Canon EOS 550D Specifications

Canon EOS 550D Specifications
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The Canon EOS 550D is the latest DSLR
camera that lets you express your creativity in a
hundred different ways. Whether you’re capturing
the sweet smile of a loved one or the vivid
colors of a tropical paradise — all this can be
easily done thanks to a superb class-leading
18-megapixel CMOS sensor and the revolutionary
DIGIC 4 imaging processor. And when still images
aren’t enough, isn’t it great to know the EOS 550D
lets you shoot Full HD movies as well?
EOS 550D
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Capture The Wonders of Life
as You See It
Superior 18-Megapixel CMOS Sensor
The EOS 550D has a newly developed
18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C size) sensor that
captures all kinds of scenes with breathtaking
ease. From awe-inspiring landscapes to the
bustle of city life, every shot is full of rich
details and lifelike color realism.
A class-leading 18-megapixel
image resolution also means
greater freedom to crop your
images to improve framing.
Even after cropping, you can
still easily turn your shots into
frame-worthy prints. Put your
best works on display and share
your photographic journeys with
your loved ones!
18 Megapixels
Get The Colors You Desire
with Picture Style
With Picture Style, you can instantly enhance your
images and videos with effects that complement
your subjects. Choose from 6 preset Picture Styles or
download more from the Canon website. You can
also create your own effects with the Picture Style
Editor software.
A crisp and vivid
effect suitable for
most scenes
sharpness with
vivid blues and
Warm and
lifelike skin
tones with a
softer focus
Natural color
suitable for
High accuracy
color production
faithful to the
For black & white
or sepia-toned
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Imaging Performance
In A Class Of Its Own
Unparalleled Imaging with DIGIC 4
As Canon's most advanced processor to date, DIGIC 4
transforms the massive amounts of data produced by the
18-megapixel CMOS sensor into beautiful images effortlessly.
A 14-bit analog to digital conversion process ensures every
shot has superb tonal gradation, an extended dynamic range, and a high
level of image clarity.
DIGIC 4 is also the brains behind several advanced features of the
EOS 550D including lens peripheral illumination correction, Auto
Lighting Optimizer, Face Detection Live View autofocus, and Full HD
movie recording.
Quick High-speed Captures at 3.7 fps
Thanks to a high-performance shutter unit
combined with the advanced DIGIC 4
Imaging Processor, the EOS 550D can fire
off a rapid 3.7 frames per second at full
resolution. Continuous burst rate at 34 frames
(JPEG: Large/Fine) or 6 frames (RAW) are
also possible.
Exceptional Accuracy with
9-point AF System
The EOS 550D's high-precision 9-point AF sensor
helps you capture every moment with stunningly
sharp focus. As the AF points are spread across the
frame, it provides a wider area of coverage for more
shooting flexibility.
When using f/2.8 or faster lenses, the sensitivity
of the center AF point is further amplified for even
greater focusing accuracy.
EOS 550D
Lens Peripheral
Illumination Correction
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Intelligent Features
That Make Your Vision A Reality
Comprehensive Shooting Settings
With an extensive selection of shooting modes and white balance
settings, the EOS 550D's versatility enables you to capture superb
images in any shooting environment.
The EOS 550D also has a new and improved 63-zone, dual-layer
metering sensor with 4 metering modes that provides greater metering
precision even in difficult lighting conditions.
Highlight Tone Priority
Dark edges
This feature gives your images an even brightness
from corner to corner by correcting light loss
that sometimes occur at the edges. This
‘light falloff' happens when shooting with
certain lenses such as wide-angle lenses. The
EOS 550D comes included with correction data
for approximately 26 lenses and can store a total
of 40 different lens data.
Highlight Tone Priority prevents images shot in bright
light from appearing washed out due to overexposure.
This is done by expanding the gradation range within
highlighted areas so that details are not lost. As a
result, subjects appear more pleasing to the eye with
lifelike realism.
NOTE: For JPEG images, the 'light falloff' is corrected during image
capture. For RAW images, correction can be done with the Digital
Photo Professional software.
