Posts Tagged ‘XSi’

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It’s out! It’s out!

April 5, 2008

Smile.. Roar!

I’ve been reading through the PH forums and the Canon EOS 450D is now widely available in Manila 🙂 looks like we even beat the release of the XSi in the US and pinoy dslr newbies and avid photographers are grabbing it off the shelves. I’ve also seen this being sold here in Vietnam but the Japan version, Kiss X2. Surprisingly, it’s more expensive here than what we have back home where it’s bundled already with a 1Gb SD card. Sounds like a good deal to me!

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Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi is out!

January 26, 2008
Buy me..

Boy, this is one time that hesitation helped! I was starting to get into photography and ready to pull my buying trigger with the Canon EOS 400D/Rebel XTi/KissX after reading several reviews and enduring the dark battle with the Nikonians (that Nikon D40 was so tempting for a newbie if you’re looking for a budget DSLR investment worthy of your hard earned money!) After much Googling, I found out that Canon will be announcing their EOS 400D replacement at the PMA conference which is consistent with their 18-month new product cycle. Well here it is! The Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) has been officially announced by Canon. The rumors were pretty accurate that it would now have LiveView (LCD preview ala Point and Shoot camera) and with a higher megapixel. I won’t go into details with the technical features since it’s readily available at dpreview but this DSLR may be worth waiting especially for a newbie like me.

What makes the new 450D better than its EOS predecessor ?

  • 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor (I won’t be printing large images but the higher resolution is much welcomed!)
  • 3.0” LCD with Live View Shooting (a LiveView feature for those lazy days when you just want a P&S function, and a 3-incher LCD to review your pics better, that’s what I’m talking about!)
  • DIGIC III image processor (Ric has stopped drooling at this point.. more, more!)
  • Compact and Lightweight body (I was expecting a smaller body like the persistent Nikon D40 but the larger LCD screen makes up for it. It’s still an EOS with their signature robust body and with slight modifications to the grip)
  • SD card support (Goodbye CF! I wonder how much difference would it make on R/W speed compared to the previous memory storage format for DSLRs. The upside is that the SD card makes it easier to port this through the laptop’s built-in card reader which is mostly supported by manufacturers).
  • Larger battery capacity (Well done Canon! This’ll hold off purchasing a battery grip!)
  • Image stabilized version of 18-55mm lens kit (Great feature for the stock lens kit!)

I’ve read from the Canon USA website that the EOS 450D will be released by April ’08. For Asia Pacific, I’m not yet certain but I’d be sure to find out soon and I hope it will be cheaper in Vietnam (please post a comment if you hear anything about its availability in our region). Now I’m thinking.. should I get this one or the reduced price of the EOS 400D which would be a steal! This is still under negotiation with the Budgetary board headed by my Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mrs. Simbol. I need to resubmit the proposal with a better ROI. What if I just get a videocam instead (Sony DCR) for capturing ’em Baby Justin moments 🙂