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Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

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  • 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
  • 4x optical zoom; 2.0-inch LCD display
  • 16:9 Widescreen mode for full-screen viewing on widescreen TVs and computer monitors
  • Three movie modes including 30 fps VGA and 60 fps Fast Frame Rate
  • Stores images on SD, SDHC, or MMC memory cards (16MB MMC card included); powered by 2 AA-size batteries (2 alkaline batteries included)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 1775B001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 7.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 4 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.7 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MFA1NE
  • Item model number: 1775B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,401 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Easy-to-use and easy-to-hold, the PowerShot A550 gives you 7.1 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom lens, an ISO 800 feature for expanded low-light shooting, and a DIGIC II Image Processor with iSAPS technology for beautiful pictures and great performance. Plus, there's even a Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode. Power is never a problem, because the A550 uses standard "AA" batteries. Great features at a great price--it's what makes the A550 such an amazing camera.

Surprisingly affordable high-resolution digital camera
Treat yourself to a new standard of performance and simplicity. With 7.1 megapixels, the PowerShot A550 gives you the resolution you need to capture life's precious moments in radiant, real-life color and fully textured detail. Even when you enlarge, crop and print, every image is still breathtakingly beautiful. Better still, Canon's high-quality 4x optical zoom lens makes all your favorite subjects--portraits, landscapes, night scenes, even casual snapshots--crisp, sharp and bright.

DIGIC II Image Processor
Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor is designed to improve processing speed and image quality, so DIGIC II provides markedly fast startup, autofocus and playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.

iSAPS Technology
iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC II Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

See the image in big screen
The PowerShot A550 features a 2.0-inch LCD screen with 86,000 pixels of resolution. So whether you're setting up your shot or playing it back, everything is bright and clear. And with 9-point AiAF, you can count on exact focus no matter where your subject is in the frame. You also have Shooting modes that gives you breathtaking, exhilarating pictures even when shooting conditions are tough.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions.

The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.

The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.

The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."

For front-to-back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.

Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.

Kids & Pets
Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.

Night Snapshot
Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.

Shoot in VGA (30 frames per second [fps]/15 fps) and QVGA (60 fps/30 fps/15 fps) or QQVGA (15 fps for up to 3 minutes).

Special Scene Modes
Night Scene
For impressive sunset or nightlife shots, the camera properly exposes the background and uses slow-sync flash for the subject.

Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.

Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.

Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.

Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.

Enjoy wide-screen shooting
Now you can experience the full impact of every image you shoot. PowerShot A550 is equipped with a 16:9 widescreen option that lets you shoot still photos and movies in a format that's specially made for viewing on widescreen television sets or your computer monitor. Imagine the possibilities: you can entertain friends and family with shows of your own photography or host your own movie nights. It's a great way to give everyone a whole new perspective on your creativity.

A variety of movie-making options
With a highly flexible movie mode, you can create the movie that's perfect for any application. Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode allows you to record extremely smooth, full-motion movie clips for up to 1 minute long in QVGA at 60 fps (320 x 240 pixels). Select from VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), with frame rates of 30 fps or 15 fps for recording up to 1 hour or 1GB. Plus Compact Movie Mode (QQVGA; 160 x 120 pixels) records at 15 fps for up to 3 minutes. The PowerShot A550 also supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard, so you'll enjoy the fastest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible computer.

Get new batteries anywhere
You don't need to worry about running out or recharging batteries. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally.

What's in the box
Canon PowerShot A550 body, AA-size alkaline battery (x 2), MultiMediaCard-16M, wrist strap WS-800, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

