described above, then in RAW format the camera can take 6 frames in a row, and in JPEG L format only 3 frames."
    something seems wrong)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      That's right, the JPEG L format simply requires more processor time to encode it with the image enhancements enabled.

  • kitsu0306@yandex.ru

    Can you tell me, please, with manual lenses like Helios 44-7 through the Lushnikov adapter, and with Samyang with an adapter for Canon - will focusing work in Live View mode? Well, that is, it is clear that focusing is done by hand - the question is, is it possible to focus and see / hear autofocus confirmation while looking at the Live View screen (and not through the peephole ... otherwise it is inconvenient)?

    • Kirill

      live view no confirmation af

  • Igor

    I bought myself a regular adapter, since with a dandelion the supplier clearly gave information about its inoperability with this camera. I shoot with Helios 44-2 and Industrial 50-2 without problems. But the exposure is better to put your hands relying on your experience. I got used to working with autofocus in video mode from 18-135 stm, I began to like this function. For home video, speed and tenacity are enough. I had to master a number of programs to convert video, cut, paste, combine, discard something. Vobschem study, study, study as the classic said !!!

  • anonym

    I bought an adapter with a programmable chip on Ibei, the confirmation works very correctly, only you need to take one that says that for 650

  • Michael

    Good day.
    Canon EOS 650D Kit EF-S 18-55 IS STM is now available.
    Arkady, what can you say about him in comparison with the whale EF-S 18-135 mm F / 3.5-5.6 IS STM? Is there a greater zoom and a larger overpayment weight (we have a difference of about 6000r)? Fotik planned, incl. and for shooting videos.

  • Tyrion

    Has anyone tried to take an infrared photo on it? I bought myself a filter for whale 18-55, just try it. There are photos on the store’s website that didn’t seem to be processed, but right from the camera they’re still hot. True shot on 5D and 1D Mark III (you can see for yourself http://www.systembank.pl/filtry-infrared-ir-720-p740.html) Looks like typical IR photographs. I can't do anything like that and come close. The most obvious, so-called, wood effect is completely absent. I tried it at different shutter speeds (up to 30 sec), different aperture values ​​and under different lighting conditions and at different angles. No white trees. To be honest, it looks like it was shot through red glass and nothing more. If you turn different sliders in darktable, you can clearly see that the trees are ordinary gray-black (but I don't know much about this program yet). On the filter itself, IR 720 is clearly indicated and it is positioned exclusively as infrared, and not just color. I read that you can't see anything through the viewfinder - that's not the case for me. It can be seen much worse and everything is in red tones, but quite bearable. Compared to night shooting, at least :). Maybe it's all about the “cut-off filter”, is it something special here or what? The classic TV remote control test is successful. And it seems even in live view (I checked it a few months ago, now there is not a single remote control at hand to be sure). Maybe you need extra long exposures (coupled with an ND filter)? But I do not have a remote control to check, and holding the button is problematic. Has the store sold nonsense or is it something else? Can't find IR photos taken with 650D without physically reworking the carcass.

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