Canon 650D

Canon EOS 650D front
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 575g - 133 x 100 x 79mm
  • Announced August 2012
  • Other Name is EOS Rebel T4i / EOS Kiss X6i
  • Previous Model is Canon 600D
  • Successor is Canon 700D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 650D overview

Canon 650D is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR camera first introduced on August of 2012. It comes with a 18 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 5184 x 3456. The camera is referred to as "EOS Rebel T4i / EOS Kiss X6i" in some markets.

Canon launched this camera in order to upgrade the previous Canon 600D (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently brought out the newer Canon 700D (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.

The 650D is ranked #26 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all round #218 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try our Smart camera filter to get camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 650D family

The Canon 650D has a history of related cameras. Here, you can see all past and newer models as well as important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-750d front thumbnailCanon 750D
650D vs 750D
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Canon-EOS-700D front thumbnailCanon 700D
650D vs 700D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
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Canon-EOS-650D front thumbnailCanon 650D18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-600D front thumbnailCanon 600D
650D vs 600D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-550D front thumbnailCanon 550D
650D vs 550D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-500D front thumbnailCanon 500D
650D vs 500D
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
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Canon-EOS-450D front thumbnailCanon 450D
650D vs 450D
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2008
Canon-EOS-400D front thumbnailCanon 400D
650D vs 400D
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-350D front thumbnailCanon 350D
650D vs 350D
8MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Canon-EOS-300D front thumbnailCanon 300D
650D vs 300D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003

Canon 650D Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Canon 650D based on things which are oftentimes seen as necessary in a camera.

display is selfie friendly
exports RAW files
good sensor size (APS-C)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
has HDMI out
has microphone support
has phase detect auto focus
high resolution screen (1,040 k dots)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes face detect focus
includes focus via touch
includes tracking focus
MP count good (18 megapixels)
pretty good screen size (3")
screen can move to multiple angles
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
touchscreen capability
you can focus manually
low battery power (440 shots)
max fps very slow (5.0 frames per second)
missing headphone support
missing Timelapse recording
no image stabilization
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Canon 650D Sensor specifications

The Canon 650D features the Digic 5 chip. The sensor size in the Canon 650D is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor is able to resolve 5184 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 18 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. This ISO can be extended electronically to a high of 25600. RAW photos are saved so you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the 650D's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The 650D sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 650D dimensions

Canon 650D weighs about 1.27 lb (575g or 20.28 oz) & has external measurements of 133mm x 100mm x 79mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.1"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g so the Canon 650D is very similar when compared with other rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Canon 650D besides a soft drink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Canon EOS 650D dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the 650D.

Canon EOS 650D topview buttons dials

Canon 650D Lens specifications

The 650D uses the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses to choose from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the 650D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-35-80mm-f4.0-5.6-III lensCanon EF 35-80mm f4.0-5.6 III35-80mmf/4.0-5.6 175g
Canon-EF-400mm-f4.0-DO-IS-USM lensCanon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM400mmf/4.0 1940g
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Canon-EF-75-300mm-f4.0-5.6-III lensCanon EF 75-300mm f4.0-5.6 III75-300mmf/4.0-5.6 480g
Tamron-SP-90mm-F2.8-Di-VC-USD-Macro-Canon-EF lensTamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di VC USD Macro90mmf/2.8 609g
Tokina-atx-i-Pro-11-16mm-F2.8-CF-Specs-Canon-EF-S lensTokina atx-i Pro 11-16mm F2.8 CF11-16mmf/2.8555g
Canon-EF-35-350mm-f3.5-5.6L-USM lensCanon EF 35-350mm f3.5-5.6L USM35-350mmf/3.5-5.6 1385g
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Schneider-PC-Super-Angulon-28mm-f2.8-Canon-EF lensSchneider PC-Super-Angulon 28mm f2.828mmf/2.8 565g
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Canon 650D Connectivity

The 650D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can copy photos and at times alter settings without connecting straight to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon 650D Video specifications

The highest video resolution in the Canon 650D is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 and Motion JPEG format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance for quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't leave you with any room to downsample. While the camera contains a microphone socket, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone socket so you won't have the ability to keep an eye on your audio levels.

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Canon 650D Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Canon 650D so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty situations.

Canon 650D Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 650D comes with a 3" fully articulated screen boasting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to take self portraits as well as group photos when needed. Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can change focus points plus adjust settings by using your fingers.

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The View Finder details for Canon 650D are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.53x

Viewfinders are rather useful for sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon 650D Shutter specifications

Canon 650D continuous shooting rate is 5.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon 650D Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon 650D comes with both inbuilt flash along with external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/200 seconds.

Canon 650D Autofocus specifications

Canon 650D comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and exact when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which can be useful for portraits.

It comes with 9 focus points to select from. Canon 650D has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift focus. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Canon 650D comes with manual focus when required for low light situations or you require more accurate focus control.

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Canon 650D Battery life

The battery power (LP-E8) in the Canon 650D is fashioned to last for 440 shutters based on the CIPA specifications which is lower compared to it's competition. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x features the highest (1900) battery life for this group of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras with the highest battery life:

Canon 650D for different forms of photography

The following illustration gives a analysis of the Canon 650D for different forms of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon 650D

The Canon 650D gets a points total of 76 which is terrific, and means the camera is a outstanding pick to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support in addition to the option to work with external flash.

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focusing manually
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
supports RAW files

Canon 650D Street photography features

Coming in at a nice points total of 69, the Canon 650D is a very decent option for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW files
features touch focus
no image stabilization

Canon 650D Sports photography features

A reasonable sports photography rating of 58 means the Canon 650D is reasonably suited for shooting sports. A camera needs good tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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decent megapixels (18MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
not so great battery life (440 CIPA)

Canon 650D Travel photography advice

Weight is extremely important when getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon 650D gets a very good 64 as a travel camera which is a very decent option to take on your holidays.

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features focus via touch
MP count good (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
does not have Time Lapse recording
bad battery power (440 shots)

Canon 650D as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Canon 650D with it's very good score of 63 for a landscape camera is a very decent choice in the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
decent megapixels (18 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
bad battery pack (440 shots)
lack of Timelapse mode

Canon 650D Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging really should come with a articulating display, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Canon 650D is a good fit as a vlog camera as it comes to a nice score of 71.

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selfie friendly screen
has touchscreen
supports face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes external microphone jack
does not have image stabilization

Canon 650D Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the 650D, here is a list of the top scored cameras which fall under the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The line graph down below offers you a bird's eye view of the 650D compared to it's highest ranked rivals suggested above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might look into as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS 650D
Also called
EOS Rebel T4i / EOS Kiss X6i
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 5
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5184 x 3456
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Canon EF/EF-S
Available lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display size
Display resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display tech
Clear View II TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
13.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
575g (1.27 pounds)
133 x 100 x 79mm (5.2" x 3.9" x 3.1")
Battery life
440 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Card slots
Retail price