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Professional features in new Canon camera

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Canon SA has introduced the latest addition to its popular Digital SLR range, the EOS 450D.  The camera features a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, 3.0” LCD with Live View mode and a new 9-point AF system.

The EOS 450D includes professional EOS-1 series camera features such as Canon’s DIGIC III image processor and a redesigned menu system as well as a choice of 13 custom functions.
“The EOS 450D again confirms our commitment to bringing professional technologies to amateur photographers,” comments Roger Machin, product manager of Canon Consumer Imaging SA. 
The EOS 450D features include:
* 12.2 Megapixel CMOS system;
* Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System;
* 3.5 frames per second;
* 3-inch Live View shot;
* 9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type centre point;
* Picture Style image processing parameters;
* DIGIC III image processor;
* Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software;
* Compact and Lightweight body; and
* Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites.
The EOS 450D’s 12.2 Megapixel sensor includes Canon’s high-sensitivity, low-noise CMOS technology that produces detailed images with minimal grain. The DIGIC III processor ensures enhanced image rendering and response times, with an almost instant 0.1 start up.  Furthermore, image data is processed at 14 bits, delivering a burst of 3.5 frames per second.
Housed in a compact body that weighs less than 475 grams, the EOS 450D features an improved grip design that provides a natural, ergonomic fit. A large, bright viewfinder makes image composition clearer and more comfortable.
The menu system inherited from professional EOS cameras uses a simplified tab structure that does away with scrolling. It also includes a user-defined My Menu tab for instant access to frequently used settings.
Additionally, several custom functions are available to optimise the quality of photos captured in a range of situations:
* Highlight Tone Priority boosts the dynamic range at the highlight end, providing better tonal detail from wedding dresses, cloudy skies and other bright objects; and
* The new Auto Lighting Optimiser corrects brightness and contrast during image processing, while improving skin tones in portraits by ensuring correct exposure for faces.
Photographers can also enable additional noise reduction for shots captured at high ISO speeds.
The EOS 450D’s Live View – available for the first time on a consumer D-SLR mode – makes it easier to shoot from awkward angles such as ground-level macro shots or when using a tripod. 
The image from the Live View mode is displayed as a smooth, 30fps video feed on the 3.0” LCD, which is 50% brighter than the screen of the EOS 400D.
For studio environments, remote Live View lets the photographer compose, adjust settings and capture the shot from a PC using the supplied EOS utility software.
The EOS 450D also offers complementary smaller improvements that enhance the photographic experience. The viewfinder now displays all key exposure information including ISO speed.
The addition of spot metering (4% of viewfinder) allows for greater control over exposure in tricky lighting conditions. PictBridge functionality has been expanded for the correction of horizons and addition of picture effects before printing.
Furthermore, a new high capacity battery extends shooting time on a single charge to a maximum of 500 shots.
The EOS 450D is bundled with a comprehensive software suite that improves management and processing of images. This includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a RAW converter that provides complete RAW image processing control.
Lastly, the Picture Style Editor software can be used to create custom Picture Styles for fine control over colour display. The camera also comes with EOS Utility, Image/Zoom Browser and Photostitch.