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The Canon EOS 550D is the latest DSLR
camera that lets you express your creativity in a
hundred different ways. Whether you’re capturing
the sweet smile of a loved one or the vivid
colors of a tropical paradise — all this can be
easily done thanks to a superb class-leading
18-megapixel CMOS sensor and the revolutionary
DIGIC 4 imaging processor. And when still images
aren’t enough, isn’t it great to know the EOS 550D
lets you shoot Full HD movies as well?
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Capture The Wonders of Life

as You See It
Superior 18-Megapixel CMOS Sensor Get The Colors You Desire
The EOS 550D has a newly developed with Picture Style
18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C size) sensor that With Picture Style, you can instantly enhance your
captures all kinds of scenes with breathtaking images and videos with effects that complement
ease. From awe-inspiring landscapes to the your subjects. Choose from 6 preset Picture Styles or
bustle of city life, every shot is full of rich download more from the Canon website. You can
details and lifelike color realism. also create your own effects with the Picture Style
Editor software.
A class-leading 18-megapixel
image resolution also means
greater freedom to crop your
images to improve framing.
Even after cropping, you can
still easily turn your shots into
frame-worthy prints. Put your
Standard Landscape Portrait Neutral Faithful Monochrome
best works on display and share
A crisp and vivid Enhanced Warm and Natural color High accuracy For black & white
your photographic journeys with effect suitable for sharpness with lifelike skin reproduction color production or sepia-toned
18 Megapixels
your loved ones! most scenes vivid blues and tones with a suitable for faithful to the images
greens softer focus post-processing original
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Imaging Performance
In A Class Of Its Own
Unparalleled Imaging with DIGIC 4
As Canon's most advanced processor to date, DIGIC 4
transforms the massive amounts of data produced by the
18-megapixel CMOS sensor into beautiful images effortlessly.
A 14-bit analog to digital conversion process ensures every
shot has superb tonal gradation, an extended dynamic range, and a high
level of image clarity.
Exceptional Accuracy with
DIGIC 4 is also the brains behind several advanced features of the 9-point AF System
EOS 550D including lens peripheral illumination correction, Auto
Lighting Optimizer, Face Detection Live View autofocus, and Full HD The EOS 550D's high-precision 9-point AF sensor
movie recording. helps you capture every moment with stunningly
sharp focus. As the AF points are spread across the
Quick High-speed Captures at 3.7 fps frame, it provides a wider area of coverage for more
shooting flexibility.
Thanks to a high-performance shutter unit
combined with the advanced DIGIC 4 When using f/2.8 or faster lenses, the sensitivity
Imaging Processor, the EOS 550D can fire of the center AF point is further amplified for even
off a rapid 3.7 frames per second at full greater focusing accuracy.
resolution. Continuous burst rate at 34 frames
(JPEG: Large/Fine) or 6 frames (RAW) are
also possible.
06 EOS 550D
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Illumination Correction

Intelligent Features
Highlight Tone Priority

That Make Your Vision A Reality

Dark edges

Off On
This feature gives your images an even brightness
Highlight Tone Priority prevents images shot in bright from corner to corner by correcting light loss
light from appearing washed out due to overexposure. that sometimes occur at the edges. This
Comprehensive Shooting Settings This is done by expanding the gradation range within ‘light falloff' happens when shooting with
With an extensive selection of shooting modes and white balance highlighted areas so that details are not lost. As a certain lenses such as wide-angle lenses. The
settings, the EOS 550D's versatility enables you to capture superb result, subjects appear more pleasing to the eye with EOS 550D comes included with correction data
images in any shooting environment. lifelike realism. for approximately 26 lenses and can store a total
of 40 different lens data.
The EOS 550D also has a new and improved 63-zone, dual-layer NOTE: For JPEG images, the 'light falloff' is corrected during image
metering sensor with 4 metering modes that provides greater metering capture. For RAW images, correction can be done with the Digital
precision even in difficult lighting conditions. Auto Lighting Optimizer Photo Professional software.

