My Personal Dream Come True
26 Dec 2008
After having, handling and using the camera for almost a month now, I think it's high time I gave a review of the Canon EOS 450D. Since I am but a neophyte in the D-SLR category, I can only comment on the camera itself and not give comparisons to any other D-SLR out in the market.
So anywho, on to the review proper.
At first glance, the 450D looks impressive enough to belie its entry-level status. Though the casing is made of plastic, it doesn't look like it would be falling apart anytime soon. I am a lefty, but I had no trouble with the grip being on the right--but then again, I have yet to see any SLR with the grip on the left. Haha. The grip itself could have been a bit thicker like the Nikon D60's, but it is comfortable enough and has grown on me by now. I find it thoughtful of Canon to put a rubber mat-thingie at the back where the right thumb sits when holding the camera. It really makes holding the camera that much more comfortable. Most controls at the back are accessible with the right thumb. Neither too heavy nor too light, the camera sits just about perfectly on my hands.
The included Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens looks a bit plasticky, but does a good enough job especially with image stabilization. Shaky hands has always been a bane of my photographic existence, and the IS is a godsend in minimizing, if not eliminating blur. Macro shots are possible, though of course a dedicated macro lens would do a much better job. There is some distortion at the edges, a slight rounding off, but on most shots it's not that noticeable. Otherwise, it produces generally good, well-exposed images and on some occasions more than makes up for my still-limited photography skills.
The menu and interface is pretty straight-forward, though reading the included instruction manual beforehand would do you a world of good. Speaking of which, it really was quite helpful as it is also filled with basic photography tips.
That it uses SD and not CF cards is good thing for those like me who are upgrading from compact point-and-shoots. Not to mention that they are also cheaper and more readily available even in generic computer shops.
All in all, the Canon EOS 450D is a great investment for those starting serious photography and/or are upgrading from point-and-shoot cameras.