Canon 650D review

Canon's first touchscreen DSLR is put through its paces

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Canon EOS 650D review Signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Canon EOS 650D relate closely with the Canon EOS 600D for signal to noise ratio. However from the chart you can see that the Sony Alpha 37 just has the edge over both of them.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Canon EOS 650D review TIFF signal to noise ratio

TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Sony Alpha 37 and Canon EOS 650D are closely matched for their signal to noise ratio, with the Alpha 37 just having the edge at the lower end of the sensitivity scale, and the EOS 650D showing lower noise at high sensitivities.

JPEG dynamic range

Canon EOS 650D review JPEG Dynamic Range

Our dynamic range results show that there is an improvement in performance for JPEG images over theCanon EOS 600D, but both the Nikon D5100 and Sony Alpha 37 are capable of capturing more tonal gradation across the greater part of the sensitivity range.

Raw dynamic range

Canon EOS 650D review TIFF Dynamic Range

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the 650D have a greater dynamic range than the Canon EOS 600D's images, but as with the JPEGs, they lag behind the results achieved by the Nikon D5100 and Sony Alpha 37 for the greater part of the sensitivity range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
Product FamilyEOS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x, 3.1x (Lens 1) - 4.5x (Lens 2)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)575 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS, REACH, ErP, ENERGY STAR
Image Sensor Size22.30 mm x 14.90 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height99.8 mm
Width133.1 mm
Depth78.8 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1) - 55 mm to 250 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model650D
Product NameEOS 650D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6559B016AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Canon EOS 650D is the most powerful creative tool for budding photographers, offering ease of use for complete newcomers and huge scope to grow into the camera. It introduces significant quality and performance enhancements to suit creative photographers, while simpler functions allow newer photographers to experience amazing DSLR quality with ease.

Package Contents
  • EOS 650D Digital SLR Camera
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
  • EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
  • Battery Pack LP-E8
  • Battery Charger LC-E8/LC-E8E
  • Wide Strap EW-100DB IV
  • Interface Cable
  • Software Disk
  • Software Instruction Manual
  • Camera Instruction Manual (Booklet)
Limited Warranty1 Year