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Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm

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A multi award winning and fully featured 18.7 megapixel 10 times zoom factor digital camera
SLR 18.7MP 10x CMOS Oct 2010
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date

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Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have scored the Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm as follows for Summary.
100
65 Reviews + 22 Awards
1
Not Currently for Sale
50
Good Features
Overall Score
41
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 42?

It has very good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 85%, based on 65 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report superior technical features, nice design and good picture quality.
This Canon digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
5184 x 3456 pixels image resolution
Fairly high megapixel
Heavy
Quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)

Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

22 Industry Awards

Amongst cameras, this camera is one of the most highly awarded by experts in cameras.

Websites Pcactual.com, Itespresso.es, Tbreak.ae, Itpro.no, Akam.no, Dinside.no/data, Theregister.co.uk and What Digital Camera all endorse this Canon camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by websites PC Mag, CNET.co.uk, Photoreview.com.au and CNET.com.au all of whom decided that this Canon digital camera was excellent.

Websites Camera Labs, Ephotozine, Dv.com and PhotographyBlog.com all concluded that this Canon camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The expert at website Good Gear Guide.com.au concluded that this digital camera would make a great purchase and gave it their "Best Buy" award.

The writers at three more expert review sites all said that this camera was very good. EISA.eu gave this Canon camera an "EISA Best Product" award, it received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com and it received a "Technical Image Press Association Award" from Tipa.com.

Good Expert Reviews

65 experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com and Ephotozine have rated this camera on average 85%. That puts this Canon digital camera in the top 17% of all the cameras.

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Canon Has Excellent Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 33,726 owner and expert reviews (including 6,880 verified purchases) for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent ratings specifically for its cameras. 96% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Superior Technical Features

Two owners who bought the product considered that it had good features.

  • Features wise…
    Tbreak.ae August 2010
  • It has many of the features that its bigger brother…
    About.com January 2010

Users Report Excellent Design

Two customers who reviewed the Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm reckoned that it was well designed.

  • Its lightweight and compact design make it a great camera for travel…
    Thestar.com.my April 2010
  • It shares its body design with the company's cheaper cameras…

Users Report Good Picture Quality

Three owners concluded that this digital camera was able to produce good images.

  • The high teens sensor, decent metering, customisable parameters…
  • Canon's incremental refinements to its latest Rebel add up to improved image quality and movie recording that is a notable step forward…
  • It is lightweight, with the ability to capture incredibly detailed pictures with minimum fuss…
    About.com January 2010
  • It represents a product that makes very few sacrifices in image quality in order to satisfy mainstream users after something affordable…
  • Matches it with excellent still image quality…
    Cnet.com.au March 2010

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was good value for money.

  • Not affordable…
  • An amazing camera for the price…
    Dv.com August 2010
  • It represents a product that makes very few sacrifices in image quality in order to satisfy mainstream users after something affordable…

Users Report Good Video Capture

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording.

  • The high teens sensor, decent metering, customisable parameters and excellent video capabilities…
  • It's hard to overlook its unreliable video performance…
  • Stills are excellent, video is fun…

Users Report it is a Good Size

Two owners concluded that the Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm was lightweight.

  • Then it costs $1300 less for the body…
  • Its lightweight and compact design make it a great camera for travel…
    Thestar.com.my April 2010
  • It is lightweight, with the ability to capture incredibly detailed pictures with minimum fuss…
    About.com January 2010
  • A safe option for those upgrading from a compact…
    T3.com May 2010

Users Report Good Product Quality

Two owners who reviewed it thought it was good quality.

  • Canon's incremental refinements to its latest Rebel add up to improved image quality and movie recording that is a notable step forward…
  • It represents a product that makes very few sacrifices in image quality in order to satisfy mainstream users after something affordable…
  • Matches it with excellent still image quality…
    Cnet.com.au March 2010

Features

5184 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a 5184 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras. Across all cameras the worst image resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 7680 x 5120 pixels.

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Fairly High Megapixel

The lowest megapixel of cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixel is 16MP. The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a quite high megapixel (18.7 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras.

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Heavy

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm is one of the heavier digital cameras (530 grams) amongst cameras of this age. The lightest camera is 1g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a pretty standard optical zoom (10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras.

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Supports Direct Printing

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm supports direct printing. Most of the other digital cameras also support direct printing.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm features multi-shot function. Most of the other cameras also feature multi-shot function.

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Features Face Detection

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm features face detection. Most of the other digital cameras also feature face detection.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has an external flash connector. Most of the other digital cameras also have an external flash connector.

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Supports Live View

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm supports live view. Most of the other digital cameras also support live view.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (1,040,000 pixel) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the cameras the display resolutions (numeric) range from 3 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 600,000 pixels.

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5184 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras. This camera has a 5184 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Canon camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3456 x 2304 and 2592 x 1728. Cameras still image resolution(s) range from S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664 (worst) to 6016 x 4000 (best).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm supports video capability. Most of the other cameras also support video capability.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm features date imprinting, as do most of the other cameras.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 29 millimeters, the 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras. Across all the digital cameras the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.3mm to 75mm.

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Very Wide Field of View

The field of views of cameras range from 1.5% to 170%, and the average field of view is 100%. At 160 percent, the 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a very wide field of view compared to most of the other cameras.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by digital cameras. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. This digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail. Digital cameras video resolutions range from 320 x 120 pixels (worst) to 4096 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras also support Full HD video.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Canon 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other cameras.

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Fairly Large Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the cameras the maximum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 130. With a maximum aperture number of 38, the 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has a fairly large maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras.

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Has an HDMI Port

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras also have an HDMI port.

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440 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm is a digital camera that takes 440 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Quite Fast Flash Recharging Time

The 550D + EF-S 18-55mm has one of the faster flash recharging times (only 3 seconds) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the cameras the flash recharging times range from 0.0055s to 15s.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras.

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Age

Released Over Six Years Ago

It was October 2010 when Canon released the 550D + EF-S 18-55mm.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

canon efs18135mm, canon 4463b087aa, canon 4463b016aa, eos550d18250is, eos550d1855is, eos550dbody, eos550dblk

Barcodes:

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