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Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR Camera Kit (incl EF-S 18-55mm IS f/3.5-5.6 non USM Lens Kit)
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Canon EOS 450D
Perfect for the amateur enthusiast
Ideal for the photographer who wants a combination of flexibility and creative options, the EOS 450D presents powerful Canon technology in a lightweight ergonomic body. The potent combination of 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC III processor married with intuitive controls, 18-55mm lens and generous 3-inch LCD monitor with Live View Function, ensures ease of use, outstanding performance and the great image quality that EOS is so well known for.
Never miss the shot
The EOS 450D's instant startup, speedy Auto Focus and minimal shutter lag ensures you are always just a button press away from a great shot. With continuous shooting up to 3.5 frames per second in bursts of up to 53 large JPEGs or 6 14 bit RAW files it is easy to capture dramatic action shots and capture enough detail to print to A2 size even with cropped images.
Focusing made easy
The camera's wide-area Auto Focus (AF) system uses nine separate focusing points to lock onto subjects fast and makes it so easy to get the shot you want. As well as Manual Focus there are three auto-focus modes to choose from: One-Shot AF, ideal for static subjects such as portraits and landscapes; AI Servo, great for moving subjects and keeps following the subject with predictive tracking until you take the shot; and AI Focus, which switches from One Shot to Servo when movement is detected. The center, cross-type focus point operates flawlessly in lower-light and lower-contrast settings.
Choose your style
The EOS 450D allows you to change the look of your images by customising Picture Style settings for colour, saturation, sharpness and contrast, either in-camera or later with Canon's comprehensive software suite supplied. Six preset Picture Styles include Portrait, which provides a slightly sharp and crisp image with nice skin tones, Landscape, which emphasizes vivid blues and greens, and Monochrome to give you stunning black and white images. Canon also offers additional downloadable 'Picture Style Files' that can be installed into your camera for even more imaging options at your fingertips.
The ergonomically designed dial gives you
easy access to the 12 modes
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Unlock your creativity
The EOS 450D offers a choice of shooting modes. Basic Modes control all the settings for you allowing you to concentrate on great composition. These include; Full Auto, which allows you to use the camera to 'point and shoot'; Portrait, which ensures the background is out of focus and the foreground is pin sharp; Landscape, which sets a longer exposure and a smaller aperture to capture both the foreground and background in focus, Close-up which allows you to focus on very close objects; Sports, which uses a fast shutter speed to freeze action; and Night Portrait, which increases the ISO to make the camera more sensitive to light. You can also prevent the built-in flash from popping up using the Flash Off setting (for shooting in Museums and galleries).
As you become more confident you can experiment with five Creative Modes:
Av mode automatically sets the shutter speed, but allows you to control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. By setting the extent to which the lens opens or 'aperture', you can control the portion of a scene that appears sharp in the image or 'depth of field'. A larger aperture will provide a shallow depth of field - sharp in the foreground with a blurred background - where as a smaller aperture will give a sharp picture throughout.
The different modes allow you to control
the look and feel of your images
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Tv mode automatically sets the aperture and you select the shutter speed. This enables you to change the appearance of motion in your shots; Photograph a waterfall with a fast shutter speed and every droplet is captured in crisp detail: use a slower shutter speed and you will create a soft blurred effect, giving a sense of motion in your photograph.
In Program Mode both the aperture and shutter speed are controlled by the camera but you can select other settings: With Drive Mode you can select from Single Shot, Continuous Shooting or Self-timer; Metering Mode allows you to specify the area of the image you wish the camera to use to calculate exposure; White Balance setting means you can determine what the camera reads as white to allow for your specific lighting conditions; and Flash Mode gives you control over your flash settings.
Manual Mode allows you to control both aperture and shutter speed so you have total creative freedom with your shots. Great for difficult lighting situations or capturing subjects with different effects.
A-DEP Mode automatically sets your depth of field so you can be sure to capture as much or as little of the scene as you wish in focus.
All the Creative Modes allow you to change your ISO speed. This is the measure of the sensor's sensitivity to light. Altering it allows you to modify the exposure accordingly and gives you more freedom to be creative with your shots in different lighting conditions.