Auto Lighting Optimizer
The Auto Lighting Optimizer
ensures images shot are rich and
full of details even in less than ideal
lighting conditions. It does this
by automatically adjusting image
brightness and contrast to achieve
a balanced exposure. Used together
with Face Detection technology and
you're assured of picture perfect
shots of every friendly face.
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Reach New Heights of Brilliance
with Class-Leading ISO Performance
From sunny outdoors to starry nights, the EOS 550D works
perfectly in any light thanks to an ISO speed range that's the
widest in its class.
ISO 100
ISO 400
ISO 800
In ample light, set the camera at ISO 100 to get the cleanest image
quality possible. Or switch to as high as ISO 6400 to capture stunning
night scenes with soft ambient lighting. ISO sensitivity can also be
expanded to 12,800 for incredible images in near darkness.
Low ISO : Blur
ISO 1600
High ISO: Sharp
By selecting a higher ISO speed, you can also capture fast-moving action
clearly as a faster shutter speed can be chosen. The result is stunning highspeed captures with excellent picture clarity.
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Live View Shooting
Live View shooting opens up new creative
shooting possibilities by letting you compose
your images with the LCD monitor.
Precise Image Composition
With Live View, what you see on the camera's
monitor is exactly how the image will turn out.
2 types of grid displays can also be displayed on
the screen for more accurate composition.
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Complete Versatility
As you are no longer restricted to the viewfinder,
you can position the camera at a high or low angle
for more creative shots.
The LCD monitor's wide
160˚ viewing angle ensures the screen can still
be easily seen.
Easier Verification
The on-screen image
on the monitor can be
enlarged by 5 or 10
times, enabling you to
check for proper focus.
The camera can also
simulate the current
exposure level in realtime so you'll know how
the shot will turn out.
Face Detection
When shooting in Live View, a
Face Detection AF mode automatically recognizes human faces
and focuses on them so you'll
never miss a single smile!
Multiple AF Modes
Full HD Movie Recording
Capture spectacular Full HD resolution movies with the EOS 550D’s EOS MOVIE mode.
Whether you’re shooting an event or making a short film, an extensive range of video options
means you can get impressive results easily.
A New Point of View
Choose from a variety of
video resolutions depending
on the final usage of the
footage — from beautifully
detailed HD movies to
simple video snapshots of
family events.
Movie Crop Mode
Normal mode
Live Mode
Uses contrast detection to determine subject position
Face Detection Live Mode
Detects human faces for focus and ensures proper exposure
Users who want more creative control over their videos
will be glad to know the EOS 550D has a manual
exposure feature that allows manual setting of shutter
speed, aperture and ISO speed.
Movie Resolutions & Frame Rates
Whether you're shooting relatively still subjects or quick
moving action, Live View's range of autofocus modes
ensures they'll all be captured with unbelievable ease.
Quick Mode
Uses 9-point AF system to locate subject
Need to get much closer
to your subject? Now
you can with Movie
Crop* mode. This new function
gives you an approximate 7x zoom
magnification so you can capture
close-ups of your subjects from
a distance.
*Video shot with Movie Cropping mode will be
in 640x480 resolution
Movie crop mode
Large aperture for background blur
High ISO for gorgeous night scenes
Sound Recording
The EOS 550D has a built-in monaural microphone that
automatically adjusts recording volume for optimum
results during shooting. An external stereo microphone
jack is also provided for situations with more demanding
audio needs.
Simultaneous Photo Capture*
If a photo-worthy moment happens when you're
shooting a video, simply press the shutter release
button and a still image will be capture.
*Not available in movie crop mode
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Wide 3” Clear View
LCD Monitor
The EOS 550D's wide 3” LCD monitor features
an amazing 1.04 million dot resolution that lets
you see even the smallest detail clearly. It now
has the same 3:2 aspect ratio as the image which
allows it to be displayed over the entire screen.
In addition, an anti-glare and smudge-resistant
coating on the monitor's surface ensure the
screen is highly visible even in bright sunlight.
Easy Ways to Share
Your Images And Videos
Creative Auto
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
With the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, you'll never
have to worry about dust problems. With a slew of
comprehensive measures, the system effectively reduces
the occurrence of dust and minimizes its effects.
