differences

Advantages of the Canon SD550

Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
7.1 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Size
Much smaller
86×54×22 mm vs 90×57×27 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
35 mm vs 37 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Screen resolution
Slightly higher resolution screen
173k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 50% higher resolution screen
Weight
Lighter
170 g vs 185 g
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Around 10% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
800 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The SD600's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              SD55090×57×27 mm
              SD60086×54×22 mm
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Thickness Thin Help
              SD5501.1"
              SD6000.9"
              Weight Light weight Help
              SD550185 g
              SD600170 g
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SD550400 ISO
              SD600800 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              SD55037 mm
              SD60035 mm
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SD5502 fps
              SD6002.1 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SD5507.1 MP
              SD6005.9 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SD550115k dots
              SD600173k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              3x

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