Canon EOS 550D : Tests and Reviews

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Type EntryLevelDSLR, SemiProDSLR
Announced 26/02/2010  
Indicative price (USD) 1000  
Sensor type CMOS  
Resolution 5184 x 3456  
Sensor photo detectors (Mpix) 18  
Sensor size (mm) 14.9 x 22.3 
Color filter array RGB 
Pixel pitch (µm)  
Bits per pixel 14
Focal length multiplier 1.6 
Aspect Ratio 3:2 
ISO latitude  100 - 12800 
Shutter type Mechanical 
Fastest - Slowest speed (s) 1/4000 - 30.0  
Frame rate (fps) 3.7  
Live view  Yes 
Stabilization  Optical 
Firmware  
Dust cleaning Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces 
Mount type Canon EF-S  
Weight (gr)  
Battery type Li-ion, LPE8, 7.2V, 1120mAh 
Battery weight (gr)  
Tropicalization 0 - 40C 85% 
Camera material Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber 
Mount material Metal 
View finder type Optical 
View finder magnification  
View finder coverage 95 
Mirror lockup Yes (custom function)  
View finder diopter -3 to +1 
Monitor type LCD 
Monitor size
Monitor pixel 1040000 
Articulated screen No 
Touch screen No 
Contrast screen  
Low-pass filter  
Focus mode Switch on lens 
Autofocus modes AI Focus, One Shot, AI Servo 
Number of autofocus points
Exposure bracketing +/- 2.0 EV (3 shots), 0.5 or 0.3 EV increments 
Exposure compensation +/- 5.0 EV 
Drive modes Single, Continuous: 3.7 fps up to 34 Large/Fine JPEG / 6 RAW frames, Self-timer 10 secs (2 sec with mirror lock-up), Self-timer continuous 
Buffer size  
Recording medium SD/SDHC/SHXC 
Image format JPEG, RAW (CR2) 
White balance bracketing +/-3 levels, 3 images, Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias 
Connectivity AV/USB/HDMI/RC-6/3.5 microphone 
Bluetooth No 
3G NO 
Sound recording Yes 
External micro Yes 
Histogram Yes 
GPS NA 
Video Yes 
Maximum format image video 1920 x 1080 (1080p, 16:9) 30/25/24 fps 
Full HD Yes 
Live autofocus Yes 
Video file format MOV 
Video codec  
Video stabilisation  

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