Live View Function
Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the LCD monitor. It's easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping vertical or horizontal lines in your composition straight. Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through a USB connection, and the included EOS Utility software.
In Live View Function you can action two Auto Focus (AF) modes: Quick mode, which uses the camera's standard AF system (great for capturing action or for shooting in low light) and Live mode, which is a contrast-based AF system that reads the sharpness of subjects right from the imaging sensor, and can be overridden by pressing the AF mode selection button. The target area for Live Mode AF is at the center by default, but it can be moved around most of the picture area with the cross keys on the back of the camera.
The EOS 450D has all functions within easy
reach, next to the bright 3-inch screen
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At just 475g, the EOS 450D is small, light and ergonomically designed for comfortable handling. A large, bright 3-inch LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 160 degrees makes it easy to preview, review and share your shots even when you are using the camera in bright sunlight.
This model is compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards. Available in increasingly large capacities these provide an inexpensive way to extend the cameras capacity.
The EOS 450D allows you to shoot in RAW format and the Digital Photo Professional software which comes free with it enables high-speed RAW image processing, fast previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it is CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers.
A world of advantages from Canon technology
Canon's CMOS senser and DIGIC III processor
combine perfectly in the EOS 450D
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The CMOS sensor lies at the heart of the EOS system. Indeed, Canon is the only camera manufacturer to produce their own sensor and years of imaging experience are borne out by the results - a range of sensors designed to perfectly match the performance requirements of each specific EOS model and superb clean detailed images with minimum noise.
The CMOS sensor's larger pixel sizes mean wider dynamic range for greater contrast and detail in shadow and highlight areas and a low-pass filter in front of the sensor suppresses the false colour and moirÃ© that can affect high resolution digital photography.
It is extremely powerful and efficient so not only does it improve battery life giving you more shots per charge, but it also enables fast transfer of data to the processor allowing you to keep shooting continuously.
Power in your hands
Originally developed for Canon's Professional range, Canon's DIGIC III processor is the brain of the camera and is responsible for the superb responsiveness of all EOS models.
In the instant between your shot being taken and its appearance on the LCD screen, Canon's cutting-edge DIGIC technology is racing to optimise your image.
DIGIC processors are able to analyse ultra-detailed image data gathered by the camera sensor then use this to swiftly reproduce the subtlest of tonal graduations and an exceptionally wide colour range.
When shooting in darker conditions, even if you are pushing the ISO to the limit, DIGIC processing applies sophisticated Noise Reduction algorithms - helping to eliminate graininess and preserve detail. The speed of DIGIC also means less processing time for long battery life and fast start-up times.
With over 60 lenses to choose from you'll
never be short of creative options
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EF & EF-S Lenses
Over 60 years of experience give Canon an inherent advantage when it comes to lens manufacture. EOS digital SLRs are backed up by the world's most comprehensive system of interchangeable lenses. From 15mm ultra wide angle to 800mm super telephoto, the 60+ lenses in the EF series cover all possible shooting requirements.
Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses. And Canon's Optical Image Stabiliser technology is featured in selected lenses to minimise the effect of camera shake.
Extend your lighting capabilities
Mastering flash photography can take a lifetime but Canon's extensive range of Speedlites, can make it simple to get great results. These flash head units can be used on or off camera to open up a range of creative possibilities. You can use them in situations where there would otherwise not be enough light or as a fill-in flash to change your daylight pictures dramatically.
The Speedlite range is compatible with all EOS cameras and includes a choice of three standard models and two models for specialist macro use.
The self cleaning unit combats dust using
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EOS Integrated Cleaning System
This is not a stand-alone feature but a built-in system to minimize the effect of dust in high-resolution digital images - particularly appreciated by those photographers who need to change lenses frequently and in dusty environments.
Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit - A key element of minimising dust is preventing it from clinging to the front surface of the imaging sensor. To combat against this EOS cameras feature a Canon-designed Self Cleaning Sensor Unit. The low-pass filter at the front of the sensor shakes off dust automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. A collar positioned around the sensor then collects the loosened dust. In addition to this a special coating on the front surface of the low-pass filter actually causes it to repel dust.
