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EOS 550D – Rebel T2i info and reviews

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Canon EOS 550D – Rebel T2i DSLR. Info, updates and reviews

550D information, news, reviews and specifications



 

The 550D was first announced in February 2010 and marked Canon’s first use of their 18MP APS-C sensor in the Rebel (xxxD) line of DSLRs.

It marked a noticeable improvement in specifications over the previous 500D and if you were looking for a 2nd hand DSLR for photography, it has not been markedly bettered by the newer 600D and 650D.

Canon 550d

Key features

  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 18MP CMOS sensor
  • 3 inch 3:2 LCD with 1040k dot resolution (not flip out)
  • 63-point iFCL metering system.
  • 3.7 fps | 12800 ISO max

550D/T2i Video related

550D vs 500D

Pro points

  • 18MP CMOS sensor with gapless micro lenses
  • ISO 6400 in default ISO range (12,800 is extra)
  • Customisable auto ISO ranges
  • Expanded bracketing range (+/- 5 stops)
  • Dedicated button for video/live shooting
  • 63 zone iFCL metering
  • 3:2 LCD screen with more pixels
  • 1080 HD at 30, 24 or 24fps
  • Stereo microphone input
  • Manual controls in video mode
  • Slightly higher burst shooting rate (3.7 fps vs. 3.4 fps)
  • SDXC compatible

Con points

  • Reduced buffer size
    (JPEG 34 vs. 170, RAW 6 vs. 9)
  • Price – higher

Latest 550D/T2i Information

2012 April

16th There is a problem with some cameras (EOS 60D, EOS 450D, EOS 500D, EOS 600D & EOS 1000D) and Eye-Fi X2 series cards (incl. Connect X2, Mobile X2, Pro X2). This from Canon:

It is possible that the EOS digital SLR cameras which have had their main PCB replaced during the specific timeframes listed above may not turn on normally when Eye-Fi brand cards are used, or if any brand of SD card is removed from the camera within a certain time after opening the card slot cover. If the camera is not turning on normally when using an Eye-Fi brand card, a temporary workaround is to use SD cards instead of the Eye-Fi card when capturing images. If the camera is not operating normally when the SD card is promptly removed after opening the card slot cover, a temporary workaround is to remove the battery pack, then re-insert the battery pack.

2011 March

27th There is a UK ‘Spring cashback’ for the 550D (£30) Canon UK
Runs to the 1st June and also covers some Ixus and Legria models

2010 November

27th Numerous review updates above
25th Firmware to v1.0.9
Fixes a phenomenon in which tone jumps become noticeable in some images, depending on the shooting scene, when shooting with the Auto Lighting Optimizer settings (Low / Standard / Strong).

July

7th Firmware to V1.0.8
Incorporates the following fixes.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves unexpectedly when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses)

April

14th iDC Run & Gun announced for 550D
4th Reviews updated
1st Review at DPR

March

2nd Reviews updated [PB]

February

26th We hear (thanks) of UK stocks of the 550D.
13th Some DxO sensor tests published.
8th The Rebel T2i (EOS 550D).
Features include:

1080p HD video recording (with full manual control)

18MP CMOS sensor

3 inch 3:2 LCD with 1040k dot resolution (not flip out)

63-point iFCL metering system (seen on the EOS 7D).

The new 550D also includes redesigned buttons, 3.7 fps, +/-5 stops exposure compensation and UI support for Eye-Fi cards.

We’ll be adding info to this page as we find it

canon 550D or Rebel T2i550D back view

Pre release rumours/info

2010 Feb

2nd It’s suggested [CR] that next weeks camera will get the Rebel T2i name.
No specs provided, but a new shape (and build quality) and still no swivel screen
Updated – Canon confirm the existence of the new LP-E8 battery suggested for the new camera. A material safety note [PDF] appears.

