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Canon Powershot SD550 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Beige)
- 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
- 2.5-inch LCD display; optical viewfinder; 3x optical zoom
- Shoot high-quality movies at up to 60 frames per second with Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode
- DIG!C II Image Processor for faster processing, vibrant colors, and excellent image quality
- 16 shooting modes including My Color settings for customization while shooting
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||115,000|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||50|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/MMC card|
|Flash Type||Built-in flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL 9-point or center|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3|
|Item Dimensions||2.24 x 1.06 x 3.54 inches|
|Item Weight||0.41 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||111 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,072|
|Minimum Focal Length||37 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||7.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||1/1.8"|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||0.9 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NB-3L battery & charger|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30/15 fps, 320 x 240, 60/30/15 fps, 160 x 120 15 fps|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
Each Canon Powershot is a statement in style, and the Powershot SD550 is no exception. The sleek lines and graceful feel of the Powershot SD550's all-metal perpetual curve body embraces Powershot luxury.
Large LCD with wide viewing angle
The camera features an oversize 2.5-inch LCD display, while retaining all key controls and preserving a sleek and slim body. The large LCD with wide viewing angle makes it easier to view and share images and movies during playback. The big LCD also makes it easier for the user to frame their shot and view menus, and is adjustable to 15 levels of brightness. New slide show functions allow review of images with stylish and contemporary transition effects applied in camera to create impressive slide shows with minimum user effort.
UA elements and megapixels for bigger prints
The Powershot SD550 operates with 7.1-megapixel resolution, which can give photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints. The Powershot SD550 lens is constructed with 7 elements in 5 groups and includes two Ultra High Refractive Index Aspherical (UA) elements for true-to-life colors and crisp, high-contrast images.
DIGIC II Processor
The SD550 features DIGIC II--Canon's renowned processor that ensures images have superb resolution and color quality, as well as giving improved camera performance overall. With 9-point AiAF, the camera automatically focuses on the subject, even when it is off-center. iSAPS intelligence ensures that the camera assesses the scene and adjusts the settings to achieve the optimum results. Three methods of exposure control can be selected, evaluative, center-weighted, and spot, and the ISO can be set to Auto, 50, 100, 200, or 400. For rapid downloading of images, the Powershot SD550 utilizes a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface.
Shooting modes and special effects
The Powershot SD550 covers a wide range of photographic situations by providing users with 15 or 14 different shooting modes, respectively. A selection can be made from Auto, Manual, Portrait, Landscape, and Night Snapshot modes, or from the scene modes that now include an underwater setting, allowing users to take full advantage of the optional Waterproof Case WP-DC80 (not included--must be purchased separately). Underwater mode adjusts the white balance specifically for underwater shots, allowing capture of the most authentic colors and minimizing any blue cast.
My Colors allows the expansion of creativity in digital photography. Special effects such as Color Swap or Custom Color, which allows users to select their preferred color balance for any given shot, can be performed in-camera and viewed on the LCD while shooting stills and movies. These effects could previously only be achieved using PC software after shooting.
Intelligent orientation sensor
The Powershot SD550's Intelligent Orientation Sensor recognizes when the camera is rotated from horizontal to vertical, automatically rotating stored images for correct playback.
To help keep the camera level with the horizon and to assist with image composition, users can also opt to display gridlines on their LCD.
Other user interface options have been enhanced or added, including the new world time zone display. This allows the user to set home and destination country time zones, as well as animated displays and improved warnings for camera shake. The camera menu can also be displayed in 22 different languages.
More than just photos
The Powershot SD550 records high quality VGA movies; users can select between VGA and QVGA at 30 or 15 frames per second. Continuous filming is available until the file size has reached 1 GB or 60 minutes--whichever is reached first. A fast frame rate of 60 frames per second is available, allowing for slow-motion playback. Digital zoom can be employed whilst shooting, and for added effect, My Colors may also be used. Compact Movie mode, or QQVGA (160 x 120/15 frames per second), is designed to make sharing movies via e-mail as simple as possible.
When used in combination with Canon's new Compact Photo Printer Selphy CP710 and Canon's Ink and Paper Set (KP-108IP), prints can be produced for just 30 euro cents each. Printing via a Selphy CP Compact Photo Printer also allows the user to print handy ID prints and movie prints.
When connected to the latest range of PictBridge compatible PIXMA printers (also released today) image enhancement is possible with functions including Noise Reduction and Vivid Photo as well as the new Face Brightener feature.
Printing of images without having to connect to a PC is made simpler via the Print/Share button, which also acts as an easy upload button for Windows XP and Mac OS X.
The Powershot SD550 comes bundled with the following Canon software:
- ZoomBrowser EX 5.5, PhotoRecord 2.2 (Windows), ImageBrowser 5.5 (Macintosh): For easy image download, storage and retrieval, as well as management of image layout and printing.
- PhotoStitch 3.1: Creates stunning panoramas and can be used with Windows and Macintosh.
- Movie Edit Task: For editing and enhancement of movie footage. Also included is PhotoStudio, the photo manipulation software by ArcSoft.
