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.
Announced this past June, the Canon EOS 650D continues with the winning formula found in the EOS 600D: a compact, light-weight camera — but now endowed with several well-designed features such as an articulated, capacitated touchscreen display (standard equipment on three other Canon amateur SLR models).
But on the sensor side, no outbreak of pixels here: the 650D uses the same 18 Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor that Canon has used in this line since 2008. However, the 650D’s sensor has been “hybridized” to enable contrast detection autofocus when in video mode. In principle, this new feature should be accompanied by better sensitivity and a broader dynamic range.