January

27th At an Israeli forum there is suggestions that we will see a 550D (or 600D) and a 60D in the near future [via CR]

550D/600D Specs

Articulating screen

Body smaller than 500D

Upgraded 15.1MP APS-C Sensor

720p Video @ 30fps

~$800

60D Specs

Articulating screen

Metal body, similar to 50D

Upgraded 15.1MP APS-C Sensor

720p/1080p Video @ 30fps

Electronic Level

New battery & battery grip

~$1200

I note that both get an articulating screen – but it’s suggested that they won’t be available until May – perhaps not so likely for consumer level cameras?
17th suggestion that what’s coming up in February will be a new DSLR positioned ‘between’ the 50D/500D

2010 January

6th At CR there is the suggestion that two SLR cameras and some point’n’click boxes will be announced in February.
The oldest DSLR (June 08) in the ‘Rebel’ lineup is the 1000D, which might get a makeover, since the 500D will not even be a year old, which seems to be the life expectancy for its type.
The other suggestion is a 60D – although we’ve had conflicting rumours that the 1Ds4 will be announced in February

2009 March

26th First 550D thread spotted on DPR
We’re told (thanks) that some time either Nikon or Canon will announce in-body IS. It’s been widely trialed and tested, but each is waiting for the other.
25th The 500D is announced – now go out and take some photos!
Nothing to see here at the moment!
Will it be the 550 or 600D and how long will the refresh cycle be?
As to numbering, have a look at this table of old EOS film camera numbers
This table from WP

