Updated (February 2010): Compare the Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon EOS 550D

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

81

Canon EOS 550D

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,815 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
Weight
Light-weight
530 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 550D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,239 - $1,499 body only

$1,800 - $1,899 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,249 - $2,599 body only

$2,700 - $3,199 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$850 - $999 body only

$949 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance More noise at high ISO

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$379 body only

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,071 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$503 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth

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