this camera is a tank...i bought it before i went to college (not…the picture quality is great, and it has nice features for what i wanted to use it for -- point and shoot. Read more ›
Buy it now. The photos are clear and crisp, and transfering from camera to computer is VERY simple. Betty in Florida Read more ›
The A550 is small and takes 2 batteries so lightweight and easy to bring along anywhere. The picture quality is good too and we have taken many memorable pictures already. Read more ›
We love it so much that when our toddler broke our older model we didn't hesitate to buy the exact same camera. It is easy to use and the quality of the photos is fantastic. I… Read more ›
I recently went to Disneyland, and the photos I took were…Night photos, ones that came out clear even when moving (like on a ride) and the flash photos were outstanding. Read more ›
However, I'm pleased with the features such as portraits, evening, and video shots. The photos are beautiful. The memory card that comes with the camera, will take… Read more ›
I have now had this camera for a long time, and it has served me well. It's extremely easy to use, and it enables some really good pictures. Of course, you can go only so… Read more ›
This is the best camera I found for the price. Easy to use & takes great pictures. Read more ›
There are times when one wants a small camera just for snapshots or backpack, but more importantly for me, I want a 'safety net' that is easy to use, produces good results… Read more ›
This camera is fairly simple to use. However I have only had it 2 months and the shutter fails to open periodically. Read more ›
I haven't had a chance to do any fancy stuff but the quality is great and it's easy to use. Read more ›
I love the camera. Easy to use and small but not too small so that it is hard to press the buttons. Easy to download into my computer and an overall wonderful product. Read more ›
For the price this is an excellent buy. There are a good number of features and settings and it is fairly easy to use. Read more ›
Lost our old one and bought this to replace the old one since I had all the accessories. I got this at a great price and am happy with ease of use and quality. Got great… Read more ›
Recycle after flash is very slow, optical lens does an…If you are looking for a great camera at a good price with wonderful features, checkout the Nikon coolpix 501 Read more ›
The batteries that came with it died fairly quickly…I would recommend this to anyone wanting a nice, solid point & shoot (still sometimes prefer my 35mm) at a good price. Read more ›
As usual, Canon is just excellent! Even if you don't buy this one (wich has an excellent price), I'd recommend a Canon. I've had mine for a long time, and the pictures are… Read more ›
this camera is actually one i got thinking it was the same model as my old canon but turned out to be an upgrade! It was a great price and shipping was super fast! The… Read more ›
There is some minor distortion (grain) on some photos that the camera…The controls are well laid out and easy to use, even quickly without having to page through settings. Read more ›
We are no experts in photography and this camera is just what we needed, easy to use. The auto mode is fantastic... always good pictures (for the non-expert users, at least). Read more ›
It is fast, handy and takes beautiful pictures. It has movie mode that works good for a digital still camera and even has sound. All those times I wish I had something I… Read more ›
The A550 was purchased for my wife's primary usage. So far it seems to take excellent photos in various modes, and has been easy for her to use. Her one criteria for a… Read more ›
The camera's shutter was responsive, lagging…Burst mode was also pleasantly fast, managing 51 full-resolution shots in 31.4 seconds for a rate of 1.6 frames per second. Read more ›
The camera is great on batteries (I use Duracell's top end rechargeable), takes great outdoor pictures, movie is better than expected, and the features are easy to use. Real… Read more ›
This product is awesome in my opinion. The pictures look good, I liked the software that came with it, and the video recorder is awesome as well. Read more ›
The pictures are superb. The videos are great. It is so-so easy to carry around;fits in your pocket so you can take it anywhere "just in case". Read more ›
Repalced camera same one i had for great price as I droped my oher one and broke it I enjoy this camera as it is compact and does video also which i love. Has many features… Read more ›
The new camera is nice but I really miss this one. It fit in my hand perfectly, took great pictures, great video and was so easy to use. If anything happens to my latest, I… Read more ›
excellent pictures in day, night or inside, good video and sound, but the battery cover broken with use Read more ›
Easy to use, sharp clear images, great video. All in all an excellent camera for the money. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

