We test the Canon 450D for its infrared photography capability in this review.
The Canon 450D/Rebel XSi is the latest iteration in this well received digital camera series of models. Starting with the 300D, and going through the 350D and 400D, this has been a hugely popular series for Canon is excellent image quality and other features at a good price.
For this test series we took a 450D out into the field with a tripod, cable release and a Hoya R-72 infrared filter. The images below illustrate the range of false color you can get with this camera. Unfortunately the hot filter in the camera is quite strong, and so your full sun exposures lie in the 30 seconds at f4 and 100ISO area. With an R-72 filter and this camera there is roughly a two stop exposure difference between the red channel and the green/blue channels.
Default Adobe ACR version
After a Hue adjustment
After doing levels individually on each channel
Below we have 100% sections of the center of the image at varying ISO.
You can see that noise is quite well controlled in this camera and is very useable up to 1600ISO.
To further help you in making your shooting decisions with this camera, I’ve included below 100% sections for the red and green channels at three ISO settings.
From the three shots below you can see that you can get quite different renderings between the three channels if you are seeking a monochrome image. All work, it is a question of which you prefer.
The 450D is an excellent camera for infrared shooting. Unfortunately the Live View does not work in infrared, which is a shame. But apart from t
his the 450D works well in infrared. If you have a 450D, give infrared shooting a go.
A sample RAW file is available over on the RAW infrared photography samples page.