Canons do have professional looking cameras. However, these cameras look like they were born under the same mother and father, so to speak. Nevertheless, I got spanked when I learned that this midget one—Canon EOS 650D—can actually cost too much of about a grand plus a few more bucks or more depending on the package. No major revision with the looks. Same handy grip and crafty hold. No big change compared to its Canon EOS 600D predecessor. But why such a price?
First thing noticeable in this DSLR package is its arrogant design—much more did I second on it when I learned that it is (widely-claimed) the first DSLR equipped with a 3-inch capacitive touch screen. Not so new, I guess, but not until I realized how much it helps for both newbies and meal-deal professionals.
This new Canon EOS 650D—known in other countries or regions as Rebel T4i or Kiss X6i—leads the march to innovative shooting by introducing a screen that is not only vari-angled for extreme angling solutions, but is also touch-sensitive with its ultra 1040k dots. I extremely loved this feature since it totally complements shooting no matter the mode whether still or filming. With this feature, focal points even to Live View streaming are easily locked and chased with the device’s new 18-megapixel sensor, which is actually a hybrid of CMOS sensor and powerful Digic 5 processor. For ‘shooters’ who want a tube-view for a more proximate shot, touch sensitivity in the screen is automatically suspended for efficiency. If you are thinking of permanently turning off the touch sensitivity, yes, you can.
With that hybrid system said, the Canon EOS 650D is also (unfortunately compared to competitors) capable of a 5fps burst shooting. Though competitors may have claimed to do a bit more than that by decimals, the 650D stands out because of its 9-point phase-contrast-detective AF system that assists in capturing fast-paced scenes without the hassle.
The interface plays well also since the menu and options are very friendly and intuitive for real-time set-ups. Although some tabs or on-screen buttons may be hard to reach by fingers, thanks to the designers insight of allowing external dials and buttons to soar through the work map. As for me, I would prefer to work with both touch and dial for faster and friendlier circulation.
The Canon EOS 650D also showcases new modes and features that ease professional jobs especially to newbies. For the Live View, AF modifications are enabled to the following modes: Face Recognition and Tracking, FlexiZone (single to multi, which is helpful in covering extended dimensions with the help of the 9-point AF sensor), and QuickMode. Canon also introduced new shooting or scene modes with this model: the Handheld Night Scene, which is good at taking still images under tricky light, and HDR Backlight Control, which you may not always use because some tweaks can bring better results like balanced exposure and better contrast.
For video lovers like me, the Canon EOS 650D draws the attention from the crowd by integrating (or maintaining) HD capturing capable of up to 1920x1080p in 24-25-30fps without losing quality. Aside from the intelligent Live View focusing system, you also get the chance of getting quality stereo sound, not yet mentioning the optional shotguns that you can plug and play for improved sound recording.
Some downtimes I have recorded with the Canon EOS 650D are the short lags that usually occurs in extreme shooting and rapid capturing for both RAW and JPEG, the seemingly unnecessary pre-flash that may be disabled (I didn’t find the way yet), and the extreme ISO of up to 25,600 which is virtually beyond normal use. Nevertheless, Canon’s 650D has broken beliefs by introducing a real pack of features in one same gadget now with Speedlite transmitter so you don’t have to worry about ‘talking’ to flashguns.
Canon EOS 650D DSLR Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 1,100.00
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