Canon 650D / T4i announced, 3” touchscreen supports gestures

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Canon has just announced the Canon 650D (known as the Rebel T4i internationally), this adds to the entry-level EOS DSLR range. Sitting above the now out-dated 600D, the new EOS 650D introduces significant quality and performance enhancements and is aimed at hobbyists, with easy-to-use functions that allow photography newcomers to DSLR cameras.

As a 500D owner, there’s a number of welcome features in the latest iteration of the line. The 650D will now contain an 18 megapixel CMOS sense processed by the new DiG!C 5 processor. These allow you to snap photos at 5 fps and have a much needed bump in low light performance thanks to a higher 12800 (expandable to 25600) ISO speeds.

The Canon 650D now picks up a 9-point AF system which will get focus faster and better yet, do it silently when in video mode. You can make use of the 3” articulating LCD touchscreen to pick focus points, much like we do on smartphones. These kind of features were previously reserved for the higher class cameras, so its great to see them make their way down to the prosumer.

That magic little touchscreen is actually Canon’s most advanced. Photographers can use familiar gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” to scroll between pictures. Camera operation has been simplified through this feature allowing for Touch Focus or Touch Shutter controls via the 180/90 degree vari-angle touch-screen. The EOS 650D includes a best-in-class Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor featuring 1.04 million dot resolution.

Key features:
• New DiG!C 5 image processor
• New 18 megapixel CMOS sensor with fast 4 channel read-out
• High speed continuous shooting up to 5 fps
• Superior focusing performance with 9-point all cross-type array (f/2.8 centre)
• Low noise with ISO speeds up to 12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode)
• Intuitive fingertip control with new Vari-angle Touch Screen LCD – EOS first
• Enhanced movie shooting with Movie Servo AF – EOS first
• Silent focussing when used with one of Canon’s new ‘Stepping Motor’ lenses – EOS first

Price and availability

The EOS 650D digital SLR camera will be available at the end of June in body only and three kit configurations:
• Single IS Lens Kit (including EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens)
• Twin IS Lens Kit (including EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lenses)
• Super Kit (including EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens)
The new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens and the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM will also be available separately at the end of June.

You can read the full release PDF here or check out a hands-on of the T4i from Engadget. By the way, the 600 may stick around, but the 550 will be discontinued, after the launch of the 650D, so be on the look out for bargains as retailers run out stock. Another option is upgraders looking to offload what really is still a great camera.

More information on the Canon EOS 650D is available @ Canon Australia, there are also sample images and videos from the 650D available, just keep in mind, these aren’t full resolution.

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