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Introduced January 2008

• 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
• Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System
• 3.5 frames per second
• 3-inch LCD with Live View shooting
• 9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type centre point
• Picture Style image processing parameters
• DIGIC III image processor
• Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
• Compact and Lightweight body
• Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses
• Fully compatible with all Canon EX-series Speedlites

Canon has launched its latest D-SLR, the EOS 450D. Featuring a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, 3 inch LCD with Live View mode and a new 9-point AF system, the model presents consumers with an unprecedented level of image quality and versatility at this end of the market.

The EOS 450D employs features already proven in Canon’s professional EOS-1 series cameras, including the DIGIC III image processor and a redesigned menu system that enables features such as direct control of Speedlite flash units from the camera LCD. A choice of 13 custom functions allows the photographer to customise the camera to their shooting style.

“The EOS 450D bears the fruits of more than 20 years of ongoing investment into EOS,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “This camera continues Canon’s policy of taking technologies proven in the professional arena and putting them within reach of a wider market of amateur photographers.”

Introduced January 2008

• 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
• Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System
• 3.5 frames per second
• 3-inch LCD with Live View shooting
• 9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type centre point
• Picture Style image processing parameters
• DIGIC III image processor
• Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software
• Compact and Lightweight body
• Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses
• Fully compatible with all Canon EX-series Speedlites

Canon has launched its latest D-SLR, the EOS 450D. Featuring a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, 3 inch LCD with Live View mode and a new 9-point AF system, the model presents consumers with an unprecedented level of image quality and versatility at this end of the market.

The EOS 450D employs features already proven in Canon’s professional EOS-1 series cameras, including the DIGIC III image processor and a redesigned menu system that enables features such as direct control of Speedlite flash units from the camera LCD. A choice of 13 custom functions allows the photographer to customise the camera to their shooting style.

“The EOS 450D bears the fruits of more than 20 years of ongoing investment into EOS,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “This camera continues Canon’s policy of taking technologies proven in the professional arena and putting them within reach of a wider market of amateur photographers.”

Image sensor
Type: 22.2 x 14.8mm CMOS
Effective pixels: approx. 12.2M
Total pixels: approx. 12.4M
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Low-pass filter: Built-in/Fixed with Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Colour filter type: Primary colour

Image processor
Type: DIGIC III

Lens
Lens Mount: EF/EF-S
Field-of-view factor: 1.6x (a lens on a 35mm full-frame camera will show a field-of-view 1.6x greater than the same lens on the EOS 450D)

Focusing
Type: TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF points: 9 (cross type f/2.8 at centre)
AF working range: EV -0.5 -18 (at 23C & ISO100)
AF Modes: AI Focus; One-shot; AI Servo
AF point selection: automatic selection; manual selection
Selected AF point display: superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
Predictive AF: yes
AF Lock: locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One-shot AF mode
AF assist beam: intermittent firing of built-in flash
Manual focus: selected on lens

Exposure control
Metering modes: TTL full aperture metering with 35-zone SPC
1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
3) Spot metering at center (approx. 4% of viewfinder)
4) Centre-weighted average metering
Metering range: EV 1-20 (at 23C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE lock: auto: operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; manual: by AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure compensation: +/- 3 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB): +/- 3 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO speed equivalent: auto (100-800), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (in 1/3-stop increments); ISO 200-1600 in Highlight Tone Priority (C.Fn II -3)

Shutter
Type: electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed range: 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb. (Available range varies with shooting mode)
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic release

White balance
Type: auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings: AWB, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, white, fluorescent light, flash, custom.
White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9; 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
White balance bracketing: +/-3 levels in single level increments, three bracketed images per shutter release, selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias.

Colour matrix
Type: two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB.

