Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi Gallery

The following images were taken with a final production Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi, running firmware 1.0.4 and equipped with the standard EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens.

The EOS 450D / XSi was set to Large Fine JPEG quality, Auto White Balance, Evaluative metering and the Standard Picture Style; High ISO Noise Reduction and Highlight Priority were set to their default OFF and Disable settings respectively. Image Stabilisation was enabled for all these handheld shots.

The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image.

The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset. The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.

Note: you may wish to open our Sony Alpha DSLR A350 Gallery for a direct comparison of detail and noise. As a further comparison, you may also be interested in our Canon EOS 40D Gallery and Nikon D300 Gallery.

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Landscape: 3.85MB, Program, 1/200, f9, ISO 100, 18-55mm IS at 18mm (equivalent to 29mm)

  This first shot was taken with the 450D and the 18-55mm zoomed-out to an equivalent of 29mm. It was bright and the sensitivity set to 100 ISO, so this represents ideal conditions.

The crops reveal a smooth image with no undesirable artefacts to worry about, although like the EOS 40D and the Sony A350, the sharpening levels are quite modest by default. This of course gives you greater flexibility later, but you may still prefer to increase the in-camera sharpening by a notch.


Landscape: 6.62MB, Program, 1/160, f9, ISO 100, 18-55mm IS at 24mm (equivalent to 38mm)

  Another shot taken at 100 ISO under bright light, although this time with the lens zoomed-in a little to an equivalent of 38mm.

As before it’s a very smooth image with no noise or processing artefacts.

Again the crops appear slightly soft, but a boost in sharpness can coax out plenty of detail if desired.


Landscape: 4.96MB, Program, 1/250, f11, ISO 200, 18-55mm at 55mm (equivalent to 88mm)

    Our next shot was taken of an approaching boat. The lens was zoomed-into its maximum focal length, the AF set to AI Servo and the sensitivity increased to 200 ISO.

The 450D’s AF system tracked the approaching boat without difficulty.

Pixel-peeping at 100% reveals the increase in sensitivity hasn’t had a detrimental effect on the image quality, unlike the equivalent shot from our Sony A350 gallery which exhibits a faint smattering of noise.


Portrait: 3.69MB, Program, 1/200, f16, ISO 200, 18-55mm IS at 55mm (equivalent to 88mm)

  For this portrait shot we kept the sensitivity at 200 ISO and the lens at its maximum of 55mm, but manually popped-open the built-in flash to fill-in harsh shadows.

The 450D has done a fair job of balancing ambient light with the flash and produced a natural-looking result.

Again the crops reveal lots of noise-free detail which can handle additional sharpening if preferred.


Macro: 6.62MB, Program, 1/250, f11, ISO 400, 18-55mm IS at 55mm (equivalent to 88mm)

  For this macro shot we increased the sensitivity to 400 ISO and positioned the camera as close at it would focus with the kit lens fully zoomed-in.

We shot this in Program mode, but a larger depth of field could have been achieved in Aperture Priority.

The increase to 400 ISO hasn’t had any detrimental effect on this particular composition, with the crops again showing lots of detail and no undesirable artefacts.

It’s quite a forgiving subject though, so let’s move indoors…


Indoor: 4.46MB, Program, 1/30, f3.5, ISO 400, 18-55mm IS at 18mm (equivalent to 29mm)

  Our first indoor shot was taken with the EOS 450D at 400 ISO.

Like some cameras, the 450D’s metering has been tripped-up here by the bright background and as a consequence has underexposed the foreground.

The crops certainly reveal more noise than in the previous well-lit example, but the 450D is still retaining plenty of detail.


Indoor: 4.60MB, Program, 1/13, f3.5, ISO 800, 18-55mm IS at 18mm (equivalent to 29mm)

  Our second indoor shot was taken with the sensitivity increased to 800 ISO.

As you’d expect, there’s a decrease in quality when viewed at 100%, but we’d say the result is preferable to that of the Sony A350, and you can still apply sharpening without greater revealing the noise artefacts.

The built-in stabilisation has also eliminated any camera shake in this exposure.


Indoor: 5.10MB, Program, 1/50, f4.5, ISO 1600, 18-55mm IS at 18mm (equivalent to 29mm)

  Our final indoor shot was taken with the sensitivity increased to 1600 ISO.

The crops reveal a significant increase in noise and processing artefacts with a softening of ultimate detail.

Like most DSLRs these days, you’d prefer to use the 450D at 1600 ISO only when you really needed to, but again we’d say the quality at this sensitivity has the edge over the equivalent shot taken with the Sony A350.

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