Canon EOS 550D Digtial SLR Camera 18MP 3.0 inch LCD (Black) - Body Only

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Capture your story in stunning detail with the EOS 550D. With the creative freedom to capture the decisive shot, see all the detail of your holiday sunset or follow action in the local football match. Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints ? or crop images without losing any of the detail necessary for printing ? EOS 550D?s 18MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise. Canon?s DIGIC 4 processor works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradations and natural looking colours. DIGIC 4 also powers advanced Noise Reduction when shooting at higher ISO speeds, plus split-second start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting. When light levels fall, the EOS 550D offers an ISO range of up to 6400 ? expandable to 12800 for those environments where using flash is undesirable. The EOS 550D combines exceptional still shooting with the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video. To satisfy your creativity the EOS 550D features full manual control and selectable frame rates. You can also shoot high speed 50/60fps movies at 720P for when the action is really fast. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV. Also with compatible TVs playback can be controlled using the TV?s remote control.


Detailed checks on images and video are possible with a 7.7cm (3.0 inch) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen, which features an ultra-high 1,040,000 dots for increased clarity. Switch to Live View mode and use the real-time visual feed to shoot from awkward angles. A 63-zone dual layer metering sensor analyses Focus, Colour and Luminance information, providing accurate and consistent metering. Accessible using a dedicated button it provides easy access to commonly used functions, ensuring that you are ready to take the shot as it happens. Add an additional microphone for better quality sound using the 3.5mm stereo jack socket. Shoot VGA movies with an effective zoom of 7x. Movie crop uses only the centre part of the sensor and allows long distance shooting without having to change lenses. The EOS 550D is compatible with Canon?s full range of EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites.



Image Device

Image Processor


Image Sensor Filter Array

Primary Colour Filter

Image Sensor Technology

CMOS 18.7 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

18.0 Megapixels


Exposure Compensation

?5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Exposure Control

TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone SPC

White Balance

Type: Auto white balance with the imaging sensor ? Settings: AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White ? Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom. ? White balance compensation: Blue/Amber +/-9, Magenta/ Green +/-9 ?Custom White Balance: Yes, 1 setting can be registered WB Bracketing: +/-3 levels in single level increments 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias

ISO Sensitivity Setting

AUTO(100-6400), 100-6400

Shutter Speeds

30 to 1/4000 Seconds


Built-in Flash





Built in Screen



3.0 inch TFT 1,040,000 Pixels

Scene/Colour Modes

Scene/Shooting Modes

Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Movie, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP

Image Formats

Image File Formats



Video Facility


Frame Rates


Media Adaptor

Secure Digital

Supported: SD ? SDHC ? SDXC


USB Ports

1 x High Speed USB 2.0

HDMI Ports

1 x HDMI


Software Included

Browsing & Printing: ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser ? Image Processing: Digital Photo Professional ? Other: PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, Original Data Security Tool - Requires optional), Picture Style Editor

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported

Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition) OS X v10.4-10.6



Operating Temperature 0 ? 40?C - Humidity 85%



1 x (Lithium-Ion - Rechargeable)

Power Supply

AC Adaptor





12.88cm (W) x 6.2cm (D) x 9.73cm (H) - Weight 0.53kg


  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4
  • ISO 100-6400, H:12800
  • 3.7fps shooting
  • Full HD movies
  • 7.7cm (3.0 inch) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
  • iFCL metering
  • Quick Control screen
  • Ext. Mic socket
  • Movie crop

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Catalogue No: EL-04030424