The bundled software supports Windows 98 (SE), ME, 2000 (SP4), XP (SP1/3) and Macintosh OS X v10.2-v10.3. The camera supports PTP for driverless transfer to supported Windows XP or Macintosh OS X.
What's in the box
PowerShot SD550 body, Lithium battery pack NB-3L, battery charger CB-2LU, 32 MB SD memory card SDC-32M, wrist strap WS-700, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, audio-video Cable AVC-DC300
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Top Customer Reviews
You might be tempted to instead buy the cheaper and slightly older Canon SD500 since it has the same megapixel rating and looks very similar. There are however some pretty good improvements in the SD550:
-a larger LCD screen (very nice)
-better movie mode (SD500 put an annoying hissing/whining sound into the movie)
-better battery lid latch design
-better internal software (the display actually displays words and symbols such as "continuous mode" "single shot" "Macro" and not just the symbols alone.
A NOTE ABOUT CASE COLOR:
The SD550 comes in both Silver (called Grey on the box) or Champagne Gold. You will need to inquire with the vendor what color they stock or if you have a choice. Some of the vendors may be a bit useless in this respect so watch out-you may end up receiving a case color that you did not want. In my opinion, the Champagne Gold color is very ugly. Silver is much more attractive, even if you have to go to a local store to buy it.Read more ›
I needed something that I could pop into a bag and go without feeling like I was sacrificing quallity. The SD550 is the solution.
The Digic II processor enables fast focusing and thereby reduces "shutter lag." Fewer lost moments.
Easy menu/function navagation.
The flash is amazingly adequate despite it's smallish appearance. Adequate illumination up to 15'.
Great in-cam screen. Largest in its class (2.5").
Many custom settings for the novice to the the pro.
Movie mode is awesome for a camera of this size.
You will need to spend an additional 60-90 bucks to get a practical memory card. They supply a 32MB card that is good for about a dozen hi-res pics (or fewer).
Still no case included. Coach makes a nice one for about 30 bucks.
I know I am an early adopter but I am sure this camera will be a best seller. I hope your results are comparable.
I love the results that a digital SLR produces, especially in low light. Make no mistake, a digital SLR is way better at 400 ASA than any of these point-and-shoots.
BUT how often do you see a photo opportunity, and have your digital SLR ready to capture it? By the time you pull that one out of the carry case, this camera is done with the shot, the moment has passed, the SLR is only now ready, and victory belongs to the one who actually got to take a picture.
Points to note:
- Size. This fits into my front left pocket with my wallet. I can draw the camera and shoot within seconds at any time. And it's solidly built, even the screen remains clear and scratch free. I wouldn't stick it with coins and keys though.
- Fast power up. This camera is ready by the time I'm pointing. I used to hit the power button on my S400 as it came out of my pocket, but this one powers up almost instantaneously so you need no such tricks.
- USB 2.0 - with a 2GB card that I don't like to erase often, this is very important.
- Gravity-flip. If you have a portrait shot to view, rotate the camera 90 degrees and the picture uses the full screen.Read more ›
The 550 is a great little camera, as long as you're willing to trade size and speed and convenience for some important information that any professional photographer would find essential.
Fun to use, easy to control, very quick. Mostly reasonable exposure accuracy. Decent flash performance. Lots of redeye (so far we've been successful fixing redeye in iPhoto).
I didn't think the big screen would be as important as it is, but I found photography with it to be very 'immediate' -- you feel more wired in.
We've made some videos. They look great and sound decent. (The SD500 has a problem with buzzing and hissing in sound. I know because I intially bought the 500 and returned it for the 550).
The camera is very easy to use in the manual mode. You can leave a group of settings programmed into 'manual' and then turn the knob and go to full auto, and then go back to the same group of settings again. We found the menu system to be quicker and a bit more intuitive than the menu system on the Nikon Coolpix 7900, which we also looked at. (Other advantages for the Canon -- USB 2, bigger screen. But I have two friends have the 7900 and it seems to render color very artfully. Hard to describe but easy to see.)
One problem is that you never see a display of shutter speed and aperture. That's just silly. Another is that you can only see a histogram in playback.
The camera is super-fast. In all three major ways: to turn on, to focus and to store an image. For the first time with a digital camera, I feel that I'm not missing shots because the camera isn't ready.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know we all use our phones but this it's always good to have one of these around, especially if you are going to print the photos afterwards. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Elena Alegria
I really love this camera because it proves that the megapixels are not everything. It was very powerful in its day, when 7. Read morePublished on May 21, 2012 by myu
I bought the SD550 in November 2005. My first serious high res (for that time), 7MP, digital camera. I still use it today as my primary camera. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Luanne Klondyke
I am surprised to hear so many people stating they have a problem w/this fabulous little camera. I purchased mine mid to late 2005 & have had no issues w/it as far as anything not... Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Cevanne
I came to the states from the Philippines in June 2005, and purchased this camera the same month because I wanted to document everything. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by Nicole S.
I bought this camera in February 2006 and have used it almost religiously since then. It has survived Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan with me and still functions as it did on day 1. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by Charles Charron
I bought this camera and flash did not work from the day one. Canon replaced and second camera's flash worked for few day. This camera has problem with flash.Published on September 22, 2010 by Zia