After launching the high-end cameras EOS 5D Mark III and 1D-X, we thought that Canon has no other surprises for the first half of 2012. Well, with the announcement of the EOS 650D, Canon confirms that also wants the supremacy on the entry-level DSLR segment. The new camera comes with some interesting additions, which we expect to see first in more expensive models.
First of all, we deal with the new autofocus system that uses two motors to focus as accurately and quickly as possible in any situation. Thanks to this new system, Canon EOS 650D offers its users the possibility to autofocus continuously even when the camera is shooting. That is not all though: DIGIC 5, which debuted in 5D Mark III and 1D-X is also included in the new entry-level camera, together with a touchscreen that can be used to retouch images on the go, or for focusing in both photo and video mode.
Images are captured with an 18-megapixel APS Hybrid CMOS sensor, which allows user to keep shooting even in low light conditions due to the light sensitivity (ISO) that goes from 100 to 12,800 as standard and which can be extended to 25,600. The touchscreen on the backside has a diagonal of 3 inches and is foldable, being more useful for shooting in certain conditions. Perhaps the most interesting feature that EOS 650D has is the built-in radio transmitter that can remotely trigger the flashes from the Canon Speedlite range.
Along with the new camera, Canon has also launched two new objectives: EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, both come with silent autofocus engines, dedicated especially to those who want to shoot with Canon’s 650D.
Obviously, everything sounds great in theory, but we will have to see all the new additions of the 650D. But considering the top cameras released months ago, I personally do not expect Canon to disappoint.