The Canon EOS 550D is the perfect camera for those looking to enter the creative world of DSLR photography. With intuitive technology, anyone can capture breathtaking images that truly inspire everyone around you. The EOS 550D is the perfect stepping stone for those wishing to take their photography further.
High Quality Images
18.0 mega pixel Canon-developed CMOS sensor captures superb image quality with low noise and natural colour
New DiG!C 4 Processor means faster processing and new features such as Live Face Detection AF Mode
Incredible image detail in low light
Standard ISO (100-6400) and expandable to an incredible H:12800
EOS Movies (FULL HD)
Record incredible movies in FULL HD (1920 x 1080p) utilising full manual controls for extra creativity
An SD quality movie can be cropped to the equivalent of approx. 7x magnification of regular shooting
Use the LCD Screen to view and compose images and videos in real time
9-point AF for ultra sharp images. You can manually select any of the 9 points to ensure correct sharp focus
Continuous smooth shooting speed of 3.7 fps
3.0 inch Wide (1,040,000 dots) LCD screen with anti-reflection and anti-smudge coating for clear photo previews
Prevents and automatically removes tiny dust particles resulting in cleaner images
Don’t miss a moment
Incredibly fast 0.1 second start up time so you are always ready to capture spontaneous shots
SDXC Memory Card Compatible
Additionally save all your precious memories to newer high capacity SDXC Memory cards
Despite our (very minor) complaints, the EOS 550D is a very satisfying camera, and certainly offers the most compelling feature set of any nominally ‘entry level’ DSLR that we’ve used. It isn’t just about spec though – the 550D’s refined handling and excellent supplied software suite should not be overlooked. Although it doesn’t represent a huge improvement over the 500D, the changes that have been made are worthwhile, and well-implemented. An external mic socket, manual control and wide choice of resolutions and frame rates means that the 550D is worthy of consideration for serious video use, and when paired with a high quality lens, image quality is superb.
With all this taken into account, it is hard not to recommend the EOS 550D. Quite simply, taken as a whole, it is the best camera of its class that we’ve ever seen, and one of those rare cameras that won’t look out of date in a couple of years’ time.
It’s clear Canon has been feeling the heat from the aggressive competition it faces from the numerous feature-laden cameras offered by Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus in this market sector, and has decided to throw down the gauntlet with the most highly-specced Rebel we’ve ever seen.
Once again, Canon raises the bar at the consumer level, in both still-image resolution and video resolution and frame rate. Though it comes at a noticeably lower price, the Canon T2i now handily trumps the competition from Nikon and others, and offers some timely features worth noticing. The Eye-fi status display stands out as a great idea that seems rather obvious in hindsight, but technical achievements like the iFCL metering, which helps autofocus accuracy by detecting the type of light, is where the Canon T2i should really impress. If the image quality comes as close to the 7D’s as the T1i’s did to the 50D’s, the Canon T2i should turn out some excellent quality pictures.
Comparing to Nikon D5000
The latest Canon has now taken a significant lead in resolution and movie mode options, but it’s important to compare pricing. At the time of writing, the year-old D5000 kit had fallen to a price around 30% lower than the launch price of the EOS 550D / T2i. That’s a big difference and it’s also important to remember the D5000 features excellent image quality and a 720p movie mode that’s good enough for many.
Comparing to Canon 50D
As an older model though, the EOS 50D is lacking some bells and whistles of the latest models, most notably with no movie mode of any description. The EOS 550D / T2i also features a more sophisticated metering system and that wider screen, although the 3in VGA screen of the 50D still looks great. The 550D / T2i also boasts three extra Megapixels, but the 15.1 of the 50D will be sufficient for many.
Don’t buy the 550D solely for its resolution, because this doesn’t necessarily translate into extra realworld definition. Canon’s 18-55mm kit lens is a little weak too. However, the design and handling, high ISO performance and full HD Movie mode really are exceptional.
The 63-zone metering system is certainly an improvement, over 500D. It performed well despite the strong sunlight and dark shades. I never expected it to capture the details under the shade that well.
Comparing both, I do find that they meter differently. The 500D is often 1/3 stop below the 550D, despite having the same lens mounted.
I know I’ve said before that RM 200 difference is too little between the 550D and 500D, that you’re better off paying RM 200 more to get the latest with all the improvements. I believe this is still true if you’re getting the body alone.
However, I had a long thought over this matter and it might not be that clear cut as the 500D is currently at RRP of RM 2,599 for the body alone but I’ve seen street prices for as low as RM 2,450 for the body + EF-S 18-55 IS set – that’s about RM 300 apart.