Canon PowerShot SD550
Canon PowerShot SD550 review
The Canon PowerShot SD550 is elegantly simple yet beautiful in its "Perpetual Curve" design, and the metallic body is built solid with an unmistakable feeling of quality all around.
Despite its ultracompact dimensions (JeansPocket™ Certified), it handles well and controls are intuitive.
- 7.1 megapixels
- 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
- Auto and manual exposure
- 2.5-inch color wide viewing angle TFT monitor
- Nine scene modes
- Selectable ISO settings from 50 to 400
- Secure Digital (SD) card storage, 32MB supplied
- JPEG file format
- Lithium ion battery
- Movie mode with sound
- 640 x 480 movies at 30fps
- DIGIC II and iSAPS
This camera is targeted to Point-and-Shoot photographers with 7.1MP resolution and a 3x optical zoom.
It gives very good to excellent image quality. AUTO and Scene Modes simplify shooting, but more advanced photographers can also switch to the Manual (M) mode (essentially a Programmed Auto mode with manual long shutter speeds) for more control.
The extra large 2.5-in. LCD monitor has an average 115,000 pixels resolution, is clear and has a fast refresh rate in bright situations, a bit choppy in low light. It gains up in low-light to permit easier composition. There is also a small real-image zoom optical viewfinder.
Image quality is very good to excellent and ISO 50 and 100 produce very low noise images. Chromatic Aberration is not a problem in everyday shots. A histogram can be displayed in Playback.
Standard movies can record 640x480 pixels at 30fps until the memory card is full (when using a super high-speed memory card).
As far as optional accessories go, the Canon SD550 has an external High-Power Flash and an underwater marine case for those who fancy underwater photography.
The Canon PowerShot SD550 produces very good to excellent image quality -- and that is the main criteria that users would (should) be mostly concerned with. Add in fast operations with no practical shutter lag, fast and precise AF that works in low-light, accurate exposure metering, and one of the most elegant and beautifully designed body on a digital camera -- and you can't go wrong if you are looking for a take-anywhere ultra compact digital camera.
Source - photoxels
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