Canon EOS 550D (Body Only) reviews and prices: SLR camera

137 customer reviews

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9.1 out of 10 based on 137 reviews.
Canon EOS 550D (Body Only): 18 MP (Megapixels), SD Card storage, No image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description
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Lorraine, Cardiff Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
The Canon 550D is an easy to use DSLR camera also being female find its ideal for smaller hands, but not to small, its full of features you would expect from a DSLR and the image quality is fantastic very impressed with the camera
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 May 2012

Paul, Newcastle Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
An absolutely incredible camera. Like the size, not too heavy for long shoots. Bought this purely for video, and it's excellent. As easy or as complicated as your knowledge allows. Obviously not as good as 7d, or higher end, hence the 9 rating, and images are only as good as the lenses used and the amount of hours the user puts in. Superb.
Bad points:
That there aren't enough hours in the day to play with this kit!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Apr 2012

Jo, Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Happy with the camera rplaced my previous Canon with this one.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Jun 2012

Robert, Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
all good apart from raw file will not open in Photoshop CS3
Bad points:
cant use raw files in Photoshop CS3, Canon changed the codec on the raw file and they will not open, that is really frustrating
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 18 Mar 2012

MARTIN, leicester Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
ease of use in auto mode
Bad points:
none so far
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 6.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 Mar 2012

Paul, slough Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
the zoom lense is terrific.
Bad points:
the weight is far too heavy. you can buy a better instruction manual, but it should come with a better manual for people who are not quite so gifted.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 5.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Mar 2012

Janina, Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Having bought this camera as a complete amateur, and I've been nothing but impressed so far: easy to use, and a good manual - you can basically start straight away on the automatic settings, and get fantastic results, but then there is plenty of room to grow and get more experimental. Gets a thumbs up from me!
Bad points:
Haven't come across any yet.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Jun 2012

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 5184x3456
Screen size (Inches) 3
Type of image stabiliser No
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SDXC Card
Media format SD Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode No
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 530
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 128.8x97.3x62
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2010/04/01
Height in mm 9.7
Width in mm 128.8
Depth in mm 6.2
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes

Also known as: EOS 550D Body Only, Canon EOS 550D Digital

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Manufacturer's Description

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.

DIGIC 4

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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