Canon 650D review

Canon's first touchscreen DSLR is put through its paces

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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.

While this is bound to be of interest to novice photographers, we think it also significantly improves the handling of the camera for experienced users.

We liked

We found the articulated touchscreen responsive and easy to use. It enables quick settings adjustments and fast shooting from awkward angles, but if you don't want to use it you still have all the button controls you would expect on a DSLR.

We disliked

Although it has Canon's rating system that enables you to score images with up to five stars, there's no dedicated rating button, so it's not quite as quick to use as with the Canon 5D Mark III. It's also a shame that the new Multi Shot Noise Reduction setting only works with JPEGs and not raw files.

Final verdict

It may not have the pixel count of the Nikon D3200, but the Canon 650D is a very well-rounded DSLR with plenty of features for novices and enthusiasts. Image quality and high ISO performance is excellent.

It's a worthwhile upgrade for anyone with a Canon 550D or a Canon 600D. Meanwhile, if you have an older 40D or 50D camera, you won't be disappointed if you 'downgrade' to a smaller Canon DSLR - although the specification of the Canon EOS 650D begs the question what we can expect to see when the Canon 60D and Canon 7D are replaced.

The current recommended retail price of £699 in the UK and $849 in the US (body only) may seem steep for an entry-level camera, especially when you consider the meatier, higher spec 60D body is available for £749/$899.

However, it's worth remembering that that the 600D/Rebel T3i was priced at £679/$799 RRP body-only when it came out in April 2011, yet today it can be found for around £499/$579. It shouldn't be too long before the Canon EOS 650D street price becomes more palatable as well.

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