Canon 650D better than 600D under low light conditions?

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kyrcy Contributing Member • Posts: 510
Canon 650D better than 600D under low light conditions?

Does the Canon 650D perform better than the 600D under low light conditions? I know that it has a newer processor, but how much difference does this make in night time photos? Can ISO speed for example be pushed higher without introducing extra noise? Also, is image quality any better when using the same lens?

Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5) Canon EOS Rebel T4i (EOS 650D / EOS Kiss X6i)
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confyushis Senior Member • Posts: 1,070
no, they have essentially the same low-light performance (n/t)

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Re: Canon 650D better than 600D under low light conditions?

kyrcy wrote:

Does the Canon 650D perform better than the 600D under low light conditions? I know that it has a newer processor, but how much difference does this make in night time photos? Can ISO speed for example be pushed higher without introducing extra noise? Also, is image quality any better when using the same lens?

I'm sure I'll get blasted for this, and I would expect the 650D to do the same if not a tiny bit better in low light conditions. Also the AF on the 650D is probably better in low light. But looking at the image comparometer tool in the dpreview tests, to my eyes the 600D actually looks a bit better in both JPG and RAW up to 6400 ISO.

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Re: Canon 650D better than 600D under low light conditions?

Midwest wrote:

kyrcy wrote:

Does the Canon 650D perform better than the 600D under low light conditions? I know that it has a newer processor, but how much difference does this make in night time photos? Can ISO speed for example be pushed higher without introducing extra noise? Also, is image quality any better when using the same lens?

I'm sure I'll get blasted for this, and I would expect the 650D to do the same if not a tiny bit better in low light conditions. Also the AF on the 650D is probably better in low light. But looking at the image comparometer tool in the dpreview tests, to my eyes the 600D actually looks a bit better in both JPG and RAW up to 6400 ISO.

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I agree with Midwest, the 650D is a big technological leap, because it added phase detect focus, to the main sensor without substantially hurting high ISO performance.

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Re: Canon 650D better than 600D under low light conditions?

TTMartin wrote:

Midwest wrote:

kyrcy wrote:

Does the Canon 650D perform better than the 600D under low light conditions? I know that it has a newer processor, but how much difference does this make in night time photos? Can ISO speed for example be pushed higher without introducing extra noise? Also, is image quality any better when using the same lens?

I'm sure I'll get blasted for this, and I would expect the 650D to do the same if not a tiny bit better in low light conditions. Also the AF on the 650D is probably better in low light. But looking at the image comparometer tool in the dpreview tests, to my eyes the 600D actually looks a bit better in both JPG and RAW up to 6400 ISO.

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I agree with Midwest, the 650D is a big technological leap, because it added phase detect focus, to the main sensor without substantially hurting high ISO performance.

I thought that possibly the addition of phase detect to the sensor might have caused some slight other effect which made the images a touch noisier. But the difference in any case (if there is one) is very small indeed and the value of the PD on the sensor far outweighs it.

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Easy answer

kyrcy wrote:

Does the Canon 650D perform better than the 600D under low light conditions?

Improved AF, faster Burst Rate (poor man's IS), HandHeld Night Scene mode, and Multi-Shot Noise Reduction all work to improve the low light capabilities of the 650D.

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Re: Canon 650D better than 600D under low light conditions?

Consistency is one nice thing about Canon. Whether you grab a 7D, a bargain 550D, or a new G1X, its the same sensor. And a darn good one at that. They could do a little better in the high ISO department, but the 3 1/2 year old sensor still gives you image quality thats much higher than any of the mirror-less alternatives that everyone is jumping to. Buy ANY of these Canon dlsrs with confidence.

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