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The Canon EOS 650D - or Canon EOS Rebel T4i in the US - sits above the Canon EOS 600D/Rebel T3i in Canon's DSLR range, and has been designed for beginners and enthusiast photographers alike. One of the key aims for Canon was to make the new camera easier to use, so it has given the Canon 650D new automatic shooting modes as well as a touch-sensitive vari-angle LCD screen. There's also a healthy smattering of more advanced features to keep experienced photographers happy.Despite the headline features, a close look at the Canon EOS 650D/EOS Rebel T4i reveals it's quite a bit more than just a 600D with a touchscreen LCD.Although it has an 18-megapixel sensor like the Canon EOS 600D, for example, some of the pixels are dedicated phase detection tools - part of the new camera's Live View and video mode Hybrid AF system. In a first for a Canon EOS camera, the Canon 650D can focus automatically during video recording. Let's take a closer look.FeaturesAt full resolution, the Canon EOS 650D produces 5184 x 3456 pixel images. This means they are big enough for A3 (16.5 x 11.7-inch) size prints at just under 300ppi. While some may feel that's not quite as good as the 24MP offered by the Nikon D3200, it's enough for many photographers and, of course, it's the quality of those pixels that's important.
Depending on the type of photographer you are, the Pentax 645D ($9,999.95 direct, body only) could be a dream camera or it could be one that completely befuddles you. Event photographers can stop reading here, as the 40-megapixel camera isn't a high ISO monster, can't record video, and doesn't fire off shots in rapid succession. But if you're more of a slow shooter—whether it be studio portraits or landscapes—the weather-sealed 645D $9,995.95 at B&H Photo-Video may be right up your alley. It represents a relatively inexpensive path into medium-format digital photography, as the similar Hasselblad H4D-40 will set you back $16,995, and the Leica S2 is priced even higher at $22,995. Sports and event shooters should turn their attention to our Editors' Choice full-frame D-SLR, the Nikon D4 ($5,995, 4.5 stars), which can fire off rapid shots and capture images in even the most challenging light. The 645D is big, and it's styled unlike a typical D-SLR. It has a very deep handgrip, but it's body seems squat thanks to a mirror box that extends out much further than a camera with a 35mm lens mount. The body measures 4.6 by 6.1 by 4.7 inches (HWD) and weighs in at a hefty 3 pounds, 4.2 ounces. Compare this with the Nikon D800 ($2,999.95, 4 stars), a 35mm full-frame D-SLR that measures 4.8 by 5.7 by 3.2 inches and weighs only 2 pounds. Because of its weight, Pentax opted to put two tripod mounts on the body—one for portrait and one for landscape orientation—as some tripod heads won't be able to handle the camera's mass when used in a sideways position.
As the manufacturer's first foray into the digital medium format arena, the Pentax 645D brings plenty of appealing features to the game, including a 40MP, 44 x 33mm, Kodak-developed CCD sensor that's designed to deliver professional image quality exceeding that of a 35mm full-frame DSLR.With a nod to Pentax's original medium format film 645 camera system, the new digital SLR version looks and feels every bit as solid as its well-respected 1980s-born ancestor, sporting a similarly intuitive design. Despite its retro looks, however, the Pentax 645D is equipped with a whole host of up-to-date photography technologies and plenty of advanced functionality: all in an easy-to-use package.The Pentax 645D has an RRP of £8999.99 for the camera body alone, or just shy of £10,000 to buy it along with the brand new D-FA 645 55mm f/2.8 AF (IF) SDM AW lens. The camera certainly represents a sizeable investment then, yet is still a lot cheaper than medium format digital camera rivals such as the Leica S2. So what do you get for your cash?FeaturesWith prestigious brands such as Hasselblad, Phase One and Leaf heading up the medium format digital camera market, the Pentax 645D is up against some stiff competition.
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Medium and large format cameras are the last bastions of the analogue world, and though digital versions have been around for quite some time, prices have been sky-high and users slow to convert. Medium format sensors principally have a size advantage over their full-frame (35mm) cousins. Not only is the resolution increased but so is each of the physical sensor nodes, allowing for greater detail and tone capture. What the Pentax 645D sets to offer is a more friendly medium format experience, with much of the handling being brought across from the K-7 DSLR model. This makes it ideal for those in the field, or those looking to enter the medium format market for the first time. Existing users of the Pentax 645 system will feel just as at home. However, the up to date Pentax system utilises a vertical-run shutter much like a DSLR, so the newer lenses won't offer the higher flash sync that's possible with leaf shutters found in some competitor cameras. This may limit more complex lighting setups (unless using older LS-series lenses), though Pentax's 645D offering is more firmly targeted at the landscape photographer looking for super-high resolution.