As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Canon EOS 550D is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Canon EOS 550D's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS 600D and the EOS 1100D) and Nikon (such as the D3200 and the D3100)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D
1 year newer
$425 (body only)
$532 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 600D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 600D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 600D and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D
1 year newer
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1100D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 1100D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1100D and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
4 years newer
$385 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1200D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 1200D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 1200D and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
6 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and 550D

  • None found

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
2 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3200 and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS 750D

Canon EOS 750D
5 years newer
$556 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 750D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 750D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 750D and 550D

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
2 years older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 40D and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
1 year older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 70D and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
2 years newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 6D and 550D

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
1 year older
$2,311 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the 550D)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark II (vs the 550D)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark II and 550D

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 550D compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 460k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), records movies in 24p and much more lenses available (220 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
6 years newer
$1,098 (body only)
$1,498 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the 550D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the 550D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and 550D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
7 months newer
$1,195 14-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the 550D)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the 550D)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the DMC-GH2 and 550D

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20
7 years newer
$699 - $749 (body only)
$700 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T20 (vs the 550D)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X-T20 (vs the 550D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the X-T20 and 550D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $699.00 vs $332.24

Sony NEX 7

Sony NEX-7
1 year newer
$737 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX 7 (vs the 550D)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the NEX 7 (vs the 550D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the NEX 7 and 550D

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Inexpensive: $736.89 vs $332.24
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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8 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the 550D)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the 550D)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Shorter battery life: 235 shots vs 440 shots

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and 550D

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
5 months older
$900 14-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the 550D)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (119×71×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.4" vs 2.4"
  • Lighter: 330 g vs 530 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF1 (vs the 550D)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DMC-GF1 and 550D

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $899.99 vs $332.24
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 550D compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 207k dots), takes significantly higher resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 8 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
1 year newer
$429

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the 550D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the 550D)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the SX40 and 550D

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 440 shots
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 2.4"

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
2 years older
$281

Significant advantages of the S5 IS (vs the 550D)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the S5 IS (vs the 550D)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 207k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much shorter battery life: 170 shots vs 440 shots

common strengths of the S5 IS and 550D

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×80×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.4"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 530 g