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Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D Front View
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  • 8 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4
  • ISO 100-6400, H:12800
  • Up to 3.7fps shooting
  • Full HD movies
  • iFCL metering
  • Quick Control screen
  • Ext. Mic socket
  • Movie crop
Canon EOS 550D Front View
Canon EOS 550D Top view
Canon EOS 550D Rear View
Canon EOS 550D left side with EF-S 18-55mm lens
Canon EOS 550D lens mount
Canon EOS 550D  built in flash extended
Canon EOS 550D front side view

Overview

Description by Canon: Capture your story in stunning detail with the EOS 550D. With the creative freedom to capture the decisive shot, see all the detail of your holiday sunset or follow action in the local football match. 18 MP CMOS sensor Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints – or crop images without losing any of the detail necessary for printing – EOS 550D’s 18MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise. DIGIC 4 Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradations and natural looking colours. DIGIC 4 also powers advanced Noise Reduction when shooting at higher ISO speeds, plus split-second start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting. High ISO for low light When light levels fall, the EOS 550D offers an ISO range of up to 6400 – expandable to 12800 for those environments where using flash is undesirable. Full HD movie recording The EOS 550D combines exceptional still shooting with the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video. To satisfy your creativity the EOS 550D features full manual control and selectable frame rates. You can also shoot high speed 50/60fps movies at 720P for when the action is really fast. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV. Also with compatible TVs playback can be controlled using the TV’s remote control. 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD Detailed checks on images and video are possible with a 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen, which features an ultra-high 1,040,000 dots for increased clarity. Switch to Live View mode and use the real-time visual feed to shoot from awkward angles. iFCL metering system A new 63-zone dual layer metering sensor analyses Focus, Colour and Luminance information, providing accurate and consistent metering. Quick Control screen Accessible using a dedicated button it provides easy access to commonly used functions, ensuring that you are ready to take the shot as it happens. External Microphone Socket Add an additional microphone for better quality sound using the 3.5mm stereo jack socket. Movie Crop Shoot VGA movies with an effective zoom of 7x. Movie crop uses only the centre part of the sensor and allows long distance shooting without having to change lenses. Create a shooting system as unique as you are The EOS 550D is compatible with Canon’s full range of EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites.

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Specifications

Release Date: 
02/2010
DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
22.1bits
DXO Dynamic Range: 
11.5Ev
DXO Low Light Performance: 
784 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS
Effective Pixels: 
18.0 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
3:2
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Yes
Filter Array: 
primary RGB color filter
Sensor has dust removal: 
Yes
Sensor Dust Removal: 
EOS integrated cleaning system
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
No
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
DIGIC 4
Lenses
Lens Mount: 
Canon EFS mount
Focal Length details: 
Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
Storage
Memory Card Type Details: 
SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range Details: 
EV 1-20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
Exposure Compensation Details: 
+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
3 shots +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
Shutter Type : 
Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed: 
30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Shooting Modes: 
Auto,
Portrait,
Landscape,
Close-up,
Sports,
Night Portrait,
No Flash,
Movie,
Program AE ,
Shutter priority AE,
Aperture priority AE,
Manual,
A-DEP
Drive Modes: 
Single,
Continuous,
Self timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous Shooting Details: 
Max. Approx. 3.7fps. (speed maintained for minimum of approx 34 images (JPEG), 6 images (RAW)) ²
Self Timer : 
Yes
ISO Sensitivity: 
AUTO(100-6400), 100-6400 Expandable to H (approx 12800) in 1-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,
Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom.

White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.

White Balance Personal: 
Yes, 1 setting can be registered
White Balance Bracketing: 
+/-3 levels in single level increments 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Focusing
Focusing Type Details: 
TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated with a CMOS sensor
AF System Points: 
9 points
AF System Points Details: 
9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at centre, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
AF Working Range Details: 
EV -0.5 -18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes: 
AI Focus,
One Shot,
AI Servo
Predictive AF: 
Yes, up to 10m
AF lock : 
Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
Manual Focus : 
Selected on lens
AF Assist Beam : 
Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type Details: 
Pentamirror
Viewfinder Coverage Details: 
Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Magnification Details: 
Approx. 0.87x
Viewfinder Eyepoint Details: 
Approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Viewfinder Dioptre Correction : 
-3 to +1 (1/m) (dioptre)
Viewfinder Focusing Screen : 
Fixed
Viewfinder Information: 
AF information:
AF points, focus confirmation light

Exposure information:
Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed),
AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle,
exposure warning, AEB

Flash information:
Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock,
flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light

Image information:
White balance correction, SD card information,
monochrome shooting, maximum burst (1 digit display),
Highlight tone priority (D+)

Depth of Field Preview: 
Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Live View Frame Rate: 
30 fps
Live View Coverage: 
Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Live View Grid Overlay: 
Yes
Live View Metering: 
Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Live View Autofocus: 
Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode
Monitor
Rear Screen Details: 
7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Tiltable Monitor: 
No
Tiltable Monitor Details: 
No
Coverage: 
Approx. 100%
Brightness: 
Adjustable to one of seven levels
Flash
Flash Hotshoe: 
Yes
Built in Flash: 
Yes
Flash Modes: 
Auto,
Manual Flash On/off
Flash Xsync: 
1/200sec
Flash compensation: 
+/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash bracketing: 
Yes, with compatible External Flash
Redeye Reduction: 
Yes - with red eye reduction lamp
External Flash Wireless Sync: 
E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
Guide Number: 
13
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
JPEG:
(L) 5184x3456
(M) 3456x2304,
(S) 2592x1728

RAW:
(RAW) 5184x3456

Still Image Format: 
JPEG:
Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),

RAW:
RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

Movie: 
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Movie Format: 
MOV (Video: H.264, )
Movie Length: 
Max duration 29m 59sec, Max file size 4GB
Sound Files: 
Linear PCM
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the user.
Histogram: 
Brightness: Yes RGB: Yes
Photo Effects: 
Standard,
Portrait,
Landscape,
Neutral,
Faithful,
Monochrome,
User Defined (x3)
Playback Zoom: 
1.5x - 10x enabled in 15steps
Menu Languages: 
25 Languages English, German,
French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese,
Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish,
Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech,
Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian,
Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese,
Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Accessories
Lenses: 
All EF/EF-S
Flashes: 
Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Battery Grip: 
BG-E8
Connectivity
Computer Interface: 
Hi-Speed USB
Other Conection Interface: 
Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal),
HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible),
External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
Direct Print Support
Direct Print: 
PictBridge, Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
Power Source
Power Source: 
1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8
Battery Life: 
Approx. 440 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Weather Sealing Details: 
No
Width: 
128mm
Height: 
97mm
Depth: 
62mm
Weight: 
Approx. 530g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)
OperatingEnvironment: 
0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

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