An integral part of the system is the Self Cleaning Sensor
Unit. This component uses ultrasonic vibrations to
shake off dust particles adhering to the low-pass filter.
In addition, dust shadows that appear in images can be
removed using the Dust Delete Function in the bundled
Digital Photo Professional software.
The Creative Auto mode lets
you apply the creative effects
you want without requiring
you to have any knowledge of
photography terms.
Each setting on the Creative Auto
mode screen is accompanied by
a line of text explaining what it does. Adjust the settings to
achieve the effect you want, and start snapping away!
Quick Control
Instead of having to navigate
through different menus to
change different settings, the
Quick Control feature gives
you instant access to the
most common settings all in
one place.
With Quick Control, you can also easily make changes to
image settings even when shooting from a tripod, with the
camera at eye level.
After (with Dust Delete Function)
Image Stabilization:
Lens-based vs. In-body
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Easy Operation,
Astounding Results
Direct Printing
with PictBridge
Pictbridge technology makes it
easy for you to print out your
images without the need for a
computer. Simply connect the
EOS 550D to any PictBridge-ready
printer and you can start printing.
with Selphy Compact
Photo Printers
The Selphy range of compact photo
printers makes a great companion
for the EOS 550D. Print directly
from your memory cards or directly
into the printer. Enjoy printing your
photos in a variety of sizes and
have fun dressing them up with
speech bubbles, frames, clip arts
and other layout features.
Features of Selphy compact photo printers:
Dye-sub printing ensures great image quality
Print resolution as high as 300 x 600 dpi
Easy Photo Pack - ink and paper integrated in a single cartridge
Via Bluetooth BU - 30 or infrared (depanding on models)
Creative Printing Features
Unlike other camera brands who build image stabilization
(IS) into the camera body, Canon's IS systems are incorporated
in their lenses.
HDMI-CEC Interface
View your images and videos in all their
high-resolution glory with the EOS 550D's
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal. When
connected to any HDMI-compatible display, image resolution
will automatically be configured to best fit the display.
You can also control image playback on the EOS 550D via a TV
remote control when the camera is connected to any HDMIready TV that supports the HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics
Control) standard.
Extensive EF Lens Selection
Canon's world-renowned EF and EF-S lenses are designed
specifically for EOS digital SLRs. The decades of research and
development that go into every lens ensures each EF lens delivers
excellent optical performance and image clarity. With over 60
lenses available from fisheye to super telephoto, there's an EF
lens for every shooting objective.
The advantage this has over in-body IS is that the IS system
can be positioned to more effectively correct camera shake
according to the specific characteristics of each lens.
Furthermore, the stabilized
effect can also be seen through
the viewfinder, allowing you to
decide on the best moment to
take the shot.
New Accessories
Remote Controller RC-6
Battery Grip BG-E8
Capture images when
you're at a distance from
the camera
Additional power source
that doubles as vertical
shooting grip
EOS 550D
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Shooting Settings Display
Nomenclature of
EOS 550D
Mode Dial
Shutter button
Red-eye reduction/
Self-timer lamp
Flash-sync contacts
Hot shoe
Focal plane mark
Flash button
Remote control
Main Dial Pointer
Shutter Speed
Built-in flash/AF-assist beam
Main Dial
Flash Exposure
Evaluative Metering
Partial Metering
Spot Metering
Average Metering
Shooting Mode
Picture Style
Drive Mode
Image-Recording Quality
Menu button
Single Shooting
Continuous Shooting
Self-Time / Remote Control
Self-Timer: 2 Sec.
