Summary Canon 550D

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Body only Unknown With 18-55mm lens $907
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Within its price range #n/a of 14 Among similar cameras #n/a of 17
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 22.3x14.9mm Screen resolution Help 1,040k dots
Megapixels Help 17.9 MP Movie format Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Help 3.0" Light sensitivity Help 6,400 ISO
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Also known as: Canon Kiss X4, Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon EOS 550DCanon EOS 550D

Replacement

Canon has replaced the EOS 550D with the 600D.

Canon EOS 600D
Canon EOS 600D announced February, 2011
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Lowest price Significantly cheaper

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Pros

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The Canon 550D vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,040k dots
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Thickness Thin Help
2.4"
Weight Light Help
530 g
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
Lens availability More lenses available Help
197 lenses
Size Really small Help
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm

Cons

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The Canon 550D vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3.7 fps
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
9
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
1
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
440 shots
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
784 ISO
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
66.0
Color depth Less color depth Help
22.1 bits
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
11.5 EV
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
0.54x
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Sensor size Small sensor Help
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
Announced Old Help
February, 2010
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Lowest price Expensive Help
$907.00

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CLARA (6:36 AM, July 17, 2013)
I LOVE IT, FORME IT'S PERFECT........
 
jhayar (4:39 AM, March 26, 2013)
how many zoom this
 
Sara Ali (0:05 PM, June 21, 2012)
mamun am kinda confused of buing which of 550d or 600d .. alot of people recommended 550 because the shutter is less likely stuck and there are slight differencies in the features. yet i need a push to take a final decision, so should i go for 550 d :s
 
Mamun (3:25 PM, June 06, 2012)
I am using it for last 5 months.......before buying this one I was confused to select among Nikon 5100 vs Canon EOS 600D vs Canon EOS 550 D..... Finally I had selected Canon EOS 600D. ( Now here comes the point Nikon vs Canon.... I preferred Canon because - When you are buying a camera actually you are not buying only a DSLR but the whole System and Equipment....In this regard Canon is ahead ). I went to the shop then the shopkeeper told me to buy 550D.... I knew that 600D and 550D are using same sensor , pic are all same. but the articulated screen is the main advantage of  600D. Then the shopkeeper told me to buy 550D and save some bucks for next lens......to me I have taken the right decision. This is a great Camera.....excellent performance on this Price level. Now I love to LOVE my Canon EOS 550D...... Highly recommended Camera for the Newbies......... 
 
Biggybig (8:08 PM, June 04, 2012)
BEst DSLR..even works professionally to professionals. Only complain is its Low Light Capability and auto focus on VDO...Its a bit disappointing otherwise it is even the  best than some pros .
 
Avatar for PC1512 PC1512 (2:31 PM, May 02, 2012)
Yes - EF lenses will work on any EOS body.  EF-S lenses will work on any "crop" (not full frame) body, including the 550D.
 
Avatar for PC1512 PC1512 (2:30 PM, May 02, 2012)
IS helps with camera shake, but NOT object shake or motion - the only cure for that is a faster shutter speed.

Note that IS on Canon DSLR's is lens dependant - ie, the IS is done in the lens and only certain lenses have this function.
 
Avatar for PC1512 PC1512 (2:27 PM, May 02, 2012)
Yep this isn't really fair - IS is available, and even comes fitted in the standard kit lens, Canon (like Nikon) just place it in the lens rather than the body.
 
Khriz (3:05 AM, April 21, 2012)
what do you mean by "there is no image stabilization"? is it in the camera? if in general, some of the lenses have IS.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (10:25 PM, March 07, 2012)
Yes, we were saying that the 550D doesn't do HDR automatically in camera, but we point out above, that you can do it manually. 
 
Lucipasc2 (10:21 PM, March 07, 2012)
it's not true you colud hdr manually!!!!!
 
Wicky_mj (0:36 PM, February 25, 2012)
what is the current price of 550D n 600D ?
 
NAgiSouchiroz (0:07 PM, January 02, 2012)
seriously i want to buy this gadget .but i didnt have the money though :(
 
deepsid (10:15 PM, November 26, 2011)
hampir 6jt om body doang. klo full set 6jt lebih
 
Avatar for Satyam Joshi Satyam Joshi (11:48 AM, November 22, 2011)
there's no single site or person that can put the best out of these 3s..Canon 550D and Nikon D5100 or D3100 ! Features donot impress me much..but performance and image quality!
 
Avatar for Satyam Joshi Satyam Joshi (11:45 AM, November 22, 2011)
NO
 
Avatar for Satyam Joshi Satyam Joshi (11:44 AM, November 22, 2011)
does VR or canon IS remove the blur from image.....can it save from camera shakes or object shakes(object in motion) ??
 
Matthew (11:29 PM, November 10, 2011)
i have 550d for more than a year and i love the feeling of becoming better photographer knowing my camera.!!! :)
 
Christinamather (2:13 PM, November 09, 2011)
hey does the canon 550d have color selector?
 
Csaba (7:40 AM, October 27, 2011)
The video formats should be corrected above. The 550D can shoot 60 fps at 720p.
 
Jayant (1:48 PM, October 14, 2011)
Not started using it but it has awesome results, regards - Jayant
 
Giegaszt (5:20 PM, August 21, 2011)
ini harganya berapa ya?
 
Matt L Walker (6:00 PM, July 27, 2011)
I have a Canon EOS 300 with a 35-80mm lens. Can I fit this lens on the body of the Canon EOS 550D
 
Gefcool (5:53 AM, July 16, 2011)
Great Camera also pretty much comparable to the EOS 7D.. Less money, much specs!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:55 PM, June 22, 2011)
Yes, its called AI-Servo.  The 550D has three AF modes: one shot, ai focus, ai servo.   One shot is for still subjects, ai servo is for moving subjects, and ai focus lets the camera decide between the two.