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Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP 1/2.5" CCD Silver

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Long product name Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP 1/2.5" CCD Silver :
The short editorial description of Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP 1/2.5" CCD Silver

PowerShot A550 7.1 Megapixels

Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP 1/2.5" CCD Silver:
The official marketing text of Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP 1/2.5" CCD Silver as supplied by the manufacturer
The PowerShot A550 features ISO 800 for flash-free shooting indoors and in other low light situations. With 7.1 Megapixels and a 4x optical zoom, this compact performer offers a lot of camera for your money.

- Popular Special Scene modes on the mode dial
- 7.1 Megapixels
- 4x optical zoom
- DIGIC II, iSAPS and 9-point AiAF
- 2.0" LCD screen
- 13 shooting modes and My Colors
- High-speed ISO 800
- VGA movies with sound
- PictBridge and Print/Share button
- Powered by AA batteries

Easy to use
Commonly used Special Scene modes are positioned on the PowerShot A550's Mode dial, making it easy to take tricky shots indoors, at night or when photographing kids and pets. The one-touch record/review button enables quick and convenient review of your images.

7.1 Megapixels
A 7.1 Megapixel sensor produces sharp high quality photos, enabling large prints and detailed crops.

4x optical zoom
The 4x optical zoom lens lets you get close to the action without sacrificing quality. It combines with digital zoom for 16x magnification.

Cutting edge technology
Canon's advanced DIGIC II processor delivers fast, responsive camera performance and superior image processing. iSAPS technology analyses each scene to optimise key camera settings even before a shot is taken. 9-point AiAF keeps your images sharply focused, even when the subject is off centre.

2.0" LCD screen
A 2.0" LCD makes it simple to frame and review your photos. The selectable Grid Line Display helps with composition, while Night Display aids screen visibility after dark.

Shooting modes and My Colors
Choose from 13 shooting modes to get that perfect shot. Eight easy-to-use Special Scene modes help with great results in tricky lighting conditions, including Foliage, Snow and Fireworks. My Colors allows special in-camera colour effects to be applied in real time to images and movies.

Great indoor and night shots
A high-speed ISO 800 setting allows you to shoot correctly exposed images in indoor or near-dark conditions without using a flash. ISO 800 also enables shooting at higher shutter speeds, reducing the risk of image blur.

Movies with sound
Make VGA quality movie clips with full audio. View them on the camera's LCD screen, or connect to a TV or PC for full screen playback.

Direct printing
Printing is almost instant with the PowerShot A550. Connect to any PictBridge compatible printer and push the Print/Share button for a full colour print within seconds. Connect to a Canon SELPHY CP printer and you can also print ID photos and movie stills.

Conveniently powered by AA-batteries
The PowerShot A550 is powered by affordable, widely available AA batteries, ensuring that you can keep shooting for as long as you want to.
Short summary description Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP 1/2.5" CCD Silver:
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Canon PowerShot Powershot A550, 7.1 MP, 1/2.5", CCD, 4x, 5.64 oz (160 g), Silver
Long summary description Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP 1/2.5" CCD Silver :

Canon PowerShot Powershot A550. Megapixel: 7.1 MP, Image sensor size: 1/2.5", Sensor type: CCD. Optical zoom: 4x, Digital zoom: 4x. Display diagonal: 2". Viewfinder type: Optical. PictBridge. Weight: 5.64 oz (160 g). Color of product: Silver

