Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

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waqas83 New Member • Posts: 3
Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

Hi guys,

I am new here and new to photography as well

I've tried to search on this forum if someone already have asked a similar question but I didn't find any. So here it is:

Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

Actually, these are the only 2 cameras which are in my budget. Can you experts please advise which one should I go for?

PS: I know that the 450D is obsolete but it's still available. And I've found it cheaper than 1100D. So, is there any chance it would help me in learning the basics of photography in Studio Lighting?

Thanks,

W

Canon EOS 1100D (EOS Rebel T3 / EOS Kiss X50) Canon EOS 450D (EOS Rebel XSi / EOS Kiss X2)
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Midwest Forum Pro • Posts: 16,180
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.
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I wouldn't call the 450D "obsolete" though it's four years old and admittedly a little behind the current features.

Both cameras will take the same IQ of photos. The 1100D has video (not HD) but the 450D doesn't. I think the 1100D also goes to a higher ISO. On the other hand the 1100D is the definite 'economy model' and looks like it, compared to the 450D.

You can get a good 450D cheaper than an 1100 - I just got $250 or so for mine (body only) in mint shape with original box, manual, disks etc. I think though that if you look around you might find a 600D on sale for not that much more then the 1100D and the 600D is a big step. 50% more MP, higher ISO, tilt/swivel LCD, HD video, and it doesn't look like a cheapie model.

It would be well worth it to hold off and see how cheap you can get a 600D. You might be amazed.

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PhilM66 New Member • Posts: 5
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I would avoid the 1100D and that whole line (T3, T4).  They are very basic as far as features, controls, and options, and they feel pretty cheap too.  The 450D is a nice camera, but indeed pretty outdated at this point.  I would suggest getting a more current 600D or 650D.  This line of Canon cameras get replaced and slightly improved each year.  If you plan to keep it and use it for a long time, and if you want to learn how to really use the camera, you are better off spending a little bit more money now - rather than outgrowing your camera and wanting to replace it in a few months or a year. That way you will start off with more megapixels, a better autofocus system, and more features and customizing options.

WSteveP
WSteveP Contributing Member • Posts: 866
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D DPReview reviews...

450D /XSi review: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos450d

1100D/T3 review: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos1100D/

Have a read for yourself then you can decide which might suit you better.

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zigi_S Senior Member • Posts: 2,195
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

Get the 1100D. Not great, but better and new.

Midwest Forum Pro • Posts: 16,180
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zigi_S wrote:

Get the 1100D. Not great, but better and new.

But Canon seems to really be pushing to lower the stock of 600D/T3i that the special deals are amazing. I would look for a deal on that one - it is so much better and the price difference may be very slight.

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zigi_S Senior Member • Posts: 2,195
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

Midwest wrote:

zigi_S wrote:

Get the 1100D. Not great, but better and new.

But Canon seems to really be pushing to lower the stock of 600D/T3i that the special deals are amazing. I would look for a deal on that one - it is so much better and the price difference may be very slight.

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Do people really spend $700 on a camera so they can take a picture of a squirrel or a duck?

Somehow I doubt he can take advantage of Canon USA special deals.

waqas83 OP New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

Hi guys,

I am very thankful to you for your advices. The thing is, I am not in USA. And in my country Canon has not offered any deals yet. So, it seems the only options for me are 450D or 1100D.

I've just got some info on both the cameras, and found that the price difference is $75 and the ISO is as follows:

450D: 1600 Max

1100D: 6400 Max

450D's has a 3 inch TFT vs 2.7'.

1100D has a better Image Processor (Digic-4)

Other than that everything seems fine. So, can you please tell me if ISO or Image Processor matters a lot? Can I go for a lesser ISO (450D) which gives me an option to buy a F1.8 lens.

Please don't mind if I've repeated the question

Thanks again,

W

zigi_S Senior Member • Posts: 2,195
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Not much of a difference between these two camers, so go for the cheaper.

Midwest Forum Pro • Posts: 16,180
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Didn't notice that. I've seen people cite deals on Amazon - are they also not valid outside the US?

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Midwest Forum Pro • Posts: 16,180
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zigi_S wrote:

Not much of a difference between these two camers, so go for the cheaper.

The difference is whether you need video or shoot at higher ISO's (1100D), or if you'd rather have a higher level finish and automatic sensor cleaning (450D).

