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The Canon 450D was my first DSLR and the camera that I used while learning the basics of digital photography. For this, it was perfect.
Image Quality - when I purchased my 450D I also received what is known as 'the kit lens', which was, in this instance, the EF-S 18-55. I was blown away by the quality of my photographs which were world's apart from my previously used compact camera. After a few months of playing, I ventured into manual mode & Raw format and it was then that I truly was able to get the most out of this camera. Being in total creative control, I soon learnt the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutterspeed and after time was able to intuitively set up the camera.
I did not feel restricted by the cameras abilities at all until I became particularly interested in low-light performance photography. I found my images to have too much 'noise' when the ISO was set above 800.
Size & Weight - For me, this camera was perfect in this respect. Not heavy (dependent on the lens of course see) and fairly compact for a DSLR. For people with large hands, a battery grip might be in order to make it more comfortable to hold. I was able to take the 450D with me everywhere , either around my neck or over my shoulder and it was never an inconvenience.
Ease of use - There is something here for everyone with settings ranging from fully automatic to fully manual. I did not find it complicated and after a quick glance of the user manual, I was good to go.
Value for money - if you are a beginner, you will learn a lot using this camera and will get years of use out of it (I still have mine now as a backup). If you aren't a beginner but are on a budget then you won't be sorry either. Would be great for students on photography courses.
All in all this is a great little camera that is easy to use and good value for money. It will serve you well. As others have stated it is not particularly suited to a professional photographer, nor is it ideal if most of your photography is going to be capturing movement in low light.
I have owned this camera body along with a 75-300 lens and 15-40 lens. I must say as a first time buyer of an SLR I was not entirely knowledgable about the world of SLRs, the technical terms and the other gadgets available. Nevertheless I purchased this camera, and was actually pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to use. The different shooting modes are pretty self-explanatory, the chargins system, the ease in which you can transfer photos to your laptop is also very helpful. I was using the camera almost all of the time when I first brought it, gettingused to the exposure and different settings.
It seems that forpeople with smaller hands, the canon SLRs seem much more appropriate in comparison to Nikon cameras, they are lighter to carry and are very versatile. I would definitely recommend this model if you are just looking to start out a hobby in photography. I would not recommend this if you are looking to start photography as a business, I am sure you would need a much more technical camera with a lot more mega pixels and other gadgets, ofcourse attached with a big price tag!!
I wanted to buy a rather cheap camera with high quality and so I decided on the EOS 450D, because I read different reviews which all said that this will be a great beginner's camera, which is valuable as well.
The EOS 450D is an digital SLR, so it's supposed for semi-professional usage. I really like the features like the automatic focus (which can be switched to manual focus to create great effects) and the display, which displays all settings. For viewing the picture you want to take, I prefer using the viewfinder, which shows the most realisitic picture.
As to the features, I can say that this is everything you need for DSLR photography as a beginner.
And you can get all this for about £500 with an 18-55mm image-stabilised lens, which is a good price in my opinion.
The camera looks small and feels light due to its plastic body. Some may say this feels cheap but although, the camera is stable and the use of plastic reduces its weight, which is very important for me (because the camera is supposed to be carried around).
The menu for all the camera settings is very difficult when you are using it for the first time, but after having done it a few times, it's easy to do. All the features like an automatic light optimizer make the usage very simple.
The picture quality is just great if you get the settings correctly. And due to the amount of editing and setting probabilities you can already choose how the picture shall look like.
I would say this is a great DSLR camera for a beginner's purpose. You get lots of features with this valuable camera for a good price.
I have always had a interest in photography ever since I was a young boy I was always taking photos when the family went on holiday back in the 90's we were using the good old cameras that used camera film or even the disposable cameras. People have said for sometime that I am good at taking photos and have a eye for the camera it helps that I find photography very enjoyable.