550D / T2i Specs

List price (US)Body only: $799
Body+18-55 IS Kit: $899
List price (EU)Body only: €729 + VAT
Body+18-55 IS Kit: €829 + VAT
International naming US: Canon Rebel T2i
Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital X4
Elsewhere: Canon EOS 550D
Body materialStainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre
Sensor 18.7 million effective pixels
19.0 million total pixels
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Colour Filter Array
Built-in low-pass filter with self cleaning unit
3:2 aspect ratio
Dust reductionLow-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)
Image sizes 5184 x 3456
3456 x 2304
2592 x 1728
Still image formatsRAW (.CR2 14-bit)
RAW (.CR2 14-bit) + JPEG Large/Fine
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) – Fine, Normal
Movie recording 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9) @ 30/25/24 fps
1280 x 720 (720P, 16:9) @ 60/50 fps
640 x 480 (4:3) @ 60/50 fps
Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video,linear PCM audio)
Up to 29 min 59 sec (or max file size 4 GB)
Image processorDIGIC 4
LensesCanon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
Focus modesAuto Focus
Manual Focus (switch on lens)
Auto Focus9-point CMOS sensor
F5.6 cross-type at center, extra sensitivity at F2.8
AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Predictive AF up to 10 m
AF modesAI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF point selectionAuto
Manual
AF assistFlash strobe
Shooting modesAuto
Portrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sports
Night portrait
Flash off
Movie
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
Metering TTL 63-zone SPC
Metering range: EV 1.0 – 20 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
Metering modesEvaluative 63-zone (linked to AF points)
Partial 9% at center
Spot 4% at center
Center-weighted average
AE LockAE lock button
AE Bracketing+/- 2.0 EV (3 shots)
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Exposure compen. +/- 5.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
SensitivityAuto (100 – 6400 )
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 800
ISO 1600
ISO 3200
ISO 6400
H1 expansion (ISO 12800 equiv.)
Highlight tone priority
ShutterFocal-plane shutter
30 – 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Bulb
Aperture valuesF1.0 – F91 (0.3 EV steps)
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance Auto
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Tungsten
Fluorescent
Flash
Custom
WB Bracketing+/-3 levels
3 images
Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias
WB fine-tuningBlue (-9) to Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Colour spacesRGB
Adobe RGB
Picture styleStandard
Portrait
Landscape
Neutral
Faithful
Monochrome
User 1
User 2
User 3
Custom image parametersSharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Colour tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processingHighlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (Basic and Creative modes)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction
Peripheral illumination correction
Drive modesSingle
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
Mirror lockupYes (custom function)
ViewfinderPentamirror
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.87x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 19 mm
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Fixed precision matte
Proximity sensor disables LCD shooting mode information
Viewfinder infoAF information (AF points focus confirmation light)
Shutter speed
Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
AEB
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
White balance correction
SD card information
Monochrome shooting
Maximum burst
Highlight tone priority
DOF previewYes, button
LCD monitor 3.0″ 3:2 TFT LCD
1040,000 pixels
Approx 100% coverage
Wide viewing angle (160° horizontal and vertical)
Dual anti-reflection, anti-smudge
7 brightness levels
Up to 10x zoom playback
LCD Live viewLive TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage (30 fps display rate)
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Grid optional (thirds)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at any point on the screen)
Optional Auto-focus with mirror-down / mirror-up sequence
Quick or Live mode autofocus
Record reviewUses last play mode
Magnification possible
2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
FlashAuto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
Guide number approx 13
Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)
External flashE-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
Hot-shoe
Other featuresOrientation sensor
In-camera copyright information
Automatically writes FAT16/FAT32 depending on capacity
Auto rotationOn (playback uses orientation data in file header)
Off
Playback modeSingle image
Single image with info (histogram brightness / RGB )
Magnified view (1.5 – 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
4 and 9 image index
Auto play
Image rotation
Jump (by 10, 100 or date)
Custom functions 12 custom functions with 36 settings
Menu languages English
German
French
Dutch
Danish
Portuguese
Finnish
Italian
Norwegian
Swedish
Spanish
Greek
Russian
Polish
Czech
Hungarian
Romanian
Ukrainian
Turkish
Arabic
Thai
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Korean
Japanese
FirmwareUser upgradable
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Video out (PAL / NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal )
HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC)
E3 type wired remote control
Remote Controller RC-6
External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack
Audio Mono microphone on front
Mono speaker on rear
External stereo mike (optional)
StorageSD / SDHC card
SDXC card
Power Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery
Approx 440 shots (23°C AE 50%, FE 50%), CIPA standard
4 level battery life display
Optional ACK-E8 AC adapter kit
Battery Grip Yes, BG-E8
Direct printingCanon Selphy Printers
Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge
Dimensions129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)
Weight (inc batt/card)530 g (1.17 lb)
SoftwareZoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser
Digital Photo Professional (Windows / Mac)
PhotoStitch
EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture; Windows & Mac except Mac Intel)
Original Data Security Tools
Picture Style Editor

Press Info (US)

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 8, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced the new flagship model for the Company’s highly popular Rebel DSLR line: the Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera. Today’s photo enthusiast is looking for a camera that will grow with them as they learn, and that is a perfect description of the new EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera. Retaining all of the traditional characteristics that have made the EOS Rebel series beloved by entry-level photographers and an industry best-seller, the new Rebel T2i succeeds in bridging the gap between an entry-level camera and a true pro-sumer camera.The Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera includes a variety of new features for photographic assignments as varied as grabbing that action shot from the sidelines or creating memorable family portraits, including: 3.7 fps shooting, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800), a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System, and Canon’s DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor. There are some moments in our lives where video helps capture the moment better than a still image, and the Rebel T2i offers the best of both worlds with Full HD 1080p video as well as 18-megapixel still images. The Rebel T2i DSLR continues Canon’s industry-leading trend in Full HD DSLR video capture with manual exposure control, selectable frame rates and a new external microphone input. There is also a new feature for standard definition recording, Movie Crop, which provides an approximate 7x additional zoom with no loss of image quality when shooting SD quality video.”There is no question that HD video is the biggest trend in DSLR technology and because of this we are seeing the creativity of still photographers transferring to the moving image. Still photographers are using the various lenses and accessories they are already familiar with to create amazing video footage,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Taking that HD video quality and putting it in the hands of entry-level photographers with cameras like our new EOS Rebel T2i, we are seeing a new generation of creative digital artists emerge.”Lights, Rebel, Action – EOS HD Video
Canon’s EOS HD video capture has helped spark a major movement in digital imaging, empowering still photographers with the ability to experiment, learn and capture stunning high-definition video through a variety of creative lenses. Continuing this imaging revolution, the new EOS Rebel T2i puts entry-level photographers on the frontline equipped with all the latest EOS HD video features including full HD video at 1920×1080 resolution, selectable frame rates, full manual exposure control and the visual options of interchangeable lenses. Manual video exposure control provides novice filmmakers with the image control they are accustomed to in a still camera, all while shooting professional-level cinematic video. Professional photographers utilize creative lighting, adjustable depth-of-field and a variety of lenses to create powerful still images and video footage, and these are exactly the tools that the new Rebel T2i gives to budding photo and video enthusiasts. Adding a new professional-level feature for EOS cameras, the Rebel T2i includes an Auto ISO function that works in all Creative Zone exposure modes including Manual where users can set a limit to the highest ISO the camera will use, enabling them to retain the lighting and look they desire for a scene. By setting an Auto ISO range, videographers can retain dark shadow areas and avoid blowing out highlight areas in a scene while still retaining the benefit of automatic ISO adjustments. The Rebel T2i DSLR captures video in both NTSC (National Television System Committee) and PAL (Phase Altering Line) standards at selectable frame rates including Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 (29.97), 25 or 24 (23.976) fps, and HD 1280 x 720 or Standard Definition 640 x 480 quality video, at 60 (59.94) or 50 fps.For easier video recording operation and familiar functionality for beginners, the Rebel T2i’s autofocus can be operated before or during video recording by pressing the shutter button half-way down in video mode. Another feature debuting in the Rebel T2i is Canon’s new Movie Crop mode, where the user can achieve 7x magnification when shooting SD video for a significantly increased “telephoto” effect. Unlike the digital zoom feature found in many compact digital cameras, Canon’s new Movie Crop mode actually crops the image directly from the CMOS sensor at full SD resolution to preserve maximum image quality and provide additional zoom power. The new Movie Crop feature is especially helpful for achieving extra full resolution zoom power when filming youth sports, such as a child running to the furthest end of a field. For better sound quality when shooting video, the Rebel T2i DSLR includes an external stereo microphone jack, a first for an EOS Rebel model, in addition to its built-in monaural microphone. These audio and video features supplement a tremendous range of additional must-have video features in an entry-level Digital SLR camera.For enhanced viewing pleasure and easy video sharing at home, the HDMI video-out capability of the Rebel T2i DSLR includes a new Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) compatibility which allows users to play back still or video files on a CEC-compliant HDTV, using the TV remote to control the camera when connected via HDMI interface.

Camera Feature Set
The EOS Rebel T2i DSLR features a newly developed 18-million-pixel Canon CMOS imaging sensor providing outstanding resolution and light sensitivity for amazing poster-sized prints with fine detail and stunning colour. The camera exhibits exceptional low-noise performance incorporating many of the same technologies used to reduce noise in professional cameras such as the EOS 7D. The Rebel T2i camera’s basic ISO range is an amazing 100~6400, and via a Custom Function, it can be extended to ISO 12,800. The outstanding ISO range combined with its noise reduction technology allows the Rebel T2i to capture outstanding low-light pictures at events such as candlelit birthday celebrations or recitals where flash photography may be prohibited.

The camera provides 3.7 fps continuous shooting for still photos, making it the fastest shooting Rebel model to date and enabling users to capture that great image of a little leaguer’s first swing. The camera features Canon’s proprietary iFCL 63-zone dual-layer metering system offering intelligent Evaluative metering with much finer segmentation than any previous EOS Rebel model. The new Rebel T2i also has an expanded ± 5 EV exposure compensation range allowing for much more versatility when shooting in extremely bright or dark environments; or when shooting HDR (high dynamic range) images.

