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Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

by Canon
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)



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  • 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
  • Continuous shooting at 3.7fps
  • Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates
  • 7.7cm (3.0 inch) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
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  • Item Weight: 531 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 4463B016AA
  • ASIN: B0037KM0EY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,642 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Box Contains

  • EOS 550D Body
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Camera Cover R-F-3
  • Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
  • Battery Charger LC-E8E
  • AC Cable 1m
  • Battery Pack LP-E8
  • Battery Cover
  • Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Box with JAN code
  • Product Description

    The EOS 550D redefines the boundaries of Canon's consumer DSLR range, incorporating technologies and features more commonly found in semi­professional DSLRs into the compact, lightweight body favoured by consumers. With a newly­developed 18 Megapixel (MP) APS-C CMOS sensor, coupled with Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 image processor and the ability to shoot Full HD movies, photography enthusiasts are empowered to explore new levels of creativity. The EOS 550D makes Canon's powerful imaging technology more accessible to consumers. Canon's advanced DIGIC 4 image processor and 18MP sensor support standard ISO settings of 100 ­ 6400 (expandable to 12800), while enhanced in­camera noise reduction technology boosts performance in low light conditions. The system's 14­bit image processing also produces smoother tonal gradation and natural looking colours for high quality prints and on-screen display.

    For swift and accurate focusing, the EOS 550D features a 9­point AF system with one extra­sensitive cross­type point at the centre for f/2.8 or faster lenses. The EOS 550D also supports high­speed, continuous shooting at 3.7 frames per second (fps). These features provide users with the opportunity to exert greater control over their images, allowing them to capture split­second moments with ease and accuracy.



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    799 of 810 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 550D The best yet 21 Mar 2010
    Style Name:18-55 mm Lens Kit
    Put simply this is the most important camera to be released in years.

    What I find astonishing that people have spent 750 on a DSLR as good as this and complain about the video issues. I work in TV and deal with professional cameras and footage for broadcast on a daily basis and I can tell you with every bit of my professional opinion that this camera is outstanding.

    The stills are incredible and while the only frustrating video issue is the lack of audio control or monitoring, which can be compensated by recording on to a separate device and sync by clapper, the video is absolutely fantastic. Easily broadcastable when in the right hands.

    Could you even imagine a camera capable of all this, for this price 10 years ago? 5 years ago? a year ago?

    Please do not look any further, this camera has incredible video and still performance with interchangeable lens capability and with a decent mic attached could be a broadcast kit that could fit in a small bag.

    I have a XH-A1 for personal use at home and I am already using this more. It doesn't have quite the same features and manual controls, but hey, the XH-A1 cost 2500, This costs about 700 and has equally good image production. In some ways is even more flexible with changeable lenses.

    I can not recommend any product I have ever bought as highly as this.

    Keen Amateurs, Holiday makers, Semi Professional Videographers... It's all there for you!!
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    173 of 176 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 550D-lightful 22 May 2010
    Style Name:18-55 mm Lens Kit
    After researching for several weeks through Canon's large variety of DSLRs, I came to the conclusion of purchasing a 500D because of it's high reputation. Just as I was about to seal the deal, I came across the not-so-much talked about 550D. Although higher in specifications, I was unsure whether or not its lack of hype was due to poor quality or its more recent debut: I decided to add to basket and cross my fingers.

    Wow. In replacement to a Sony Cybershot, it seems as if any photo taken is stunning. The image quality is superb and the auto settings make a world of difference. Although not the most pricey of the Canon EOS range, the camera feels utterly professional. The battery life passed my expectations and the flash is a beast, albeit sometimes I find myself switching to 'Flash off' mode. The body is sturdy and lightweight and the HD video function is fantastic.

    My only complaints are that the microphone isn't great and tends to pick up a lot of 'fuzz' and that the mode settings utilize the wheel to navigate as opposed to the generic d-pad. Moreover, the pros outweigh the cons marginally hence my high rating.

    The perfect 'first real camera' for any aspiring photographer whose ready to up their game. Although pretty big bucks, you won't regret it; I know I haven't!
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    258 of 265 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best of both worlds? 2 April 2010
    Style Name:18-135 mm Lens Kit
    I've just bought this Canon 550D with the 18-135 IS lens and have so far been very impressed. It handles low light shooting very well, as a result of the IS facility and very high ISO ability.
    The range coverage of this lens is excellent, from landscapes to close ups and the images I've got so far are very sharp and detailed. It can shoot in RAW mode along side high quality JPEG, so you have an image ready to show (JPEG) and an image you can tinker about with (RAW) on your computer until it is perfect (the provided Canon software makes it very easy to do). Navigating around the camera menu becomes a breezes after a few practices, although keep the manual nearby as there is a wealth of information to digest from it. The screen on the back is fantastic and crystal clear. The camera feels comfortable to hold (even in my big paws!) and is not to heavy to cart around. The microphone port is also a welcome new addition as it will allow you to capture the sound in stereo and enables you to choose your microphone weapon of your choice rather than being condemned into using the built in microphone (which does the job).

    The only moan about this kit is that the AF is bit noisey, as it's not a USM lens, but if you want a comparable zoom range in a Canon USM lens you'd be paying a hell of lot more money (eg the 15-85 IS USM).

    A couple of tips before I go

    1) Buy a decent SDHC card like a Sandisk Extreme with a class 10 rating, preferably 16GB or more (for the video capture side of things especially). Don't be lured into buying a cheap card because it has a high capacity as it won't read and write the data fast enough to
    be of any good, especially the HD video. Canon recommend at least a class 6 card.
    2) Get a powerful computer.
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    79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very worthwhile upgrade from the 400D 29 April 2010
    By Rich
    Style Name:Body Only
    I previously owned a Canon 400D dSLR and a Canon HF100 HD camcorder. In short the 550D blows them both out of the water for what I use it for - which is predominantly a family camera for photographing and filming the kids. The 18mp resolution is a little unnecessary in my book, but it's definitely useful for when you need to crop a shot - you can crop and awful lot and still end up with a decent resolution photo. Then main advantages it has over the 400D (for me at least) are that the menu's are vastly improved, the low light real-world shooting is much better and the body it's self just feels a little more solid and nicer to hold and use (the button placement has been very well thought out for such a small camera).

    Compared to the HF100, the HD videos the 550D shoots are (in terms of visual quality) stunning, and I can't see myself going back to using a regular camcorder any time soon. OK so it's no as use friendly as a camcorder would be but if you're not scared of using manual focus all the time and don't need to shoot anything for more than 12 minutes continuously (the HD video limit for all today's dSLRs I think), the 550D shoots very very nice looking videos. What surprised me was the sound quality - it was a lot better than I expected it to be! It's on par with the sound my HF100 used to take anyway. I was expecting it to be very tinny or 'cheap' sounding as I'd read the audio from the inbuilt mic's on the 500D and 7D's mic's are, but it's not at all bad and fine for home movies. It's mono, not stereo, and the mic pics up any taps and buzzes the camera makes, but as long as you're careful while handling the camera when filming it's not a problem at all.

    As this was the 550D Body Only I got, I got the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens to use an an 'everyday' lens to go with it.
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