As a pared-down version of the Alpha 550, is Sony’s latest DSLR, the Alpha 450, the right choice for enthusiast photographers on a budget? Find out in our Sony Alpha 450 review

Product Overview

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Sony Alpha 450

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Sony Alpha 450 review


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The competition

The main competition for the Alpha 450 comes from its big brother, the Alpha 550.

Both feature the same 14.2-million-pixel sensor, but the Alpha 550 has the better Live View system and LCD screen, as discussed in the main test.

Apart from Sony’s own Alpha 550, the biggest competitor to the Alpha 450 is, in the short term at least, the Canon EOS 500D.

It features a 15.1-million-pixel sensor and HD video capture, and has a current body-only street price of just £80 more than the Alpha 450.

I would expect the price of the Alpha 450 to fall once it has been available for a while, but even then it will be hard for it to compete against the Canon models and potentially the next generation of Nikon DX cameras.




White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, plus custom setting and Kelvin adjustment
Dioptre Adjustment:-2.5 to +1 dioptre
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled,
Built-in Flash:Yes – GN 12m @ ISO 100
Memory Card:SD, SDHC or MemoryStick Duo
Field of View:Approx 95%
LCD:2.7in LCD with 230,400 dots
Output Size:4592x3056 pixels
Viewfinder Type:Penta-Dach mirror with tilt mechanism
White Balance Bracket:Yes – over 3 frames, 2 selectable steps
AF Points:9 (with centre-cross sensor) individually selectable points, auto or manual selection possible
Sensor:14.2 million effective pixels CMOS sensor
Max Flash Sync:1/160sec
Exposure Modes:Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 7 scene modes
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Drive Mode:5fps or 7fps in Speed Priority mode, but AF and AE fixed at start of sequence, for 32 Fine or 116 JPEG images, 14 raw images or 7 raw +JPEG images
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Weight:520g without battery or card/s
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1⁄3EV steps
Compression:Two-stage JPEG
Lens Mount:Sony Alpha (Minolta A-type)
ISO:ISO 200-12,800
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF
DoF Preview:No
Metering System:40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC metering, centreweighted and spot
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Viewfinder, LCD and Live View
  5. 5. Autofocus
  6. 6. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  7. 7. Dynamic range
  8. 8. Metering
  9. 9. White balance and colour
  10. 10. Our Verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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