Canon EOS 650D
High quality rugged feel; tilting touch screen LCD; high stills and video resolution; razor sharp images with image stabilised 18-135mm lens; good jack of all trades DSLR
Pricey for the beginners; no anti shake built into the camera body itself
Canon and Nikon are still the top choices when selecting a digital SLR for poster-sized professional results, as they maintain the widest range of lenses and accessories. Following on from the 550D and 600D, the 18-megapixel APS-C sensor 650D is described by Canon as ideal for beginners, though the size and solid construction won’t shame a semi pro.
Indeed its maker still has the cheaper 1100D for complete novices. Suggested asking price is a hefty $1399 for 650D body plus the 18-135mm telephoto zoom we had for review, which proved ideal for razor sharp candid portraits. Without lens it’s $899 or with standard 18-55mm is a more reasonable $1049.
Setting this one apart is the compositional flexibility offered by the tilt and swivel 3in LCD screen at the rear, which can be flipped outwards from the body and angled so it is facing the subject if required. There’s also a regular optical viewfinder above for using the camera at eye level. More unusually still for a DSLR, the very high 1040-dot resolution LCD is a touch screen, which means you can swipe through images in playback like you would on your iPhone, enlarging sections with a flick of forefinger and thumb. Other firsts include the use of a swift Digic 5 processor in an entry level model, plus dual auto focus system which can track subjects and adjust accordingly when shooting 1920 x 1080 pixels video as well as stills.
Also big on DSLRs at the moment are digital effects filters, and naturally the 650D has a smattering of these too, so for example you can give a vivid boost to colour at the point of capture. More extreme artistic and water painting effects can also be added. The fallback is always Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, which as it sounds adjusts the settings for you, enabling point and shooting.
Macworld Australia‘s buying advice
If you’re a keen amateur looking for a jack of all trades digital SLR that will last you years of service this Canon should shoot to the top of your list.