The Rebel T2i DSLR includes a number of professional-level user-selectable Canon image processing features to enhance the image quality of in-camera JPEG files, and to tag RAW images for processing later through Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software (included with the camera). These features include Canon’s Auto Lighting Optimizer to enhance shadow detail and add contrast to “flat” scenes, Highlight Tone Priority adding up to one stop of detail in bright highlight areas, Peripheral Illumination Correction for automatic correction of vignetting, High ISO Noise Reduction with four user-selectable settings, and Long Exposure Noise Reduction applied to exposures one second or longer. These Canon image enhancements provide new photographers with professional quality automatic image correction on JPEG files right out of the camera.

The EOS Rebel T2i digital camera includes a new enhanced 3-inch LCD monitor featuring 1.04 million dots with a wide 3:2 aspect ratio, wider than previous EOS models. The Rebel T2i camera’s LCD monitor can display a full-screen video image utilizing the entire screen during playback. For maximum storage capacity the new EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera is the first EOS model to support SDXC memory cards. With all the new and exciting features of the EOS Rebel T2i, the Rebel series continues to provide great Canon features such as Live View, a built-in pop-up flash, and the EOS integrated cleaning system, as well as compatibility with Canon EX-series Speedlites and Canon EF and EF-S lenses allowing users to fully explore multiple creative photographic possibilities. The new EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera is also compatible with Canon’s new BG-E8 battery grip and new RC-6 wireless remote control for both still images and video capture.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers in early March, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $799.99. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99.

UK Press info

The EOS 550D redefines the boundaries of Canon’s consumer DSLR range, incorporating technologies and features more commonly found in semi-professional DSLRs into the compact, lightweight body favoured by consumers. With a newly-developed 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.Creative control with no compromise on quality
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 in-camera noise reduction technology boosts performance in low light conditions. The system’s 14-bit 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 9-point AF system with one extra-sensitive cross–type point at the centre for f/2.8 or faster lenses. The EOS 550D also supports high-speed, 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 split-second moments with ease and accuracy.

Continuing Canon’s tradition of filtering new technology and features down from its advanced and professional DSLR ranges, the EOS 550D includes the iFCL metering system first launched in the EOS 7D. New for EOS is the ability to set the top limit for automatic ISO, allowing users to control the maximum amount of noise in their images. In a first for entry level EOS, exposure compensation and bracketing can be set up to plus or minus five and two stops respectively, allowing the photographer to take a number of differently exposed versions of the same shot to ensure they capture a well-exposed image, even in difficult lighting conditions.

“Digital SLR photography has captured the imagination of consumers globally,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Product Planning, Consumer Products, Canon Europe. “Every year, more and more individuals are looking to record key life events with unrivalled quality or to test and explore their creativity. The EOS 550D redefines the entry level DSLR category, putting technologies and features previously the preserve of the professional into the hands of the consumer – allowing them to achieve outstanding results. With the EOS 550D, consumers are free to explore the limits of their own creative vision.”

EOS Movies: Full HD video with creative control
As the ability to record Full HD video becomes increasingly important, Canon continues to deliver DSLR technology that sets the industry benchmark for multimedia functionality. The EOS 550D records video in full 1920x1080p HD resolution, allowing photographers to select the frame rate preferred from 30, 25 and 24fps, as well as offering 720p video at 60 and 50fps. The EOS 550D also includes a 3.5mm stereo microphone socket, enabling the use of an external microphone when capturing video.

Photographers can also take manual control over exposure settings, changing the depth of field and degree of motion blur to shoot more creatively. To provide the best possible video quality, highlight tone priority (HTP) can be set independently for movie capture, without changing any still image capture settings. In situations where the subject is further away, the EOS 550D Movie Crop function records with the central 640×480 pixel area of the sensor, creating an effective magnification of approximately seven times. The EOS 550D is the first in the EOS range to feature Movie Crop and gives consumers more flexibility to capture important moments which would otherwise be too far away.

