Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D/EOS Rebel T2i/EOS Kiss X4
Type Digital single-lens reflex
Sensor CMOS APS-C 22.3 × 14.9 mm (1.6x conversion factor)
Maximum resolution 5,184 × 3,456 (17.9 recorded megapixels)
Lens Canon EF lens mount, Canon EF-S lens mount
Flash E-TTL II automatic built-in pop-up
Shutter focal-plane
Shutter speed range 1/4000 to 30 sec and bulb, 1/200 s X-sync
ASA/ISO range ISO 100 to 6400 (expandable to 12800 with Canon Firmware, expandable to 24000 with Magic Lantern firmware)
Exposure metering Full aperture TTL, 63-zone SPC
Exposure modes Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, Auto Depth-of-field, Movie
Metering modes Evaluative, Spot (4% at center), Partial (9% at center), Center-weighted average
Focus areas 9 AF points, f/5.6 cross-type center (extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
Focus modes AI Focus, One-Shot, AI Servo, Live View
Continuous shooting 3.7 frame/s for 34 JPEG or 6 raw frames
Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror SLR, 95% coverage, 0.87× magnification, and electronic (Live View)
Flash bracketing No
Custom WB Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
WB bracketing ± 3 stops for 3 frames
Rear LCD monitor 3 in 3:2 color TFT LCD, 1,040,000 dots
Storage Secure Digital Card
Secure Digital High Capacity
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
Battery LP-E8 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Optional battery packs BG-E8 grip
Dimensions 129 mm × 98 mm × 62 mm
Weight 530 g (19 oz) (including battery and card)
Made in Japan

The Canon EOS 550D is an 18.0 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera, announced by Canon on 8 February 2010.[1] It was made available starting 24 February 2010[2] and to US dealers starting early March.[3] It is known as the EOS Kiss X4 in Japan, and as the EOS Rebel T2i in the Americas.[4] It is part of Canon's entry/mid-level digital SLR camera series, and was placed by Canon as the successor model to the EOS 500D. It was superseded by the EOS 600D (Kiss X5/Rebel T3i), but remained in Canon's lineup until being discontinued in June 2012 with the announcement of the EOS 650D (Kiss X6i/Rebel T4i).[5]


  • 18.0 effective megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video recording at 24p (23.976 fps), 25p (25 fps), and 30p (29.97 fps) with drop frame timing
  • 720p HD video recording at 50p (50 Hz) and 60p (59.94 Hz)[6]
  • 480p ED video recording at 50p (50 Hz) and 60p (59.94 Hz)
  • 3.5mm microphone jack for external microphones or recorders.
  • PAL/NTSC video output
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 14-bit analog to digital signal conversion
  • 3.0-inch (76 mm) 3:2 aspect ratio LCD monitor
  • Live view mode
  • Built-in flash
  • Wide, selectable, nine-point AF with centre cross-type sensor extra sensitive at f/2.8
  • Four metering modes, using 63-zones: spot, partial, center-weighted average, and evaluative metering.
  • Highlight tone priority
  • EOS integrated cleaning system
  • Internal monaural microphone
  • sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces
  • ISO 100–6,400 expandable to 12,800
  • Continuous drive up to 3.7 frame/s (34 images (JPEG), 6 images (raw))
  • SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card file storage
  • Raw and large JPEG simultaneous recording
  • USB 2.0, HDMI control (CEC)
  • LP-E8 battery
  • Approximate weight 0.53 kg (1.2 lb) with battery and card

Bundled software[edit]

The 550D comes with following image processing and camera operating software: ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser Image Processing, Digital Photo Professional, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility and Picture Style Editor.[7]

Newer battery grip for T2i, T3i, T4i and T5i

Optional accessories[edit]

550D with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens

The Canon 550D has available accessories such as:[8]

  • All EF and EF-S Lenses
  • Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
  • Macro twin lite MT-24EX
  • E-series Dioptic Adjustment Lenses
  • Angle Finder C
  • Semi hard case EH19L
  • Interface Cable IFC-200U/500U
  • Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3
  • Canon EX-series Speedlites & ST-E2
  • AC Adapter Kit (AC Adapter CA-PS700 & DC Coupler – DR-E8)
  • Battery grip BG-E8
  • Battery Magazine BGME8A/L
  • Eyepiece Extender EPEX15II
  • HDMI Cable HTC-100
  • Remote Switch RS-60E3
  • Wireless Remote Controller RC-6

Firmware updates[edit]

In July 2010 Canon released firmware 1.0.8 that fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves unexpectedly when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).[9] 25 December 2010[10] Canon offered firmware version 1.0.9 which should fix tone jumps in some images, depending on the shooting scene and when shooting with the Auto Lighting Optimizer settings (low/standard/strong).[11]

Custom firmware[edit]

Magic Lantern is an open source (GPL) firmware add-on for Canon dSLR cameras, which has enhancements for video and still photography without replacing the stock firmware.[12]


The British Journal of Photography was impressed by the 550D and said "the EOS 550D is a good match for the 7D at half the price".[13] On Digital Photography Review it got overall score of 77%.[7] For most of its product life, alternative cameras included the Nikon D5000, Nikon D3100, Canon 500D,[14] Nikon D90,[15] and Pentax K-7. Immediately before it was discontinued in 2012, the main competitors of the 550D were the Nikon D3200 and D5100 (respectively the replacements for the D3100 and D5000), Pentax K-r (replacement for the K-x), and the Sony Alpha 57, one of the company's SLT cameras. (The replacement for the Nikon D90, the D7000, is positioned upmarket from the 550D.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marc Chacksfield (2010). "Canon EOS 550D officially announced". Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "18MP, 1080p HD Movies, ISO 6400: Canon redefines the boundaries of the consumer DSLR with the EOS 550D". 8 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "The new Canon Rebel T2i digital SLR takes aspiring photographers beyond the still with advanced video features". 8 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Canon Rebel T2I/Canon EOS Kiss Digital X4/Canon EOS 550D". 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Westlake, Andy (2012-06-08). "Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T4i) Hands-on Preview". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  6. ^ "Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D Compared to Nikon D90 Side by Side". Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "canoneos550d (Rebel T2i) specifications". Retrieved 6 January 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  8. ^ "EOS 550D" (PDF). 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "EOS-1D Mark IV and 550D firmware updates". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "EOS Digital". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Canon EOS 550D Firmware 1.0.9". Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Magic Lantern Firmware Wiki". Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  13. ^ David Kilpatrick (2010). "Canon 550D impresses". British Journal of Photography. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Compared to...". Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "CANON EOS T2i/550D Review – Shoot to Kill?". Retrieved 6 January 2011. 

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