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Canon PowerShot A550

Updated on December 12, 2013

Canon PowerShot A550

The Canon PowerShot A550 was first introduced in January of 2007 and subsequently released the following month. It has many design features reminiscent of past Cannon models but is now even easier to use. With its automatic modes and basic features, it should attract many first-timers as there are very few digital cameras that offer the same options and features at such a low price.

The PowerShot A550 Digital Camera features 7.1 Megapixels, 4x optical zoom, 2.0" LCD screen  and a High-speed ISO 800 for flash-free shooting indoors. It currently retails for around $199.

 

Cannon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera - Features

Total pixels: 7.4 megapixels (approximate)

Effective pixels: 7.1 megapixels (approximate)

film equivalent: 35-140mm)

Digital zoom: 4x

Focusing range: Normal: 1.5 feet; Macro: 2 inches - 1.5 feet (WIDE), 1 - 1.5 feet (TELE)

Autofocus system: TTL Autofocus

Optical viewfinder: Real-image optical zoom viewfinder

LCD monitor: 2-inch TFT color LCD

Shutter speed: 15 - 1/2000 seconds

Sensitivity: Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent

White balance control: Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Flourescent, Flourescent H), Custom

Built-in flash: Auto, Auto w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Auto w/ Slow Synchro, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction, Flash On w/ Slow Synchro, Flash Off

Flash range: Normal: 1.5-11 ft./45cm-3.5m (W), 1.5-7.2 ft./45cm-2.2m (T); Macro: 1.0-1.5 ft./30-45cm (W), 1.1-1.5 ft./33-45cm (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

Recycling time: 10 seconds or less with fully-charged AA rechargeable NiMH batteries

Shooting modes: Auto, Camera M, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks) Indoor, Kids and Pets, Night Snapshot, Movie

My Colors: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Custom

Self-timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom

Continuous shooting: Approximately 1.7 fps

Storage media: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

Image compression: Still image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG); Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG)

Image quality: Normal, Fine, SuperFine

PowerShot A550 Video - Basic Features and Functions

Cannon PowerShot A550 - What's in the box?

Inside the PowerShot A550 box, you'll find:

7.1 Megapixel PowerShot A550 camera

16MB Digital memory card

Two AA batteries

Handy wrist strap

USB cable

A/V cable

CD-ROM featuring Canon Digital Camera Solution Software

Two manuals - Basic 31 page manual and an Advanced 115 page manual

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Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

Easy-to-use and easy-to-hold, the PowerShot A550 gives you 7.1 Megapixels, a 4x Optical Zoom Lens, an ISO 800 feature for expanded low-light shooting and a DIGIC II Image Processor with iSAPS technology for beautiful pictures and great performance. Plus, there's even a Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode. Power is never a problem, because the A550 uses standard "AA" batteries. Great features at a great price - it's what makes the A550 such an amazing camera. Three movie modes including 30 fps VGA and 60 fps Fast Frame Rate Power on the go with two AA-size batteries (for long-term value, we advise use of rechargeable AA batteries) Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers Focal Length - 5.8-23.2mm f/2.6-5.5 (35mm film equivalent - 35-140mm) Digital Zoom - 4x ISO Sensitivity - Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent Shooting Modes - Auto, Camera M, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks) Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Movie Maximum Still Resolutions - 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 3,072 x 1,728 (Widescreen) Movie resolutions - 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB or 60 minutes, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps) Battery output capability - Still Image - approx. 140 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery, LCD screen On), approx. 500 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery); we advise rechargeable NiMH battery Built-in multimode electronic-flash Unit Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.59 x 2.52 x 1.70 in./91.2 x 64.0 x 43.1mm; Weight Approx. 5.64 oz. / 160g (camera body only)

