Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 450D / EOS Rebel XSi / Kiss X2 Digital
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Value for money 9
Picture quality 9
Build quality 8
16 December 2008
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,...
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 fe...
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 ou...
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.
Excerpt: Last year’s Rebel XTi was a massive sales success, but not exactly a technological leap forward for DSLRs. Most critiques of that camera (including ours) came up just shy of disappointment while competing manufacturers of entry level DSLRs toiled to produce better, cheaper shooters.
Pros: Switch to SDHC memory. Relatively low noise at high ISO settings. New battery with 50% more endurance.
Cons: ISO tops out at 1600. Plastic body seems too plasticy. ISO in only full stop increments. Lacks the useful HELP mode of its major competitors. A tad bit pricey.
Conclusion: We hate to sound like a skipping Internet audio stream, but it’s very easy to recommend the Canon Rebel XSi. It’s a fast-focusing, speedy D-SLR that delivers excellent photos both indoors and outside.
Pros: Takes fast pictures; excellent picture quality; includes IS lens
Cons: Live View could be better; flimsy door covering connections
Excerpt: Picture the photographers at a football match. Behind the goals are the true professionals, with multiple cameras and huge lenses, while up in the stands are the amateurs with their cameraphones. Somewhere in the middle of this spectrum sits the EOS 450D.
Summary: A solid improvement on the EOS 400D, Canon's EOS 450D adds a bucket-load of new features, including 14-bit A-D, a faster burst mode and Live View. Sitting in between the 400D and 40D in price, it offers a compelling option for users looking for the middle ground between the two.
Pros: Great image quality, live view, dust reduction, 14-bit A-D, fast burst mode
Cons: Pictures could use a little sharpening, Live View autofocus takes a little while