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(based on 5 ratings)
Brand: Canon
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Let the Value Amaze You! 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.

Canon PowerShot A550 Features

  • Exceptional value in a compact digital camera with 7.1 Megapixel resolution and high-quality Canon 4x Optical Zoom lens
  • DIGIC II Image Processor with iSAPS Technology for superior image quality, fast operation and low power consumption
  • Clear, high-resolution 2.0-inch LCD for easy on-camera viewing
  • 16:9 Widescreen mode for full-screen viewing on widescreen TVs and computer monitors
  • Three movie modes including 30 fps VGA and 60 fps Fast Frame Rate
  • Power on the go with two AA-size batteries
  • Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers

Surprisingly affordable high-resolution digital camera - Exceptional value in a compact digital camera with 7.1 Megapixel resolution and high-quality Canon 4x Optical Zoom lens - Treat yourself to a new standard of performance and simplicity. With 7.1 megapixels, the PowerShot A550 gives you the resolution you need to capture life's precious moments in radiant, real-life color and fully textured detail. Even when you enlarge, crop and print, every image is still breathtakingly beautiful. Better still, Canon's high-quality 4x Optical Zoom lens makes all your favorite subjects - portraits, landscapes, night scenes, even casual snapshots - crisp, sharp and bright.

Advanced imaging technology improves every photo - DIGIC II Image Processor with iSAPS Technology for superior image quality, fast operation and low power consumption

DIGIC II Image Processor - Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor is designed to improve processing speed and image quality, so DIGIC II provides markedly fast startup, autofocus and playback, plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.

iSAPS Technology - iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC II Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

See the image in big screen - Clear, high-resolution 2.0-inch LCD for easy on-camera viewing. The PowerShot A550 features a 2.0-inch LCD screen with 86,000 pixels of resolution. So whether you're setting up your shot or playing it back, everything is bright and clear. And with 9-point AiAF, you can count on exact focus no matter where your subject is in the frame. You also have Shooting modes that gives you breathtaking, exhilarating pictures even when shooting conditions are tough.

Shooting Modes - Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions.

Auto - The camera chooses all the settings so you can concentrate on your subject.
Manual - The ultimate in creative control, you set ISO speed, exposure compensation and white balance.
Portrait - The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject pop.
Landscape - For front-to-back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.
Indoor - Reduce blur and improve color accuracy when shooting handheld indoors.
Kids & Pets - Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
Night Snapshot - Get natural-looking pictures with brighter backgrounds and subjects lit by flash.
Movie - Shoot in VGA (30 fps/15 fps) and QVGA (60 fps/30 fps/15 fps) or QQVGA (15 fps for up to 3 minutes).

Special Scene Modes

Night Scene - For impressive sunset or nightlife shots, the camera properly exposes the background and uses slow-sync flash for the subject.
Foliage - Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Snow - Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Beach - Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Fireworks - Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.

Enjoy wide-screen shooting - 16:9 Widescreen mode for full-screen viewing on widescreen TVs and computer monitors. Now you can experience the full impact of every image you shoot. PowerShot A550 is equipped with a 16:9 widescreen option that lets you shoot still photos and movies in a format that's specially made for viewing on widescreen television sets or your computer monitor. Imagine the possibilities: you can entertain friends and family with shows of your own photography or host your own movie nights. It's a great way to give everyone a whole new perspective on your creativity.

A variety of movie-making options - Three movie modes including 30 fps VGA and 60 fps Fast Frame Rate. With a highly flexible movie mode, you can create the movie that's perfect for any application. Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode allows you to record extremely smooth, full-motion movie clips for up to 1 minute long in QVGA at 60 fps (320 x 240 pixels). Select from VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), with frame rates of 30 fps or 15 fps for recording up to 1 hour or 1GB. Plus Compact Movie Mode (QQVGA; 160 x 120 pixels) records at 15 fps for up to 3 minutes. The PowerShot A550 also supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard, so you'll enjoy the fastest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible computer.

Get new batteries anywhere - Power on the go with two AA-size batteries. You don't need to worry about running out or recharging batteries. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally.

The complete print solution - Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers. The PowerShot A550's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the A550 to a Canon CP, SELPHY or PIXMA Photo Printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer, press the lighted Print/Share button and print! Also use the Print/Share button to transfer images to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.4 stars
(based on 5 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to setup(3)
Best Uses:
Fun(3)
 
Great Camera
By MummyVerified Reviewer from Cherry Hill on 6/25/2007
Pros:
Easy Setup
Cons:
Weak Construction
Best Uses:
Fun
Describe Yourself:
Casual user
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera:

Very nice and easy to use. Kid resistant:)

 
Great Camera easy to use
By PattiVerified Reviewer from Conway, AR on 5/20/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Strong Construction
Cons:
Long Lag Time
Best Uses:
Art, Concerts, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera:

Great camera. Really easy to use and the directions are very easy to understand. It was worth getting the extra memory cards to use with it. It takes great pictures in the dark at concerts. Only thing different from a normal camera is it takes a bit longer to do another picture. But it was well worth getting.

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A camera that can go anywhere
By Nick the aviation guyVerified Reviewer from Millbrae, CA on 4/22/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Short Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera:

Its one of those cameras that goes with you everyhere. Small enough to keep in your pocket.

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RitzCamera.com Response: Very nice photos! Thank you.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
PowerShot A550 Easy To Use High Quality
By DukeVerified Reviewer from Brown Deer, WI on 3/16/2007
Pros:
Durable, Good Value, High Quality
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Macro, Scenery
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera:

It was very easy to use right out of the box. The only problem I could see was the small memory card. It definitely would be beneficial if the card that comes with the camera were upgraded.

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[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
good one
By pssVerified Reviewer from manchester, nh on 2/17/2007
Pros:
Durable, Good Value, High Quality
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon PowerShot A550 Digital Camera:

good price and better pictur quality.

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