The Auto Lighting Optimizer

ensures images shot are rich and
full of details even in less than ideal
lighting conditions. It does this
by automatically adjusting image
brightness and contrast to achieve
a balanced exposure. Used together
with Face Detection technology and Off
you're assured of picture perfect
shots of every friendly face.

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From sunny outdoors to starry nights, the EOS 550D works

Reach New Heights of Brilliance perfectly in any light thanks to an ISO speed range that's the
widest in its class. ISO 100 ISO 400 ISO 800

with Class-Leading ISO Performance In ample light, set the camera at ISO 100 to get the cleanest image
quality possible. Or switch to as high as ISO 6400 to capture stunning
night scenes with soft ambient lighting. ISO sensitivity can also be
expanded to 12,800 for incredible images in near darkness.
Low ISO : Blur High ISO: Sharp

By selecting a higher ISO speed, you can also capture fast-moving action
clearly as a faster shutter speed can be chosen. The result is stunning high-
ISO 1600 ISO 3200 ISO 6400 speed captures with excellent picture clarity.
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Live View Shooting Precise Image Composition

With Live View, what you see on the camera's
Full HD Movie Recording
Live View shooting opens up new creative Capture spectacular Full HD resolution movies with the EOS 550D’s EOS MOVIE mode.
monitor is exactly how the image will turn out.
shooting possibilities by letting you compose 2 types of grid displays can also be displayed on Whether you’re shooting an event or making a short film, an extensive range of video options
your images with the LCD monitor. the screen for more accurate composition. means you can get impressive results easily.

See The World From A New Point of View

Users who want more creative control over their videos
will be glad to know the EOS 550D has a manual
exposure feature that allows manual setting of shutter
speed, aperture and ISO speed.

Complete Versatility Face Detection Movie Resolutions & Frame Rates

As you are no longer re- When shooting in Live View, a Choose from a variety of
stricted to the viewfinder, Face Detection AF mode auto- video resolutions depending
you can position the cam- matically recognizes human faces on on the final usage of the
era at a high or low angle and focuses on them so you'll footage — from beautifully
for more creative shots. never miss a single smile! detailed HD movies to
Large aperture for background blur High ISO for gorgeous night scenes
The LCD monitor's wide simple video snapshots of
160˚ viewing angle en- family events.
sures the screen can still Sound Recording
be easily seen.
Movie Crop Mode The EOS 550D has a built-in monaural microphone that
Multiple AF Modes automatically adjusts recording volume for optimum
Need to get much closer
Easier Verification Whether you're shooting relatively still subjects or quick to your subject? Now
results during shooting. An external stereo microphone
jack is also provided for situations with more demanding
The on-screen image moving action, Live View's range of autofocus modes you can with Movie
audio needs.
on the monitor can be ensures they'll all be captured with unbelievable ease. Crop* mode. This new function
enlarged by 5 or 10 gives you an approximate 7x zoom
times, enabling you to Quick Mode Normal mode magnification so you can capture Simultaneous Photo Capture*
check for proper focus. Uses 9-point AF system to locate subject close-ups of your subjects from If a photo-worthy moment happens when you're
The camera can also a distance. shooting a video, simply press the shutter release
Live Mode
simulate the current button and a still image will be capture.
Uses contrast detection to determine subject position
exposure level in real-
time so you'll know how Face Detection Live Mode *Video shot with Movie Cropping mode will be *Not available in movie crop mode
in 640x480 resolution
the shot will turn out. Detects human faces for focus and ensures proper exposure Movie crop mode
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Easy Ways to Share

Wide 3” Clear View EOS Integrated Cleaning System
LCD Monitor With the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, you'll never
The EOS 550D's wide 3” LCD monitor features have to worry about dust problems. With a slew of
an amazing 1.04 million dot resolution that lets comprehensive measures, the system effectively reduces
you see even the smallest detail clearly. It now the occurrence of dust and minimizes its effects.

