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Canon PowerShot A550

alaTest has collected and analyzed 928 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and performance. The portability and value for money are also mentioned favorably, but the manual image adjustments and memory get mixed views. Many are less positive about the image stabilizer and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A550 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A550

 

What do you look for in a budget camera? User-friendly interface for one, and most importantly good picture composition. Now here is a camera that doesn't complicate things for users. An apt entry-level camera is what it aims to be. We ran it through a...

For the street price of about Rs. 10,000, the camera is a decent buy. I need not say, of course, that the camera is purely for point-and-shoot. The colors are decent, and the sharpness is quite good. But we did notice some smudging in underdeveloped...

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Sony A550 Digital Camera Review

 

The Sony A550 delivers several exciting and unusual capabilities, including in-camera high dynamic range images that come out very well, and a full-resolution burst mode of nearly 7 shots per second. There is no movie mode, though, and the price is...

Sony is on a roll when it comes to digital camera innovation. We applauded when the ultra-zoom HX1 introduced sweep-your-arm automatic panorama shooting and multiple image compositing to combat blur and image noise (see review here). Now, with the A550...

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PowerShot A550

 

Introduced in January 2007 and released the following month, the Canon PowerShot A550 has design features reminiscent of past models but promises to be even easier to use. It has automatic modes and basic features meant to attract first-timers and...

Good handling ; 4x optical zoom lens ; Excellent color reproduction ; 199 price tag ; Easy to use

Poor resolution on small LCD ; Boring design ; No optical zoom in movies ; Noisy zoom lens ; Barrel distortion

With a $199 price tag, amazing performance can't be expected from the A550. It does, however, meet the basic requirements of an adequate digital camera. It can take a picture when you want, where you want, and how you want. It doesn't have much shutter...

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Canon Powershot A550

 

The PowerShot A550, Canon's new compact point-and-shoot camera, is a solid machine. It performs nimbly and produces pleasing picture quality. Still, there are a few areas where this shooter stumbles. The LCD is a little small and the price is a little...

Produces sharp, clear shots. Great performance. Very little shutter lag. Has a glass viewfinder

Recycle times were a little slow. Smallish LCD

As an inexpensive point-and-shoot, the Canon PowerShot A550 isn't perfect, but it delivers quality shots and good performance.

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Canon Powershot A550

 

The PowerShot A550 is a very affordable 7.1 megapixel model with a 4x optical zoom lens and a 2.0-inch LCD screen. It features Canon's DIGIC II image processor for crisp, vibrant images, responsive performance, and low power consumption. Replacing last...

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Canon PowerShot A550

 

Though not quite small enough to slip into your jeans, the A550 is still comfortably compact. At 7.4 ounces and 1.7 inches thick, the camera can fit easily into most jacket pockets and bags. The camera's body has an L-shaped design found on most of...

Responsive performance; slightly above-average lens.

Images plagued with artifacts and fringing; small LCD.

This camera's low price tag and solid performance can help you forget that it doesn't have many bells or whistles.

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Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera - Full Review

 

As we've come to expect from Canon's A-series, the PowerShot A550 is a great little digicam. Fairly frill-free, the Canon A550 still takes great shots with its 7-megapixel sensor. It has a satisfying 4x zoom, and is quite easy to use. The A550's...

High resolution with excellent image quality ; 4x zoom lens is longer than most in the category and offers excellent coverage ; Very good exposure accuracy ; Easy-setting scene modes ; Custom white balance ; Better-than-average exposure accuracy ;...

No manual control of aperture or shutter speed ; Slow flash recycle (10 seconds!) ; Non-articulating LCD makes it harder to take low level or above the crowd shots ; Limited override functions in AUTO and Scene modes ; No brightness adjustment for the...

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Canon PowerShot A550

 

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Very good photo quality, noise levels low through ISO 400 (in good light) ; Well built (for the most part) for the price ; Very good performance ; LCD visible in low light ; Some manual controls ; AF-assist lamp, good low light focusing ; Good movie...

Some corner blurriness ; Redeye remains a problem ; Small, low resolution LCD ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; Flimsy door over memory card / battery compartment; plastic tripod mount ; Small memory card included

I pretty much snuck in all my complaints about the A550 in the preceding paragraphs. If you want a compact, easy to use camera with a little more zoom than usual, then I'd definitely recommend that you take a look at the PowerShot A550. If you want an...

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Canon PowerShot A550

 

With a retail price of $199, the Canon PowerShot A550 falls into the budget point-and-shoot market. The digital camera promises improved ease-of-use and convenience, with features like AA battery power

The 7.1-megapixel digital camera offers decent resolution and more zoom than comparable cameras. The PowerShot A530 has a 4x optical zoom lens, along with the standard Canon optical viewfinder. The 2-inch LCD screen has limited resolution at 86,000...

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Canon Powershot A550 Review

 

The Canon Powershot A550 is very similar to previous Canon A-series except for its lack of manual controls. Otherwise, it retains all the aspects that made other A-series cameras so popular: good image quality, ergonomics and speed of operation. When...

Good exposure and focus accuracy, Nicely saturated colors, Good image sharpness, Low image noise up to ISO 200, Good body ergonomics, Spectacular battery life

Mild barrel distortion at wide-angle, Strong vignetting, Very noisy ISO 800, Low resolution LCD, LCD difficult to see in very bright light, Some edge softness

Product Specifications

Easy-to-use and easy-to-hold, the PowerShot A550 gives you 7.1 Megapixels, a 4x optical zoom lens, an ISO 800 feature for expanded low-light shooting and a DIGIC II Image Processor with iSAPS technology for beautiful pictures and great performance. Plus, there's even a Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode. Power is never a problem, because the A550 uses standard "AA" batteries. Great features at a great price - it's what makes the A550 such an amazing camera.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.7in
Height:2.5in
Weight:5.6oz
Width:3.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Foliage / Indoor / Kids & pets / Macro / Portrait mode / Snow

Flash Memory

Storage Capacity:16MB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:A550
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-5.5
Max Focal Length:23.2mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:7.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type:Optical
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