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Canon was the last maker to introduce a mirrorless camera to the market and after something of a false start with EOS M, the company has released an update with the same Hybrid CMOS II sensor as the company’s Rebel SL1 (100D). Read on to find out how the new, Asia only, EOS M2 performs.
Introduced in July this year, the EOS 70D at first sight seems like a regular update to the maker’s mid-range EOS 60D model. It shares a number of features with the firm’s existing SLR range including a 19-point cross-type phase detection AF system, a 3-inch (1.040M dot) articulated touchscreen and built-in WiFi connectivity with remote viewing and image transfer. The camera can also shoot at up to 7fps and has 1080/30p video recording with stereo sound using an optional external microphone.
Replacing the 650D the 700D becomes the new flagship DSLR in their ‘EOS for Beginners’ range. Continuing to feature a 18-megapixel APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS’ sensor, 100 - 25,600 ISO range, 5fps burst shooting and 9-point AF the new model is almost identical however. Costing $1099 it’s up against stiff competition, with rivals such as the Nikon D5200 and Sony Alpha 58 packing more resolution for less money.
Sony seems to have a liking for doing things differently to other makers: hybrid cameras with bigger sensors, compact cameras with serious, professional attitude and single lens reflex cameras with fixed, translucent mirrors. Its new SLT Alpha 58 camera shows just how good a strategy this is, close to the quality of their Alpha 77 at half the price!
As the boom in hybrid mirrorless cameras continues and some have questioned the future of the entry-level DSLRs, can the launch of the smallest and lightest DSLR to date revitalize this market? We preview the key specifications of the new super small Canon 100D (Rebel SL1) and take a look at the new EOS 700D (Rebel T5i) and updated EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM ‘kit’ lens at the same time.
A noise benchmark of 187 digital cameras by Peter van den Hamer
DxOMark Camera Sensor is a raw benchmark for camera bodies by DxO Labs. The benchmark is “raw” because it measures image quality using Raw output files. It is also raw as DxO’s data can be used to cook up camera reviews that cover more aspects than image quality.
Canon was the last major maker to embrace the hybrid or ‘mirrorless’ camera market. As a somewhat sober debut, designed for those who are new to photography, the EOS M adopts an 18-megapixel APS-C format in a compact body but boasts a number of advanced features including a 31-point hybrid AF system for stills and video and a touch sensitive 3-inch LCD. While it’s clear this camera doesn’t compete directly with the firm’s DSLRs, how does it stack up against the competition that don’t have the same volume of DSLR sales to protect?
Committed to retaining its sales lead in numerous countries, Canon views its new EOS 650D as a strategically important product. What improvements can we see with respect to its sensor, which Canon claims is new? How does this latest camera in the EOS line compare with its predecessor, the EOS 600D, and with its rivals, the Nikon D3200 and the Sony SLT-A65? The answers lie in our sensor test results for the 650D.
Canon’s annual update of its amateur APS-C D-SLR and successor in a long line of cameras (EOS 500D, 550D, 600D), the Canon EOS 650D brings with it a few well-thought-out new features. By contrast, there are no surprises in store about the 18Mpix APS-C sensor that it seems to have inherited from the EOS 600D. Some first impressions in our preview.
I might offer the guess that some years ago some bright MBA/Engineer at Canon came to the boss and said, "You know, we can do a lot of cleanup work in processing and software that will extend the life of our cameras and lenses. That way we can take a camera generation vacation on investing in R&D and upgraded production facilities and harvest profits until we simply have to change the formula." Just guessing.
This is a long time in the making but how is it that the new D650 scores the exact same as the 8 year old 20D. They both get beat by the smaller sensor E-M5. I am surprised Canon owners are not complaining louder about this.
Someone else mentioned the lack of APS-C lenses. This has been an issue for both Canon and Nikon. Basically they have both focused on zooms for APS-C and forced owners to rely on FF primes to cover their needs. Unfortunately the FF focal length and aperture don't always match what you need with 1.5 crop.
m43 seems to understand the need for native lenses as they have a much better selection of primes. It will be interesting to see how much support for new APS-C lenses will exist going forward. APS-C is getting pushed from both mirrorless at one end and FF at the other end. Will Canon and Nikon come out with new APS-C lenses or will we just see refreshes with better focusing for liveview.
If you go to Camera Sensor Ratings http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Ratings and filter by Nikon, you'll see an upward trend: newer cameras are clearly better than older cameras.
If you filter by Canon, you see a basically horizontal trend. No significant improvement (as a whole) over the years. Don't know what's going on in Canon... maybe they lost their key engineers or are just resting on their past laurels?
And us Canon owners have been making a lot of noise. The DPReview forums are filled with people complaining.
Of course they are immediately followed by self-important pricks talking about how "the camera doesn't matter" because they think that it makes them sound wise and artistic.
I, for example, after complaining on my blog for nearly two years have finally ditched all of my Canon gear. I have kept only my old 20D and the 60mm EF-S macro because they were my first SLR combo. Sentimental reasons and all.
Sensors are now pretty damn good,have been for a long time and unless you are shooting in outrageously bad conditions they will out perform you. I suggest that better lenses are now far more of an issue as even the best of lenses have faults and the modestly priced lenses are almost unusable on the cameras with better sensors.
I have a multitude of cameras, and even in mildly difficult environments, I bump up against ALL of my APS-C gear's abilities. At parties, ISO 4000-6400 is common, and even the Pentax K-5 produces images that are pretty smudgy at that level.
