Canon EOS 450D
12.1 megapixel SLR with a host of new features
- Great image quality, live view, dust reduction, 14-bit A-D, fast burst mode
- Pictures could use a little sharpening, Live View autofocus takes a little while
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.
Price$ 1,149.00 (AUD)
With the release of its latest SLR, the EOS 450D, Canon has created an interesting dynamic in its product range. While it is only slightly pricier than the high-selling EOS 400D, which sits at the base of its line-up, the EOS 450D packs in several new features. These include Live View and a 14-bit A-D (analogue to digital converter), which were found on the recently released mid-range unit, the EOS 40D. Sitting at a price point somewhere between the two, the EOS 450D provides a compelling option for those looking for something a little above entry level.
One of the most noteworthy features of this model is Live View, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in SLRs. Canon's implementation uses the main sensor, which means there is a noticeable delay and noise when focusing because the mirror must flip up and down. Alternatively you can use the contrast detect focus mode, which won't move the mirror and interrupt the image but will take even longer.
While this form of Live View isn't as quick and speedy as that found on some competing units, it has the advantage of offering 100% coverage of your target as well as depth of field preview. We can see the uses for this mode, particularly for those hard to reach or particularly precise pictures, but there is a way to go before it becomes widely used. We'd also have liked to see a moveable screen to better take advantage of this feature.
Another improvement is the CMOS sensor, which has been boosted up to 12.1 megapixels. While the difference in most scenarios is fairly negligible, it will give this camera a slight edge in extremely large prints.
Its performance in our image quality tests was impressive, as you'd expect. The sensor captured crisp, sharp images with plenty of detail and excellent resolution. We felt the default balance could have used a little extra sharpness at times, with a slightly soft look evident at times. Overall the clarity is what you'd expect from a camera of this calibre.
There was some minor haloing on high contrast edges in our indoors shots, indicative of chromatic aberration issues, but it wasn't too severe. On the plus side, there was no purple fringing outdoors and corner softening was kept to a minimum.
Colour and exposure were both handled very well. The camera's 14-bit A-D means even more information is captured in any one shot. The result is extremely bright, vibrant colours and better detail in dark and light areas. This is particularly beneficial to people who do a lot of post-processing, as there is more information in the RAW files for them to extract a better picture.
One of the 450D's strongest areas of performance was in our noise tests; the full range of sensitivities produced perfectly usable images. At ISO 100 our shots scored some of the lowest results we've seen in Imatest; even up to the maximum of ISO 1600 pictures were clean and only vaguely speckled. This unit definitely outperforms some of the competition in this regard.
Speed-wise this unit performs superbly. The quoted 0.1sec start-up time is fairly accurate, and shutter speed and shot-to-shot time were both almost non-existent. The burst mode operates at roughly five frames per second, and the overall user experience is speedy and intuitive.
One factor contributing to this is Canon's decision to give important features their own buttons. Things such as ISO sensitivity, white balance and autofocus mode can all now be accessed instantly via their own dedicated keys on the back of the camera. This makes everything a little simpler and is extremely easy to use.
Aside from Live View, the other notable feature of the 450D is its dust reduction technology. While not quite as effective as Olympus's system, something is better than nothing, and it does a decent job of eliminating dust particles. Mirror lock-up is also included, which is a nice addition and something that is missing from a couple of competing units. Finally, while not bearing sensor based stabilisation like Sony's latest SLR the Alpha A350, the 450D's kit lens (18-55mm) does carry onboard optical image stabilisation.
The 450D's design is reasonable without being outstanding. It sports the same mostly plastic build found on the EOS 400D, rather than mimicking the more robust and sturdy EOS 40D. It is tough enough to take on the road with you, although those regularly shooting in harsh conditions will prefer its more rugged and expensive sibling. That said, the mostly plastic body is quite light, which will suit frequent travellers.
Join the newsletter!
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Apple iPhone X
cloudandco Smart Cane
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Toys for Boys
Lego Mindstorms EV3
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Bose SoundLink Micro
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Xbox One X
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
- 2 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 3 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 4 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 5 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
Latest News Articles
- Panasonic Announces Compact, Lightweight ultra-telephoto LEICA Lens
- Panasonic announce still-shooter flagship G9
- Sony Announces Development of New G Master Super-Telephoto Full-Frame E-Mount Lens
- Sony Expands Full-frame E-mount lens lineup
- Sony’s New Full-Frame α7R III Interchangeable Lens Camera promises to delivers both resolution and speed
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories
- Amazon Alexa and Echo set for Febuary launch
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTReporting AnalystQLD
- CCNetwork Security EngineerWA
- CCSolution Architect - Financial ServicesVIC
- CCHFC Project Officer - Governance and ReportingVIC
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- CCSenior Change ManagerNSW
- CCUser Experience DesignerACT
- TPSenior Project Manager (Applications & Business)NSW
- FTAgile Coach/Scrum MasterOther
- CCCapacity ManagerACT
- CCSystem Access Administrator - TelcoVIC
- TPSenior Business Analyst - TechnicalNSW
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- CCSAP Fiori + UI5 ArchitectVIC
- FTSIEM EngineerNSW
- CCAutomation Test Engineer - BRISBANE BASEDVIC
- TPSenior Project ManagerNSW
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- CCBack-End Developers - PHP - Federal GovernmentVIC
- CCSenior MySQL Database Administrator - SydneyVIC
- CCUser Experience DesignerQLD
- TPSenior SQL DeveloperQLD
- CCITSM Business AnalystNSW
- FTTeradata Systems Engineer - Financial Services - Permanent - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCLean Six Sigma Process Improvement SpecialistNSW