Your Images And Videos

has the same 3:2 aspect ratio as the image which
allows it to be displayed over the entire screen. An integral part of the system is the Self Cleaning Sensor
Unit. This component uses ultrasonic vibrations to
In addition, an anti-glare and smudge-resistant shake off dust particles adhering to the low-pass filter.
coating on the monitor's surface ensure the In addition, dust shadows that appear in images can be
screen is highly visible even in bright sunlight. removed using the Dust Delete Function in the bundled
Digital Photo Professional software.
Creative Auto
The Creative Auto mode lets
you apply the creative effects
you want without requiring
you to have any knowledge of
photography terms.

Each setting on the Creative Auto

mode screen is accompanied by
a line of text explaining what it does. Adjust the settings to Before After (with Dust Delete Function)

achieve the effect you want, and start snapping away!

Quick Control
Instead of having to navigate
through different menus to
change different settings, the
Quick Control feature gives
you instant access to the
most common settings all in
one place.

With Quick Control, you can also easily make changes to

image settings even when shooting from a tripod, with the
camera at eye level.
14 EOS 550D
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Lens-based vs. In-body

Easy Operation,
Unlike other camera brands who build image stabilization
(IS) into the camera body, Canon's IS systems are incorporated
in their lenses.

The advantage this has over in-body IS is that the IS system

HDMI-CEC Interface can be positioned to more effectively correct camera shake

Astounding Results View your images and videos in all their

high-resolution glory with the EOS 550D's
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) terminal. When
connected to any HDMI-compatible display, image resolution
according to the specific characteristics of each lens.

Furthermore, the stabilized

effect can also be seen through
the viewfinder, allowing you to
Direct Printing will automatically be configured to best fit the display.
decide on the best moment to
with PictBridge take the shot.
You can also control image playback on the EOS 550D via a TV
Pictbridge technology makes it remote control when the camera is connected to any HDMI-
easy for you to print out your ready TV that supports the HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics
images without the need for a Control) standard.
computer. Simply connect the
EOS 550D to any PictBridge-ready Extensive EF Lens Selection New Accessories
printer and you can start printing.
Canon's world-renowned EF and EF-S lenses are designed
specifically for EOS digital SLRs. The decades of research and Remote Controller RC-6 Battery Grip BG-E8
with Selphy Compact development that go into every lens ensures each EF lens delivers
Photo Printers excellent optical performance and image clarity. With over 60
lenses available from fisheye to super telephoto, there's an EF
The Selphy range of compact photo lens for every shooting objective.
printers makes a great companion
for the EOS 550D. Print directly
from your memory cards or directly
into the printer. Enjoy printing your
photos in a variety of sizes and
have fun dressing them up with Capture images when Additional power source
speech bubbles, frames, clip arts you're at a distance from that doubles as vertical
and other layout features. the camera shooting grip

Features of Selphy compact photo printers:

Dye-sub printing ensures great image quality
Print resolution as high as 300 x 600 dpi
Easy Photo Pack - ink and paper integrated in a single cartridge
Via Bluetooth BU - 30 or infrared (depanding on models)
Creative Printing Features
16 EOS 550D
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EOS 550D Flash-sync contacts
Shutter Speed
Main Dial Pointer
ISO speed Highlight Tone Priority
Flash Exposure Compensation
Auto Lighting Optimizer
Recording medium
Compatible lenses
Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
SD, SDHC and SDXC card
Canon EF lenses (including EF-S lenses)
Exposure compensation