 
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Chic, simple. Canon looked to the very first ELPH for inspiration when designing the PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH, and came up with a quintessential iteration of the icon: slim, clean-lined and fully flat. Inside, the SD1000 Digital ELPH looks only to the future: 7.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom and advanced DIGIC III ensure top-quality images, while focus is fast and sharp and red-eye is automatically corrected. The large and more colorful LCD screen now has a tough, anti-reflective coating that makes it as durable as it is beautiful. Shutter Speed - 15-1/1500 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec. The cameras 2.5-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether youre shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This extra-durable, high-resolution screen with tough scratch-resistant coating on the anti-reflective, PureColor LCD offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the cameras menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light. PLUS+ 1 GB ACCESSORY KIT: - 1 GB Secure Digital Memory Card - Compact Digital Carrying Case - Package of LCD Screen Protectors - Flexible Mini Tripod - Cleaning and Care Kit - BONUS!! Free 25 Quality Prints (Promo code# on invoice)

 
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Compatible with: DSC-S500 DC22 GL-2 XL-H1 PowerShot A460 A550 G7 SD40 SD800 SD900 SD630 SD600 SD550 SD500 SD450 SD430 SD400 SD300 SD30 SD200 SD20 S80 S3 IS S2 IS A710IS A700 A640 A630 A620 A610 A510 A540 A530 A520 A430 A410 A400 DC22 Optura S1 600 xi 60 500 50 400 ZR-400 ZR-300 ZR-200

 
Hitech -Rechargeable Battery & Charger Kit for Canon PowerShot A540 / PowerShot A550 / PowerShot A560 / PowerShot A570 / PowerShot A630 / PowerShot A640 Digital Camera (With Battery Case)
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This Hitech 3-hour quick charger is great for digital cameras using AA size batteries and other gadgets such as wireless mouse / MP3 / toys. It charges 2000mAh AA battery in 2.8 hours and 2400mAh AA battery in 3.5 hours. The charger comes with a built-in LCD screen which show the charging and discharging status for each battery. And its beeper function reminds you when the charging process is completed. The charger automatically switch to trickle charge mode upon completion of charge. It can charge AA /AAA Ni-Cd and Ni-Mh rechargeable batteries. The charger could also detects bad battery. The package comes with a charger, adaptor, car adapter, battery case and 4 AA Ni-MH 2400mAh batteries. The car adapter allows you to charge batteries in car. Package is sealed in plastic clam shell packaging (please refer to pictures) and is an excellent gift for the holidays. Charging Current: AA 1000mA , AAA 500mA , trickle charge 100mA (AA), 50mAh for AAA . The kit also comea with a battery case. Battery case protects the batteries from shorted. It keeps the batteries in place and fits easily in pocket and camera bags.

 
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Pro Series Full Size Tripod combines all neccesary features for highest quality video /photo needs for either amateur or professional photographer. 3 Way panhead gives you flexibility to focus camera to any point you wish and quick release plate makes it easy to assemble your components in the quickest way. Two bubble level indicators- one for legs and one for tripod head will prevent any Level positioning troubles for maximum quality on any platform. Like no other tripods, the unit has many convenient features such as a hook to hang your carying bag and other belongings, built-in handle makes it easy to move to diferent shooting locations and a provided case will suit fyou great or storage, protection and transportation needs. Pro Series Stylish Sturdy and Versatile Camera case features thick padded material, optional Belt loop, optional shoulder strap, multiple zippered pockets for memory cards , bateries and cables. The kit not only ensures safety, convenience and promotes professionalism and art but also is assembled for value savings and is made affordable to anyone with hunger for artistic expression.

 

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      csjun89 6 years ago

      Thorough review with helpful pictures!

      I use a different camera though

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      Nice camera review!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow!

      I like your lens, very useful and inspiring. thank you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow!

      I like your lens, very useful and inspiring. thank you.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      it has slow processor.. takes lot of time to process an image. My friends have SONY. though the quality is better with Canon, but those cameras are much faster.

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      Johann The Dog 9 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Great overview! Thanks for stopping by. Woofs, Johann

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      NIce highlight, can makes great little cameras!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens. The Canon Powershot series are the best. I had an A620 and now an A630. My favorite features are the swivel LCD screen - invaluable, and also the auto rotation, so that if you view images taken sideways in a compatible viewer, the image will rotate on the screen, saving you having to keep turning your head.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Excellent :)