Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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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
- 7.7 cm (3.0 inch) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
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|Connectivity Technology||PictBridge^Yes||Yes||USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC||—|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||7.7 cm|
|Effective Still Resolution||18.7||24.2||24.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||No||No||—||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||12.88 x 6.2 x 9.73 cm||—||12.2 x 9.3 x 7 cm||9.99 x 7.62 x 13.1 cm|
|Item Weight||0.53 kg||0.51 kg||450 grams||0.53 kg|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||8.1 Watt Hours||1,100 Watt Hours||7.49 Watt Hours||7.4 Watt Hours|
|How is the Lithium Battery packaged?||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries contained in equipment|
|Max Focal Length||27.5 mm||—||—||55|
|Min Focal Length||18 mm||—||—||18|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||18 megapixels||24.7||25.8 megapixels||25.8 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card|
|Special Feature||Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice^Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||NFC||—|
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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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On receiving it, and the daunting instruction book, I read the basics and went off once the battery had charged. It has a long enough battery life for me to be out for over 4 hours, mainly on the extension of the 70-300mm lens I have also purchased, and I've got some of the best photographs I have ever taken.
Close ups of birdlife are exquisite, you can see every fibre on a feather, it takes excellent moving shots, particularly flying geese, ducks, buzzards, and yesterday, with the sun above it, a beautiful gull, the sun through it's wings.
Easy to use, easy to adjust the settings, I am really enjoying this. People said I would need a tripod, but for my current requirements, I got a monopod and have only used it once. The camera is easy enough to wield myself. If I were sitting birdwatching, which I will do in the summer, I would need to use support.
If you are looking for a great camera, not overly expensive, I would recommend this one. PS, the only way I can download my photos is by inserting the SD card into my computer, cannot get the wire connection to work.
Previous to that I happily used several compacts, but when the last one died I decided to bite the bullet, get under the bonnet and push the envelope with digital photography.
Following the reviews, some professional advice and my own research I settled on this model and it's opened up a whole new world for me.
There's an inherent quality and an impressive range of functionality with this model. Its top of the amateur range and - at a push - could be used professionally.
Coming from a background in compacts where twiddling one knob to the appropriate mode is approaching full utilisation - the range of effects achievable through basic settings on this model blew me away. You can stand in one spot taking shots of the same scene/item - work through the available range of ISO/Aperture/Shutter Speed/White background etc etc and get a series of high quality images with massively different effects.
One word of advice though if you're like me and want to get creative with your photography - take a course in digital photography and then keep practicing - you'll be hooked in no time.
I have never been lucky enough to own a SLR camera before and took the time to read/learn about photography - you will need to do this also if you want to really get the best use out of the camera.
Worth every penny.
The only downside to this camera is the HD video recording capability. It does record amazing quality video, dont get me wrong but zooming is a real issue. You can zoom by twisting the lens but its not exactly smooth and focus is also lost. So you zoom and then have to click a button to make it focus again (which takes a second of in-out-in-out focusing).
If you want to record video then I would recommend a seperate camcorder (probably a Panasonic HD).
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