MC Photography

Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D was my first DSLR. I guess I can thank this camera because I am passionate about photography. It has simple and informative settings and menus. I’m still using this camera in many of my macro projects. It has an 18Mp image sensor that produces beautiful images.

Since it was launched in 2010, it is really affordable on the used market. In order not to wear unnecessarily much on the shutter in my more expensive cameras, i use the Canon EOS 550D for projects like photo stacking.

To get more features in the camera, i use Magic Lantern. This is a free third party software that is loaded on the memory card. The software is available for a variety of Canon models and works really well.

FEATURES

Sensor
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 4
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)12800
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color liquid-crystal LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.87× (0.54× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range13.00 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, E-TTL II)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive3.7 fps
Self-timerYes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNone
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)530 g (1.17 lb / 18.70 oz)
Dimensions129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.08 x 3.86 x 2.44)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by USB cable and PC)
GPSNone