This is an auto-generated long summary of Canon PowerShot A550 7.1MP 1/2.5" CCD Silver based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Picture quality
Megapixel *
7.1 MP
Image sensor size *
Sensor type *
Still image resolution(s) *
640 x 480,1600 x 1200,1600 x 1200,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1944,3072 x 1728,3072 x 2304
Lens system
Optical zoom *
Digital zoom *
Light exposure
ISO sensitivity *
80, 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto
Flash modes *
Red-eye reduction
Flash working distance
45 cm - 3.5 m
Compatible memory cards *
Display *
Display diagonal *
Viewfinder type
Ports & interfaces
PictBridge *
White balance *
Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten
Scene modes *
Beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Party (indoor), Portrait
Photo effects *
Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Battery technology *
Battery type
Number of batteries supported
Color of product *
System requirements
Mac compatibility
Weight & dimensions
Width *
3.59" (91.2 mm)
Depth *
1.7" (43.1 mm)
Height *
2.52" (64 mm)
Weight *
5.64 oz (160 g)
Other features
Video capability
Lens focal range
f/2.6 – f/5.5
Lens system
Built-in flash
Camera shutter speed
15 – 1/2000
Compatible operating systems
Windows 2000 SP4/XP//Vista; Mac OS X v10.3 - 10.4
Digital SLR
USB 2.0 ports quantity
USB 2.0 ports have a data transmission speed of 480 Mbps, and are backwards compatible with USB 1.1 ports. You can connect all kinds of peripheral devices to them.
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Testseek has collected 21 expert reviews for Canon PowerShot A550 and the average expert rating is 77 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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The PowerShot A550, Canons new compact point-and-shoot camera, is a solid machine. It performs nimbly and produces pleasing picture quality. Still, there are a few areas where this shooter stumbles. The LCD is a little small and the price is a littl...
Good Produces sharp, clear shots. Great performance. Very little shutter lag. Has a glass viewfinder.
Bad Recycle times were a little slow. Smallish LCD.
Bottom line As an inexpensive point-and-shoot, the Canon PowerShot A550 isnt perfect, but it delivers quality shots and good performance...
The Canon Powershot A550 is very similar to previous Canon A-series except for its lack of manual controls. Otherwise, it retains all the aspects that made other A-series cameras so popular: good image quality, ergonomics and speed of operation. When...
The PowerShot A550 ($199) is one of the entry-level cameras Canons A-series. Replacing the PowerShot A530 from last year, the A550 adds a larger LCD (2.0" vs 1.8") and, naturally, more Megapixels. Other features on the camera include a 4X optica...
Canon PowerShot A550 Overview by Al Gordonand Shawn BarnettReview Date: 04/17/07 The Canon PowerShot A550, introduced January 18, 2007, falls within the point-and-shoot category. While not as compact or stylish as the PowerShot ELPH cameras, the A550 r...
Good High resolution with excellent image quality 4x zoom lens is longer than most in the category and offers excellent coverage Very good exposure accuracy Easy-setting scene modes Custom white balance Better-than-average exposure accuracy Generally low di...
Bad No manual control of aperture or shutter speed Slow flash recycle (10 seconds!) Non-articulating LCD makes it harder to take low level or above the crowd shots Limited override functions in AUTO and Scene modes No brightness adjustment for the LCD; som...
Bottom line As weve come to expect from Canons A-series, the PowerShot A550 is a great little digicam. Fairly frill-free, the Canon A550 still takes great shots with its 7-megapixel sensor. It has a satisfying 4x zoom, and is quite easy to use. The A550s no-non...
The PowerShot A550 is a very affordable 7.1 megapixel model with a 4x optical zoom lens and a 2.0-inch LCD screen. It features Canon’s DIGIC II image processor for crisp, vibrant images, responsive performance, and low power consumption. Replacing l...
Digital cameras get better every 6 months. In 2002 I paid $5,000 for a Nikon D1H, which had fewer than half the pixels of this $199 point-and-shoot. This $199 A550 takes much sharper pictures! The Canon A550 is photographys best buy as of February 20...
Introduced in January 2007 and released the following month, the Canon PowerShot A550 has design features reminiscent of past models but promises to be even easier to use. It has automatic modes and basic features meant to attract first-timers and shoo...
Good Good handling 4x optical zoom lens Excellent color reproduction $199 price tag Easy to use...
Bad Poor resolution on small LCD Boring design No optical zoom in movies Noisy zoom lens Barrel distortion...
Bottom line With a $199 price tag, amazing performance can’t be expected from the A550. It does, however, meet the basic requirements of an adequate digital camera. It can take a picture when you want, where you want, and how you want. It doesn’t have muc...
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