Sep 30, 2005

Canon PowerShot SD550 review at CNET

The pocket-sized 7.1 Megapixel PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH joins Canon’s line-up between the SD500 and SD400 models which will continue to be available. The new PowerShot SD550 digicam offers consumers a big 2.5-inch LCD screen, while retaining Canon’s famed functionality and optical viewfinder. Additionally, the new cameras feature a new UI display designed to capitalize on the larger screen size.

CNET have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD550, awarded it a rating of 7.2 out of 10 or Very Good, and said-
"It's no surprise that the PowerShot SD550's photos match those of the SD500 since they use the same components. Overall, the Canon PowerShot SD550 delivered sharp, almost too-saturated images, with a slightly cool white balance. Metering and exposure were top-notch, even in difficult backlit and sidelit scenes. Though it tended to blow out highlights a bit more than we'd like, we saw excellent dynamic range in the midtones and shadows. Because blown-out highlights tend to create high-contrast edges, however, we also saw more frequent purple fringing there and on the sides of the scene, where lens focus falls off. Shots taken at ISO 50 and ISO 100 displayed relatively low noise; as expected, noise did become more apparent at settings of ISO 200 and ISO 400.

The Canon PowerShot SD550 is a very well-designed, 7-megapixel snapshot camera. Just don't look for advanced controls."

I know lots of people who don't want to pay for a lot of bells and whistles they'll never use, so I tend to recommend digital cameras like the SD550 to them.

Canon PowerShot SD550 Features:
  • 7 Megapixel CCD sensor for up to 3072x2304 pixel images

  • 3x optical 37-111mm f/2.8-4.9 zoom w/digital Macro

  • Large 2.5" color LCD with Night Display function

  • Ultra-compact and durable stainless steel body (3.4 x 2.2 x 1.04 in.)

  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system with focus-assist lamp

  • Program AE automatic and Manual exposure modes

  • Continuous 2fps shooting until memory is full

  • Movie mode w/sound 30/15fps 640x480/320x240 unlimited length

  • Fast Frame Rate Movie recording, 320x240 at 60fps

  • Evaluative metering on focus point or Spot

  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments

  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom

  • Photo Effects: Low Sharpening, Vivid Color, Neutral, Sepia and B&W

  • My Colors - customize your colors while shooting

  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/2000 second

  • Auto noise reduction with 1.3 sec or longer shutter speeds

  • Selectable ISO settings from 50 to 400

  • Voice memo (up to 60 secs) can be attached to images

  • Built-in microphone and speaker

  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included

  • Direct print and PictBridge Compliant

  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity for PC and Mac

  • Secure Digital (SD) card storage, 32MB supplied

Accessories
Canon DIF-100 Direct Interface Cable for Various Powershot Digital Cameras
Digital Concepts Universal Digital Camera Screen Protectors
Canon Metal Neck Strap 1 for All Elph Cameras
Canon ACK-900 AC Adapter for Powershot SD100, SD110, SD550 & SD500
Canon
PSC-50 Soft Leather Case for Canon SD400, SD450, SD550, SD500, SD300,
SD200, SD100, S500, S410, S400, S230 and S200 Digital Cameras


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