Canon EOS-550D DSLR Camera

by Canon
Canon EOS-550D DSLR Camera
The Canon EOS-550D offers 1080p HD video recording with full manual control, an 18MP CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD with 1040k dot resolution and the 63-point iFCL metering system from the EOS-7D.


18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
ISO 100-6400, H:12800
3.7fps shooting
Full HD movies
7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
iFCL metering
Quick Control screen
Ext. Mic socket
Movie crop


Image Sensor

Type : 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS
Effective Pixels : Approx. 18.0 megapixels
Total Pixels : Approx. 18.7 megapixels
Aspect Ratio : 3:2
Low-Pass Filter : Built-in/Fixed with Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Sensor Cleaning : EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type : Primary Colour

Image Processor

Type : DIGIC 4


Lens Mount : EF/EF-S
Focal Length : Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens


Type : TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points : 9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at centre, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
AF Working Range : EV -0.5 -18 (at 23oC & ISO100)
AF Modes : AI Focus, One Shot, AI Servo
AF Point Selection : Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display : Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
Predictive AF : Yes, up to 10m
AF Lock : Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam : Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus : Selected on lens

Exposure Control

Metering Modes :
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 :
EV 1-20 (at 23oC with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)

AE Lock :
Auto : In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual : By AE lock button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation : +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).

AEB: 3 shots +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments

ISO Sensitivity : AUTO(100-6400), 100-6400 Expandable to H (approx 12800) in 1-stop increments


Type : Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed : 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

White Balance

Type : Auto white balance with the imaging sensor

Settings :
AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.

Custom White Balance : Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing:
+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.


Type : Pentamirror
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) : Approx. 95%
Magnification : Approx. 0.87x
Eyepoint : Approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction : -3 to +1 (1/m) (dioptre)
Focusing Screen : Fixed

Mirror : Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)

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.
Eyepiece Shutter : On strap

LCD Monitor

Type : 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage : Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically) : Approx 160o
Coating : Dual Anti-reflection, anti smudge
Brightness Adjustment : Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options : (1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings


Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters) : 13
Built-in Flash Coverage : up to 17mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 27mm)
Built-in Flash Recycle Time : Approx. 3 seconds
Modes : Auto, Manual Flash On/off
Red-Eye Reduction : Yes - with red eye reduction lamp
X-Sync: 1/200sec
Flash Exposure Compensation : +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing : Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock : Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation : Yes
HotShoe/ PC Terminal : Yes/ -
External Flash Compatibility : E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control : via camera menu screen


Modes : Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Movie, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP

Picture Styles : Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space : sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing :
Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (Basic and Creative modes)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction
Peripheral illumination correction

Drive Modes : Single, Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)

Continuous Shooting : Max. Approx. 3.7fps. (speed maintained for minimum of approx 34 images (JPEG), 6 images (RAW))

Live View Mode

Type: Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage : Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate : 30 fps

Focusing :
Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus : Quick mode, Live mode

Metering :
Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed

Display Options : Grid overlay, Histogram

File Type

Still Image Type :
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

RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording: Yes (RAW + Large JPEG only)

Image Size :
JPEG : (L) 5184x3456 (M) 3456x2304, (S) 2592x1728
RAW : (RAW) 5184x3456

Movie Type : MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)

Movie Size :
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)

Movie Length : Max duration 29m 59sec, Max file size 4GB

File Numbering
(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

Other Features

Custom Functions : 12 Custom Functions with 36 settings
Metadata Tag : User copyright information (can be set in camera)
LCD Panel / Illumination : Yes
Playback Zoom : 1.5x - 10x enabled in 15steps

Display Formats :
(1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Jump Display

Slide Show :
Image selection : All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills
Playback time : 1/2/3/5 seconds
Repeat : On/Off

Histogram : Brightness : Yes, RGB : Yes

Highlight Alert : Yes (Shooting information display only)

Image Erase/Protection :
Erase : Single image, Checkmarked images, Unprotected images
Protection : Erase protection of one image at a time

Data Verification : Original image verification data can be appended to the image (OSK-E3 required for verification)

Menu Categories :
(1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) Playback menu (x2)
(3) Setup menu (x3)
(4) My Menu

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

Firmware Update : Update possible by the user.


Computer : Hi-Speed USB

Other :
Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)

Direct Print

Canon Printers : Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge : Yes


Type : SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card

Supported Operating Systems

PC & Macintosh :
Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.4-10.6


Browsing & Printing : ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser

Image Processing : Digital Photo Professional

Other :
PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, Original Data Security Tools*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory

Power Source

Batteries : 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8

Battery Life : Approx. 440 (at 23oC, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 400 (at 0oC, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator : 4 levels

Power Saving : Power turns off after 30sec or 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15mins.

Power Supply & Battery Chargers :
AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8, Battery charger LC-E8, LC-E8E

Physical Specifications

Body Materials : Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Operating Environment : 0 - 40 0C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) : 128.8 x 97.3 x 62 mm
Weight (Body Only) : Approx. 530g

In the Box

Eyecup Ef
Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
Battery Pack LP-E8
Battery Charger LC-E8E
EOS Digital Solution Disc
Canon EOS-550D Manual


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