Canon 650D: Advantages, Disadvantages and Photo Samples

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The Canon EOS 650D is a recurring request among my readers regarding SLR cameras. It seems unbelievable that until now there is no review dedicated to this camera on the Photographer’s Blog. I’m doing this on purpose, in part because I like to wait a while after a camera is released before trying it out and sharing my feedback and ratings on it.

Today, finally, it is the turn of the Canon EOS 650D to have its 5 minutes of glory. In this article we will analyze the ideal type of user who would be interested in buying this camera, the most outstanding features of this machine as well as its small drawbacks, which it also has.

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Who is the Canon 650D for?

Canon 650D

As I have always defended, there is no best camera in the world. What exists is an ideal camera for each of us.
The Canon 650D is an ideal camera for:

  • beginner photographers
  • Canon analog SLR owners who want to upgrade to a current DSLR
  • photography students

And, of course, anyone who wants to invest in a current SLR without spending a fortune.

Feature highlights of the Canon 650D

It’s not that hard for very advanced SLR cameras to outperform the Canon 650D in features and benefits. It is not a revolutionary camera. However, it is a model that constitutes a correct quality/price ratio.
For the price range to which it belongs (over €600) the Canon 650D has many advantages for the amateur photographer, whatever their level. I will not mention the details of all its configuration, but I will mention its most outstanding features:

  • It is the first Canon DSLR with autofocus during video recording. In any case, its autofocus system is considerably fast in both photo and video.
  • Rotating screen, allowing normally difficult shooting angles. The screen is also touchscreen, something that I personally don’t find particularly useful, but it allows you to focus directly on the screen with your finger where you want it to focus. Those of us who like the viewfinder do not usually appreciate these details 😉
  • Built-in focus motor. In Nikon cameras to have autofocus lenses you need to spend money on relatively expensive lenses or have a cheap camera that has a focus motor. One of the indisputable advantages of Canon SLR cameras, such as the 650D, is that all current lenses are equipped with an integrated focus motor. Result: possibility of autofocus with any current canon lens. In short, this allows access to very cheap lenses in the long run.
  • High ISO. The Canon 650D offers ISO levels of up to 12,800 in standard mode, and can go up to 25,600 forced. This helps to get sharper and less blurry photos.
  • Full HD Video Recordingwith connection to external microphone, stereo recording, etc.

As I said, these are just some of its features, the most outstanding. However, the Canon 650D does not envy its counterparts from other brands in terms of connections, USB, HDMI, compatibility with Wi-Fi Eye-Fi memory cards, etc.


Now, the less cool things about this camera:

  • Few focus points: This is not some terrible problem. What the focus points are for is to facilitate a faster autofocus experience. I remember with my old Nikon D60 I had only 3 focus points and no major autofocus complaints. 9 focus points is more than enough for reasonably fast autofocus. I do include it as a minor inconvenience because many SLRs at this time offer 20, 30 or more focus points. Most of these cameras are, on the other hand, much more expensive than the Canon 650D, so each one with its economic capabilities.
  • small sensors: The sensor of the Canon 650D is correct in terms of size, nothing to criticize. What is certain is that, when compared to other SLRs like the Nikon D5200, for example, it comes out a bit damaged. Nothing serious, a matter of a few millimeters difference.

What really matters

It is the photos that a photographer can take with the camera that really matters. Not the megapixels, nor the ISO value, nor the video recording in Full HD 1080p. Photos matter. The results.
Here is a sample of photos taken by other photographers using the Canon 650D.

You also have a test video showing the enormous potential of this camera when it comes to video recording:

Canon 650D Price

The price will depend on the store and the body/lens combination we choose. It usually comes out better in online stores. You can get it at a good price on Amazon..