Canon 550D is an inexpensive camera that is capable of delivering decent results with a bunch of good optics. RAW does not stretch very well, camera automation is often mistaken in difficult conditions. However, in the right hands, anything is possible.

Canon 550D

EOS SLR camera, which includes both digital and film cameras since 1987. The camera is not only suitable for modern optics with bayonetohm EF, but also the optics of the USSR period through adapter Canon EF - M42. Read the article about adapters.


  • Cheap and not angry
  • Quite working values ISOallowing you to shoot handheld in cloudy weather
  • Gooey raves
  • The camera uses SD memory cards
  • Full HD video
  • Built-in flash does not overexpose the image


  • Small dimensions are a conditional minus, since a bear stepped on my hand personally, and even with a wrist strap it was not very convenient to control the camera.
  • Not very accurate autofocus, especially with fast lensE
  • Loud work shutter
  • It is not very convenient to work in LiveView in sunny weather - although the screen gives good details, it still lacks brightness.
  • Not too capacious battery
  • The camera is not protected from moisture and dust. At all.
  • Shooting in automatic mode and difficult conditions can be nerve-wracking in post-processing.

Power RAW, Canon 550D, Canon 85mm f / 1.8:

Working with old lenses

Allows work with old lenses. Without dancing with a tambourine, old lenses with M42 thread can be installed on the camera, through adapter M42-EF... It will be relatively comfortable to work with old lenses only in the aperture priority mode. In other modes, it is necessary to rely on the readings of the camera's exposure meter in order to correctly set the settings for the photo.

Sample photos. Canon 550D

Canon 550D Specifications

A type DSLR
Manufacturer Canon
Year of construction 2010
Lens interchangeable lenses with Canon EF / EF-S mount
Matrix CMOS 22,3 x 14,9 mm (crop factor 1,6)
Pixel density 5,4 Mp / cm²
Resolution 5184 × 3456 (17,9 million pixels)
Range ISO 100-6400 in 1/3 or 1 EV steps, expandable up to 12800
Focus areas 9 point autofocusing
exposure 63-zone TTL-measurement at fully open aperture
Metering presets program, shutter priority, aperture priority, depth of field priority, manual
Metering Modes center-weighted, evaluative, partial, spot
Exposure Bracketing ± 5 EV, 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments
Shutter electronically controlled with vertical focal plane shutters
Shutter speed range from 30 to 1/4000 s
Burst shooting 3,7 frames per second
Photo flash built-in pop-up flash, shoe
Flash bracketing ± 3 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments
White balance auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, incandescent, white fluorescent, flash, custom; white balance compensation
Viewfinder pentamirror, 95% frame, magnification 0,87x, correction from –3,0 to +1,0 diopters
Screen 3,0-inch TFT screen, approx. 1 pixels
Shooting a video FullHD (1920 × 1080) fps 30,25,24; HDTV (1280 × 720) fps 60,50,30,25,24; 640 x 480
dimensions 128,8 × 97,3 × 62 mm
The weight 530g (with battery and memory card)

Canon 550D manual


2 comments on “Canon 550D | overview with sample photos "
  1. Functionally, the camera is enough for almost all occasions, this carcass made friends with both old Soviet glasses and with "non-native" sigma (after adjusting the autofocus). whale 18-55 is very good even in good lighting or with a flash (it lies practically idle, waiting for when 18 is needed))).
    IMHO - the device is both for a beginner - simple, does not screw up in software modes, and for advanced ones - he understands from a half-word what they want from him and does his job without whims.
    Who cares about the photo on my page.

  2. Take a memory card of at least 6th class of speed and more (1 minute = 300 MB), otherwise the video recording will be interrupted periodically.

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