The Canon EOS 650D is the world's first DSLR to be equipped with a touchscreen also arrives with a clever focusing system and a handful of extra features. The What Digital Camera Canon EOS 650D review investigates the extent to which their implementation has been successful

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 650D

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:90%


  • Responsive touchscreen with added bonus of touch-shooting and image reviewing, light body, consistent metering system


  • Auto white balance not always entirely accurate (more neutral than faithful), room for improvement with touchscreen, burst depth could be better


Canon EOS 650D Review


Price as reviewed:


Value and Verdict

Canon EOS 650D – Value

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. As a body-only upgrade to the EOS 600D it’s unlikely to tempt too many, although users of Canon’s earlier triple digit models might be more inclined to make the leap.

Canon EOS 650D – Verdict

Combining a touchscreen into a DSLR would always be controversial, but DSLR LCDs have, for some time now, been much more than simply devices for viewing images post-capture – and this would always be the next logical move. Not only has Canon implemented the technology well, but it hasn’t sought to make it obligatory for general operation. It’s unlikely this will remain unique to the EOS 650D.

Most of the other changes may not in themselves be significant, but collectively they make the EOS 650D a more enjoyable camera to use than the EOS 600D. With live view and video recording still not universally embraced, it’s perhaps the changes to the focusing system that have been the most important. In summary, it’s an interesting and logical progression for the EOS line, and once the price falls a little it will be a decent upgrade option for users of previous Canon DSLRs.

Many thanks to Cameraworld for supplying the Canon EOS 650D for review.


Video:1920 x 1080 (at 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps). H.264 codec, stereo sound
ISO:ISO 100-12,800, extendable to ISO 25,600 equivalent
Lens Mount:EF/EF-S
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, Compensation (blue-amber / magenta-green)
Built-in Flash:GN 13m @ ISO 100
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC (inc. UHS-1)
Exposure Comp:+/-5EV in 1/3 or 1/2 step increments
Cable Release:Optional
Compression:Fine, Normal
PC Socket:No
Viewfinder Type:Pentamirror, 95% coverage, approx. 0.85x magnification
Output Size:5184x3456
LCD:3in TFT Clear View II LCD, 1040k dots, touchscreen functionality
Colour Temp Control:No
AF Points:9 cross-type with f/5.6 sensitivity (central point f/2.8 sensitivity)
White Balance Bracket:Yes, 3 frames over +/-3 levels
Sensor:CMOS APS-C type sensor, 18.5MP total, 18MP effective
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
Focal Length Mag:Approx. 1.6x
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No (available via compatible lenses)
Metering System:63-zone iFLC Dual Layer metering sensor, evaluative, partial, centre-weighted, spot
Movie Mode:Yes
Live Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:P, A, S, M, Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, No Flash, 5 Scene, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control
Connectivity:USB 2.0, HDMI mini
Weight:Approx. 575g (including battery and memory card)
File Format:JPEG, Raw (.CR2)
Power:LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium ion battery (supplied)
Dimensions:133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8mm
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec
Drive Mode:Single, continuous (up to 5fps), self timer (2s, 10s + remote, continuous shots from 2-10 images)
Focusing Modes:AI Focus, AI Servo, One Shot
Colour Space:sRGB, AdobeRGB
  1. 1. Canon EOS 650D review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value and Verdict
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