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Canon IXUS 750 / Powershot SD550 / IXY 700

alaTest has collected and analyzed 690 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the performance and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and screen are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed opinions about the manual image adjustments and flash. The features and image stabilizer get critical opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon IXUS 750 / Powershot SD550 / IXY 700 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Editor's Choice!

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Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital Elph


Included Memory Amount: 32 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format: Secure Digital, Type: Ultracompact, Maxim...

Quick performer. Excellent image quality. Unique "My Color" feature. Good ergonomics. Sleek and attractive.

Menus could be improved. No manual settings.

Just like the SD500, the Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital Elph is a versatile, accurate, fun 7MP compact camera that performed very well on our tests and will appeal to a broad section of shooterswhich is why, once again, it wins our Editor's Choice aw

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Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital Elph reviewed


PC Mag has bestowed its prestigious Editor's Choice award on Canon's ultracompact, and it seems ultraawesome, 7.1 megapixel PowerShot SD550 Digital Elph. As we've reported before and its name kinda indicates, the $409-at-Amazon SD550 is an update of...


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Canon Powershot SD550


Announced August 2005 (only 6 months after its predecessor), the SD550 (which goes by the names of Digital Ixus 750 in Europe and IXY DIGITAL 700 in Japan) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early...

Excellent resolution, Very compact and pocketable, Beautifully built and all-metal construction, Excellent color and exposure, Manual (custom) white balance, Fast focus and very responsive performance overall, Good flash performance, High performance...

Low contrast fine detail (such as foliage or hair) can look a little soft, AiAF focus unreliable - turn it off, Screen resolution not high enough for a 2.5-inch LCD, Some purple fringing, Slight corner softness at wide angle, Battery life when using...

Okay, so the SD550 hardly breaks new ground, and - coming only six or seven months after the SD500 it replaces - I'd have been surprised if it was.


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Canon PowerShot SD550


Very well designed; the best start-up time in its class; quick shot-to-shot performance; novel fast frame-rate movie mode.

More frequent than usual purple fringing; longish flash shot-to-shot times.

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

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Canon Powershot SD550


The pocket-sized 7.1 Megapixel PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH and 5.0 Megapixel PowerShot SD450 Digital ELPH cameras, join Canon's line-up between the SD500 and SD400 models which will continue to be available. The new PowerShot SD550 and 450 Digital ELPH c

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Canon Digital Ixus 750 Review


On the face of it the Canon Digital IXUS 750 is a pretty run-of-the-mill digital camera. A 3x optical zoom lens, 7 megapixel sensor, large 2.5 inch LCD screen - on first sight, it doesn't seem...

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Canon PowerShot SD550


The same size as the predecessor PowerShot SD500 model, the new Canon PowerShot SD550 features the great looks and sharp design that are a signature of Canon's ELPH cameras. Canon refers to the SD550 as having "Perpetual Curve Design", which basically...

Compact size, Solid build, In-camera image stabilization makes all lenses better for low light shooting, Same sensor as 7D, Kit lens covers 18-70mm 35mm equivalent range, Very good to excellent low-light capability, Excellent battery life, Decent...

Proprietary hot shoe, No PC sync port, No video recording (a fact of life with SLRs), Hand grip may be uncomfortably small for some users, Image noise slightly high at ISO 1600, RAW+JPEG option only saves fine-mode JPEGs. (But that's not a bad...

The Canon SD550 features a 3x, 7.7-23.1mm zoom lens, equivalent to a 37-111mm zoom on a 35mm camera. Aperture is automatically controlled, but the maximum setting ranges from f/2.8 at full wide angle to f/4.9 at full telephoto. A maximum 4x digital...

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PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH


Most of those aren't very exciting, and to be honest I don't know why Canon couldn't put the larger screen on the thing in the first place. Anyhow, other features on the SD550 that haven't changed include its 7.1 Megapixel CCD, 3X optical zoom lens,...

Excellent photo quality (though see issues below) ; Compact and very stylish metal body ; Large 2.5" LCD display (though see issues below) ; Blazing performance ; Powerful flash for a compact camera ; Very good movie and continuous shooting modes ;...

Some corner softness; noisy images at high ISO settings ; Redeye is a problem ; LCD resolution on the low side ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; Battery life could be better ; Can't swap memory cards while...

There really isn't much else to complain about. About the only thing I can come up with is the fact that you can't swap memory cards while the camera is on a tripod. Overall though, the SD550 is a heck of a compact point-and-shoot, and it gets my...

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Canon PowerShot SD550


The Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH is basically an SD500 with several small changes:

Powerful flash ; Great LCD performance ; Unlimited fast continuous shooting ; Excellent movie mode ; Fast read/write speeds ; Improved user interface ; Above average photo quality

Below average battery life ; No image stabilization ; Easily scratched body ; No manual controls ; LCD is lacking resolution ; Movies limited to 1 GB AKA 8 minutes ; Red-eye ; High noise levels at ISO 400, low-light ; Fairly slow autofocus, shot-to-shot

The Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH is probably your average stylish 7 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom. In my opinion, it shares the flagship position with the SD700 since it has more megapixels, a larger CCD and more powerful flash.

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Canon PowerShot SD550 / IXUS 750 Digital Camera Pro Review


From its elegantly curved profile to its superb functionality, the ultra-compact PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH rightfully owns the top spot in the Digi

I give the PowerShot SD550 two thumbs up! This is one of the best out there. It has a sleek look and feel, is very compact and portable, and takes great pictures.

Product Specifications

The 7.1 Megapixel Digital IXUS 750 blends breathtaking design with flawless engineering. Its exquisitely finished exterior houses precision optics and advanced features that deliver stunning results. With its sleek Perpetual Curve design, the contoured all-metal body of the Digital IXUS 750 represents the pinnacle of Canon design excellence. A massive 7.1 Megapixels resolution allows for photo quality prints with pin-sharp definition to A3+ size. A precision lens with 3x optical zoom ensures perfect framing and superb clarity from up close or at a distance. The Digital IXUS 750's advanced DIGIC II processor ensures fast, responsive camera performance and superior image processing. iSAPS technology analyzes each scene to optimize key camera settings even before a shot is taken. A huge 2.5" LCD brings pleasure to framing and reviewing your creations. The monitor's wide viewing angle provides improved visibility for sharing playback with friends and family. QuickBright gives instant screen brightness in bright outdoor conditions. Night Display automatically improves visibility in low light for easy after-dark shooting. Choose from a range of 15 shooting modes to get that perfect shot. Nine preset Special Scene modes help with great results in tricky lighting conditions. My Colors allows special in-camera color effects to be applied in real time to images and movies. Make extra-long 30fps VGA quality movie clips with full audio. View them with friends and family on the massive LCD or connect to a TV for full screen playback. Record fast action sequences at 60fps QVGA quality and analyze them in sharp slow motion. Printing is instant with the Digital IXUS 750. Simply connect to any PictBridge compatible printer and push the Print/Share button for a full color print within seconds. Connect to a Canon SELPHY CP Series printer and you can also print ID photos and movie stills.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon NB-3L

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card/SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Digital macro / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Night snapshot / Portrait mode / Snow / Stitch assist / Underwater

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Model:750/SD550 Digital ELPH/SD550 Digital ELPH Coach Edition Gift Set
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:23.1mm
Min Focal Length:7.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Reference Resource

Category:Photo / video
Title:Canon Digital IXUS 750
Type:User manual

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical