Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i / Kiss X4 Digital) In-depth review
canoneos550d (Rebel T2i) specifications
|List price (US)|| Body only: $799
Body+18-55 IS Kit: $899
|List price (EU)|| Body only: €729 + VAT
Body+18-55 IS Kit: €829 + VAT
|International naming *|| US: Canon Rebel T2i
Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital X4
Elsewhere: Canon EOS 550D
|Body material||Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber|
|Sensor *|| 18.7 million effective pixels
18.0 million total pixels
22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in low-pass filter with self cleaning unit
3:2 aspect ratio
|Dust reduction|| Low-pass filter vibration at power-on (can be interrupted)
Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)
|Image sizes *||• 5184 x 3456
• 3456 x 2304
• 2592 x 1728
|Still image formats|| RAW (.CR2 14-bit)
RAW (.CR2 14-bit) + JPEG Large/Fine
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine, Normal
|Movie recording *||• 1920 x 1080 (1080p, 16:9) @ 30/25/24 fps
• 1280 x 720 (720p, 16:9) @ 60/50 fps
• 640 x 480 (4:3) @ 60/50 fps
• Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video,linear PCM audio)
• Up to 29 min 59 sec (or max file size 4 GB)
|Image processor||DIGIC 4|
|Lenses|| Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
|Focus modes|| Auto Focus
Manual Focus (switch on lens)
|Auto Focus|| 9-point CMOS sensor
F5.6 cross-type at center, extra sensitivity at F2.8
AF working range: -0.5 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Predictive AF up to 10 m
|AF modes|| AI Focus
|AF point selection|| Auto
|AF assist||Flash strobe|
|Shooting modes|| Auto
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
|Metering *|| TTL 63-zone SPC
Metering range: EV 1.0 - 20 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100, 50 mm F1.4)
|Metering modes|| Evaluative 63-zone (linked to AF points)
Partial 9% at center
Spot 4% at center
|AE Lock||AE lock button|
|AE Bracketing|| +/- 2.0 EV (3 shots)
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
|Exposure compen. *|| +/- 5.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
|Sensitivity|| Auto (100 - 6400 *)
ISO 6400 *
H1 expansion (ISO 12800 equiv.)
Highlight tone priority
|Shutter|| Focal-plane shutter
30 - 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
|Aperture values|| F1.0 - F91 (0.3 EV steps)
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
|White balance|| Auto
|WB Bracketing|| +/-3 levels
Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias
|WB fine-tuning|| Blue (-9) to Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
|Color space|| sRGB
|Picture style|| Standard
|Custom image parameters|| Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Color tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
|Image processing||• Highlight Tone Priority
• Auto Lighting Optimizer (Basic and Creative modes)
• Long exposure noise reduction
• High ISO speed noise reduction
• Peripheral illumination correction
|Drive modes|| Single
Continuous: 3.7 fps up to 34 Large/Fine JPEG / 6 RAW frames *
Self-timer 10 secs (2 sec with mirror lock-up)
|Mirror lockup||Yes (custom function)|
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.87x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 19 mm
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Fixed precision matte
Proximity sensor disables LCD shooting mode information
|Viewfinder info|| AF information (AF points focus confirmation light)
• