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5.0 out of 5 stars Ok, so I know what you're looking for in a review..., 21 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR Camera - Black (Inc. 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Kit) (Electronics)
You're thinking of getting the 650d, reading the reviews, comparing it to the 600d and countless others and pulling your hair out at all the pros and cons? Am I close. I'm a photographer and have used this, the 600d and its sony equivalent. I might be able to help. Let me start with an anecdote, (you've read enough technical jargon for now so consider this a breather)
I film the eagles on Mull and the landlady I stay with was telling me about this other photographer who visits her little cottage (it's beautiful by the way, you should visit if you get the chance). So anyway, she is cooking tea , as she does if you ask her nicely. While it's cooking he shows her one of his photos, probably of a sea eagle catching a fish. Everyone wants to photograph one of those even though its on every other postcard in Scotland. Next to a highland cow looking over a gate its the top photo/cliche to get.. Anyhoo, she looks at the photo and says "wow that's must have a brilliant camera" .
So they sit down for supper a bit later and its delicious, she is a great cook. He says "This is must have some great saucepans!" boom boom.
But herein lies the real point of this camera. You know its the person behind the camera that takes the pictures but do you really know it? This and the 600d take pictures so good (if you have the skill) you could blow it up the size of front door but are you going to want to. The thing no sellers want to tell you is that for years, maybe 5 , all of the big names have been making great dslr. Since the nikon d40 perhaps. But you really want to know, if you bought this, would you be happy or buying a pup. Be reassured that neither canon, nikon or sony make chocolate teapots. They know how to make a great camera and this is one. It's biggest difference as you will have read ad nauseum , is the touch screen. is it worth it. It is if you like touch screens (I do). That's not flippant, it's how it is.
So the photos will be great and its a great camera, you've read other reviews so I won't duplicate what you have already read but one thing you may not have read is about the video. All the makers have got dslr right. No pups in sight, but video is a relatively new feature and Sony have tbh been leading the way. This camera sets to rectify that by having autofocus. A lot of places on the net, say it's not needed, you should be using manual focus. Nonsense. Manual focus is ok at times but can be a pain. Filming your dog on the beach for example..The autofocus on the 650d is actually pretty good. Not as good as a camcorder but pretty good. The slowest part is for it to get going. But when it's locked on its sound. Well worth having. So thats sorted right..err no, not really. This is the 650d 's killer feature. Trouble is, they left out the killer feature on the 600d. The 3x zoom with "no loss in quality". So here is the choice if you are buying this for video.
if you want you're 300mm zoom to be able to zoom to 900mm for filming sport or wildlife. It's the 600d for you
If you love the idea of autofocus (or hate the idea of doing it the old fashioned way) its the 650d for you.
In my opinion if you're considering the other makes like Sony, it comes down to who makes the the lens you are likely to want. I know I have focused (blabbed on) about video but hey, there has been thousands of photo reviews already about iso , shutter speed etc etc. Nothing for me to add there!
So if you are considering using it for video here are a few "must have" things you will need to go with it.Hoya 58mm UV FilterReplacement Battery for Canon LP-E8 / suitable for Canon EOS 550D / EOS 600D / EOS 650D
Oh and the one that should have gone top of my listMake better videos with your dslr or camcorder
So now I have spent ten minutes typing away, telling you how I like the 650d for video (I do) do me a little favour and click that you find this helpful. Unless you don't. Either way you will enjoy this camera but do consider the little brother the 600d also. We live in good times to take photos as there are so many great cameras and this is definitely one of them. One more thing I forgot to mention (and yes it is regarding the video) is that to get great video you need to use the right settings in the menu.Unfortunately these are counter intuitive and if you don't use them you may be under whelmed. If anyone wants them, comment and I will try to post a link
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2012 01:05:48 BDT
A. Hasan says:
Love this review! Having read this, and yes, I was sitting on the fence between the 600D and the 650D, I'm going for the latter. Thanks for your help

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2012 09:03:54 BDT
Good on you. Sitting on fences is too uncomfortable :)
Alex Sally

Posted on 28 Aug 2012 09:52:58 BDT
Very helpful review Alex, thank you. I know a bit about still cameras but far less about video and suddenly I have a professional need to take good HD videos in a studio with decent sound. I have some good Canon lenses and this is therefore the obvious choice for me although I nearly bought a 60d a little while ago. Pleased I didn't now although it does look like a better camera than the 650d - but not for videos.

I would very much like you also to post the link to the best video settings too. Thanks in advance.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 14:48:53 BDT
no problem. This setting in the menu gives the best , sharpest natural look. . Interestingly if I am doing a wide (18mm) shot, I like auto everything. Auto settings and auto video style. The best settings, look "soft" on very wide shots. Like I say it's far from intuitive to get good results.. The little bit of advice in that link took me months to get!! here are the best settings in action using the 3x zoom and 300mm lens

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2012 04:19:13 BDT
Mac Porteiro says:
And how about the AF for video? Is it still the Canon way, or do we have something closer to what Nikon does? Without a handle or wheel, it's quite horrible to change the focus and zoom while recording a video. And the quality of the Nikon D3200 with low lights and without flash is superb.
I have a 550D, by the way. Best regards and thanks for the review.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2012 07:55:44 BDT
Thanks for your excellent advice Alex, I ordered and the 650 arrives today. I know that there will never be a spec which exactly matches my requirements but this one looks very close for the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2012 20:05:18 BDT
The focus on the 650d is continuous. You'd want to try it to see exactly but its a bit slow to find focus but when its locked on it stays in focus pretty well. I would imagine that in a year or so all the top makes will be GOOD autofocus :) in the meantime the 650d (and the sony ) are tops :)

Posted on 11 Sep 2012 13:23:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Sep 2012 13:27:02 BDT
David Wilson says:
The suggested Hoya 58mm UV filter doesn't quite cut it. The Hoya 58mm Pro-1 Digital UV is the one to go for. It costs twice as much as the basic hoya filter but is money well spent. Don't spoil your ship for a happorth of tar by putting cheap glass in front of your lens. Checkout the UV filters test (includes objective scientific measurements as well as subjective assessment) at

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2012 17:02:34 BDT
good point. uv and polarising filters create much debate...for or not.. I always use one to protect the lens but using a good one makes sense. Some swear they don't affect quality some say they do. I just don't like having the expensive bit exposed..
alex sally

Posted on 16 Sep 2012 10:03:42 BDT
Nicola t says:
Hi thanks for your review.Considering getting this camera I love taking picture in my spare time when I get some but I'm looking for a camera that good at night and in low light like concerts? We're do I start would u reccomend this camera? X
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