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

100

Canon EOS 550D

68

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
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 550D

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
220 lenses
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"
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

$1,058 - $1,399 body only

$1,699 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$690 - $979 body only

$1,049 - $1,099 with 15-45mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$318 - $699 body only

$350 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Lens availability More lenses available
Size Smaller
Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder

Canon EOS 550D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$369 body only

Weight Slightly lighter
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$424 body only

$530 with 18-55mm lens

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Thickness Much thicker
Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Super zoom

$397

Image stabilization Image stabilization
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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