132 of 139 people found the following review helpful By lgav0406 on March 9, 2007
I really did some research on digital cameras, even tried out a Sony, but the Canon brand is by far one of the best. I don't have to do a lot of thinking when snapping a picture with this camera, it does most of the work! I like to be able to think about the compostion of my photo and not ISO, aperature, and all that jazz. The settings make it so easy and the color of the photos turn out so true. The digital zoom is great and will even alert you if the picture will come out blurry. There are so many features on this camera, too many to list. I even found a great deal at Best Buy on a 2 gig memory card, I get over 1,000 photos with a high resolution! It takes alkaline batteries, but I bought rechargeable ones and one charge lasts a long time. I am sooo happy with this camera, I take it with me everywhere, even a couple of days to work.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By T. Morgan on March 9, 2007
I ordered a Nikon Coolpix L6 (6MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom) and then ran into a friend at a party. He had one and I gave it a try. SLOW and fair pics. I went home, jumped online and changed the order to the Canon PowerShot A550. This camera is slightly larger, but is quick, good zoom, easy enough on the batteries and takes wonderful pics. Make usre you buy additional SD cards 'cause you'll love using this camera.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Walt on March 18, 2007
For the birthday party, vacations, and casual user, this camera is outstanding at the price. For about $200, you get the great resolution and GREAT color, compact size, and usability you need with 15 kids running around you at a party! You will, of course, immediately need a memory card before using it (the one in the package serves up about 8 pics!) The SanDisk memory cards are supercheap, and I bought both a 1 and 2 GB version, both of which work great (2GB will hold about 1,000 pics...plenty). The program for your computer can be a little clumsy to load, but within 20 minutes I had the program and all my recent pics all loaded into my computer.

Awesome for the price, and unless you are a professional photographer looking to get published in National Geographic, you cannot beat the value priced A550 for 7.1 megapixels and the Canon name. Fill your family scrapbook for under $200.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Allen Sirken on March 16, 2007
I wanted a camera that the whole family could use - Including my 10 year old son. This camera has proven to be that and much more! What impresses me the most is the astounding battery life and the quick focus features. It is at an excellent price point as well. Our pictures no longer suffer from the dreaded 'redeye' effects. I upgraded from a 4 year old Olympus

4 megapixel camera and am blown away by the improvements over that period.

Canon rocks!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Trogdor Burninator on May 18, 2007
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I'm going to write a positive review of this camera, but you should know that I ended up returning it to Amazon because it didn't meet my specific needs.

I was looking for a high quality, inexpensive point and shoot digital camera when I bought this item. The reasons I returned it had nothing to do with the quality of its prints. Let me make sure I say this: they were outstanding. I loved the ease at which the A550 makes beautiful pictures.

What didn't do it for me was the size, and the lack of a panoramic mode. The camera I ended up with, the $300 Canon SD700, is just so small that I slip it into my pocket without thinking about it. With the A550, I could never forget it was there. This bulkiness lead to me not carrying it all the time, which led to pictures not being made that otherwise might have been. If I had a purse though, or I just wanted something to take on occasional outings, the A550 would have been perfect. If this is you, then get this camera.

Lastly, I got excited about the 4x optical zoom. Don't. Bottom line is that, if you want to really zoom in but be able to take sharp photos, you need to invest in a SLR or DSLR camera system. When I zoom in with the A550, even with my steady grip, pictures often come out quite blurry.

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By AmazonDiva TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2007
This is simply a great camera to get whether you are buying a digital camera for the first time or the fifth time. Why? Because you get all the Canon quality and features for a very good price. At this price you can afford to even gift it to a teenager who wants to learn a little more photography as it offers a little more than just point and shoot.

I've owned about 4 A series cameras in the past, along with S2/S3 series and SD series and I still recommend A series as the best value for money based on its performance. I tried this particular camera when I bought it recently for a gift. Although the size of A series cameras is bigger than SD series making them jacket-pocket cameras, the advantage is in the styling. It gives you a convenient grip on the side which helps hold the camera steady and results in less "blurry" pictures than SD. The mode selector dial on top helps you zip through selections from portrait, landscape to nightshot and special scenes. The convenience of AA batteries which are available in every corner of the world, no missing out on pictures as your battery was discharged, is a great convenience. You can buy 2NiMH batteries with a charger like I did, and never have to buy any more again. The screen is only 2 inch (up from 1.8 earlier) but it makes the camera more durable, as the design makes it more resistant to damage.

And what about the features? :

- It has an intelligent 9 point focusing system with auto red eye correction which means it can choose the focus pretty accurately, although it also gives you the flexibility to choose the focus through 3 modes. (Centered, Evaluative, Spot)

- SD card/MMC card slot - These cards are so cheap now so get the 2GB to store a whole vacation's worth of pictures.
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