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

153

Canon EOS 550D

104

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"
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

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

$999 - $1,029 body only

$1,599 - $2,299 with 24-105mm lens

GPS Has a GPS
Screen resolution Slightly higher resolution screen
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Pro DSLR

$1,000 with 18-135mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$1,999 - $2,349 body only

$2,599 - $2,699 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Storage slots Has more storage slots
Weight Slightly heavier

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$377 body only

$324 with 18-135mm lens

Weight Slightly lighter
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,490 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$447 body only

$559 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Overall image quality Much worse image quality

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