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Canon PowerShot A550


Canon PowerShot A550
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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Canon PowerShot A550 features 7.1MP resolution, 4x optical zoom, and a safety digital zoom when using lower resolution.

It has a large 2.0-in. LCD screen (86,000 pixels), 9-point AiAF auto focus, shutter speed ranging from 15-1/2,000 sec., Program AE, plus easy-to-use Scene Modes. You can record movie clips of approx. 1 hour or 1GB of 640x480 pixels at 30fps.

Selecting High ISO Auto sets the sensitivity to a higher value than the Auto setting. This sets the shutter speed faster, reducing the potential for camera shake or blurry subjects compared with the Auto setting. A Histogram can be displayed in Playback mode.

The Canon PowerShot A550 is an affordable entry-level point-and-shoot digital camera appropriate for first-time users.

Canon PowerShot A550
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Canon PowerShot A550US | CAN | UK | BeBit  
  Image Sensor 7.1 effective megapixels (2272x1704)
1/2.5-inch type CCD
  Lens Canon  
  Focal Length 5.8–23.2mm (35-140mm, 35mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range F2.6(W)-F5.5(T)  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Focusing Range / Macro Normal: 45 cm (1.5 ft.) – infinity
Macro: 5–45 cm (2.0 in.–1.5 ft.) (W), 33–45 cm (1.1–1.5 ft.) (T)
  Auto Focus
TTL autofocus
The AF frame can be selected from AiAF and Center. AF lock is available

AF Frame:
- AiAF: The camera automatically selects between 9 AF frames to focus on according to the shooting conditions.
- Center: The camera focuses using the center AF frame. This is convenient for making sure the focus is exactly where you want it.

  Shutter Speed 15-1/2000 sec.
Noise reduction applied when shutter speeds are slower than 1.3 seconds to eliminate the noise. The fastest shutter speed for flash synchronization is 1/500 second.
  Exposure Control Program AE. AE Lock available  
  Shooting Modes

Auto, Manual (Long Shutter mode available), Portrait, Landscape, NightSnapshot, Kids&Pets, Indoor, Special Scene (Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach and Fireworks) and Movie (Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact)

Self-timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom

Continuous Shooting: Approx. 1.7 fps (Large/ Fine settings. This figure reflects Canon's testing standard, the actual figures will vary according to the subject and shooting conditions.)

  Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments  
  Light Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*
* Metering frame is fixed to the center
  White Balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom  
  Viewfinder Real-image Zoom Viewfinder  

2.0-inch type, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

Approx. 86,000 pixels, Picture coverage 100%

  ISO Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800 equivalent
(Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)
  Storage Media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard  

1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800

Shooting Capacity: Still Image: approx. 140 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery, LCD screen On), approx. 500 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

  Included Accessories - PowerShot A550
- Memory Card - MMC 16MB
- 2 AA-size Alkaline Batteries
- AV Cable AVC-DC300
- Interface Cable IFC-400PCU (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
- Wrist Strap WS-800
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 91.2 x 64.0 x 43.1 mm /
3.59 x 2.52 x 1.70 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 5.64 oz. / 160g  
  MSRP US$199.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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