Canon announces 450D (Digital Rebel XSi)
Entry-level SLRs just got a little less entry-level. Just in time for the PMA 2008 in Las Vegas, Canon has announced its new 450D (Digital Rebel XSi) camera body and it should get quite a bit of attention from those looking to get into Digital SLRs.
The official press release on the 450D can be found here, but the news was also broke on Digital Photography Review, which also has a brief hands-on story on the 450D. There’s a lot to like here including a 12.2 mega-pixel resolution, 3.5 frames per second, 3.0″ LCD with Live View shooting and a 9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type centre point.
“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.”
Every time they release a new version of the Rebel, it seems like the features get juicer and juicer. For those not looking to make a large house payment in order to get a good SLR, the 450D might be the perfect fit.
Expected to ship in April 2008 the Canon Rebel XSi camera is available in body-only configuration which includes a rechargeable battery pack and charger, USB and video cables, a neckstrap, an EOS Solutions Disk CD, and a 1-year Canon U.S.A., Inc. limited warranty. The new camera will also be available in a lens kit version which includes everything in the body-only kit plus the EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens. The two versions carry estimated retail prices of $799.99 and $899.99, respectively.
It wont break the bank, and it’ll get you some nice images. Now you can’t ignore that.