For my 18th birthday my family helped towards the price of a SLR camera as I only work part time and found the price tag for this camera very expensive I total price was £400 and got a really good deal in Jessops Camera shop. The deal included two lenses one basic run of the mill Cannon Lens and a zoom / Micro Tamron lens. The deal also included one Jessops UV filter for the lens and a Centon carry case which is big enough to hold both lenses, the camera and the manual for reference when travelling around. This deal was very impressive and cannon were offering a cash back deal of £50. I got some impressive and expensive bits of camera kit for a relatively good price.
3.0 LCD Monitor
Cannon's Cleaning system
Live view mode
Pros and Cons
Very good picture quality
High quality feel to the camera
Lots of pre set modes
Very good custom modes
The camera is expensive if you don't get a good deal
Some of the pre set modes could be better
This is a great mid range SLR camera perfect for amateurs and possibly professionals alike. The camera itself feels very high quality in your hands and it has a good weight in the body to make you feel that the camera is very sturdy and high quality. This is one of the things I like about the camera it makes me feel like I am a professional photographer when using the camera a lot about photography is the mind frame that you have to be in when out taking photos.
This camera doesn't do all the hard work for you, you cant just think I'm going to buy a expensive mid range SLR camera and I'm going to start being a awesome photographer there is a lot of skill involved in taking good photos the camera does somewhat help but in the end it's down to yourself the photographer.
I think that the camera is very easy to use, the pre set modes are okay sometimes they just are not good enough and don't let enough light into the lens but if you are not interested in playing with the aperture and time value settings then the pre set settings and automatic settings will surface. I have been using these settings for most of the time that I've been using the camera and have taken some very good photos. SLR Cameras are so intelligent these days it's rather amazing.
Another thing that is great about this camera is the Live view feature this feature allows you to project what the camera is seeing onto the 3.0 LCD screen and makes using the camera is more user friendly. If on the other hand you are not interested in this then the normal viewfinder is a pleasure to use but it's nice that Cannon have added in this feature as it makes it easier when using a tripod for example and you don't want the camera to shake.
This is a amazing camera and if you can afford it then I really think you should consider it because at this price point now that the camera has been out dated by newer cannon SLR models you cant really go wrong. If you are a amateur looking to advance your photographic skill or just looking for a decent SLR to take away on holiday with then I would recommend this camera.
This camera is no longer the latest version, but honestly you don't need to get the newest one as I'm still able to create crisp and clear images with this model. I bought mine a couple of years ago (approximately 2008/9) and it is still in great condition, especially to say that I never use my camera bag and just put it in my hand bag. The lens cap never falls off, which is great because you really don't want to damage the lens! Also the battery life is insane! I've used my camera so many times since I've bought it and I've only had to charge the battery to full power 8 times, which is phenomenal. Seriously the best camera I've owned and I'm still using it for my work today. All accessories are bought separately however and the camera comes with a standard lens. Highly recommended for anyone as it's really easy to use.
I bought this camera second hand a couple of weeks ago. This is my first Slr camera and my first impressions are amazing. This camera is a massive step up from the 'bridge' camera that i had before. Although it has alot of the same features such as the mode selection wheel, auto focus feature and short cut buttons, the 450D has a much larger 3" screen and has a full manual mode that allows you to change all the settings such as the iso, aperture and shutter speed. One cool feature this camera does have that most slr's of this age don't is a live view feature. this means that when it comes to tricky shot angles you can press a button and the image you are looking at will appear on the screen, just like a normal digital camera. This feature is hard to set up but chapter 5 of the manual tells you all about it.
depending on whether you buy the body on its own or with the standard lens you should receive a 18-55 mm lens . This covers the majority of all photographs an ameture photographer like myself will want to take, although if you want to further your skills there is a wide range of lenses available, not just from cannon but also from sigma and tamron. Alot of people will say that you shouldn't buy an slr if you dont know how to use it, but you have to start somewhere and this is a great camera especially because this camera allows you to be as guided or as independent as you want so you can have it full auto or full manual. im not sure how this would cope with the more professional photographer but i would recomend it to someone starting out.
