Canon EOS 550 D Review: New Era of APS-C format Digital SLR’s
We can count the number of manufacturers producing APS-C format digital SLR’s today in the market & they are Canon, Nikon, Sony & Pentax and this sequence is as per the market share they have. Canon, Nikon and Sony have been battling with each other and launching new models on a very frequent basis and trying to fill in the smallest of flaw in their old edition. However, today we do Canon EOS 550 D Review which has a brilliant monitor though it is a fixed monitor and its lens quality is also not all that great but it gives excellent image quality, High Definition Video clarity with mic input & fabulous ISO noise handling feature. It also has an 18 megapixel sensor and focusing of Live view feature. However great things come with a price and Canon EOS 550 D is on a higher side when we talk about its price. Canon EOS 550 D is priced @ Rs.31, 000/- in Indian market.
Canon is all set to expand its bandwidth of cameras for all the mid-range market. Last year it has launched EOS 500D which was a 15 megapixel camera and now it has launched an 18.1 megapixel camera with CMOS 63 zone metering sensor which is EOS 550 D. EOS 550D design is very similar to its predecessor EOS 550. EOS 550 D has the finest and high-pitched monitor as compared to any competitive DSLR and is capable of recording high quality 1080p HD videos @ 24/25/30 fps and capturing 720 p HD @ 50 or 60 fps and a complete control over gain and exposure.
The light bodies EOS 550D has a tough polycarbonate plastic over a steel chassis with its physical dimensions of 128.8 X 97.3 X 62mm and weighs 526g. It has a nice and big thumb-grip area on its back and rubber coated handgrip giving a feel good factor while handling this DSLR. Among the other features it includes incessant shooting @ 3.7 fps, a 3-inch LCD screen with a dot resolution of 1040k with a ratio of 3:2, image processing of 14-bit, and ISO noise handling feature with a range of 100-12,800 which can be expandable up to 12,800, and Canon’s Digic 4 processor. It also supports SDXC, SDHX and SD memory cards for storage.
EOS 550D is also in harmony with all of Canon’s APS-C digital SLR cameras lenses including EF-S glass and EF glass. Like the identical design of EOS 500 the controls of 550 D are also similar to 500 with minor cosmetic changes like black dial mode instead of silver, replacing glossy buttons with matt buttons. The other minor changes are the Live View record button is placed near the thumb rest and to provide fast access to the communicating status screen – a new Q button is been added and the buttons are also properly labeled for ease of use.
The camera has LP-E8 Battery which can be charged in the supplied LC-E8 (E) charger which is capable of taking 400-440 images while using the optical viewfinder or can do a recording up to 1.5 Hrs or 150-180 shots with Live View.