Canon EOS 550D vs. Canon EOS 7D

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Feb 8, 2010
Sep 1, 2009
 
Compact SLR
Mid-size SLR
 
5184 x 3456
5184 x 3456
3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
5184 x 3456, 3888 x 2592, 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
3:2
3:2
18 megapixels
18 megapixels
19 megapixels
19 megapixels
APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
CMOS
CMOS
Digic 4
Dual Digic 4
 
Primary Color Filter
 
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (with boost)
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
12800
12800
6
6
Yes
Yes (1)
No
No
RAW
RAW
Fine, Normal
Fine, Normal
 
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
No
No
Yes
Yes
9
19
Canon EF/EF-S
Canon EF/EF-S
1.6×
1.6×
 
Fixed
Fixed
3
3
1,040,000
920,000
No
No
TFT color liquid-crystal LCD
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Yes
Yes
Optical (pentamirror)
Optical (pentaprism)
95%
100%
0.87× (0.54× 35mm equiv.)
1× (0.62× 35mm equiv.)
 
30 sec
30 sec
1/4000 sec
1/8000 sec
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes (Pop-up)
Yes (Pop-up)
13.00 m
12.00 m
Yes (Hot-shoe, E-TTL II)
Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
3.7 fps
8.0 fps
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
 
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
H.264
H.264
Stereo
Mono
 
None
 
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive cards
None
None
 
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Yes (HDMI mini)
Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
 
Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
Yes (N3 connector)
 
No
Yes (Water-resistant, Dust-resistant)
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
 
800
530 g (1.17 lb / 18.70 oz)
860 g (1.90 lb / 30.34 oz)
129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.08 x 3.86 x 2.44)
148 x 111 x 74 mm (5.83 x 4.37 x 2.91)
 
Yes
Yes
Yes (by USB cable and PC)
Yes (by USB cable and PC)
None
Optional
 
GP-E2