Canon EOS 450D review (Rebel XSi)

Review Date : Thu, 12 Jun 2008

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The 12-megapixel Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi in the US) features live view, 9-point AF and a 3in LCD.

Pros: Small and light, great handling, redesigned GUI, noise control, some useful features
Cons: Some operational quirks, JPEG quality, limited ISO range, noisy mirror and kit lens AF

Even before its announcement, it was clear that Canon's follow-up to the EOS 400D would have its work cut out. Not only does it have the success of its predecessors to follow, but its arrival comes at a time when the DSLR market is abundant with entry-level offerings, from both established SLR manufacturers and those relatively new to the market.

Feature-wise, Canon seems to have cherry-picked the best elements of its recent 40D and 1D series models and packed them into the 450D. A jump in resolution, a larger LCD screen dominating the rear and the now almost obligatory live-view functionality all tick this year's shopping list of features, resulting in a model with much of the functionality of its enthusiast siblings combined with the portability and ease of use of the 400D. It certainly promises a lot, but in the face of strong competition can the 450D pull off enough tricks to help Canon maintain its market lead?  

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Design 18/20
Image Quality 18/20
Performance 17/20
Value 17/20
Features 19/20
Overall Score 89%

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