Viewfinder
Type: eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Coverage (vertical/horizontal): approx. 95%
Magnification: approx. 0.87x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre correction: -3 to +1 dioptre
Focusing screen: fixed
Mirror: quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60
Viewfinder Information: 1) AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light; 2) exposure information: shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB; 3) flash information: flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light; 4) white balance correction; 5) SD card information; 6) monochrome shooting; 7) maximum burst
Depth-of-field preview: Yes
Eyepiece shutter: on strap

LCD monitor
Monitor: 3-inch TFT, approx. 230,000 pixels; Live View Mode with selectable grid
Coverage: approx. 100%
Monitor/coverage: adjustable to one of seven levels
Brightness: adjustable to one of seven levels

Flash
Modes: auto, manual flash on/off, red-eye reduction
Hot-shoe: yes
PC terminal: no
X-sync: 1/200sec
Red-eye reduction: yes
Flash exposure compensation: +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash exposure bracketing: yes
Flash exposure lock: yes
Second-curtain synchronisation: yes
Built-in flash range: coverage up to 17mm focal length
Guide number (ISO 100, meters): 13
External flash: E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

Shooting
Modes: Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP
Photo effects: monochrome (selected from the Picture Style menu) with options for filters and toning effects.
Drive modes: single, continuous
Continuous shooting: max. approx. 3.5fps. (speed maintained for up to 53 JPEG images (Large/Fine resolution), or up to 6 RAW images (based on Canon testing conditions with 1GB card, JPEG quality 8, ISO 100, standard Picture Style

Recording pixels/compression
Image size: Large/Fine 4272x2848, Large/Normal 4272x2848, Medium/Fine 3088x2056, Medium/Normal 3088x2056, Small/Fine 2256x1504, Small/Normal 2256x1504, (RAW) 4272x2848
Compression: Fine, Normal, RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)

File format
Still image format: JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording: yes (RAW + Large JPEG only)
File numbering: 1) Consecutive numbering; 2) Auto reset; 3) Manual reset
Processing parameters: six preset Picture Styles with three user-defined settings

Direct print
Canon printers: Canon SELPHY printers, Bubble Jet printers with Direct Print function and PIXMA printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge: yes

Other features
Custom functions: 13 Custom Functions with 34 settings
LCD Panel (EL) Illumination: n/a
Water/dust resistance: no
Intelligent orientation sensor: yes
Histogram brightness: yes
RGB: yes
Playback zoom: 1.5x - 10x
Display formats: 1) Single image with information (two levels); 2) Single image; 3) 4 image index; 4) 9 image index; 5) Jump Display
Image erase protection: erase protection of one image at a time
Image Erase: single image, all images on card, checkmarked images, unprotected images
Self-timer: approx. 2 or 10 sec.
Menu categories: 1) Shooting menu; 2) Playback menu; 3) Setup menu; 4) My Menu
Menu languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech
Firmware update: update possible by the user.

Interface
Computer: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other: video output (PAL/ NTSC)

Memory card
Type: SD card, SDHC card

Supported operating systems
PC & Macintosh: Windows 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2) / Vista (excluding Starter Edition); OS X v10.3-10.4

Software
Browsing & printing: ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) / ImageBrowser (for Mac)
Other: PhotoStitch; EOS Utility - includes Remote Capture, Original Data Security Tools (requires optional accessory)
Drivers: PTP TWAIN Driver (Windows 2000 )
Image manipulation: Digital Photo Professional (RAW image processing)

Power source
Batteries: one rechargeable Li-ion battery LP-E5
Battery life: approx. 500 (at 23C, AE 50%, FE 50%); approx. 400 (at 0C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery check: automatic
Power saving: power turns off after 30sec or 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15mins.
AC power supply: optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5

Accessories
General: Eyecup Ef, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15II, Angle Finder C, Semi-Hard Case EH18-L
Lenses: all EF and EF-S lenses
Flash: Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery grip: BG-E5
Remote Controller/Switch: Remote Switch RS-60E3, Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5
Power supply & battery chargers: AC Adapter Kit ACK-E5, Battery Charger LC-E5E, Car Battery Charger CBC-E5, Battery Pack LP-E5

Physical specifications
Body materials: stainless steel/plastic
Operating environment: 0 to 40 C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD): 128.8 x 97.5 x 61.9mm
Weight (body only): approx. 475g

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated. Subject to change without notice.

CMOS
Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.

Signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust in three important ways: Reduce, Repel and Remove.

Reduce - Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The redesigned body cap prevents dust generation through wear on the cap itself.

Repel - Anti-static technologies are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.

Remove - A self-cleaning sensor unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the infrared filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.

Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system which can map the position of visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.

