While the new Canon 650D (Rebel T4i) does come with a few new features including a touchscreen display and a sensor-based hybrid AF system for improved focus, it seems that the camera itself might have fallen flat... on its sensor. A new comparison test conducted by DXO Mark puts the upgraded Canon 650D (Rebel T4i) up against its predecessors the Canon 600D (Rebel T3i) and Canon 550D (Rebel T2i). The results might just shock you.
Now, I'm a Canon shooter myself, so I was a little dismayed to see these results. Sure, the camera does have the new touchscreen display which can prove itself useful, but according to the comparison test, the Canon 650D had an overall score of '62' while the earlier models had a score of '65' and '66' respectively, so why the drop in points?
The color depth (for portraits), the dynamic range (for landscapes) and low-light ISO (for sports and events) test ratings for the Canon 650D all failed to compare to the previous models. With the Canon 650D's new APS-C hybrid sensor, to help use contrast for better focusing in video mode, you would be led to believe that this model would surpass the Canon T3i or Canon T2i.
With this new information available to the public, do you think that Canon is losing its touch in the DSLR entry-level market? Would you still consider picking up the new model or would you be content with its predecessors? Let us know in the comments below.
Via: DXO Mark
You can view the full test comparison here: Canon EOS 650D: Strictly Status Quo