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Canon EOS 650D Announced - 18MP DSLR

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Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 650D

Canon has announced its latest DSLR. The Canon EOS 650D is an 18-megapixel camera, taking over from 2011's 600D. Its biggest changes are a new processor and a touchscreen display.

The Canon EOS 650D offers an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with the DIGIC 5 processing brain running the show. This processor ups shooting speed from 3.7 shots per second in the 600D to a full five. It also enables continuous autofocus during video shooting - with 1080p video capture enabled, this is the most capable "affordable" Canon DSLR for video yet. Its audio capabilities have also been boosted, with a stereo mic on-board in place of the previous mono model.

Its core shooter specs include an ISO range of 100-12800, with an extended 25600 mode available for good measure. For increased accessibility, the 3in flip-out display uses a capacitive touchscreen - and sports an ultra-sharp 1080k-dot resolution. The touchscreen seemingly hasn't led to any cut-backs in on-body controls, with a similar array of hardware buttons and dials as seen on the 600D.

The Canon 600D offers excellent image quality at a reasonably-affordable price, and with a new processor on-board the 650D should - in theory at least - perform that little bit better. It'll go on sale from July 15, with the standard package of body and 18-55mm kit lens priced at £800. The body alone will sell for around £700.

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