This was the first DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) camera I'd ever purchased. Having always been quite interested in photography I decided to splash out and buy a more expensive camera. This one was rather pricey at over £600. However I thought it looked and sounded like a great camera and also it was a good deal as along with a 35mm standard lens I also got a macro lens, battery, 1xSD memory card and a camera bag. There was also an offer of £50 cash back. All I had to do to receive this was to send off my receipt to Jessops. This took almost 2 weeks to receive this.
I was impressed with how the camera looked. It seemed a good quality built product. I was quite surprised by the weight of it. It was lighter than I'd imagined it would be and having small hands I was able to hold it fine and this felt comfortable.
When I first used the camera I was a bit confused with all the buttons and menus and also sub menus on the display. It took quite some time to get used to it all but the instructions that were provided were clear and very useful which made it quicker to get to grips with.
With a good clear large LCD screen on the back this is great for viewing the pictures straight afterwards. These show for a few seconds after they've been taken. You can also view all the photos on the camera as well.
When bringing the camera up to your face to look through the view finder to take a photo the LCD screen automatically turns blank. This happens when it's set to automatic setting. If you use it on manual setting then you can use the LCD screen as a live view.
This is a great camera, capable of taking superb, sharp photos. The lens that I got with the camera is off good quality. I have thought about getting another zoom lens though. I think the buttons , dials and switches on this camera are pretty well laid out and quite straightforward enough to use, well when you discover what they're all for.
A USB lead came with the camera but it's not something I've ever had to use as my computer has a card reader so all I need to do is remove the card from the camera and slot it into the card reader on the PC.
I'm not an experienced photographer. I just have an interest in taking photos of wildlife, scenery, family etc. I think this is an excellent camera both for varying levels of experience.
I was bought this camera as a graduation present about 18 months ago and picked it out as it was dubbed as the 'next best thing' for entry level DSLR cameras.
I'm someone who dabbles in photography but am usually bamboozled by pro-level cameras, and I found this model was extremely easy to use, with functions for both experimenting with advanced techniques, and those moments when you just want a nice photo e.g. a social event, or handing it to someone else to take a photo. There are a few automatic functions such as portrait, night mode etc, and then with the manual mode, you can play with shutter speeds, ISO level and anything else that takes your fancy.
Another thing I really like is also that as a female, this model fits really nicely into my hands as it's more compact and less heavy than most cameras. That said, it's not overly small or light so still feels substantial enough to have control over the shots.
Great camera for beginners to mid-level, although for pros I think the only drawback would be that the manual mode seems a little bit limited.
I purchased this over a year ago and have had alot of fun with the camera and lots of very good quality pictures as a result. I would highly recommend this camera which is good for both the experienced and the beginner trying his/her hand at photography, with the option to choose between manual and automatic settings as well as being able to fully customise and modify the cameras most detailed settings to allow for complete control over pictures being taken.
Starting with the facts its a 12.2 mega pixel camera which is very nice quality particularly for editing sizes (scaling up or down) and also for use in software edditing programs such as photoshop by adobe.
it can take up to 3.5 fps which is also a nice value for taking pictures in quick succesion and although may not live up to some of the higher end cameras specs offers a good allround basis. It has a 3" display screen for reviewing photos on the back of the camera which is easy to see with very nice colours and a nice zoom function inbuilt with the camera. The 9 AF points are spread out across the frame to better accommodate off-centre subjects, also contains and intergrated cleaning system to remove dust and other matter from the cameras lens for better longetivity.
Really is a good competitor on the market which is reliable and easy to maintain and also has a good solid feel about it but not too heavy, it seems to fit the hand very nicely for taking photos. The camera also comes with extra grip around the edges and a nice lens mount system which is very easy for interchanging lenses.
The camera also has a good frame rate of photos and the picture and colour balances are also very good.
