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
14 February 2009
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 ...
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: 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.
Pros: More comfortable design, Larger, improved LCD, Fastest overall speed in its class, Excellent image quality with faithful color reproduction
Cons: No ISO 3200, Skin tones are overly red, Only average kit lens, Hard to access Live View options
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. At 12.2-megapixels, the camera also has more than enough resolution for huge prints, and you can just shoot in auto or tweak images as much as you’d like. Units further have an integrated cleaning system that shakes the dust off the sensor every time you power on and off.
Pros: Takes fast pictures; excellent picture quality; includes IS lens
Cons: Live View could be better; flimsy door covering connections
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