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Canon 650D vs. Canon 600D

Canon 650D vs Canon 600D, take a look at 650D specification comparison review and share your thought with us,

Canon 650D image sensor

Canon 650D uses 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor with phase and contrast detection AF system, enables faster and more precise autofocus compared to 600D,  you also get standard ISO range up to 100 to 12800, and expandable up to 25600.

Canon 650D image processor

New Canon DIGIC V Image processor: The New image processor used in Canon 650D improves the overall speed & response time of camera, It increases the Continuous shooting  speed up to 5 fps and creates less noise in your JPEG images compared to 600D, the fast DIGIC V image processor also enables the camera to perform sophisticated functions such as in camera HDR Backlight Control, NR mode, art filters, lens correction and much more.

Canon 650D AF sensor

New dual AF system: Canon 600D takes lot of time to do AF when Live view is on and No AF is available during movie recording, the 650D comes with improved Hybrid phase and contrast detection AF system, It also offers Continuous AF during Video Recording, Touch Focus and Touch Click Technology, see more details below


There are four different methods of AF available during live view shooting:

Face Track mode detects a face, and continuously focuses and tracks it by switching AF points even when the subject moves to a side profile;
FlexiZone – Multi AF divides the scene into 31 AF points prioritizing the centre and subject in the foreground;
FlexiZone – Single AF mode and Quick mode, allows the focal point to be changed by touching the exact area on the LCD.
Continuous (Pre) AF mode, subjects will always be in focus even before the shutter is activated for improved focusing speed. What’s more, users will be able to perform familiar multi-touch gestures (pinch, spread and swipe actions) to zoom in and out of shots, view images and flip pages.

Canon 650D AF is approx 2X fast compared 600D during live view mode: Conventional contrast-detection focus works by shifting focus back and forth until the peak contrast is detected; the new Hybrid CMOS AF System improves this by predicting the subject’s location and approximate focus using phase detection, which makes auto-focusing twice as fast when the subject is in the zone (approx. middle of the frame).

Continuous AF during Video Recording: Yes its true, Canon 650D can do Continuous AF during Video Recording, 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.


Improved Imaging Performance Features: The EOS 650D helps novice photographers capture great images and video, even in low-light with a range of new performance features:

  • Handheld Night Scene mode
  • HDR Backlight Control mode
  • Multi-Shot Noise Reduction


Handheld Night Scene and Multi-Shot Noise Reduction captures 4 images rapidly and combine them into one blur and noise free image.

HDR Backlight Control captures images at three different exposures – under, correctly, and over-exposed – and combining them into one HDR image displaying both highlight and shadow detail.

Video snap-shot mode of canon 650D is similar to Canon 600D, nothing new.

Touch screen with 650D: For the first time canon Rebel comes with touch display, EOS controls are integrated into an intuitive 3-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD II Touch Screen Monitor


New STM Lenses for movie recording

The new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM has been developed to improve movie-shooting capabilities with improved image quality throughout the entire zoom range and silent, seamless focusing. The new stepping motor drive delivers ultra smooth and precise focusing during movie recording with continuous auto-focus. Coupled with the Movie Servo AF in the EOS 650D, the camera’s built-in stereo microphone will not pick up any focusing noises while shooting scenes that require silence, and a zoom ring lock to prevent users from accidentally changing the zoom in the middle of a shot, or extend when the lens is left in a bag.

Conclusion: We have done a specification comparison review of 600D vs 550D a year ago, the 600D was a minor upgrade over 550D and we have recommended our users not to upgrade or buy 600D DSLR if you are a still shooter,

For Canon 600D users: Buy it! Hybrid CMOS sensor, Full time AF during video & live view mode, Multi-Touch vari-angle display, DIGIC V image processor that gives you 5fps of Continuous shooting speed, Canon 650D also comes with In camera HDR, Multi-frame NR mode and Handheld Night Scene mode, It’s a big change over 600D.

For 550D users: Yes, we highly recommend you update your 550D with 650D, its really a big Jump over technology.

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4 comments to Canon 650D vs. Canon 600D

  • Dave

    Hi, I have a T3i and I think that the improvements are
    worth buying the new T4i. Great new camera.

    I will buy the body only.


  • Gianluca

    I just sold my T1i to upgrade to either T3i or T4i and not sure if the difference in specs is worth $150 more.
    Some articles online state that the only big improvement is the auto-focus feature in video mode.
    I am still looking…

  • admin

    I will recommend you to buy T4i.

  • Gianluca

    Hello and thanks for the suggestion 🙂
    The T4i does have slightly better specs, but in researching the DIGIC processor it seems that DIGIC 4 has been used on many professional grade DSLRs while DIGIC 5 is only mounted on the T4i and other point-shoot cameras.
    Newer pro cameras seems to be using the DIGIC 5+ which makes me think the DIGIC 5 was not a big hit?

    If I end up getting the T4i, I am also thinking about getting only the 18-135mm STM lens rather than the combo 18-55mm + 55-250 (non STM) as I believe the 18-135 STM may do the job.

    It is also cheaper to buy the 18-135 with the body Kit. That lens alone goes for $500/550.

    I am thinking For more distance (and no need to shoot videos from that far) I can get a much cheaper 75-300mm.

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