Being a canon camera of the ef-s range has a whole catalogue of len's to choose from in order to match your particular preferences.
I really do recommend this camera and despite being one of the cheaper cameras on the market does offer strong competition to other brands all useful for taking very good pictures.
Only thing i would say is that there is no HDR function button with this camera which is a popular feature on some higher end photos although not impossible to achieve manually of course.
The flash fitted is not perhaps to everyones taste and comes with a hot foot lock in system for an external lens which may be worth investing in. (suitable for ex series speedlights)
Great low end allrounder dslr!
I've owned this camera for roughly two years now, I originally bought it due to a sheer dislike of Nikon's in general as I found them a little awkward to use. After having a conversation with a friend of the age old argument of Canon Vs. Nikon, i decided to get an averagely priced model to see how it went.
I couldn't have made a better choice. It is a fantastic little piece of kit, that is durable and (to me) light, weighing in at 475 grams. For a mid range camera, I found it also has a surprisingly fast shutter speed at 3.5fps. the only downside to it's shutter speed is it is a little noisy, so should be avoided for those amateur animal photographers out there. the ISO range is limited to six points, ranging from 100 - 1600. The overall layout of it's function buttons and display, I've found, is remarkably well thought out. I haven't found myself stretching, or remarking to myself about something not being right about it.
It's durability is also something i love about it, as I have knocked and banged it about too many times to count, and it still keeps on giving. my only real trouble is, that now I know that I love Canon cameras, I need to upgrade to a more specialised camera body. I will never get rid of this camera though, as it is handy in a moment, and I can quite happily snap away for hours with it.
If any of you budding amateur photographers want a place to start, then this is the place!
I've had my EOS 450D for just over two years now, and it's just as good as the day I got it. It's been an incredible tool throughout - impressive build quality, fantastic lens, awesome picture quality, lots of functions and it's particularly easy to navigate. There are so many settings, the possibilities are endless in terms of photography. The ability to purchase additional lenses also mean it's flexible, and I feel that overall it was excellent value for money - even more so in 2010. The ability to shoot in RAW means you can edit afterwards to your heart's content, and the image stabiliser, which is built into the lens, ensures very few blurred images. Sport mode is particularly handy if you're in a point-and-shoot mood, but the Manual mode means you can completely control everything - shutter speed, aperture, etc etc. Overall, a highly recommended camera - get it while you can, because I've a feeling it won't be around for long, particularly with the newer 500D and 550D models arriving with HD movie function (which is something the 450D comfortably does without, to be honest). Also invest in a tripod and remote shutter release! I'll be returning to Canon for my next camera, that's certain.
My husband bought this camera for me after months of pestering, it was bought off Ebay second hand (body only) for around the £450 just over a year ago.
I wanted a really good camera as i wanted to get into photography. I love this camera, like i said i've had it just over one year and i still cant put it down, its an absolutely fantastic camera.
I suffer a little with hand shake, there is NO image stabiliser available, but i do find (when the flash is in use) that the picture takes so fast i wouldn't need an image stabiliser anyway! Colours are perfect the image size is also perfect, I am a Canon convert, it is my first canon camera, its so easy to use and (depending to what lens you have on) its also lightweight. in the year and a bit i've had it i've never had a problem with it.
LENS'S ; I have three lens and only one is a canon lens, lens are universal which makes it alot easier and cheaper to be able to find and afford lens's.
BATTERY ; i only have one battery for my canon EOS 450D, i only need to charge it about once a month which is again fantastic. it takes the specific canon battery but they again are available from any good retailer.
As I have said before this camera is fantastic, the only downside I had was the software that came with it, I have an Apple Mac laptop and i had no end of trouble trying to find software that would take the photos off the camera (via the USB lead) I used 'Aperture' for a while until I got fed up of having to wait for it to load only to strip the photos of my camera, in the end I got a card reader, but the software I got with it just seemed to crash my Apple Mac.