Picture Style
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

The six pre-sets include:
Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing
Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones
Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines
Neutral – ideal for post-processing
Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K
Monochrome – for black-and-white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green).

The User Defined Picture Style can be used to store up to three customised pre- sets, or any of the pre-sets available for download from Canon’s web site at
www.canon.co.jp/Imaging/picturestyle/file/index.html.

 

Software
Digital Photo Professional
software provides high speed, high quality processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation and colour tone. Images can be recorded in camera with sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space. Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, ColorMatch RGB, Apple RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces.

ICC (International Colour Consortium) profiles can be attached to TIFF or JPEG images when converted from RAW. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied.

The latest version of EOS Utility provides essential support for Live View remote shooting, camera configuration and image transfers. Tightly integrated with Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility can be configured to monitor ‘hot’ folders, automatically renaming and moving incoming images to a structured file system.

24 January 2008

EOS 450D: get ready to play

With all key components developed and manufactured in-house, EOS offers photographers a unique quality advantage. The EOS 450D’s specially designed 12.2 Megapixel sensor employs Canon’s high-sensitivity, low-noise CMOS technology to produce richly detailed images with minimal grain. The DIGIC III processor ensures superior image rendering and rapid response times, with an almost instant 0.1 second start-up. Image data is processed at 14 bits, delivering a burst rate of 3.5 frames per second. The DIGIC III processor works with the image buffer to handle up to 53 JPEGs (6 in RAW) without interruption.

Built for better photos

The EOS 450D is designed to make photography a fluid experience for photographers of all levels and experience. Housed in a compact body that weighs less than 475 grams, the camera features an improved grip design that provides a natural, ergonomic fit with the user’s hands. A large, bright viewfinder makes image composition clearer and more comfortable. The menu system inherited from professional EOS cameras uses a simplified tab structure that does away with scrolling. It includes a user-defined My Menu tab for instant access to frequently used settings.

Several custom functions are available to optimise the quality of photos captured in a range of situations. Highlight Tone Priority boosts the dynamic range at the highlight end, providing better tonal detail from wedding dresses, cloudy skies and other bright objects. The new Auto Lighting Optimiser corrects brightness and contrast during image processing, while improving skin tones in portraits by ensuring correct exposure for faces. Photographers can also enable additional noise reduction for shots captured at high ISO speeds.

Live View

Available for the first time on a Canon consumer D-SLR, Live View mode makes it easier to shoot from awkward angles, such as ground-level macro shots or when shooting from a tripod. The image from the Live View mode is displayed as a smooth, 30fps video feed on the 3-inch LCD, which is 50% brighter than the screen of the EOS 400D. A grid line display and live histogram can be selected to help with shot composition and exposure. While focusing, the photographer can zoom in on specific details with up to 10x magnification of the image displayed on the LCD screen. Two types of auto focus are available: Quick AF flips the camera mirror momentarily to engage the AF sensor; Live AF uses the image contrast data to focus - a method familiar to anyone upgrading from a compact digital camera.

For studio environments, remote Live View lets the photographer compose, adjust settings and capture the shot from a PC using the supplied EOS utility software.

Other improvements

The EOS 450D complements its headline features with a host of smaller improvements that enhance the photographic experience. The viewfinder now displays all key exposure information including ISO speed. The addition of spot metering (4% of viewfinder) allows for greater control over exposure in tricky lighting conditions. PictBridge functionality has been expanded so that photographers can correct horizons and add picture effects before printing. A new high capacity battery extends shooting time on a single charge to a maximum of 500 shots.

Software

The EOS 450D is supplied with a comprehensive software suite that provides everything the photograph needs to manage and process images. This includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a powerful RAW converter that provides complete RAW image processing control. DPP also integrates with camera features such as Dust Delete Data and Picture Styles. The supplied Picture Style Editor software can be used to create custom Picture Styles for fine control over colour display. The camera also comes with EOS Utility, Image/Zoom Browser and Photostitch.

Pricing & Availability

The EOS 450D body only is priced at 599.99 RRP inc. VAT / €899.99 RRP inc. VAT.

The EOS 450D 18-55mm kit is 679.99 RRP inc. VAT / €999.99 RRP inc. VAT.

Both are available from March 2008.

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