AE lock
±5 stops in 1/3-stop or 1/2 stop increments, ±2 stops for
Manual and AEB correction
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering
when focus is achieved
LCD Monitor
Monitor Size and Dots
TFT colour liquid-crystal monitor
Wide 3-in. (3:2) with approx. 1,040,000 dots
Approx. 100%
Mode Dial Hot shoe Lens Mount Canon EF mount Manual: By AE lock button Brightness adjustment Manual (7 levels)
Image Sensor Shutter Interface languages 25
Exposure Level Indicator Flash Exposure Type CMOS sensor Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter Image Playback
Built-in flash/AF-assist beam Exposure Compensation Amount Compensation Effective Pixels Approx. 18.0 megapixels Shutter Speeds 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Image Display Formats Single, Single + Info (Image-recording quality, shooting information,
Evaluative Metering
Focal plane mark AEB Range Image Sensor Size 22.3mm x 14.9mm Available range varies by shooting mode.) histogram) 4-image index, 9-image index, image rotation possible
Main Dial Partial Metering Aspect ratio 3:2 X-sync at 1/200 sec. Zoom Magnification Approx. 1.5x - 10x
Shooting Mode Spot Metering Dust deletion feature Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending Drive System Image Browsing Methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, jump by screen,
Shutter button Microphone Center-Weighted Recording System Drive modes Single, continuous, Self-timer 10sec. Delay/Remote control, by shooting date, by movie, by stills
Picture Style Average Metering
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 Self-timer 2sec. delay, Self-timer 10sec delay + continuous Highlight Alert Overexposed highlights blink
Red-eye reduction/ Flash button Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original) shooting (2 to 10 shots) Movie Playback Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT –
Self-timer lamp Drive Mode RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording possible MOV Continuous shooting speed Max. approx. 3.7 shots/sec. CEC compatible) Built-in speaker
Image-Recording Quality Recording pixels (1) Large: Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456) Max. burst JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 34 shots Direct Printing
Single Shooting
(2) Medium: Approx. 8.00 megapixels (3456 x 2304) RAW: Approx. 6 shots Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Remote control Continuous Shooting
(3) Small: Approx. 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728) Built in Flash Printable images JPEG and RAW images
sensor Quick Control Icon Self-Time / Remote Control (4) RAW: Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456) Type Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentamirror Print Ordering DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Self-Timer: 2 Sec. File numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset and manual reset Guide No. 13/43 (at ISO 100 meters/feet) Interface
Lens release Eye-Fi transmission status* Self-Timer: Continuous Imaging Processor Recycle time Approx. 3 sec Digital Terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing
button Battery Check Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, Flash coverage 17mm focal length (equivalent to 27mm in 135 format) (Hi-Speed USB) , audio (stereo)/video output (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance User Def. 1-3 Flash metering system E-TTL II autoflash (evaluative, average), FE lock HDMI Mini OUT Terminal Type C (Auto switching of resolution)
Grip Auto White Balance Auto (AWB), daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, Live View Functions External microphone IN terminal 3.5mm dia. Stereo mini jack
AF Mode Shots Remaining white fluorescent light, flash, custom (custom WB) Shooting modes Still photo shooting and movie shooting Remote Control Terminal Compatible with remote control via RS-60E3
Noise Reduction Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots Focusing Quick mode (Phase-difference detection) Live mode, Wireless Remote Control With Remote Controller RC-1/RC-5 /RC-6
Shade Shots Remaining During Automatic Image Live face detection mode (Contrast detection) Manual focusing Power Source
Depth-of-field RAW + Large / Fine
Cloudy Wb Bracketing Brightness Correction Auto Lighting Optimizer with Face Detection (5x/10x magnification possible) Battery Battery Pack LP-E8 (Qty.1)
preview button Manual Focus Mode Self-Timer Countdown Highlight Tone Priority Provided Metering modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor (still photos) / AF *AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8
Tungsten Light
Lens Peripheral Illumination point-link evaluative metering Live face detection mode (movies) / *With Battery Grip BG-E8 attached, 6 size-AA/LR6 batteries or
White Fluorescent Light Bulb Exposure Time Correction Provided Center-weighted average metering Live/quick mode (movies) 2 LP-E8 battery packs can be used
Flash Colour Space sRGB, Adobe RGB Metering range EV 0-20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100) Battery Life (Based on CIPA With viewfinder shooting:
Appending copyright information Copyright information entered with the camera is appended to the Movie MOV (Video: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM) testing standards) At 23°C/73°F, approx. 550 shots. At 0°C/32°F, approx. 470 shots.
image EXIF information Recording size: 1920 x 1080: 24fps / 25fps / 30fps(Full HD), 1280 With Live View shooting:
White Balance Bracketing Viewfinder x 720:50fps / 60fps and 640 x 480:50fps / 60fps (SD/ movie crop) At 23°C/73°F, approx. 200 shots. At 0°C/32°F, approx. 170 shots.
White Balance Correction Type Eye-level pentamirror Max file size: 4GB per clip Dimensions and Weight
Dioptric adjustment Live View shooting/Movie Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95% Movie recording exposure control Program AE and Manual exposure available. Dimensions (W X H X D) 128.8 x 97.5 x 75.3 mm / 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.0 in.
knob button shooting button/Print / Share Button Magnification Approx. 0.87 x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity) Exposure compensation of up to ±3 stops available Weight Approx. 475g / 16.8oz. (body only)
Viewfinder eyepiece
Display-off sensor
Aperture setting/
Exposure compensation button
Viewfinder Information Eyepoint
Built-in dioptric adjustment
Focusing screen
Approx. 19mm (From eyepiece lens center at -1m-1)
-3.0 - +1.0 m-1dpt
Movie editinG Cutting out first or last scene (1 sec. Increments) and
Movie crop possible
Operating Environment
Working temperature range
Working humidity
0°C - 40°C / 32°F - 104°F
85% or less
Spot metering circle AF point activation indicator Mirror Quick-return type
Shooting Depth-of-field preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
settings display button AE lock/FE lock button/ Focusing screen AF points
Index button/Reduce button
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection System Chart EOS 550D Bundled Applications
Menu button AF Points 9 Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk
Power switch AF Working Range EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes Autofocus, One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Zoom Browser EX / Image Browser (Win/Mac)
AF point Manual focusing Digital Photo Professional (Win/Mac)
selection/Magnify button AF-assist beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash
EOS Utility (Win/Mac)
Effective range: Approx. 4.0m/13.1 ft. at center, approx 3.5m/11.5ft
Quick Control/ at periphery (with an EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the Original Data Security Tools (Win)
Direct print button Speedlite’s AF-assist beam is emitted instead) Picture Style Editor (Win/Mac)
LCD monitor <ISO> ISO speed Predictive AF performance Tracking of an object moving towards the camera at 50km/h
Speaker Flash-ready possible up to a minimum distance of approx. 10m.*When used Photo Stitch (Win/Mac)
Improper FE lock warning White balance correction with EF300mm F2.8L IS USM WFT Utility (Win/Mac)
White balance Exposure Control
Drive mode selection button Maximum burst Memory Card Utility (Win/Mac)
AE lock/ Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone SPC
selection button Setting button AEB in-progress (1) Evaluative metering (linkable to all AF points)
Focusing confirmation light (2) Partial metering (approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)

