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The PowerShot SD550 is the Digital ELPH you've been waiting for. It's the first to be equipped with 7.1 Megapixels of resolution for a truly astonishing level of detail, and it employs Canon's exclusive DIGIC II Image Processor to bring all that detail to vibrant life. With a big 2.0 inch LCD screen and an outstanding set of features and capabilities, the SD550 is a digital camera designed to lead the impressive Digital ELPH line.
The first 7.1 Megapixel Digital ELPH with 3x Optical Zoom and new elegantly curved design in a metallic body
Large 2.0 inch LCD screen for easy on-camera viewing
DIGIC II Image Processor for even faster processing speed, crisp vibrant colors and excellent image quality
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed support for faster downloads and file transfers
Enhanced Movie Mode with new Fast Frame Rate Movie recording at 60 fps (320 x 240) plus 9 Special Scene Modes and Digital Macro Mode
New My Colors feature for color customization while shooting
Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with Canon CP Printers
Features and Benefits Back to Top
Megapixel: 7.1 Buying Tips
Image Sensor: CCD Buying Tips
Zoom: 3x optical zoom/ 4x digital zoom Buying Tips
LCD: 2.0" TFT Buying Tips
Storage: SD memory card Buying Tips
Batteries: One Rechargeable lithium-ion battery NB-4L Buying Tips
Specifications Back to Top
Type of Camera Compact digital camera with built-in flash and 3x Optical/4x Digital/12x Combined Zoom
Image Capture Device Type: 7.1 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels: Approx. 7.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels: Approx. 7.1 Megapixels
Lens Focal Length: 7.7-23.1mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 37-111mm)
Digital Zoom: 4x
NORMAL: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
MACRO: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (W), 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (T
DIGITAL MACRO: 2.0-3.9 in./5-10cm (W)
Autofocus System: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center) (Intelligent Orientation Sensor), AF Lock, AF-assist Beam On/Off
Viewfinders Optical Viewfinder: Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor: 2.0 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
LCD Pixels: Approx. 118,000 pixels
LCD Coverage: 100%
Aperture and Shutter Maximum Aperture: f/2.8-7.1 (W), f/4.9-13.0 (T)
Shutter Speed: 15-1/2000 sec
Exposure Control Sensitivity: AUTO, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent.
Light Metering Method: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*.
*Metering frame with Spot mode is center fixed..
Exposure Control Method: Program AE, AE Lock is available .
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
ND Filter: Not Available
White Balance Control Auto, Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Flash Built-in Flash: Operation Modes: Auto*, Flash On*, Flash Off, Slow Synchro* Red-Eye Reduction is available
Normal: 1.6-15.8 ft./50cm-4.8m (W), 1.6-9.2 ft./50cm-2.8m (T)
Macro: 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W/T) (When sensitivity is set to Auto)
Recycling Time: Approx. 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation: Not Available
Shooting Specifications Shooting Modes: Still Images: Auto, Manual, Scene Modes (Digital Macro, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Underwater), My Colors, Stitch Assist; Movies: Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors.
Photo Effects: Off, Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White
Self-Timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec. or approx 10-sec. delay, custom
Wireless Control: Not Available
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 2.0 shots/sec.
Image Storage Storage Media: SD memory card
Print Order Format: Design rule for camera file system Exif 2.2(JPEG) and DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format:
Still: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (Monaural))
JPEG Compression Mode: Normal, Fine, SuperFine
Number of Recording Pixels:
Still Image: 3072x2304 (Large), 2592x1944 (Medium 1), 2048x1536 (Medium 2), 1600x1200 (Medium 3), 640x480 (Small), 1600x1200 (Postcard Date Imprint Mode)
Movie: 640x480, 320x240, 160x120
Playback Modes File Single, Index (9 thumb images), Normal Playback, Special Playback, Slow Motion, Movie Editing
Erase Modes Still Images: Single Images, All Images
Movies: Part of Movie, All of Movie
Interfaces Computer Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B/PTP)
Video Out: NTSC or PAL
Audio Out: Monaural
Other: SD memory card slot. Direct connection to Canon CP Printers and select BJ Printers via camera's USB cable (no computer required).
Power Supply Power Source:
1. One Rechargeable lithium-ion battery NB-3L
2. AC Adapter Kit (ACK-900)
Shooting Capacity: NB-3L: LCD On - Approx. 160 shots (CIPA Test Standard); LCD Off - Approx. 550 shots.
Playback Time: Approx. 210 minutes (Under Canon's standard conditions*1 with fully charged battery)
Physical Specifications Operating Temperature: 32-104 F/0-40 C
Operating Humidity: 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.37 x 2.24 x 1.04 in./85.6 x 57.0 x 26.5mm (Excluding protrusions)
Weight: Approx. 6.0 oz./170g (camera body only)
Note: *1 Normal temperature (73 F/23 C). Shoot images at wide angle and at telephoto end alternatively with 20 second intervals. Use flash every fourth shot. Turn camera off and on after every eight shots. LCD brightness setting by Factory default.
What's in the Box PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH
Wrist Strap WS-700
SD Memory Card 32MH
Battery Pack NB-3L
Battery Charger CB-2LU
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
AV Cable AVC-DC300
Interface Cable IFC-400PCU