Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i In-Depth Review
Body & Design
The EOS 650D is based on the same body design as its predecessor, the EOS 600D, with minimal changes. This isn't a bad thing at all - you get a useful set of external controls for all the major shooting functions, and a fully-articulated LCD screen. The body is made of plastic, but it still feels pretty solid with no flexing or creaking, and the slightly-enlarged grip inherited from the 600D is a clear improvement over older models in the line. Here you can also see just how slim the EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake is, extending only slightly past the flash housing.
Despite being an entry level model, the 650D offers a wealth of control points, yielding little in this regard even compared to Canon's more expensive EOS 60D. There's also a full range of connectors, including USB and HDMI ports, sockets for a cable release and an external microphone, and a receiver for an infra-red remote control.
Top of camera
The top of the EOS 650D plays host to the main controls. The power switch surrounds the rather crowded-looking mode dial, and gains an additional position for movie recording, meaning you can quickly switch to video from any exposure mode. The control dial and ISO button are both positioned behind the shutter release for operation by your index finger. The new stereo microphone is also visible here, just in front of the hot shoe.
Articulating LCD touchscreen
The EOS 650D has a similar swivel-and-tilt screen to the EOS 600D and 60D, which offers a wide range of movement and unlike tilt-only screens can still be used to shoot stills in portrait format at waist level or overhead. This is great for live view and working off a tripod, as well as for video shooting.
The big news, of course, is that the 650D becomes the first DSLR to offer a touch-sensitive screen. Large, well-positioned icons allow you to adjust shooting settings, swipe through and zoom image playback, acquire focus in live view and (optionally) release the shutter if you wish. You can even navigate the entire menu system by touch.
|Working in viewfinder mode, the touch-enabled Q menu allows you to press on any icon...||...and jump to its relevant options. You can navigate by touch or via the 4-way controller and/or main dial.|
|For options that include a wide range of values (like shutter speed) you can tap, swipe or press onscreen arrows to make your selection.||In live view mode, the Q menu is displayed as touch-sensitive icons along either side of the image area.|
This is easily one of the most ambitious touchscreen implementations we've seen from any camera manufacturer. Not only does the 650D offer onscreen functionality of virtually every external control, you can use the touchscreen interface in seamless combination with the the camera's hardware dials and buttons. And while touchscreen control is enabled by default, you do have the option of turning it off completely, making the 650D behave almost identically to its predecessor, the 600D.
|A house for sneakers by fotoselect|
from Feet, shoes, anything to do with HUMAN feet
|A Sunday Stroll by TexasGal|
from call any vegetable
|Green roots by cand1d|
from Lichen and moss
|Start of study by Shirsendu Bandyopadhyay|
from Seven Story plots - Rebirth
Just months after launching its QuartzLine filters for DSLR and mirrorless lenses, PolarPro has launched a buyback program that will give you credit towards a PolarPro filter for trading in an old one - even if it isn't theirs.
Sigma has announced that five of its Sony E-Mount Art-series primes, announced earlier this year, are now shipping.
Adobe has announced a raft of updates across its suite of Creative Cloud apps, including Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.
The FUJINON GF 45mm F2.8 R WR is a 36mm equivalent fast prime for Fujifilm's GFX 50S. We've been shooting with one for a few days, and we're impressed. Check out our sample gallery to judge for yourself.
Video editing software package Video Pro X has received what is described as its biggest update yet to mark ten years since Magix Video Pro was launched.
Back in 2010, Canon announced that it was developing the world's largest CMOS sensor, measuring about 40 times larger than full frame. The company has just updated its website with more details.
Samyang has launched its latest lens, the Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF. This telephoto prime is a direct competitor to Canon's $1,600 alternative—and considering it's expected to retail for half the price, it looks like quite the bargain.
Scanning film takes forever and photographing negatives is a pain. The Pixl-latr aims to provide a simple solution.
Google has published an 18-page study fully detailing its synthetic depth-of-field technology that makes its single-camera Portrait Mode possible. The in-depth paper shows a degree of openness and academic mindset unusual for the industry.
Rugged, waterproof compact cameras are tough enough to survive even the most action-packed vacation, but they're not the only choice for capturing those great memories. Photographer Josh Root takes us through the options.
Kodak has restarted production of one of its most famous film emulsions - Ektachrome. Popular Science editor Stan Horaczek recently go to take a look inside.
The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is an affordable F2.8 standard zoom for full frame Sony E-mount cameras. What's it like, what are the trade-offs, and what are the alternatives? Chris and Jordan take a closer look...
We've updated our Best Drones buying guide and there's a new winner. Find out which drone was our favorite and learn more about all current models in our updated guide.
A teardown of a Nikon D850 has provided proof that the camera's sensor is made by Sony Semiconductor. The chip's design and performance already strongly supported this, but the confirmation also gives a hint about how the industry works.
Leica Camera has announced a new compact camera that features a 24-360mm F3.3-6.4 zoom lens and a 20MP 1” MOS sensor. Essentially a re-badged Panasonic Lumix ZS/TZ200, the Leica C-Lux will save Raw and JPEG files, will offer 4K video and has a viewfinder with a 2.33 million-dot resolution.
Leica has launched a limited edition M10 with a contoured handgrip designed by luxury car manufacturer Zagato. And, to celebrate the opening of a new part of the company's Wetzlar factory, a pair of Leica-made watches are due this autumn.
The new Mijia gimbal provides 3-axis stabilization and can charge the battery of the attached device.
YouTuber George Tomlin explains the concept of sub-framing and details how you can use it to take not only make the composition more interesting, but also provide context for the scene you're shooting.
British photographer Drew Gardner tells us how his gigapixel image of the queen's birthday parade came together.
YouTube channel Company Man has shared a 12-minute video explaining the history of Kodak and the factors that led to it going from industry leader to bankrupt business.
Neewer, a photo gear brand out of China, has launched a new budget APS-C lens for Fuji X and Sony E mounts. The Fuji X mount lens offering has appeared on Amazon as a new release with a $119.99 price tag, but is currently listed as unavailable.
Two years after launching its first photo filter, Aurora Aperture is back at it again with the Kickstarter launch of its PowerXND Mark II filters.
Nikon has announced the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR lens. Thanks to its use of 'phase fresnel' optics, Nikon claims that the lens will be small and light enough to be used handheld.
MIOPS has opened up a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product, the Capture360. This pocket-sized device is a versatile motion control box designed to be as simple or robust as your needs desire.
Lowepro has released the FreeLine BP 350 AW, an all-new daypack that features Lowepro's adaptive interior divider system it calls QuickShelf.
Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the Instant Magny 35 supports Fujifilm Instax Square film and doesn't require any camera modifications. The instant film back is described as ideal for rangefinders and SLRs from Pentax, Leica, Olympus, Canon, and Nikon.
Utah-based tripod manufacturer Really Right Stuff has updated all 17 of its tripods with updated features and better ergonomics.
The new Technical Camera app offers comprehensive manual controls and a range of features for users who prefer to take control of the capture process.
Someone finally made a 1"-sensor compact with a fixed prime lens that can take great photos, but it's aimed at Scuba enthusiasts more so than land-based photographers and has a few operational quirks.