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Canon EOS 550D Announced

by Eyre Austero 17. February 2010 07:04

     Last February 8, 2010, Canon officially announced its latest addition to its EOS range of DSLRcameras--the Canon EOS 550D. It is expected to be availble on the 24th of February 2010.  Estimated retail price is $799.99 for body-only configuration and $899.99 for the kit version (bundled with Canon's EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens).

      Walkthrough Video

     

 

        Headline Features (source: Canon website)
      Note: Italicized items are my personal comments.

  • 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
  • Continuous shooting at 3.7fps 
  • (Non-crippled) Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates (30, 25, and 24 fps) 
  • 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
  • iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor (this feature is first seen with the pricier Canon EOS 7D)
  • 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

 

     Key Differences Between the 550D and the 500D (source: dponline.com)

  • ISO 6400 no longer in 'expanded' range (12,800 max remains the same)
  • Redesigned buttons and new movie/live view button
  • Customizable auto ISO ranges
  • Improved 63 zone metering (iFCL)
  • 3:2 format screen with more pixels
  • Improved movie functionality
  • Slightly higher burst shooting rate (though buffer holds fewer shots)
  • HDMI control (CEC)
  • SDXC compatible

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