|Canon EOS 450D with sensor cleaning
Upon activating the camera, the sensor is cleaned, which takes a little time. However, if you want to take a picture instantly, just press the shutter release and the cleaning will stop automatically. Taking a picture has priority over the cleaning of the filter. A wise decision. Settings appear on the huge monitor such as; aperture, shutter speed, white balance, picture styles and many more. It's very pleasant to be able to change the background colour. It is standard set to white but personally I prefer a black background with white characters, which looks more tranquil. The display button lets you turn off the monitor altogether.
Canon EOS 450D display button
The display button also has a function in the menu. If you press it, you will get even more information. And in Live View you can call up the histogram with this button, and extra information on speed, white balance, picture style and image format. Unfortunately the button doesn't allow you to go to the settings on the screen. That would have been even handier.
|Live View with Quick Mode & Live Mode
Naturally we cannot ignore the Live View function of the EOS 450D. It is a joy to work with, which is not in the least thanks to the excellent LCD monitor. It offers a huge viewing angle so that even when holding the camera over your head, you will still get a sufficient view. Or down by the ground for that matter. Play with the positions! An additional advantage of Live View on the Canon EOS 450D is the possibility of zooming in 10x. It enables you to check the focus perfectly or to focus precisely yourself. Canon do not offer the Quick Live View that Sony offer, but that is not a real miss. Focussing in Live View is carried out by pressing the button for exposure lock briefly. There is a choice between Quick Mode and Live Mode. In Quick Mode the mirror is folded down quickly for a moment so the auto focus sensors can focus speedily. Naturally the monitor will turn black for a moment. In Live Mode, focus is carried out on the image sensor. Although this does work a tad slower, it is still far from sluggish. It's easy to work with. It comes down to the fact that with a bit of practice it is easy to use Live View in many circumstances.
Canon EOS 450D offers fast auto focus
Even without the use of Live View, the Canon EOS 450D is a gorgeous camera to shoot with. The auto focus works fast, even without an expensive USM lens, and is extremely precise. It has a swift response time and the pictures are written onto the SD/SDHC memory card speedily. The large buffer is a joy, certainly for a camera of this level. You will not encounter its limits easily. Taking a few pictures sequentially in RAW is no problem. Ideal for the proud parent capturing his child or the wild life photographer capturing a bird on the wing.
Fully equipped SLR camera
The menu is very much Canon-like; with clear tab pages offering a different personal menu. It gives access to the most frequently used settings very fast. You will choose yourself as to what setting is placed here. You can set the Canon 450D to your own preference through the personal settings. For example, you can take the auto focus off the shutter release button, which is of great use to photographers shooting mainly action moments. The Canon EOS 450D is a fully equipped DSLR.