I had a 450D and given the choice between these the only thing that would tempt me to the 1100D is the higher ISO's - which I actually do need. Otherwise for me it's the 450D.

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Sactojim Veteran Member • Posts: 4,799
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Agree with above..spend less on the camera. But take the time to join a camera group/club to help you (experienced photogs generally love to help), watch the various Canon (or any) DVD's on shooting tips/settings, and spend the savings on a 55-250 lens ($160.ish US) or smaller. Get out there and shoot...remember, it's the Indian..not the arrow.

DVT80111 Senior Member • Posts: 2,251
Thinking about the lenses yet?

One good lens cost several times the camera. So don't just pick the camera, pick which system you can afford in the long run.

If your budget limits you to kit lens then I suggest you pick a high end Point and Shoot.

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waqas83 OP New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

Thanks everyone. Specially zigi_S and Sactojim. I've decided to go for 450D as I think, I can live with a 1600 ISO for now. And as it is a learning phase, so I'd continue saving some money to get better lenses and a better body.

Anyways, I am very thankful to all of you people here

live long

zigi_S Senior Member • Posts: 2,195
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

Lenses are the most important. Have fun with your new DSLR.

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amosf Contributing Member • Posts: 680
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Sounds like a plan to go with the 450D if it's cheaper.... bit of a tough choice. lol.

For me the 450D would likely be the one, but I'm glad I have my 550D for the higher ISO

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007peter
007peter Forum Pro • Posts: 10,380
+1 with Midwest - Buy 1100d for High ISO

Midwest wrote:

The difference is whether you need video or shoot at higher ISO's (1100D), or if you'd rather have a higher level finish and automatic sensor cleaning (450D).

I had a 450D and given the choice between these the only thing that would tempt me to the 1100D is the higher ISO's - which I actually do need. Otherwise for me it's the 450D.

I had canon rebel XTi, XSi, T1i.  If I were to buy a cheap entry today, I'll go for 1100d over 450d as well.

I find my XSi /450d's ISO1600 Limitation is very annoying, and I reach this ceiling quite often.  For example, taking dinner photo in dimly lighted restaurant, with my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 @F2.8, my shutter-speed is hovering between 1/15s ~ 1/25s @iso1600.  Needless to say, without an image stabilization, many of my dinner photo were ruined by handshakes.  An iso3200 would have double my shutter-speed to the range of 1/30s ~ 1/50s, thus increaing my keeper rates.

Keep in mind that most kit lens have a small aperture f/5.6 lens.  That means you shutter-speed under the same restaurants is only 1/4s.

While I'm not a big fan of cheapo 1100d, its has much Higher ISO that is very useful in real life.  Another problem with XSi is that iso1600 is rather noisy.  Its couple generations behind the current camera in iso1600 noise performance.

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photospots Regular Member • Posts: 156
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

waqas83 wrote:

Hi guys,

I am new here and new to photography as well

I've tried to search on this forum if someone already have asked a similar question but I didn't find any. So here it is:

Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

Actually, these are the only 2 cameras which are in my budget. Can you experts please advise which one should I go for?

PS: I know that the 450D is obsolete but it's still available. And I've found it cheaper than 1100D. So, is there any chance it would help me in learning the basics of photography in Studio Lighting?

Thanks,

W

I would go for the 1100D if it was me:

http://www.photospots.dk/p/canon-camera-testreview-database.html

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hBill Regular Member • Posts: 203
Re: Canon 1100D vs Canon 450D - Which one is better to buy.

IMHO - the 450d is one of those canon's that " punches above its weight class ". I'd easily chose it over a 1000/1100  - esp if you match it with the 18-55 is lens - which also seems to " punch above its weight class " ( the non is version is lacking and was also offered around that time frame - I'd stay away from it ). Low cost choices to get started in photography . Are there better cameras - sure - people have proposed some here - yet - for the money the 450d w/ 18-55 is  sure takes fine fotos for little $$$ while you learn and save for better .( I keep one on hand for backup or low cost camera for " hazardous " foto shoots ) .

If you had more $$$ I'd suggest thinking about the 600d/650d - skipping over the 1000 or 1100

btw - don't forget you have a small built in pop up flash for dimly lit fotos at reasonable distances

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