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Capture your story in stunning detail with the EOS 550D. With the creative freedom to capture the decisiv... See full description.
  • SLR
  • 5184x3456 pixels

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Capture your story in stunning detail with the EOS 550D. With the creative freedom to capture the decisive shot, see all the detail of your holiday sunset or follow action in the local football match.

18 MP CMOS sensor

Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints or crop images without losing any of the detail necessary for printing EOS 550Ds 18MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise.


Canons DIGIC 4 processor works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradations and natural looking colours. DIGIC 4 also powers advanced Noise Reduction when shooting at higher ISO speeds, plus split-second start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting.

High ISO for low light

When light levels fall, the EOS 550D offers an ISO range of up to 6400 expandable to 12800 for those environments where using flash is undesirable.

Full HD movie recording

The EOS 550D combines exceptional still shooting with the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video. To satisfy your creativity the EOS 550D features full manual control and selectable frame rates. You can also shoot high speed 50/60fps movies at 720P for when the action is really fast. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV. Also with compatible TVs playback can be controlled using the TVs remote control.

7.7cm (3.0) 3:2 Clear View LCD

Detailed checks on images and video are possible with a 7.7cm (3.0) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen, which features an ultra-high 1,040,000 dots for increased clarity. Switch to Live View mode and use the real-time visual feed to shoot from awkward angles.

iFCL metering system

A new 63-zone dual layer metering sensor analyses Focus, Colour and Luminance information, providing accurate and consistent metering.

Quick Control screen

Accessible using a dedicated button it provides easy access to commonly used functions, ensuring that you are ready to take the shot as it happens.

External Microphone Socket

Add an additional microphone for better quality sound using the 3.5mm stereo jack socket.

Movie Crop

Shoot VGA movies with an effective zoom of 7×. Movie crop uses only the centre part of the sensor and allows long distance shooting without having to change lenses.

Create a shooting system as unique as you are

The EOS 550D is compatible with Canons full range of EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites.

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product specification
Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 5184x3456 pixels
Screen size 3"
Type of image stabiliser No image stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SD Card storage
Media format SDXC Card storage
Media format SDHC Card storage
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode No
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 530g
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed 1/4000 min. shutter speed
Longest shutter speed 1/30 max. shutter speed
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 128.8x97.3x62mm
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 1 Apr 2010
Height in mm 9.7
Width in mm Width: 128.8mm
Depth in mm 6.2
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes