From its elegantly curved profile to its superb functionality, the ultra-compact PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH rightfully owns the top spot in the Digital ELPH line. The camera's significant design achievement is matched by advanced imaging technology, for photography that makes as big an impact as the camera itself. Now equipped with an eye-opening 2.5 inch LCD screen.
Curves in control
PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH offers renowned style while requiring no compromise in image quality. Within the ultra-compact perpetual curve design is a powerful 7.1 Megapixel CCD for stunningly detailed images. A 3x optical zoom puts Canon's renowned leadership in lens technology at your fingertips.
Better shots, easier replay
Though its body is superbly slim, the PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH has an oversized 2.5 inch LCD screen that makes it easy to frame and play back your scene. The SD550 Digital ELPH also has an optical viewfinder to enable you to capture your memories even in the sunniest of situations. And when you're shooting at dusk or at night, the Night Display function lets you see the display clearly. It brightens the object by reducing the frame rate on the LCD screen
Canon Technology Maximizes Quality and Performance
The PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH incorporates Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor. Designed to improve processing speed and image quality, the DIGIC II Image Processor provides markedly faster camera startup, autofocus and playback plus it assures that every image is more colorfully vibrant.
Superior quality movies
Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode allows you to record extremely smooth, full-motion movie clips up to 1 minute long in QVGA at 60 fps (320 x 240 pixels). The highly flexible movie mode lets you create the movie that's perfect for your application. Select from VGA (640 x 480 pixels) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), with frame rates of 30 fps and 15 fps, plus Compact Mode (QQVGA; 160 x 120 pixels) at 15 fps up to 3 minutes.
Expand the creative ideas
With the PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH, you can count on exact focus no matter where your subject is in the frame. You've got Shooting Modes including Special Scene Mode that give you breathtaking, exhilarating pictures even when shooting conditions are tough. And you can both customize color reproduction and "touch up" color while you're shooting! Lighten skin tones, make the sky a more vivid blue, emphasize a single color and much more, all in real time as you monitor results on the LCD screen.
Fastest Performance Standard
PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH supports the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed standard, so you'll enjoy the highest possible data transfer speeds when using a USB 2.0 compatible computer. The camera's performance level is high enough to take full advantage of super-high-speed SD memory cards as well.
The Complete Print Solution
The PowerShot SD550's Print/Share button makes direct printing easier than ever. Simply connect the SD550 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 directly to a computer (Windows and Macintosh).
Type of Camera
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 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
Focal Length: 7.7 - 23.1mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 37-111mm)
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focusing Range: Normal AF: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity; Macro AF: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (WIDE), 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (TELE), Digital Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft./5-50cm (WIDE)
Autofocus System: TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)
Optical Viewfinder: Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor: 2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD
LCD Pixels: Approx. 115,000 pixels
LCD Coverage: 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Shutter Speed: 15-1/2000 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Sensitivity: AUTO, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
Light Metering Method: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*
* Metering frame with Spot Mode is fixed to center or linked to AF frame.
Exposure Control Method: Program AE
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control: Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Built-in Flash: Operation Modes: Auto, On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction On/Off, Slow Synchro
Flash Range: Normal: 1.6-16 ft./50cm - 5.0m (W), 1.6-9.8 ft./50cm - 3.0m (T), Macro: 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W/T) (When ISO is set to Auto).
Recycling Time: Approx. 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation: Not available
Auto; Manual, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot), Digital Macro, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects: Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White
Self-Timer: Activates shutter after an approx. 2 sec./10 sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control: Not available
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 2.0 fps
Storage Media: SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format: Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format)
Image Compression: Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG); Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
JPEG Compression Mode: Normal, Fine, SuperFine
Number of Recording Pixels: Still Image: 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small); Movie: 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)
Playback Modes File: Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotation, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show; Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Slow Motion, Editing
Erase Modes: Still Image: Single image, All images; Movie: Part of movie, All of movie
Computer Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video Out: NTSC/PAL
Audio Out: Monaural
Other: Memory card slot. Direct connection to Canon CP, SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers via camera's USB cable.
Power Source: Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-3L; AC Adapter Kit ACK900
Shooting Capacity: Still Image: approx. 150 shots (NB-3L/LCD on), approx. 600 shots (NB-3L/LCD off)
Playback Time: Approx. 180 min. (NB-3L)
Operating Temperature: 32-104 degrees F/0-40 degrees C
Operating Humidity: 10-90%
Dimensions: 3.52" (W) x 2.24" (H) x 1.08" (D) (89.5mm x 57mm x 27.4mm)
Weight:Approx. 6.0 oz./170g (camera body only)
Computer System Requirements
Mac Requirements: Mac OS X (v10.2-10.4) Computer Model: The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports CPU: PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 Mac OS X (v10.2-10.4) Computer Model: The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports CPU: PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 Interface: USB (Models with Apple genuine USB interface only)
PC Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Me/2000 SP4/XP (including SP1 and SP2) Computer Model: The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports CPU: Pentium 500MHz or higher processor Interface: USB (Windows 98/Me/2000/XP pre-installed models only)