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Canon Powershot SD550 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Beige)

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  • 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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 0635B001
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 7.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.2 x 1 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • Item model number: 0635B001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,475 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at August 22, 2005

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

As the Powershot flagship, the Powershot SD550 maintains the style and sophistication for which Powershot is renowned--the elegant 'perpetual curve' design returns. And as ever, the functionality behind this new Powershot model is as stunning as the camera itself. The cameras boasts DIGIC II processing, and a massive 2.5-inch LCD. The Powershot SD550 has 7.1-megapixel resolution and comes with 3x optical zoom.

Style statement
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.

Printing images
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.

Comprehensive software
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.
Purchasers of the Powershot SD550 are eligible for membership of Canon iMAGE Gateway, where they can upload images and customize their camera settings.

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

Product Description

Canon Sd550 Digital Elph Camera

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Taking action photos outside works great and it's almost always crystal clear. Since there are many excellent reviews here, I won't rehash what they said -- this is a key… Read more ›
While I love the compactness of this camera, I have…For instance, I was at a wedding and while the outside pictures were great, the church pictures were absolutely lousy. Read more ›
The Canon Powershot 7.1 mp is a very efficient camera. The quality of photos is quite good. Read more ›
I bought this camera because of the good reviews on Amazon but after researching online, I find that many have had…While it was working, the outdoor photos were very good. Read more ›
At 7.1 mp the pictures are very clear. I am also very satisfied with the software to download/upload pictures/movies into computer. Read more ›
Just returned from was right size for sightseeing and picture resolution is excellent. I would highly recommend this camera!! Read more ›
Its small size allows it to be carried more easily than…The pictures have been great and the menus have been very easy to get around so I find myself creating more effects. Read more ›
The pictures are stunning, video is exception (for a camera) and the controls are easy to figure out and use. Read more ›
Another thing I really love about this camera…In newer models, Canon has swapped out the magnificent manual mode in favor of "Intelligent Auto" which is just not the same. Read more ›
i hope you're happy with the $300 you…this camera is PROOF that appearances are deceiving - it looks SO NICE, but functions like garbage after accountability is terminated. Read more ›
The first…In search of new digital camera and quality photos, I bought the Canon SD550 because it seemed to have a good combination of compactness, cost and features. I… Read more ›
It's a Keeper, had for several months now, love it, nice easy point and shoot, perfect for less technical users. has good manual options, good settings, and great photos. I… Read more ›
It has a lot of different features but it is easy to use....just read the directions and try these'll be amazed at what this camera can do. Read more ›
This is an excellent camera for daily use. It has lots of functionality, its easy to use, and it takes outstanding pictures. Read more ›
She loves the camera .. takes great pic's and is easy to use. Took some family shots with it and had them printed in 5x7 sizes.. Read more ›
More then what you paid for. Extremely sharp pictures, and very easy to use. With a one gig chip you can easily record up to an hour of video. Read more ›
I think this a great camera. Easy to use. This is a second digital camera and the Canon camera is a most better unit. Read more ›
It takes great pics and is pretty easy to use! I recommend it. Read more ›
It's got really clear images, and I like the macro feature so much. The LCD screen is very cool.. It's big and clear. Read more ›
The controls are pretty intuitive, especially if you are used to Canons. The 2.5" LCD is great, too. The charger makes the camera so easy to take on trips, because it's… Read more ›
I've been a Canon fan ever since the original Elph 300's, but this camera is putting my…The SD550's screen is terribly easy to crack compared to prior Canon's I've owned. Read more ›
I also purchased a soft leather case and a 1 gig SD memory card. The large lcd screen is great. My only complaint is the wheel that changes the mode the camera is in is too… Read more ›
It's loaded with features, for a camera this small. 7.1 MP, huge LCD, auto and manual modes and a bunch of other photo features. It's approx. Read more ›
I took many pictures and everyone that viewed them were amazed. The large clear screen was another great feature. My nieces and nephews always want to see themselves after… Read more ›
They are amazing little cameras and take quite a beating. The video is easy to use, review and download. I like it much more then my old camera. Read more ›
Quality notch.. Video componet is great. Only thing that would have made the purchase better is if cannon threw in a protective cover sleeve. Read more ›
We did a lot of comparison pricing before purchasing. Takes wonderful pictures that are easy to email, great video- no need for seperate video camera for short video. I… Read more ›
First the possitive. This camera takes a great picture and video quality isn't bad either. I don't use the sound on the videos so that isn't an issue with me. Read more ›
The sound is also great when recording movies...I could easily hear the conversation being had when I was filming a family outing at a park from 50+ feet away - gotta… Read more ›
Everything is fast and the video record is amazing. Read more ›
This camera is so easy to use and takes wonderful photos! We have been very pleased with the quality -- the clarity and color are great. I especially like the large viewing… Read more ›
I think it is great. As of today I am still learning to operate it but I have seen no red eye problem, and the color is perfect. This is my third digital camera and it is… Read more ›
I purchased the SD550 in June of ག and took it on vacation with me. The pictures are beautiful (colors really "pop", picture is clear, exposure is excellent). I use… Read more ›
(Translation: Jealous of my friend's camera.) I am a Panasonic Lumix fan but have long been impressed by the color output on the point and shoot Canons. The Lumix is a… Read more ›
(Translation: Jealous of my friend's camera.) I am a Panasonic Lumix fan but have long been impressed by the color output on the point and shoot Canons. The Lumix is a… Read more ›
I had seen the comments on the Champagne color and was not sure of what color to expect but when I opened the camera and found out it was Champagne , I was very surprised… Read more ›
The battery life is pretty good, and it's been able to withstand my bouncing it around and dropping it. I'd recommend a warranty if you're like me. Read more ›
On the con side, the SD card they ship with this thing is laughable, you…And although the battery life is good, I wish all of these cameras came with a spare battery. A… Read more ›
Those who broke the screen likely severely abused their cameras. Battery life is good for a whole day of shooting. The menu system and auto modes are best in the business. Read more ›
d- an idea of remaining battery time (an additional battery is strongly recommended - the fast processor uses a lot of power and even heats the case of the camera) Read more ›
Love the small Digital Elph format, which makes it easy to carry in my pocket or wife's purse. Picture quality is excellent and has great battery life. Read more ›
Good things- manual and automatic modes; four resolution settings with a max of 3072 x 2304 mp; rechargable battery with reasonable battery life; minimal delay between… Read more ›
Picture quality, even with flash, is spot on. Read more ›
While this camera had realtively low pixelation it took excellent…The flash was great for most low light applications, and there were many different modes of operation. T… Read more ›
The underwater mode corrects the colors perfectly. The flash works well and the underwater case includes a diffuser (underwater photographers know how important this is). I… Read more ›
Its a GREAT little camera. The flash is powerful indoors and red eye hasn't been much of a problem at all. The tones are nice and its very easy to use. Read more ›
The flash is amazingly adequate despite it's smallish appearance. Adequate illumination up to 15'. Read more ›
Sometimes this camera is wonderful - the size is awesome, and I can fit the camera in my pocket no problem. And when you're taking pictures of the outdoors, it's great. Read more ›
Canon took the camera back (it was still under warranty) and…I took the camera with me to Southeast Asia for 6 months and thought it was a great size and very durable. I… Read more ›
The video option tops it off. With so many features found only on the full size digital SLRs, this little wonder can hold its own with many of the big boys. 11X17 inch… Read more ›
The sensor size of the SD500 is the same as that of the S70 (in fact it is the same Sony 7.1 MP sensor) - 1/1.8". This is an ideal size for a point and shoot IMO. The… Read more ›
- Extremely good design, size and shape Read more ›
Canon has winners here, and I like the SD 550 best of all. - Convenient battery size and life - about a day's worth of good usage, or days of casual usage. I got the Lenmar… Read more ›
I would strongly reccomend this camera. Exceptional value! Read more ›
There is no battery life indicator. Like not coming with a case, this is a simple addition that would have added great value to the camera. By the time you get the low… Read more ›
I also ordered the Accessory 2 Kit package from Amazon, which comes with a case and an extra battery (good price, b/c the price of just an extra battery alone is the same,… Read more ›
I doubt you'll be disappointed with this camera. I saved $50 off the Best Buy price, by ordering off of Amazon. Read more ›
The icon of the setting that you switch to pops up big quickly, and right away becomes small and moves away to the…The shutter speed is extremely fast and so is the camera. Read more ›
I have had 11" x 17"…The PicBridge compatibility is a bonus, as the USB 2.0 connection transfers the photos/movies out of the camera into my PC at a good rate of speed. I… Read more ›
With my Lumix I just set it to "SCN Sports" and it took over…This camera has a "SCN Kids and Pets" setting but I'm not sure its giving me a quick enough shutter speed. I… Read more ›
With my Lumix I just set it to "SCN Sports" and it took over…This camera has a "SCN Kids and Pets" setting but I'm not sure its giving me a quick enough shutter speed. I… Read more ›
While the shooting and resolution are both great, compared to what's out there now, it's not a pro-quality camera, but rather a "lifestyle" camera that's small enought to… Read more ›
The LCD screen in the back of the camera is huge thought its resolution is less than ideal. It is a very nice addition to the camera particularly compared with the SD500… Read more ›
To conclude, I am happy with this camera because it does everything a small point and shoot…Color, sharpness and resolution are all impressive for a camera this size. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

