Canon UK & Ireland has launched the EOS 650D – a new, Digital SLR (DSLR) which the company says is ‘ideal for photography beginners’. With its range of advanced features, the 650D is the first EOS to feature a dual AF system, designed to ensure high quality detail in stills and continuous autofocus tracking when shooting movies.
The new camera is built around an 18 megapixel (MP) Hybrid CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processing, which Canon maintain will enable the capture of images at up to 5 frames per second (fps).It also has a Vari-angle touch-screen that provides instant access to an extensive range of settings and scene modes.
Canon says the 100-12,800 ISO range is ideal for shooting in low light without flash, while an expanded ISO 25,600 range also offers the ability to shoot in more extreme low-light conditions.
The EOS 650D is the first entry-level EOS to be powered by Canon DIGIC 5 processing, for greater speed, responsiveness and advanced colour rendition. DIGIC 5’s 14-bit image processing provides subtle transitions between colour tones, such as those of an evening sky. With much increased power the camera can capture fast-moving action such as football or other sports.
The new dual AF system makes it easy to capture sharply-focused shots of all subjects, whether capturing stills or movies. A superior 9-point all cross-type AF system provides exceptional performance during stills shooting, offering precision accuracy when capturing sports, action and wildlife. Additionally, a new Hybrid AF System offers continuous auto focusing during movie recording, and when shooting in Live View AF in Live View and Movies - subject to use with Canon stepping motor (STM) lenses mode.
The touch screen features capacitive technology that is highly responsive and supports a variety of multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and swiping – making it easy to access shooting modes, alter settings and even capture a shot using the screen alone.
Touch control adds a different dimension to Live View shooting. The user can select AF points; track faces and objects, and fine-tune image settings via the camera’s Quick Control screen. Navigation is instant, while pinch-zooming in playback provides a great way to check the finer details of a shot. The Vari-angle hinge also allows the screen to be angled and tilted to suit virtually any situation.
The EOS 650D can shoot full HD (1920x1080p) videos. Hybrid AF allows users to focus exclusively on story-telling while the camera continuously tracks the subject. The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses are ideal for shooting videos, utilising a virtually-silent stepper motor.
With Video Snapshot mode, anyone can create fun, fast-paced videos with a professionally-edited feel. Snapshots can be recorded in two, four, or eight second segments, and then combined or reordered in-camera ahead of playback. An integrated mini-HDMI port also makes it easy to share the results on any HDTV.
Two new shooting modes located help beginners to shoot confidently in difficult lighting conditions. HDR Backlight Control tackles tricky, brightly-backlit scenes by capturing three different exposures – under, correctly, and over-exposed – and combine them into one HDR image displaying both highlight and shadow detail. Handheld Night Scene, meanwhile, makes it easier to capture low-light shots with no tripod, rapidly shooting four different images before combining them into one detailed, blur-free picture.
The EOS 650D is compatible with Canon’s comprehensive selection of lenses and accessories
Pricing and Availability
The EOS 650D is available from 15th June 2012, priced at €839.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The EOS 650D + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is available from 15th June 2012, priced at €949.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The EOS 650D + EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is available from July 2012, priced at €1219.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The 300EG Camera Bag is available from 15th June 2012, priced at €89.99 RRP incl. VAT.
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