Canon 450D

Canon EOS 450D front

Canon 450D summary

Canon 450D is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera originally introduced on May of 2008. The camera uses a 12MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 4272 x 2848. It is also known as "EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2" in certain countries.

Canon introduced this model as a way to replace the older Canon 400D (Read Full Comparison) and then launched the updated Canon 500D (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.

The 450D comes in at #59 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and overall #485 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Canon 450D history

The Canon 450D is part of a family of products. You can see the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-4000D front thumbnailCanon 4000D
450D vs 4000D
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2018
Canon-EOS-750d front thumbnailCanon 750D
450D vs 750D
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
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Canon-EOS-700D front thumbnailCanon 700D
450D vs 700D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-650D front thumbnailCanon 650D
450D vs 650D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-600D front thumbnailCanon 600D
450D vs 600D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-550D front thumbnailCanon 550D
450D vs 550D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2010
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Canon-EOS-500D front thumbnailCanon 500D
450D vs 500D
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
Canon-EOS-450D front thumbnailCanon 450D12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2008
Canon-EOS-400D front thumbnailCanon 400D
450D vs 400D
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-350D front thumbnailCanon 350D
450D vs 350D
8MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Canon-EOS-300D front thumbnailCanon 300D
450D vs 300D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003
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Canon 450D Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Canon 450D based on aspects which are usually regarded as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
delivers RAW files
features tracking autofocus
good minimum ISO (100)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
supports phase detect autofocus
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
lack of external mic jack
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of Time Lapse function
low megapixels (12MP)
low resolution screen (230 k dot)
max frames per second low (4.0 frames per second)
screen does not articulate
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Canon 450D Sensor specs

The sensor spec on the Canon 450D is 22.2mm x 14.8mm (APS-C). The 329 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4272 x 2848 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and supports a standard ISO range of 100 to 1600. RAW format is supported so the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the 450D's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The 450D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 450D dimensions

Canon 450D weighs in at 1.16 lbs (524g or 18.48 ounces) and features outer dimensions of 129mm x 98mm x 62mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 2.4"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Canon 450D is similar compared to other competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Canon 450D besides a soda so you're able to have a sense of its size.

Canon EOS 450D dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button design on the 450D.

Canon EOS 450D topview buttons dials

Canon 450D Lens details

The 450D fits the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses on the market today. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the 450D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-40mm-f2.8-STM lensCanon EF 40mm f2.8 STM40mmf/2.8 130g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX11-16mmf/2.8 560g
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Sigma-28mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Canon-EF lensSigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM A28mmf/1.40g
Venus-Laowa-25mm-F2.8-2.5-5X-Ultra-Macro-Canon-EF lensVenus Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro25mmf/2.8400g
Sigma-60-600mm-F4.5-6.3-DG-OS-HSM-S-Canon-EF lensSigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM S60-600mmf/4.5-6.3 2700g
Canon-EF-S-18-135mm-f3.5-5.6-IS lensCanon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS18-135mmf/3.5-5.6 455g
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Sigma-8-16mm-F4.5-5.6-DC-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM8-16mmf/4.5-5.6 555g
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Canon 450D Connectivity

The 450D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send images and in some cases change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon 450D Video details

Canon 450D does not record video. If you are looking for a digital camera to shoot just pictures, it might not be a problem.

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Canon 450D Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing for the Canon 450D so you have to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.

Canon 450D Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 450D houses a 3" fixed display with a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Canon 450D are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95 percent
  • Magnification 0.55x

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders are quite valuable.

Canon 450D Shutter details

Canon 450D continuous shooting rate is 4.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Canon 450D Flash and Hot shoe details

Canon 450D has got both inbuilt flash plus external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/200 sec.

Canon 450D Autofocusing details

Canon 450D has got both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and precise than Contrast Detect focusing.

It boasts 9 focus points to pick from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Canon 450D has got manual focus if needed in low light or you need more accurate focus control.

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Canon 450D Battery life

The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x offers the best (1900) battery life in this range of cameras.

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Canon 450D for varying categories of photography

The following bar chart gives a rundown of the Canon 450D for varying categories of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon 450D Portrait photography info

The Canon 450D gets a rating of 60 which is average, meaning that it is somewhat adequate for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support plus the flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
low resolution (12 megapixels)

Canon 450D Street photography advice

Coming in at a modest points tally of 58, the Canon 450D is relatively adequate to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Canon 450D Sports photography information

A modest sports photography rating of 50 indicates the Canon 450D is fairly appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has tracking focus
has phase detect autofocus
max fps very slow (4.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)

Travel photography with Canon 450D

Size is really important when choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Canon 450D gets a moderate 48 as a travelling camera which is fairly suitable for your vacations.

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has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen

Canon 450D Landscape photography features

For anybody who is looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Canon 450D and it's average grade of 58 for a landscape camera is relatively appropriate among its competitors.

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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not have Time Lapse recording

Canon 450D as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Canon 450D is not really very good as a vlog camera as it gets a bad score of 9.

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can't shoot video

Canon 450D Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the 450D, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The graph just below offers you a summary of the 450D compared to it's top ranking rivals suggested earlier.

These are various other cameras you may consider as alternatives. To look at a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS 450D
Also Known as
EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2
Entry-Level DSLR
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
22.2 x 14.8mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
4272 x 2848
RAW data
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon EF/EF-S
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
13.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
524g (1.16 lb)
Physical dimensions
129 x 98 x 62mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 2.4")
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at release