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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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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


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      csjun89 7 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


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


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      anonymous 7 years ago


      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 10 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Great overview! Thanks for stopping by. Woofs, Johann

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      Ruth Coffee 10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      NIce highlight, can makes great little cameras!

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      Tony Payne 10 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 10 years ago

      Excellent :)