EOS 650DCanon’s entry level Rebel series has just got better: Or has it? The new Canon EOS 650D (also known as the Canon Rebel T4i) is the new, recently announced successor to the 600D. It has all new features, including a 1 million dot tilt-swivel touchscreen, and continuous AF in movie mode.  (If you are confused by any of the terms, check out my jargon buster!) Below are a few of the features:

  • ‘Hybrid AF’ 18MP APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) CMOS sensor
  • 9 point AF system (all cross type)
  • 3:2 1.04 million dot 3″ vari-angle (tilt-swivel) ClearView II LCD touchscreen
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
  • Phase detection AF
  • ISO 100-12,800 (extendable up to 25,600)
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p at 30fps video recording
  • Touchscreen features can be turned off, and the user relies on the more conventional body controls

Its body type would be classified as compact DSLR, and the body material is stainless steel, polycarbonate resin and glass fibre. It has a built in pop-up flash, with a rage of 13m, plus an external Hot-shoe, Wireless and Sync connectors.

The Canon 650D has PASM modes, various scene modes, auto, creative auto, and no flash (an auto mode that never uses flash). Unfortunately, the body is not environmentally sealed. It uses a Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger, which lasts for 440 shots. It has live view, and an optical pentamirror, which only allows approximately 95% coverage.

The expected price will be around £800 plus kit lens, the EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II, although in some regions the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and the  EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM will also be offered as kit lens. It will cost less to buy the body alone, and more to buy a more advanced lens with it (obviously!!).

In due course, many reviews will sprout up, and will help you make an informed decision about whether this camera is right for you.