Canon recently launched their EOS 650D in India and though this camera is a great upgrade over its predecesor, the EOS 600D, the brand announced that a problem with the DSLR may affect one's health by causing a mild allergic reaction.

Sneezing is a part of the symtoms experienced

Sneezing is also a symptom experienced

An announcement by Canon confirms that the front rubber grips of some units of the Canon EOS 650D Digital SLR camera may change colour (turn white) over a short period of time. Explaining this issue, Canon says that the front rubber grips of some EOS 650D units produced between May 31st, 2012 and June 15th, 2012 may turn white over a short period of time. After investigation and analysis with the rubber manufacturer, they determined that the zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) is the substance that causes the rubber surfaces to turn white. They cite caution by stating that the amount of this substance that has been detected on any individual unit is minimal, but in rare cases, depending on individual sensitivity, contact with this substance may cause an allergic skin reaction. To check if your DSLR is affected, click here and enter your 12-digit serial number.

Canon states that they will provide a free repair service for all cameras identified as having been affected by this phenomenon. This free repair service will begin on 17 July, 2012. They go on to state, “If your product is within the affected range, you are kindly requested to contact one of our authorised service facilities. We offer our sincere apologies to customers who have been inconvenienced by this. Canon strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers, and we spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.”

The Canon EOS 650D has been priced at Rs. 59,990 for the Indian shores and is Canon’s new entry-level flagship. If you are in the dark regarding this DSLR option here is a short brief regarding the product. The EOS 650D is the first-ever EOS to feature a dual AF system, which ensures exceptional detail in stills and continuous autofocus tracking when shooting movies. At the camera’s heart is an 18 megapixel (MP) Hybrid CMOS sensor and powerful DIGIC 5 processing, enabling the capture of sharp, full resolution images at up to 5 frames per second (fps). A Vari-angle capacitive touchscreen also makes camera operation quick and easy, providing instant access to an extensive range of settings and scene modes.

Canon claims that its newly-developed 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor provides super-fine resolution, capturing poster-sized images that are rich in colour and detail. Ideal for shooting in low-light without flash, the camera features a native 100-12,800 ISO range, allowing the capture of natural-looking shots with minimal noise, while an expanded ISO 25,600 range also offers the ability to shoot in more extreme low-light conditions. Though it is available on a handful of other cameras, the EOS 650D is the first entry-level EOS to be powered by Canon DIGIC 5 processing, offering greater speed, responsiveness and advanced colour rendition. DIGIC 5’s 14-bit image processing provides beautiful and subtle transitions between colour tones, such as those of an evening sky, and its vastly-increased power also makes the camera ideal for capturing fast-moving action, such as football or other sports.

Here is a quick look at some of the highlighted features of the Canon EOS 650D:

  • 18.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Full-HD movies with manual controls and continuous AF
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen
  • ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity, extendable to ISO 25,600
  • 9-point wide-area AF
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

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