Given its ‘baby EOS 7D’ credentials, the 18-million-pixel, video-enabled Canon EOS 550D could be the perfect choice for the enthusiast on a budget. We put it to the test

Product Overview

Canon EOS 550D

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Canon EOS 550D review


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The competition

Image: Nikon D90

Given the extensive feature set and current street price of the EOS 550D (around £750), it is difficult to identify its direct competition. The Nikon D90, for example, is available for around £620 and has many of the features of DSLRs further up Nikon’s range, including a versatile AF system, but its pixel count is only 12 million and videos have a lower resolution of 1280×720 pixels.



Image: Pentax K-7

Pentax’s K-7 is available for around £824, and although it has in-camera Shake Reduction, 1280×720-pixel video technology and a 3in, 920,000-dot LCD screen, it has a pixel count of just 14.6 million. The evaluative metering system also behaves fairly traditionally, underexposing when bright areas appear in the scene.

The EOS 550D generally does a better job of getting images looking right in-camera.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Evaluative metering and live view
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Dynamic range
  10. 10. LCD, viewfinder, live view and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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