Dust Delete Data Detection - Any dust that still remains on the front of the sensor can be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional software. A simple test shot of a plain, white object can be taken, using a menu setting. This Dust Delete Data image is analysed in-camera, and the location and size of any remaining dust is added to any subsequent pictures taken. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.
- EOS 450D (Black) Body
- Eyecup Ef
- Camera Cover R-F-3
- Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
- Battery Charger LC-E5E
- Power Cord
- Battery Pack LP-E5
- Battery Cover
- Video Cable VC-100
- Interface Cable IFC-200U
- EF-S Lens 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
- Lens Dust Cap E-58
- Lens Dust Cap E
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Top Customer Reviews
My first impressions when unpacking the camera was that it was surprisingly light and seemd well built (time will tell if that is correct!). It most certainly will not fit in my pocket and as it does not come with a carrying case my first additional expenditure was £30 on a case.
For a newbie to DSLR cameras there are an awful lot of buttons, switches and dials. Pressing the menu button brings up 7 menus, each with 7 or 8 sub menus and most of these have a number of sub sub menus. This left no option other than to open the instruction book....all 196 pages of it! To be fair they are small pages and cover each topic in sufficient detail to understand what they are but if you're like me, new to "serious" photography, then a number of hours on the internet finding out how and when you use each of the features will be required.
The lens that came with it seems o.k (but then who am I to judge!)in that the first pictures I took looked sharp on my P.C. but I haven't printed any out yet to see how they compare with my "point and click" camera. The image stabilising (IS) seems to work very well.
I have had the camera for about 5 weeks now and the first thing I want is a tele-photo lens as I have found the supplied lens too limited.Read more ›
1 Minor annoyance, the 450D takes diffferent batteries. And it also takes SD cards, and i would advise you get a 4gb SDHC card, which is fast and you can take around 50 frames in one burst!!
It can be quite expensive kitting out Canon cameras with lenses for the following reasons:
1. Image stabilisation is not built into the camera body. This means that to have the benefit of image stabilisation you need to buy lenses with that facility built in. This makes the lenses inherently more expensive for any given spec.
2. The 'kit' lenses available from Canon (the 18-55 and 55-250) do not have internal focus and this makes the use of polarising filters difficult with the filter thread rotating with focus.
3. Canon do not supply lens hoods with their lenses and, unless you opt for cheap far-eastern alternatives, are quite expensive to acquire.
4. The optical performance of the kit lenses doesn't do justice to the resolving capability of the excellent CMOS sensor. To really get the benefit of your investment you will need to buy the more up-market lens offerings from Canon and they really don't come cheap.
If you're on a budget you might consider investing in a system where the image stabilisation is built into the camera itself. You may find the camera slightly more expensive but the lens savings will easily offset that.
I made the right decision, this is a fantastic Camera with teriffic picture quality and makes the 30D look old and soft in comparrison. I could go on about how great his camera is only to say I am delighted with it and has much better battery life than the 30D even with using Live View. and the only down side is the 18-55 lens compromises picture quality somewhat. An up-grade to the Sigma 18-50 DC-EX will make all the difference if you want top quality pictures that this Camera can produce.
If you have a compact or an older DSLR the 450D would be a priority choice.
Picture quality is superb. Fantastic detail, especially with RAW. Indeed RAW really brings the most out of this camera. It's really difficult to describe how good the image quality really is. The kit lens is very good, although a little plastic but one needs to consider the market Canon is aiming this camera at.
Bottom line - a superb consumer camera - recommended. If you want high quality build, go for the 40D.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a great camera. I sold it for a 70D but it was a great workhorse and I got some lovely shots out of it.Published 6 months ago by Mr. D. K. Maunders
Absolutely awesome, easy to use, expesially for a novice like me, brilliant features and produces excellent photos.
Definatly recommend to a friend
Took some fantastic photos but after 3 years it simply stopped working. There seems to be similar reports on the net. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2012 by Mark
The product was exactly as described, was delivered promptly and arrived in great condition. I'm extremely happy with the purchase.Published on 17 Sept. 2011 by Anne M Lomax
If like me you are a novice with digital SLR cameras you will be looking for something that gives good, reproducible results despite your limited technical knowledge. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2011 by marra1