Picture Style
Card slot cover (3) Spot metering (center, approx. 4% viewfinder) Custom Function
(4) Center-weighted average metering
selection button AF mode High-speed sync <B/W> Monochrome shooting Metering range EV 1-20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100) 01. Exposure level increments
selection button (FP flash) Exposure control Program AE, shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field 02. ISO expansion
ISO speed
Playback button Erase button FE lock/FEB in-progress AE, full auto (Program AE non-shiftable), Programmed Image 03. Flash sync. speed in Av mode
<D+> Highlight tone priority Control Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night
04. Long exp. noise reduction
Access lamp Exposure level indicator
Portrait, Flash OFF), manual exposure (including bulb), E-TTL II
05. High ISO speed noise reduction
Flash exposure compensation autoflash program AE (evaluative & average metering)
Exposure compensation amount ISO Speed ISO 100-6400 (whole-stop increments), ISO expansion 12800. 06. Highlight tone priority
Aperture AEB range (Recommended exposure index) *In Basic Zone modes, Auto ISO sets the ISO automatically within 07. AF-assist beam firing
Shutter speed Card full warning (FuLL) Red-eye reduction lamp-on indicator 100-3200 08. Mirror lockup
FE lock (FEL) Card error warning (Err) *The minimum ISO speed when (highlight tone priority) is enabled
09. Shutter button/AE lock button
Busy ( buSY) No card warning (Card) will be ISO 200
*In Creative Zones, ISO Auto’s upper limit (ISO 400-6400) can 10. Assign SET button
Built-in flash recycling ( buSY) be set 11. LCD display when power ON
12. Add image verification data