Canon EOS 650D Review

September 10, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |


The Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i is the best mid-range Canon DSLR yet, offering a lot of new features that aren't apparent at first glance. In particular we appreciated the new touch-screen interface, faster burst mode, expanded ISO range and the ability to continuously auto-focus during movie recording, although the innovative Hybrid AF system still doesn't solve the camera's sluggish Live View auto-focusing, something that Sony's SLT range in particular has already overcome.

More than ever before, the EOS 650d is designed to appeal to owners of compacts who have outgrown their camera and want to step-up to something that gives better results without being too complicated. The touch-screen operation has been seamlessly integrated for the very first time on a DSLR, offering the ability to take a picture with one press of the screen. Even if you prefer using the viewfinder and hate touch-screens and the need to hold the camera at arm's length to use it, you'll still appreciate the ability to review your images by swiping from side to side and pinching to magnify them (at least we did).

Other stand-out features that add up to a great DSLR include effective continuous auto-focusing during movie recording, something that DSLRs have always struggled with or simply not offered at all, stereo rather than mono sound recording, 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor, faster 5fps burst shooting, new built-in HDR and hand-held night shooting modes, and a slightly more refined user interface.

In summary the new 650D / Rebel T4i is the most complicated yet friendly mid-range Canon DSLR yet, truly a camera that you can grow into as your photography skills develop. It only misses out on our highest Essential award because of the still slow Live View auto-focusing and a small price increase over the 600D, but is more than deserving of our still-coveted Highly Recommended award.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4