Self-Timer: Continuous
Quick Control Icon
Lens release
Eye-Fi transmission status*
White Balance
Battery Check
preview button
settings display button
Highlight Tone Priority
Flash Exposure Compensation
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Exposure Level Indicator
Exposure Compensation Amount
AEB Range
AF Mode
Dioptric adjustment
knob button
Viewfinder eyepiece
Display-off sensor
ISO speed
Live View shooting/Movie
shooting button/Print / Share Button
Aperture setting/
Exposure compensation button
Tungsten Light
White Fluorescent Light
RAW + Large / Fine
Shots Remaining
Shots Remaining During
Wb Bracketing
Self-Timer Countdown
Bulb Exposure Time
Manual Focus Mode
White Balance Bracketing
White Balance Correction
Viewfinder Information
Spot metering circle
AE lock/FE lock button/
Index button/Reduce button
Focusing screen
AF point activation indicator
AF points
Power switch
AF point
selection/Magnify button
LCD monitor
Drive mode
selection button
Picture Style
selection button
Playback button
Quick Control/
Direct print button
White balance
selection button
Setting button
Card slot cover
AF mode
selection button
Erase button
Access lamp
Recording medium
Compatible lenses
Lens Mount
Image Sensor
Effective Pixels
Image Sensor Size
Aspect ratio
Dust deletion feature
Recording System
Recording format
Image type
Recording pixels
File numbering
Imaging Processor
Picture Style
White Balance
Noise Reduction
Automatic Image
Brightness Correction
Highlight Tone Priority
Lens Peripheral Illumination
Colour Space
Appending copyright information
Built-in dioptric adjustment
Focusing screen
Depth-of-field preview
AF Points
AF Working Range
Focusing Modes
AF-assist beam
Improper FE lock warning
<ISO> ISO speed
AE lock/
AEB in-progress
Maximum burst
High-speed sync
(FP flash)
FE lock/FEB in-progress
<B/W> Monochrome shooting
ISO speed
Flash exposure compensation
Shutter speed
FE lock (FEL)
Busy ( buSY)
Built-in flash recycling ( buSY)
White balance correction
Predictive AF performance
Exposure Control
Metering Modes
Focusing confirmation light
<D+> Highlight tone priority
Exposure level indicator
Exposure compensation amount
AEB range
Card full warning (FuLL) Red-eye reduction lamp-on indicator
Card error warning (Err)
No card warning (Card)
Metering range
Exposure control
ISO Speed
(Recommended exposure index)
Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
SD, SDHC and SDXC card
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
Canon EF mount
CMOS sensor
Approx. 18.0 megapixels
22.3mm x 14.9mm
Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original)
RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording possible MOV
(1) Large: Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)
(2) Medium: Approx. 8.00 megapixels (3456 x 2304)
(3) Small: Approx. 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728)
(4) RAW: Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)
Consecutive numbering, auto reset and manual reset
Exposure compensation
AE lock
Shutter Speeds
Drive System
Drive modes
Continuous shooting speed
Max. burst
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome,
User Def. 1-3
Auto (AWB), daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light,
white fluorescent light, flash, custom (custom WB)
Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Built in Flash
Guide No.
Recycle time
Flash coverage
Flash metering system
Live View Functions
Shooting modes
Auto Lighting Optimizer with Face Detection
Metering modes
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Copyright information entered with the camera is appended to the
image EXIF information
Eye-level pentamirror
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
Approx. 0.87 x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 19mm (From eyepiece lens center at -1m-1)
-3.0 - +1.0 m-1dpt
Quick-return type
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Autofocus, One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF,
Manual focusing
Intermittent firing of built-in flash
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx 3.5m/11.5ft
at periphery (with an EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the
Speedlite’s AF-assist beam is emitted instead)
Tracking of an object moving towards the camera at 50km/h
possible up to a minimum distance of approx. 10m.*When used
with EF300mm F2.8L IS USM
TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering (center, approx. 4% viewfinder)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
EV 1-20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Program AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field
AE, full auto (Program AE non-shiftable), Programmed Image
Control Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night
Portrait, Flash OFF), manual exposure (including bulb), E-TTL II
autoflash program AE (evaluative & average metering)
ISO 100-6400 (whole-stop increments), ISO expansion 12800.
*In Basic Zone modes, Auto ISO sets the ISO automatically within
*The minimum ISO speed when (highlight tone priority) is enabled
will be ISO 200
*In Creative Zones, ISO Auto’s upper limit (ISO 400-6400) can
be set
Metering range
Movie recording exposure control
Movie editinG
System Chart
±5 stops in 1/3-stop or 1/2 stop increments, ±2 stops for
Manual and AEB correction
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering
when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range.