I treated myself to an upgrade from the Canon 400D to the 450D not too long after it was released. There aren't too many differences between the two cameras, although my biggest reason for the upgrade was the live screen option on the 450D. I really missed having that option when I switched from using a run-of the mill digital camera to a DSLR.
The camera is very easy to set up, although some of the controls still escape me even now so I do keep the manual handy. The screen is somewhat customisable on this model, which is a nice feature. All of the text is large and very easy to read, even in bright light.
It has 6 automatic options ranging from portrait to night photography, although I tend to use the manual setting more often than not. The manual options are easy to use, even for people new to DLSRs as it tells you what you need to do in order to produce a great image - for example if you need to increase the aperture, it will tell you so. It is a good piece of kit to learn new techniques with.
The battery life is excellent, I find that I don't need to charge it very often at all and it only takes approximately 90 minutes to become fully charged.
The lens provided with this camera is of a good standard for what you pay. I have found it to be soft in focus, which is easily fixed with editing software - some of which are now free. Although I think a lens upgrade is advised for those who are really dedicated to their photography, it's not necessary. I get by with the lenses provided with other kits.
I do think the camera is quite bulky and heavy, which is somewhat expected given that it's a DSLR but I would like to see a lighter model. I find that if I am going on a long trip and wish to take a camera, I take my smaller digital rather than this one because of size and weight issues. This is a shame because it can produce great quality images.
Canon provide their own software with the camera to transfer images and I did use this for a while, although now I find it much easier to put the SD card into my laptop directly and just 'drag n drop' images that way.
A good first DLSR camera and great at leisure and professional levels.
I used to be a professional photographer but work took over from my joy of picking up a camera until I got made redundant and had the money to go and buy the camera I really wanted...digital!!
I had previously used a standard SLR camera and knew it was time to upgrade into the digital era.
As much as I love the idea of digital I felt that in someway it was a cheat and was intrigued by the idea of an SLR being in this format.
Not being in the know about such things I decided to go into a shop rather than buy online. I wanted to have the feel of the camera in my hand as to me this is the most important thing. The standard SLR I used to lug around along, with flash, lenses and the like, meant for many a replacement camera bag being on my birthday/Christmas list each year.
I chose to go to Jessops simply because they are not only a name I feel I know and trust, but the staff are helpful and friendly . Being unaware of what new makes and models were out there, I was interested to see what was in store.
I was shown a range of digital SLR's and have to say the guy in Jessops was very patient and explained the features of each one. Having had many types and brands of cameras I must admit I was drawn to the Canon.
The guy in the shop wasn't sure that I had thought it through and was trying to veer me towards the Olympus comparison but I have to say I didn't like the look or feel of it. I realised that it wasn't part of the cashback deal or maybe I was just being a bit picky? I felt that the Canon was the way to go.
As I bought this camera some time ago the pricing has varied somewhat and when I bought it (June 2008) it cost me £638.00 with a £50 cash back offer.
The camera itself is very smooth looking and easy to grip. I have piano fingers as my nan used to say, and I felt that the camera sat comfortably into my hand and was very lightweight. I was told the weight of this camera is less than 475 grams...so great and no more bad backs lugging it around.
The Canon's mega pixel is 12.2 and the image quality is excellent. Having such a high pixel provides richly detailed images with minimal grain, even when pictures are enlarged.
The LCD is very large at 3.0'' and very bright. Although personally I feel it would be better suited to have a 2nd display for pictures. The only reason I say that is as the screen is in the middle of the camera you easily smudge the glass with your forehead or..maybe I just have a big forehead??!!
There are 13 custom functions to the camera which are easy to follow and displayed on the LCD so you know where you are. The button is large and not hard to use and it's good to be able to experiment rather than just putting the camera on automatic and point and shoot. Although I can't profess to not having done that it's still nice to have a play around with this camera.
You can use the menu on the LCD display screen at the back of the camera to make manual adjustments to the settings you require. This also allows you to try out Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithless and Monochrome.