A clear view of your world
The EOS 550D also allows photographers to view their images and video in unhindered clarity. A 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution makes it possible to see 100% of captured images with no borders. The anti-reflective, water-repellent coating also makes it easier to see the screen in bright conditions and from a variety of angles.

EOS build – Canon quality
As consumers would expect from an EOS DSLR, the EOS 550D is built to a high quality specification. It features bigger, more intuitive buttons which have been redesigned following feedback from users. Based on this feedback, the EOS 550D also features an additional button on the new, battery grip, allowing aperture settings to be changed when shooting with the camera in a vertical position, without having to reorient the body.

Share the moment with friends and family
For EOS 550D photographers, shooting great pictures and video is just a first step. Thanks to an integrated HDMI port compatible with High-Definition Multimedia Interface – Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC), video and images stored on the EOS 550D can be viewed on an HD-ready TV and controlled via the TV remote.

For users who want to transfer content wirelessly, the EOS 550D includes Eye-Fi connected functions. The EOS 550D features a dedicated Eye-Fi section in the User Interface and it disables the automatic power-down function when an Eye-Fi card is transmitting – allowing users to transfer content easily and without interruption.

Accessories
The EOS 550D is fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX series Speedlite flash units, including the compact Speedlite 270EX. The EOS 550D is also compatible with the new RC-6 Remote Control, allowing photographers to capture high quality stills and Full HD video without touching the camera body. The slim line infrared controller can trigger the shutter release from up to five metres away, with users able to select either immediate release or a two second delay for greater flexibility when shooting. As well as supporting EOS 550D, the RC-6 is also compatible with the EOS 450D, 500D, 7D and 5D Mark II.

CANON iMAGE GATEWAY – share your stories
Owners of the new Canon EOS 550D can join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, a free online facility for Canon users that makes it easy to share their photos and video. Users can take advantage of up to 2GB of personal storage space, creating enough room for hundreds of high-quality images. Mobile browsing is also supported, making it easy for friends and family to view photos on the move.

Features at a glance:

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”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor
Quick Control screen to change shooting settings
Exposure compensation +/-5 stops.
Select maximum value for Auto ISO
External Microphone socket
Movie crop function
Eye-Fi connected functions compatibility
Availability
The EOS 550D is available from 24th February 2010