Available range varies by shooting mode.)
X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Single, continuous, Self-timer 10sec. Delay/Remote control,
Self-timer 2sec. delay, Self-timer 10sec delay + continuous
shooting (2 to 10 shots)
Max. approx. 3.7 shots/sec.
JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 34 shots
RAW: Approx. 6 shots
Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentamirror
13/43 (at ISO 100 meters/feet)
Approx. 3 sec
17mm focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 135 format)
E-TTL II autoflash (evaluative, average), FE lock
Still photo shooting and movie shooting
Quick mode (Phase-difference detection) Live mode,
Live face detection mode (Contrast detection) Manual focusing
(5x/10x magnification possible)
Evaluative metering with the image sensor (still photos) / AF
point-link evaluative metering Live face detection mode (movies) /
Center-weighted average metering Live/quick mode (movies)
EV 0-20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
MOV (Video: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
Recording size: 1920 x 1080: 24fps / 25fps / 30fps(Full HD), 1280
x 720:50fps / 60fps and 640 x 480:50fps / 60fps (SD/ movie crop)
Max file size: 4GB per clip
Program AE and Manual exposure available.
Exposure compensation of up to ±3 stops available
Cutting out first or last scene (1 sec. Increments) and
Movie crop possible
LCD Monitor
Monitor Size and Dots
Brightness adjustment
Interface languages
Image Playback
Image Display Formats
Zoom Magnification
Image Browsing Methods
Highlight Alert
Movie Playback
Direct Printing
Compatible printers
Printable images
Print Ordering
Digital Terminal
HDMI Mini OUT Terminal
External microphone IN terminal
Remote Control Terminal
Wireless Remote Control
Power Source
Battery Life (Based on CIPA
testing standards)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W X H X D)
Operating Environment
Working temperature range
Working humidity
TFT colour liquid-crystal monitor
Wide 3-in. (3:2) with approx. 1,040,000 dots
Approx. 100%
Manual (7 levels)
Single, Single + Info (Image-recording quality, shooting information,
histogram) 4-image index, 9-image index, image rotation possible
Approx. 1.5x - 10x
Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, jump by screen,
by shooting date, by movie, by stills
Overexposed highlights blink
Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT –
CEC compatible) Built-in speaker
PictBridge-compatible printers
JPEG and RAW images
DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
For personal computer communication and direct printing
(Hi-Speed USB) , audio (stereo)/video output (NTSC/PAL)
Type C (Auto switching of resolution)
3.5mm dia. Stereo mini jack
Compatible with remote control via RS-60E3
With Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5 /RC-6
Battery Pack LP-E8 (Qty.1)
*AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8
*With Battery Grip BG-E8 attached, 6 size-AA/LR6 batteries or
2 LP-E8 battery packs can be used
With viewfinder shooting:
At 23°C/73°F, approx. 550 shots. At 0°C/32°F, approx. 470 shots.
With Live View shooting:
At 23°C/73°F, approx. 200 shots. At 0°C/32°F, approx. 170 shots.
128.8 x 97.5 x 75.3 mm / 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.0 in.
Approx. 475g / 16.8oz. (body only)
0°C - 40°C / 32°F - 104°F
85% or less
EOS 550D Bundled Applications
Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk
Zoom Browser EX / Image Browser (Win/Mac)
Digital Photo Professional (Win/Mac)
EOS Utility (Win/Mac)
Original Data Security Tools (Win)
Picture Style Editor (Win/Mac)
Photo Stitch (Win/Mac)
WFT Utility (Win/Mac)
Memory Card Utility (Win/Mac)
Custom Function
01. Exposure level increments
02. ISO expansion
03. Flash sync. speed in Av mode
04. Long exp. noise reduction
05. High ISO speed noise reduction
06. Highlight tone priority
07. AF-assist beam firing
08. Mirror lockup
09. Shutter button/AE lock button
10. Assign SET button
11. LCD display when power ON
12. Add image verification data
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