The EOS 450D is provided with the 'Canon EOS Solutions Disk 17' which includes:
Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.1 - Easy-to-use image browsing and organization application with a unique interface. Includes rudimentary image editing, printing and e-mail functions. Allows RAW conversion via the 'RAW Image Task' plug-in. - Windows only.
Image Browser 6.1 - Mac OS X only.*
Canon EOS Utility 2.3 - Automatic or Manual transfer of images via WIA, also allows for the adjustment of camera settings and remote 'tethered' shooting.*
* Universal Binaries (Intel / PowerPC) for Mac OS X.
As is normal in our digital SLR reviews we like to compare the supplied RAW conversion software, any optional manufacturer RAW conversion software and some third party RAW converter. In the case of the EOS 450D we used the supplied Digital Photo Professional as well as Adobe Camera RAW 4.4. In this case we haven't included the more basic Canon Raw Image Task as (using the default settings) the output is nigh on identical to DPP.
JPEG - Large/Fine, Default settings
DPP - Digital Photo Professional 3.3
ACR - Adobe Camera RAW 4.4
Place your mouse over the label below the image to see the color from a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart produced using each RAW converter. As we would expect there is no difference between JPEG from the camera and Digital Photo Professional. Adobe Camera RAW's default settings take a slightly more conservative approach to color response and has a less contrasty tone curve.
Canon EOS 450D
Sharpness and Detail
The sharpest and most detailed image was from Digital Photo Professional closely followed by Adobe Camera RAW.
These crops demonstrate that more detail is available from Digital Photo Professional and Adobe Camera RAW conversion of RAW files than can be obtained from JPEG. That said, a lot of this detail could be described as 'false' (produced beyond Nyquist), although frankly the majority of the time this is useful as it improves the appearance of 'texture'.