Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i
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Canon EOS 650D Review
27 August 2013
Summary: I would recommend the Canon EOS 650D. Definitely yes, it is an intermediate model that can please everyone, from those who have never picked up a camera for those who have been using for years the products of the Japanese. The movable monitor and tactile is also not a gadget to attract fans of the technology: its presence makes it much easier to bring home good shots in otherwise very difficult.
Pros: Fully adjustable screen, type tactile interface and well designed, King’s sense of proximity that turns off the screen when not in use, Image quality.
Cons: Body a little small and unbalanced, Shutter sounds a bit metal.
Conclusion: The 650D is the first Canon entry level DSLR to feature a DIGIC 5 processor that has far reaching benefits in terms of processing power. Another first is the inclusion of AF tracking in the cameras video mode (only available on certain lenses). However despite these new inclusions the 650D retains many of Canons tried and trusted features and functionality and this all adds up to a well rounded enthusiast camera.
Conclusion: When a company touts a new feature that turns out to be, well, not so hot, it casts a pall over the entire product, sometimes unnecessarily. This is one of those cases. Most people still don't think of SLRs primarily as video cameras, so that the on-sensor phase detect isn't as responsive or accurate as we'd like doesn't take away from the Canon T4i's excellence as a still camera.
Pros: 9 cross-type AF points, Records Full HD video, Improved AF during live view and movies (but still slow compared to most CSCs), Stereo microphones, plus external mic jack, Infrared remote port, Display sensor turns off LCD automatically when the camera is against your eye, Very good JPEG image quality, Accurate color, Low shutter lag, Good AF speeds with optical viewfinder, Remote flash function surprisingly easy to use, High-resolution articulating touchscreen LCD, Qu...
Cons: 9 cross-type AF points, Records Full HD video, Improved AF during live view and movies (but still slow compared to most CSCs), Stereo microphones, plus external mic jack, Infrared remote port, Display sensor turns off LCD automatically when the camera is against your eye, Very good JPEG image quality, Accurate color, Low shutter lag, Good AF speeds with optical viewfinder, Remote flash function surprisingly easy to use, High-resolution articulating touchscreen LCD, Qu...
Summary: The Canon Rebel T4i / EOS 650D is Canon's latest upper entry level DSLR. It fits between its predecessor, the Rebel T3i / EOS 600D and the EOS 60D in the Canon line up and, to a casual observer, it might seem to have very little to offer over the model it replaces. It has a new sensor, but with the same 18 Megapixel resolution, the same sized 3 inch flip out screen and more or less the same movie recording options as the Rebel T3i / EOS 600D.
Pros: 3 inch LCD capacitive touch-screen., Hybrid CMOS AF sensor with continuous AF for movies., Quiet focusing STM kit lens option., Chromatic aberration correction., 5fps continuous shooting., Multi shot noise reduction mode.
Cons: Only 3-frame auto bracketing., Movie crop / digital zoom of T3i / 600D dropped., Live mode hybrid AF can be slow and unresponsive.
Summary: At around £230 more than the EOS 600D , the new model can’t be said to be particularly good value right now, although its price is more than likely to descend once it’s settled into the market. Its USP is very much its touchscreen, given that its other headline features are equalled or bettered by the likes of Sony’s a57 and Nikon’s D3200 .
Pros: Responsive touchscreen with added bonus of touch-shooting and image reviewing, light body, consistent metering system
Cons: Auto white balance not always entirely accurate (more neutral than faithful), room for improvement with touchscreen, burst depth could be better
Excerpt: The Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D delivers 18 megapixels of professional grade image quality in a compact , lightweight , feature-filled , easy-to-use body that carries a very affordable price tag. That is the same opening line I used for the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D DSLR review . These are the same qualities have anchored the flagship Canon Rebel model in the top-selling DSLRs category for years - and I fully expect the T4i to sustain the Rebel's popularity.
Excerpt: and features a new touchscreen and Hybrid AF designed to give continuous AF during video recording. A number of other improvements have been included such as stereo microphones, quicker continuous shooting, built in HDR creation as well as the DIGIC 5 processor enabling higher ISO settings.
Pros: Excellent noise performance up to ISO3200 and above, Live view allows 5x and 10x magnification to aid manual focus, Excellent image quality, Excellent colour reproduction, Excellent touch screen, Solid body with good handling, Playback image star ratings
Cons: Slow live view focus (compared to Sony SLT or Mirrorless), Lens focusing motor loud and picked up by microphones, Noticeable barrel and pincushion distortion with 18-135mm lens, The lens aberration correction feature slows continuous shooting
Summary: Despite others sending in wave after wave of compact system camera combatants , Canon stubbornly continues to throw newer, stronger DSLRs into the fray. And the 650D looks like the kind of opponent that will chew you up, spit you out and fashion your bones into a scale model of the Eiffel Tower.
Pros: 18MP hybrid CMOS sensor, Continuous auto-focus in video mode, Beautifully crisp video footage, Controls to suit all