557 of 573 people found the following review helpful By T. Tom TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2005
I like this little digital camera. It does everything a point and shoot digital camera should do and more. For me, a point and shoot camera should be small and light so that it can conveniently go with me everywhere. That's the power of any point and shoot camera actually. It goes with you in your daily life and subsequently you get shots that you could not get with other larger cameras either because it would be too conspicous, or too inconvenient to carry with you. This is the snapshot ethic. I'm a professional photographer and I carry this little pocket camera with me everywhere because I can't carry my pro SLR with me all the time and not have it feel like a burden on my shoulder.

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.

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.
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279 of 287 people found the following review helpful By Just Say Yo on September 17, 2005
I have owned several digital cameras over the past 3 years. Canon is a brand that never disappoints. This camera is no exception. I have a Canon 20D digital SLR I use with an external flash. I use it almost everyday. Stunning quality, but those of you who have kids know that this is a quite a monster to carry around on a day-to-day basis.

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.

Cons are:

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.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Manish Laxmikant on December 26, 2005
Update: I'm not as hot about the durability of this product. Canon service has been nice enough to fix this every time I send it in, but it's been to the shop THREE times during its one year warranty, and has stopped working again. I might have been unfortunate enough to get something with an irreparable defect. I like it WHEN it works, but otherwise I am now a bit afraid to go for these. The S400 I had before this was way more reliable than this frequent flyer to the service center. I'd shoot out a couple of stars if I could, but I can't when updating a review.

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.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By SplitEdit on November 8, 2005
I bought one of these for my girlfriend. It is her first digital camera, our second. I have a Nikon Coolpix 5000. I've been taking pictures for 30 years.

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.
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