My photos get easier and better with every generation. I agree that some time in the future, all sensors will be good enough. That day is not today, though.
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Database/Canon/EOS-650D">this page on the website</a></div>Sensors are now pretty damn good,have been for a long time and unless you are shooting in outrageously bad conditions they will out perform you. I suggest that better lenses are now far more of an issue as even the best of lenses have faults and the modestly priced lenses are almost unusable on the cameras with better sensors.
Lenses are definately the top issue at this moment, Canon being quite strong at that end; but you can't simply ignore the Sensor performance. Outcome on Canon 650D is really bad. I mean things are not very clear on DXOMark website but if you look at dpreview on all ISO settings, you will see Nikon D5100 is beating Canon D650 with huge margins. Even ISO 800 is quite noisy for my liking.
Having said that, I was not really expacting much from 650D, I had this kind of impression Canon won't make any progress on APSC sensors on quality (improvements are on the other grounds) and DXOMark score will be disappointing (fairly) as they are more focused on FF. They are projecting 650D to people who just want a smaller and lighter body to go with their existing professional gear, or someone at beginer's level, who don't go to review websites.
i have seen lots of shot from canon, Nikon and Sony, but still cannot spot the dramatic difference, so if someone have an actual link that shows the inferiority/ or excellence of these new sensors, please share
<div id="linkdxomark">This a comment for <a href="http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Database/Canon/EOS-650D">this page on the website</a></div>i have seen lots of shot from canon, Nikon and Sony, but still cannot spot the dramatic difference, so if someone have an actual link that shows the inferiority/ or excellence of these new sensors, please share
my eyes are not a measuring machine
It doesn't matter if you want only jpeg.
It matters a lot if you take hdr photo in raw.
I like canon lens and sony sensors! Who can help me?
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@mrahmo: "my eyes are not a measuring machine" Very well said, measuring image quality is real silly thing and more silly are us human who got eyes to appreciate and understand an art but still craving to read the numbers. Having said that, 650D's output is quite disappointing on all grounds, even at DPReview. Don't buy it if IQ beyong ISO 400 is any level important for you:
I recently purchased the Canon T4I...and I shoot Nikon D7000 and the D300. My observations from the field: Pros 1) Canon menu system is more easily navigated than Nikon's. Touch is convenient. 2) Image quality is very good for this pro-sumer camera. 18mp is more than enough, imho. 3) I really like the built-in HDR and Handheld Night shot settings...very easy to get quality results (great for beginners). 4) When shooting night-time with Bulb setting, T4I has a built-in timer...VERY convenient - neither Nikon D7000 or D300 has that feature. 5) Light; articulating LCD; live-view; Full HD video...what's not to like?
Cons: 1) 5fps (ok, maybe not a con, but both my Nikons shoot faster - 6 & 8 fps, respectively). 2) Fewer buttons than the D300 or D7000 (could be a plus depending on your perspective). 3) No secondary LCD (but I think the touch screen makes up for it, imho).
I'm sure I could come up with more pros/cons. Overall, though, I like this camera. I'm using it more and more and I'm very pleased with the results I'm getting. Would it replace my Nikons? No. But I consider the T4I a great second camera, and its ease of use makes it a great first-responder when I'm in a hurry.
I agree with you, Aaron: Canon hasn't come up with any ground breaking consumer camera in years. Whether it's arrogance or just lack of know-how it's diffucult to ascertain.
Regardless, they are falling behind. They are still ahead the game due to their sheer presence, but they need to react and soon. Camera business is not what it used to be in the days of film photography. Now it is a fast moving game, and you have to keep up with a higly competitive market.
I'm an ex-Canon user already, and in the process of liquidating the last Canon lenses I still have.
"Hybrid AF in LiveView and Movie mode, gonna be more precise compare to CAF in m43 and other systems."
Not really. Current CDAF in m4/3 and other mirrorless is very accurate. The hybrid AF in the new Canons plus the new lenses with stepper motors is meant to increase AF speed in liveview and movie mode. Alas, Canon's CDAF/liveview still lags m4/3:
ronnbot, I agree with you .. but please check the date when i posted, it was based on hybrid AF system working in other cameras and their precision and functionality in Continuous AF modes. Later AF tests on various review sites confirms 650D implementation is not mature yet.
Bit behind the curve, here. This is the first I have seen of this thread.
Canon annoys me because they charge lots of money for old technology. They aren't pushing anything forward. They aren't innovating. This made me actively angry because I was invested in the Canon system, making jumping systems difficult.
I waited for years, hoping that Canon would find the mojo that made them the go-to digital SLR company for the better part of the 2000's. It was all for naught. Speeds remain the same, lenses are the same, ISO performance is the same. WIth more and more of our cameras turning to solid-state technologies, this should be a era of immense innovation and change in imaging tools. Smaller, better, faster, stronger, etc.
I shoot photos at parties a lot. When I can get DOUBLE the ISO performance out of a Nikon or Sony as from a Canon, that's a big deal.
But that's beside the point. The 650D and every camera the company has released is indicative of an arrogant company who thinks that people who are already invested in the system will simply continue to buy the SAME DAMNED CAMERA, year after year, for the same high prices.
Well I'm not. As I mentioned, I got tired of waiting. I sold my Canon stuff, never to return.
It's as though the massive success of the 5D Mark II absolutely blinded Canon with arrogance. They aren't upgrading their wide-angle lenses. They aren't expanding their APS-C selection. Their cameras haven't been competitive in nearly two years.
If I hadn't already made the choice to leave the Canon system, products like this would have made it very easy.