You can shoot up to 3.5 frames per second which still blows my mind now. I love the sound of the shutter rattling off and it's also a great option when you are looking for something impromptu or simply want to experiment by making a moving picture.
The colour on this camera is wonderful. The white balance handles most situations and provides a good dynamic range, and the resolution is superb and produces fine detail.
You can use many different lenses with this camera and when I bought the camera as part of a package,it included a macro lens.
Looking back now I would have preferred to have re negotiated to buy a telephoto lens as opposed to the macro. Although the macro is great I don't have much use for it -and its more for fun.
The telephoto lens would help me in the particular type of photography I do (commercial events and sports shots) and when I can afford it I will buy that particular lens.
The settings for sports mode I just have to mention. As it shoots at 3.5 frames per second it is brilliant for example, as I did with my godson, do a range of shots that you can make look like a mini movie. I took succession after succession of shots of him kicking around a football.We then uploaded them onto the computer, and using photo editing software made the photos almost dance and come to life across the screen When it came on the computer I don't know who was more shocked out of the 2 of us.
To be fair he is 14 and a whiz on the computers, I have to say I am not the most technically minded person when it comes to this area. However I found it very easy to upload my photos simply plug in with the relevant lead and you are good to go, there is also an option to link your camera up your television and create a slideshow to great detail.
The price and what I got.
As I said I did pay £680 and got £50 cash back (this took 10 days after sending my receipt off to Jessops processing department you can't do that in store)
I got the camera with standard lens 35 mm lenses, macro lens, camera bag. 1xSD card and a battery.
Performance and Reliability:
I have had this camera now for nearly 2 years and I have to say it's fantastic. I like the fact it is lightweight and looks sleek and expensive. It's not let me down (touch wood) and it has been very reliable but they are a couple of quirky things that I wish I could change. The camera sometimes gets stuck when you are trying to take a succession of shots at night. The flash often comes up busy and recently whilst trying to photograph fireworks let me down at a couple of crucial moments. Perhaps it's because I don't use the night setting very much or perhaps because I can't say that I have explored the camera as much as I should.
Despite this the Canon EOS 45od is a brilliant camera for someone looking to move into digital photography for the first time.
It may seem costly to people but I feel it is well worth every penny.
I bought this camera in the summer (actually bought it in the US where it is known as the digital rebel XSI). I was always a keen photographer without the hardware to work with - previously used a standard Nikon Coolpix digital camera. This camera is great, the clarity is so much better on pictures and the world really is your oyster with an SLR, and even more so with a Canon.
The kit lens you usually get with it (18-55) is pretty handy for starting out and then you can add to it as required.
Beginners will unboubtedly start by using the full auto mode which basically chooses the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and all other settings for you, also it will decide whether or not you require the flash (which automatically pops up). This is a good setting and a great starting point for those novices to SLR's. The other scene modes are portrait, landscape, close-up, sports and night portrait. Then, once you are more comfortable with the more technical aspects you can use AV (Aperture priority) or TV (Shutter priority). The "holy grail" is Manual which I have not ventured to yet, this is where you decide all the technical aspects of your shot. There really is far too much on the camera to get your head round at first and so I'd suggest you do what I did which was to buy a companion - "Canon 450d Companion" - by Ben Long has served me well thus far in explaining some of the new features I had never used before.
4 months after purchase and I am still delighted with it, many people have commented on my pictures which is always a nice feeling.
I would recommend the following to add on to your camera:
Lens hoods for each lens
UV filter for each lens
Canon 55-250mm telephoto lens. On Amazon for around £180 (Great purchase and excellent coverage)
Canon 50mm Macro lens - On Amazon for around £90 (bargain)
A good sturdy camera bag - Lowepro
A tripod if you are going to be taking night photos without the flash to avoid camera shake.
If you are far enough along the line to have decided to get a SLR - This is a brilliant camera to get you started.