Canon EOS 650D (Part 2)

12/21/2012 9:21:47 AM

White balance and colors

White balance and colors

I have been always impressed by Canon DSLR’s live colors and EOS 650D’s JPEG didn’t disappoint me. It could the camera in auto white balance as well as picture style in most cases, with good result. Other picture-style options include neutral and real modes, quite interesting, but there’s no vivid-style. Auto-picture effect looks nice though for user desiring a more vibrant outcome, manual adjustment for saturation must be added. 3 custom picture-styles can be save for quick setup and I felt it was handy to make a custom vivid-style, along with 2 monochrome settings by using different filters.

For cases (containing inaccurate color effects) which is mostly due to the effect of one strongest color, the camera could wrongly consider it for a single-color case, or in wolfram lighting where colors may be neutralized a little more than washed warm hues, there’re 6 presets for auto or manual white balance.

Ratings: 9/10

Light metering

Similar to its every EOS duplicates, 650D uses 63-zone evaluative system featuring auto notifications. Once accustomed to the camera, you can achieve good and quick exposure through your day shooting. You didn’t say that the meter was always right – for bright scenes, it showed 0.5EV, thus for whom need to print pictures, additional exposure adjustment is necessary. However, the bright of this issue is highlight seldom got exploded and EV button is placed in the most convenient place.

Light meter includes common options like center spot and center weighted, along with evaluative ones which can support AF points. This kind of setting provide especially evaluative light metering when touch-AF is in use because the meter can enter any place touched on screen. People who often use evaluative metering will find that evaluative configuration and touchscreen are quite satisfying. Though, the technic may vary in accordance with those who regularly use center AF and, therefore, rebuilding background given light metering still lies on the initial AF point.

Ratings: 8/10

Touch features

Using wisely, I must be a fan of touchscreen for camera – Panasonic Lumix G CSC, for example. The most important thing for a camera featuring replaceable lens and manual EV adjustment is touch sensitivity would enhance its process, not affect the control. Like Panasonic models, EOS 650D succeeds in doing this.

650D’s touch abilities come with benefits: touch capture and touch AF. Based on auto focus connected to light metering, it also brings touch metering. The fact that I never got disappointed proves that the sensor is fast and accurate.

Zooming images by pinching the screen is an upside, as well as quick scrolling through images for navigation. To view some images fast, I found enlarging and scrolling through images more interesting, which was possible. In conclusion, navigating photos on this camera is very visual and fast, with the help of touch screen and buttons.

Dynamic range

Dynamic range belongs to performance section where EOS 600D couldn’t compete with rivals.

Dynamic range belongs to performance section where EOS 600D couldn’t compete with rivals.

Dynamic range belongs to performance section where EOS 600D couldn’t compete with rivals, thus similar things were likely to happen to EOS 650D. However, thanks to new processor, the new model has some cheerful progresses. While 650D’s dynamic range is still, by 1EV, less than that of Sony Alpha 57 or Pentax K-30, a HDR capture mode has been included in digital wheel. Based on lack of some details in high-contrast scene, I found myself likely to get along with this mode as a rescue for single-frame and exposure bracketing shooting.

Ratings: 8/10

Noise, resolution and sensitivity

All Canon DSLRs that are above basic level or designed for professionals have 18MP CMOS sensor thus there’s no wonder why 650D showed a mass of detail in basic ISO 100 setting. In this setting plus RAW format, the camera reached 28 score for resolution while in JPEG capture, the score was 26. However, the figure couldn’t be on par with that of 24MP CMOS sensor which starts appearing in the market. Practically, 5184x3456pixel output maximally creates a 17.3x11.5in printout when the file features 300ppi resolution, quite enough for most photographers.

At higher ISO level, 650D really proves its strength over 600D. It is not only higher, by 1 stop, at ISO 12,800 but also able to control noise effectively in similar settings at ISO 800. Both camera are able to deliver good details at ISO 6400 but 650D is slightly superior.

In real-life images, details look clean and clear, even at ISO 1600. Aside from this setting, noise becomes less clear and details are affected. Chroma noise in RAW is visible at ISO 3200 and above. This has been fixed in JPEG (like the effect of inaccurate color created by using 85mm f/1.8 lens). Applying noise reduction after shooting makes image look sharper and more detailed rather than using control for JPEG.

Ratings: 27/30

LCD, viewfinder and video

LCD screen features 1.04MP resolution and anti-scratch surface. It can stand again dust impressively those sweat (from hand) sometimes cause little difficulty. Users who avoid tapping too much onto the screen would appreciate how clear and bright it appears. I found hard to see the screen properly in difficult conditions, such as bright lighting, while putting the camera over the head and the display is tilted for better viewing, quite fine!

EOS 650D owns optical viewfinder (penta-mirror type) like 600D used to. This type of viewfinder usually appears on budget DSLRs while Canon’s pricier models, since 60D model, feature pentaprism style. Additionally, the mentioned penta-mirror delivered a little dimmed display plus 100% field of view is impossible. Indeed, 650D only has 95% field of view and 0.85x magnification, which means that this is smaller than the eye in comparison with 60D’s pricier pentaprism viewfinder, plus less bright. Like most viewfinders, info about AF points is always available.

Amateur video-recording user would be satisfied with 650D as they are also the camera’s target customers. User is able to record video in 1080p full HD resolution at 30/25/24fps with full-time AF. Stereo audio recording is possible those two microphones lie very close inside flash unit. A separate microphone can be added thus in general the camera is suitable for video-recording users.

Ratings: 9/10


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