The just recently announced Canon EOS 650D will hit the shelves pretty soon. We just received a beta version of the camera and I went out to take some video samples to see how the sensor performs. This was all handheld with the $200 Canon 55-250mm IS lens and there was no color correction applied. The beta firmware version had some limitations like I couldn’t adjust the white balance or had wrong exposure at times. This should be resolved in the final version. The handling of the camera was nice, although I didn’t find the button layout perfect for video (having to reach with the wrong hand to the wrong side of the camera). I didn’t test audio or autofocus with the dedicated STM lenses (see announcement: LINK). Thanks to themusicbed.com for providing wonderful music. Check out their licensing database, it’s a great website. The song used here is called “Arrows Fly” by “Afterlife Parade”: LINK There is a kit version with Canon’s new Video-AF lens the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for $1199. Europeans get the Canon 650D here [UPDATE:] Noise Test This is a comparison between the noise on Canon EOS 7D and a beta Canon EOS 650D. All internal noise reduction was switched off, same picture profile.Read more
Now we’re talking! Whoever said Canon HDSLR’s were too expensive. We were desperate for an affordable alternative to the 5D mark III and Canon delivered. The T4i is $849. Not only that, there are several interesting additions that make this camera seem more HDSLR than any HDSLR before it. Canon talks about “Stunning stereo sound” via a built-in stereo-mic, silent-fast autofocus and a touch-screen flip-out LCD. The T4i press release screams video more than stills. Fascinating. A new Autofocus mode? Yes, we (I) want autofocus. What we’ve seen so far on large sensor cameras was mostly catastrophic and unusably noisy, slow or inaccurate. The fact that Canon emphasizes the Canon T4i’s Autofocus mode so much is a good sign: “The new AF system includes a nine-point all cross-type sensor array, and new Hybrid CMOS AF which achieves fast focus when shooting stills or video in Live View mode. Much to the pleasure of aspiring student filmmakers and parents everywhere, the Rebel T4i features Canon’s new Movie Servo AF providing a quiet, continuous AF during HD video recording when using one of Canon’s newly introduced Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. The silent continuous autofocus when shooting HD video helps ensure the camera only captures the sounds of the scene being recorded. ” That sounds promising. You need a lens like the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM or new pancake EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. Limitations? There is no direct mention of less moiré or aliasing – a Canon HDSLR problem the 5D mark III could finally solve. However the press release talks about “Stunningly Crisp Video“. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for first tests to prove that. There is manual audio! But there’s no word of 5D mk3’s improved All-I codec. Availability The EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR camera will be available at the end of June. Pricing The Canon Rebel T4i / 650D is $849 at B&H: There is a kit version with Canon’s new Video-AF lens the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for $1199. Visit our new Canon T4i / 650D subforum:Read more
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