Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 450D / EOS Rebel XSi / Kiss X2 Digital
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Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR - Brief review / Impressions
17 February 2009
Summary: One of my key selection criteria was to choose a camera body that would go the distance for a minimum of 18 - 24 months, at which stage I am likely to look at an upgrade, budgetary constraints notwithstanding. In the meantime each purchase I make for the camera is future-proof to work with the next body and the EOS 450D is a good baseline body to start with.
The Canon EOS 450D is widely available, both in body-only and in various kit form.
Excerpt: SIX, EIGHT, TEN, TWELVE -- the Rebel line continues up the megapixel count to the fourth-generation EOS Rebel XSi. But the 12.2MP XSi ($800, street, body only; $900 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S IS lens) is a lot more than just another deuce worth of dots. Enough upgrades to performance and convenience have been added -- some trickle-downs from the pro-level EOS-1D series -- that the XSi qualifies far more as an enthusiast model than an entry-level one.
Conclusion: The EOS 450D represents Canon's response to the increasingly crowded and competitive nature of the entry-level DSLR market. Where the original 'people's DLSR', the EOS 300D, owed at least some of its success to the simple paucity of competitors, the market in 2008 is a very different place indeed, and one that's seen Nikon (with the D40/D40x/D60) carve a sizeable slice of the action, and where Olympus, Sony and Pentax have strong offerings at price points unthinkable...
Pros: Superb resolution, good per-pixel sharpness (especially in raw files), Good tonal response and dynamic range, Trademark Canon CMOS noise free images, remain detailed even at high sensitivities, Optional high ISO NR removes all chroma noise, Viewfinder bigger and brighter than predecessors, New features (live view, spot metering, MyMenu, Highlight Tone Priority, 14-bit raw) lift it above the typical 'entry level' and move closer to 40D territory, Improved continuous sh...
Cons: Average automatic white balance performance, still very poor under incandescent light, Limited exposure compensation range (+/- 2.0 EV), Contrast detect AF so slow it's useless for most types of photography, Metering has tendency to overexpose in very bright, contrasty conditions, Default JPEG output may be a little 'over processed' for some tastes (raw far more flexible), Flash must be up for AF assist lamp (although AF is good even in low light), Automatic AF point ...
Excerpt: If you’re a keen photographer but are frustrated with the limitations of standard point & click cameras, you may want to think about stepping up a level into the realm of the DSLR (digital single lens reflex). There are several entry level DSLR’s and while they will set you back a good wedge of hard earned cash you will start noticing the results immediately.
Conclusion: Canon EOS 450D digital SLR camera Canon have gained a lot of experience in the lower segment of the D-SLR market over the past five years. We have witnessed significant improvements between previous and next models. And now we're here with the Canon EOS 450D. A digital SLR camera that doesn't seem to differ too much from the EOS 400D but is in fact a much better camera. A camera that surprises too.
Summary: With a few new features and more refinements and adjustments, the Canon Rebel XSi is a worthy upgrade of its predecessors, the Rebel XT and XTi. This review will unveil some of the noteworthy changes and assess whether or not it is worth upgrading to.
Book Review: The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion
12 October 2008
Excerpt: If you’ve recently stepped up from a point and shoot camera to the Canon Rebel XSi , which is also known as the 450D in non-US markets, then you might have a bit of learning curve to adapt to. There are a number of books out there that can get you acquainted with your new DSLR, including the manual.
Summary: Though Canon has already produced a pair of decent if unspectacular successors to the original digital Rebel, the new XSi is the first model that offers a definitive leap forward. With a more comfortable design, faster overall speed, and improvements in image quality, the XSi is an entry-level digital SLR that looks and acts like a more advanced model.