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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White balance and colour

Colour accuracy is, of course, extremely important to any photographer, and I found that the Alpha 450 performs well in most situations. Its AWB setting results are accurate in overcast, bright sunlight and tungsten lighting conditions. In fact, I discovered that in bright sunlight the camera performs better in AWB than the default daylight white balance setting. Images taken with the daylight white balance look a shade too blue, and the effect becomes far worse should the sun disappear briefly behind a cloud.

Manual and custom white balance settings allow you to use a neutral target to measure the precise white balance yourself. The custom white balance in particular is easy to find in the shooting menu and, once selected, pointing the camera at a white or neutral target and firing the shutter is all that is required to record, measure and set the white balance.

Like all modern DSLRs, the Alpha 450 features a variety of different image colour settings. A favourite setting of mine involved turning up the contrast in the black & white mode as high as it would go to produce dark, brooding images. In fact, this effect was very similar in look to using a red filter when shooting on black & white film.


  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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