Canon EOS 650D / 18-55mm & 55-250mm Kit Review
The Canon EOS 650D twin lens kit includes the 18-55mm and 55-250mm. This kit is a combination of the basic and advanced features that enable amateurs in the field of photography to enjoy the qualities of a digital single lens reflex camera. It is equipped with many of the latest engineering innovations like the multi-touch and vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitor. This screen makes it easy to take a picture of yourself or to make nice group shots that include you. This touchscreen LCD is rotatable and very sensitive. Photo shooting needs just a slight touch on it and it’s done. This movable screen also helps the user to take shots above the head or even at a ground level without needing too many body movements. However, still others are expecting more from this LCD screen. The menus are somewhat complicated for a beginner with its long array of selections but just a piece of cake for the experts. The exterior controls are simple and easy to use.
With a different sensor, Hybrid CMOS AF, but with the same resolution which is 18 Megapixel, the photo products of this kit are admirable for some users but just ok for others. The sensor is considered outdated. The eighteen-megapixel resolution is below some of the users’ expectation. The Live View mode of the autofocus is sometimes slow, less responsive and noisy, although, it can do 5x and 10x magnification. It can make 5 frames per second when shooting continuously which is an ideal number for an upper entry level digital SLR. This is definitely a step-up from the Canon EOS 550D especially when it comes to focus speed and precision. There are complaints, though, that the video can only record for around ten seconds before stopping.
The first drawback is the price. It is too expensive for those who are just starting to develop their photographic skills. There is also no built-in image stabilizer for the camera body and the shutter release makes some noise. There is no headset socket in case you want to listen to a recorded video clip. The camera’s image quality in low – lighted areas is not really spectacular. Using a tripod will certainly assist the HDR function towards a good performance. The exterior is a mixture of hard plastic and metal. It is quite heavy and bulky but for those who are used to carrying other DSLRs, this camera is a lot portable.
The 18-55mm lens is not a great idea for recording videos because the zooming sound that it makes can make the recording noisy and unpleasant. But for taking photos, the 18-55mm lens performs really well. The start-up time is fast and battery life is just average. The kit includes a battery pack, a charger, an USB cable, a manual, a strap, a body cap and eyecup EF aside from the camera body and the two lenses. Most of the users of this Canon EOS 650D kit with 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses are satisfied with its performance. There are just some who had bad things to say about it. But generally, this kit is worth the purchase.
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