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Canon EOS 450D

The EOS 450D blends an uncompromising performance with ease of use in a lightweight, ergonomic body. Capture your world with a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sen...

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published 14/06/2009 | island78
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Pro Extremely easy to use, fantastic picture quality, long battery life.
Cons I haven't found any!
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"Canon EOS 450D - Superb!"

Introduction
I bought the Canon EOS 450D a couple of months ago as my first SLR - and i can honestly say its an absolute pleasure to use. For someone like me who is a total novice in photography terms (but very willing to learn!) this camera is superb.

Ease of use
My friend and I researched SLR cameras for hours to try to find a camera for me. I can only be described as a beginner but I wanted to take the plunge and do some 'real' photography. The EOS 450D seemed to have everything I was looking for - and it is everything I was looking for. It is a very light, yet sturdy camera that fits comfortably in my hands. The large LCD screen is very sharp which is especially useful when you are trying to change settings, and i was surprised by how quickly i learned what all of the buttons did and also how quickly i was able to take a half decent picture - without the auto setting on!

Features
The mode dial is split into two zones which is very handy when you are trying to learn. The basic zone, where you can move the dial to a setting, for instance 'portrait', then you point and shoot and the camera does everything for you and the creative zone where you can choose for instance, M for Manual exposure or Av for Aperture priority and you can set the picture up for yourself. Once you have mastered the basics of what most of the buttons do and how best to get a half decent picture, the creative zone is where you need to head for to learn more about getting the perfect shot. However, i've found its always nice to know that i can go back to the basic zone if i get confused and my shots are not coming out the way i want them to!

One of my favourite features of this camera is the self timer and multiple shots function. You can set the camera up for a shot with a 10 second or 2 second delay then take up to 10 multiple shots - fantastic if you want to photograph some kind of motion shot.

Picture Quality
Since having the Canon 450D i have also purchased a 'nifty' fifty lens too. I have taken numerous photographs with both lenses with this camera and i can honestly say that the picture quality is top notch. The colour, contrast and sharpness of the pictures never fails to amaze me - sometimes i can't even believe i've taken them! Absolutely fantastic.

Reliability
I have only had the camera for a few months now but i've never had any problems with it. It came with a Canon battery and once it has been fully charged it seems to last for absolutely ages! I've got no grumbles at all about it.

Conclusion
I can honestly say that this is one of the best purchases i have ever made and i love this camera. For someone like me who was nervous about spending the money on an SLR even though i was a beginner I am very glad i went for it. I am thrilled with how easy this camera is to use and cannot believe that after only a few months i'm really starting to get some great pictures with it (now that i know more about what i'm doing!). Since buying this camera i've bought the 'nifty fifty' and am purchasing another lens this week (for sport photography) - which just goes to show how much I like using it. If you are looking for an SLR, whether you are a beginner or someone looking to upgrade your present camera i would highly recommend that you take the Canon EOS 450D very seriously because it is an absolutely amazing camera for the money.

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Product Information : Canon EOS 450D

Manufacturer's product description

The EOS 450D blends an uncompromising performance with ease of use in a lightweight, ergonomic body. Capture your world with a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and the very latest Canon technologies. The 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor gives you plenty of detail for poster-size prints and extra flexibility when cropping. Sensitive in low light and virtually noise-free, Canon's CMOS sensors are also remarkably power-efficient. The EOS 450D captures up to 3.5 frames per second for a continuous burst of up to 53 large JPEG images. The 9 AF points are spread out across the frame to better accommodate off-center subjects. The central AF point is a high sensitivity cross type sensor for quick, accurate focusing with f/2.8 and faster lenses.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon EOS 450D - digital camera - body only, Canon EOS 450D - digital camera EF-S 17-85mm IS and 70-300 IS lenses, Canon EOS 450D - digital camera EF-S 18-55mm IS lens, Canon EOS 450D - digital camera EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm lenses, Canon EOS 450D - digital camera EF-S 18-200mm IS lens, Canon EOS 450D - digital camera EF-S 18-55mm IS lens - with SELPHY CP760, Canon EOS 450D - digital camera EF-S 17-85mm IS lens, Canon EOS 450D - digital camera EF-S 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS lenses, Canon EOS 450D - digital camera EF-S 18-55mm lens

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, Digital SLR, Digital Cameras

Lens Included: Body only, EF-S 17-85mm IS and 70-300 IS lenses, EF-S 18-55mm IS lens, EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm lenses, EF-S 18-200mm IS lens, EF-S 17-85mm IS lens, EF-S 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS lenses, EF-S 18-55mm lens

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: DIGIC III

Sensor Resolution: 12.2 Megapixel

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism

Display: LCD display - 3"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1080 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Colour: Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.9 cm x 6.2 cm x 9.8 cm

