introduced 1987/discontinued 1989
Canon's first EOS camera introduced the first new Canon lens mount in over 20 years. Focus, March 1987, page 18
Type and major components
Type: 35mm autofocus, single-lens reflex camera with electronically-controlled automatic exposure, focal plane shutter and built-in motor drive.
Format:: 24 x36mm.
Usable Lenses: Canon EF lenses (full aperture metering only).
Standard Lens: EF 50mm f1.8.
Lens Mount: Canon EF Mount (electronic signal transfer system).
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism. Gives 94% vertical and horizontal coverage of actual picture area, and 0.8x magnification at infinity with a standard 50mm lens.
Dioptric Adjustment: Built-in eyepiece is adjusted to standard -1 diopter. (Eyepoint: 19.3mm).
Focusing Screen: Overall new laser-matte/AF frame. Six types of interchangeable screens are available optionally.
Mirror: Quick-return half-mirror with shock and noise absorber.
Viewfinder Information: Displayed at the bottom of the viewing area.
(1) 7-segment LCD digit and character display.
• Shutter speed - flashes at 2 Hz to give out-of-coupling range warning.
• Aperture value - flashes at 2 Hz to give out-of-coupling range warning.
• Metered manual exposure level - OP, oo, CL.
• Depth-of-Field AE (EOS 650 only) - dEP 1, dEP 2.
(2) LCD mask character display.
• * - AE lock indicator in partial metering mode.
• M - Manual exposure indicator.
• ? - flash charge completion indicator.
• +/- - exposure compensation indicator.
• ? - AF in-focus indicator (flashes at 8 Hz when AF is not possible).
Shutter: Vertical-travel focal plane shutter with soft-touch electromagnetic release. All speeds electronically controlled.
Shutter Speed: 1/2000-30 sec. and bulb. X-sync is 1/125 sec. Can be set in 1/2 step increments.
Self-Timer: Electronically controlled with a delay of approx. 10 sec. indicated by blinking LED operation confirmation lamp.
AF Control System: TTL-SIR (TTL secondary image registration) phase-detection type using BASIS (base-stored image sensor). AF operation starts when the shutter button is pressed halfway. AF in-focus indicator lights upon ranging completion. Audible indicator (electronic beeper) can be turned on and off.
Three selectable modes:
• One-Shot: AF operation ends and focus is locked once ranging is completed. Shutter does not release until ranging is completed.
• Servo: Focus continuously adjusts to follow the subject movement. Shutter can be released at any time regardless of ranging completion.
• Manual: By rotating the manual focusing ring after focus mode switch is set to ‘M’.
AF Working Range: EV1-18 at ISO 100.
AF Auxiliary Light: The ultra-bright red LED (peak sensitivity: 700nm) is automatically projected with specified Canon Speedlites.
Light Metering System: TTL full aperture metering using SPC. Two selectable metering patterns: evaluative metering and partial metering (approx. 6.5% of the picture area). Stopped-down metering is not possible.
• Shutter-Priority AE.
• Aperture-Priority AE.
• Intelligent Program AE.
• Depth-of-Field AE
• Flash AE (A-TTL program flash AE and TTL program flash AE with specified Canon Speedlites).
Camera-Shake Warning: Operates for the program AE, aperture-priority AE and depth-of-field AE modes. When automatically set shutter speed falls 0 to 0.5 steps below 1/focal length of the lens in use, the electronic beeper sounds. Beeper can also be turned on and off.
Metering Range: EV1-20 (EV 1 to 20 in normal temperature) with 50mm f1.4 lens at ISO 100 or equivalent.
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 steps in 1/2 step increments. Three continuous exposures are taken in sequence of underexposure, correct exposure according to camera’s meter and overexposure.
Film Speed: ISO 25-5000 is automatically set by 1/3 step according to DX code standard. ISO 6-6400 can also be set manually.
Film Loading: After film positioning and back cover closure, the film automatically advances to the first usable frame and then stops (approx. 1.5 sec.).
Film Wind: Automatic using the built-in miniature motor. Confirmation by the film transport bar marks in the display panel.
Film Winding Mode: Two selectable modes; S (single exposure) and C (continuous exposure at the maximum speed of approx. 3 fps).
Film Rewind: Automatic using the built-in miniature motor. Starts when the film end is reached and then stops (with 24 exposure film, approx. 10 seconds). Mid-roll rewind performed by pressing the film rewind button.
Flash Contact: Coupled directly to the camera by X-sync contact on the accessory shoe.
Automatic Flash (using the Speedlite 420EZ/300EZ with the camera set to ‘P’): A-TTL flash auto - Using the camera’s A-TTL program and the flash’s near-infrared preflash, the correct aperture value is automatically set. X-sync speed is also automatically set between 1/60 and 1/125 secind upon flash charge completion. TTL control system which meters the light reflected from the film surface. Automatic fill-in flash is possible.
Grip: Interchangeable. GR30 (without remote control terminal) is standard with the EOS 650.
Depth-of-Field Check: By pressing the depth-of-field check button.
LCD Display Panel: Displays only the information required at the time, e.g. shooting mode, film winding mode, AF mode, shutter speed, aperture value, film speed or battery check. Timer function for eight secs. is provided; the display is held on for eight secs. after the switch i.e., shutter button is pressed.
Battery: One 6V lithium battery pack (2CR5). Battery is replaced by removing grip.
Battery Check: By pressing the battery check button. Three energy levels are shown by the battery check bar marks in the display panel.
Back Cover: Interchangeable. Opened by sliding the latch with safety lock. Quartz Date Back E and Technical Back E can be attached.
Size: 148 (W) x 108.3 (H) x 67.5 (D) mm. 5 13/16” x 4 1/4” x 2 5/8”.
Weight: 660g (23 5/16 oz.) body only.
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