Canon EOS 450D Review
(also called the Canon Digital Rebel XSi)

Review Date: May 28th 2008
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 22.2 x 14.8mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.2M
Total Pixels Approx. 12.4M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC III

LENS

Lens Mount EF/EF-S
Focal Length 1.6x Multiplication with EF lens fitted

FOCUSING

Type TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System / Points 9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at centre, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
AF Working Range EV -0.5 -18 (at 23C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
Predictive AF Yes
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode
AF Assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual Focus Selected on lens

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering at center (approx. 4% of viewfinder)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 23C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
AEB +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed Equivalent AUTO(100-800), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (in 1-stop increments)
ISO 200-1600 in Highlight Tone Priority (C.Fn II -3)

SHUTTER

Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release

WHITE BALANCE

Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

COLOUR MATRIX

Type Two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB.

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 95%
Magnification Approx. 0.87x
Eyepoint Approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 (1/m) (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Fixed
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light), white balance correction, SD card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst
Depth of Field Preview Yes
Eyepiece Shutter On strap

LCD MONITOR

Monitor 3.0" TFT, approx. 230K dots
Live View Mode with selectable grid.
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of seven levels

FLASH

Modes Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction
HotShoe / PC terminal Yes/ No
X-sync 1/200sec
Red-eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range Coverage up to 17mm focal length (27mm equivalent)
Guide Number (ISO 100, metres) 13
External Flash E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

SHOOTING

Modes Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP
Photo Effects Monochrome (selected from the "Picture Style" menu) with options for Filters and Toning Effects.
Drive Modes Single/Continuous
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 3.5fps. (speed maintained for up to 53 images (JPEG), 6 images (RAW))

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size (LF) 4272x2848, (LN) 4272x2848, (MF) 3088x2056, (MN) 3088x2056, (SF) 2256x1504, (SN) 2256x1504, (RAW) 4272x2848
Compression Fine, Normal, RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)

FILE LENGTH

Still Image Format JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes (RAW + Large JPEG only)
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Processing Parameters 6 Preset 'Picture Styles' with 3 User defined settings

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon Selphy Printers, Bubble Jet Printers with the direct print function and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions 13 Custom Functions with 34 settings
LCD Panel (EL) Illumination N/A
Water / Dust Resistance No
Sound Memo No
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Jump Display
Image Erase Protection Erase protection of one image at a time
Image Erase Single image, All images on card, Checkmarked images, Unprotected images
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec.
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu
(2) Playback menu
(3) Setup menu
(4) My Menu
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.

INTERFACE

Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD card, SDHC card

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC Macintosh Windows 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2) / Vista (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.3-10.4

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, Original Data Security Tools*)
* Requires optional accessory
Drivers PTP TWAIN Driver (Windows 2000)
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional (RAW Image Processing)

POWER SOURCE

Batteries 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E5
Battery Life Approx. 500 (at 23C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 400 (at 0C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Batter Check Automatic
Power Saving Power turns off after 30sec or 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15mins.
AC Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5

ACCESSORIES

General Eyecup Ef, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15II, Angle Finder C, Semi-Hard Case EH18-L
Lenses All EF and EF-S lenses
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip BG-E5
Remote Controller / Switch Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5, Battery charger LC-E5E, Car Battery charger CBC-E5, Battery Pack LP-E5

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials Stainless Steel/Plastic
Operating Environment 0 40 C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions 128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9 mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 475g
Magnification with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 (1/m) dpt
Continuous Shooting Large/Fine resolution
Based on Canon's testing conditions with 1GB memory card JPEG quality 8, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
Battery Life Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.
 
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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