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

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 450D

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Small and light, great handling, redesigned GUI, noise control, some useful features


  • Some operational quirks, JPEG quality, limited ISO range, noisy mirror and kit lens AF


Canon EOS 450D Review


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Operational quirks aside, there?s little to dislike about the 450D. The evolution of the EOS line has resulted in a refined model, with ample features and image quality to match. Low-light shooting can be carried out in confidence thanks to the great noise control, while its size and weight, together with its revised interface, are likely to appeal to the younger generation and first-time DSLR buyers.

I like the little touches Canon has made ? such as including the sensitivity in the viewfinder ? and while it lacks any standout feature whose performance sets it apart from its competition, it can be relied upon to perform consistently. As an all-round DSLR it delivers, and with Canon?s arsenal of compatible lenses and accessories, it provides a perfect starting point to building a more-than-capable DSLR system.


Compression:6 stage JPEG
Cable Release:Optional
Output Size:4272 x 2848 pixels
Viewfinder Type:Eye-level pentamiror
PC Socket:Yes
Colour Temp Control:Yes
Field of View:95%
LCD:3in TFT LCD, 230,000 pixels
Sensor:CMOS, 22.2 x 14.8mm, APS-C type, 12.4MP total / 12.2MP eff
White Balance Bracket:+/- 3 stops in full-stop increments
AF Points:9
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
Focal Length Mag:1.6x
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes
Metering System:35 zone evaluative, partial, centre-weighted average, spot
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Exposure Modes:Auto, PASM, A-Dep, 6 scene
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Weight:475g (without battery, card or accessories)
Power:LP-E5 Lithium Ion battery
File Format:Raw, JPEG, Raw + JPEG
Dimensions:128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm
Shutter Speeds:1/4000-30sec + bulb
Focusing Modes:One Shot AF, AI Servo, AI Focus
Drive Mode:Single, continuous, self timer, remote self timer, self timer
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Exposure Comp:+/-2EV in ½ or 1/3 increments
Memory Card:SD/SDHC
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled, vertical plane shutter
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN13 @ ISO 100
Lens Mount:EF / EF-S
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, custom
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Design
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Image Quality
  6. 6. Verdict
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