Weight: 475 g

Min Focus Distance: 35 cm, 25 cm, 45 cm, 28 cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens System (2nd): 4.3 x zoom lens - 70 - 300 mm - f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Canon EF, 4 x zoom lens - 75 - 300 mm - f/4.0-5.6 III USM Canon EF, 4.5 x zoom lens - 55 - 250 mm - f/4.0-5.6 Canon EF-S

Lens System: 5 x zoom lens - 17 - 85 mm - f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Canon EF-S, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 II Canon EF-S, 11 x zoom lens - 18 - 200 mm - f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory card

LCD Display Size: 3

Auto Focus: TTL

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in flash

Manufacturer: Canon

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 12.2

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP760 Compact Photo Printer

General

MPN: 2758B010, 2758B055AA, 2758B093AA, 2758B123AA, 2758B017, 2758B014AA, 2758B009AA, 2758B038AA, 2758B015, 2758B019AA, 2758B005, 2758B072AA, 2758B049AA, 2758B022, 2758B019, 2758B020, 450DEK-AU, EOS450DBODY, 2758B039, 450DKIS, EOS450_kit, 2758B124AA, 2758B050

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode

Lens Included: Body only, EF-S 17-85mm IS and 70-300 IS lenses, EF-S 18-55mm IS lens, EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm lenses, EF-S 18-200mm IS lens, EF-S 17-85mm IS lens, EF-S 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS lenses, EF-S 18-55mm lens

Enclosure Colour: Black

Sensor Resolution: 12.2 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Total Pixels: 12,400,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 12,200,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 14.8 x 22.2mm

Field of View Crop Factor: 1.6

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Sensor Features: EOS Integrated Cleaning System, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Self Cleaning Sensor Unit

Image Processor: DIGIC III

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Auto Focus: TTL phase detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Optical Zoom: 5 x, 3 x, 11 x

Bundled with: Canon SELPHY CP760 Compact Photo Printer

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100-1600, ISO auto (100-800)

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, partial (9%), centre-weighted, spot (4%)

Exposure Metering Zones: 35

Exposure Modes: Programme, depth-of-field, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, E-TTL II program flash

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, close-up, night portrait, sports mode

Special Effects: Neutral, Faithful, monochrome, landscape, portrait

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, shade

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

X-sync Speed: 1/200sec

Exposure Range: EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )

Lens System

Lens System Mounting: Canon EF-S

Min Focus Distance: 35 cm, 25 cm, 45 cm, 28 cm

Lens Construction: 12 groups / 17 elements, 9 groups / 11 elements, 12 groups / 16 elements

Max View Angle: 78.5 degree(s), 74.3 degree(s)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 135mm, 29 - 88mm, 29 - 320mm

Type: 5 x zoom lens - 17 - 85 mm - f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Canon EF-S, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 II Canon EF-S, 11 x zoom lens - 18 - 200 mm - f/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Filter Size: 67 mm, 58 mm, 72 mm

Features: UD glass, internal focusing system, Ultrasonic Motor (USM), aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 13

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation, flash exposure bracketing

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 3.5 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, depth-of-field preview button, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, LCD live view mode, highlight point display, remote live view, Auto Lighting Optimizer

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism

Field Coverage: 95%

Magnification: 0.8x, 0.87x

Dioptric Correction Range: -3 to +1

Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame

Viewfinder Information: Shutter speed, exposure compensation, AE lock, AF-in-focus, flash charge completion, red-eye reduction, aperture, white balance, metering system, Exposure Mode, high-speed sync indicator, ISO sensitivity

Display

Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x remote control

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser, Canon Digital Photo Professional

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows 2000 SP4 or later, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2, Apple Mac OS X 10.3.x - 10.4.x

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Battery charger, dust cap, body cap, neck strap, USB cable, video cable

Body Material: Plastic, stainless steel

Battery

Battery Type: Canon LP-E5

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1080 mAh ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: RAW 4272 x 2848 - 15.3 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 4272 x 2848 - 4.3 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 4272 x 2848 - 2.2 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 3088 x 2056 - 2.5 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 3088 x 2056 - 1.3 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 2256 x 1504 - 1.6 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 2256 x 1504 - 0.8 MB

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 12.9 cm

Depth: 6.2 cm

Height: 9.8 cm

Weight: 475 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Lens System (2nd)

Features: UD glass, Ultrasonic Motor (USM)

Filter Size: 58 mm

Lens Construction: 10 groups / 15 elements, 9 groups / 13 elements, 10 groups / 12 elements

Type: 4.3 x zoom lens - 70 - 300 mm - f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Canon EF, 4 x zoom lens - 75 - 300 mm - f/4.0-5.6 III USM Canon EF, 4.5 x zoom lens - 55 - 250 mm - f/4.0-5.6 Canon EF-S

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 1.5 m, 1.1 m

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 88 - 400mm

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