500D /Rebel T1i – Full Specifications for comparison

List price (US)Body only: $?
Kit: $? (with 18-55 mm IS lens)
List price (EU)Body only: €?
Kit: €? (with 18-55 mm IS lens)
International naming *US: Canon Rebel Digital T1i
Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3
Elsewhere: Canon EOS 500D
Body materialPlastic (Stainless Steel chassis)
Sensor *15.1 million effective pixels
15.5 million total pixels
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB colour Filter Array
Built-in low-pass filter with self cleaning unit
3:2 aspect ratio
Dust reductionLow-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)
Image sizes *4752 x 3168
3456 x 2304
2353 x 1568
Still image formatsRAW (.CR2 14-bit *)
RAW (.CR2 14-bit *) + JPEG Large/Fine
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) – Fine, Normal
Movie recording *1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9) @ 20 fps
1280 x 720 (720P, 16:9) @ 30 fps
640 x 480 (4:3) @ 30 fps
Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video,linear PCM audio)
Up to 29 min 59 sec (or max file size 4 GB)
Image processor *DIGIC 4
LensesCanon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
Focus modesAuto Focus
Manual Focus (switch on lens)
Auto Focus9-point CMOS sensor
F5.6 cross-type at center, extra sensitivity at F2.8
AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Predictive AF up to 10 m
AF modesAI Focus
One Shot
AI Servo
AF point selectionAuto
Manual
AF assistFlash strobe
Shooting modesAuto
Portrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sports
Night portrait
Flash off
Movie *
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
MeteringTTL 35-zone SPC
Metering range: EV 1.0 – 20 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
Metering modesEvaluative 35-zone (linked to AF points)
Partial 9% at center
Spot 4% at center
Center-weighted average
AE LockAE lock button
AE Bracketing+/- 2.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Exposure compen.+/- 2.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
SensitivityAuto (100 – 1600 *)
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 800
ISO 1600
ISO 3200 *
H1 expansion (ISO 6400 equiv.) *
H2 expansion (ISO 12800 equiv.) *
Highlight tone priority
ShutterFocal-plane shutter
30 – 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Bulb
Aperture valuesF1.0 – F91 (0.3 EV steps)
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance Auto
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Tungsten
Fluorescent
Flash
Custom
WB Bracketing+/-3 levels
3 images
Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias
WB fine-tuningBlue (-9) to Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
colour spacesRGB
Adobe RGB
Picture styleStandard
Portrait
Landscape
Neutral
Faithful
Monochrome
User 1
User 2
User 3
Custom image parametersSharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
colour tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processingHighlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (Basic and Creative modes) *
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction *
Peripheral illumination correction *
Drive modesSingle
Continuous: 3.4 fps up to 170 JPEG / 9 RAW frames *
Self-timer 10 secs (2 sec with mirror lock-up)
Self-timer continuous
Mirror lockupYes (custom function)
ViewfinderPentamirror
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.87x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 19 mm
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Fixed precision matte
Proximity sensor disables LCD shooting mode information
Viewfinder infoAF information (AF points focus confirmation light)
Shutter speed
Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
AEB
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
White balance correction
SD card information
Monochrome shooting
Maximum burst
Highlight tone priority *
DOF previewYes, button
LCD monitor *3.0″ TFT LCD
920,000 pixels
Wide viewing angle (170° horizontal and vertical)
Dual anti-reflection, anti-smudge
7 brightness levels
Up to 10x zoom playback
LCD Live viewLive TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage (30 fps display rate)
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Grid optional (thirds)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Optional Auto-focus with mirror-down / mirror-up sequence
Optional Face Detect *
Two modes; normal and quieter
Remote live view using EOS Utility (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
Manual focus only
Record reviewUses last play mode
Magnification possible
2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
FlashAuto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
Guide number approx 13
Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)
External flashE-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
Hot-shoe
Other featuresOrientation sensor
Automatically writes FAT16/FAT32 depending on capacity
Auto rotationOn (playback uses orientation data in file header)
Off
Playback modeSingle image
Single image with info (histogram brightness / RGB )
Magnified view (1.5 – 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
4 and 9 image index
Auto play
Image rotation
Jump (by 10, 100 or date)
Custom functions *13 custom functions with 39 settings
Menu languages *English
German
French
Dutch
Danish
Portuguese
Finnish
Italian
Norwegian
Swedish
Spanish
Greek
Russian
Polish
Czech
Hungarian
Romanian
Ukrainian
Turkish
Arabic
Thai
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Korean
Japanese
FirmwareUser upgradable
ConnectivityUSB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Video out (PAL / NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal *)
HDMI Type C *
E3 type wired remote control
Audio *Mono microphone on front
Mono speaker on rear
StorageSD / SDHC card
PowerLithium-Ion LP-E5 rechargeable battery (7.4 V, 1050 mAh)
Optional ACK-E5 AC adapter kit / car battery charger CBC-E5
Battery GripYes, BG-E5
Direct printingCanon Selphy Printers
Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge
Dimensions129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)
Weight (no battery) *480 g (1.1 lb)
Software *Zoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser
Digital Photo Professional (Windows / Mac)
PhotoStitch
EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture; Windows & Mac except Mac Intel)
Original Data Security Tools
Picture Style Editor
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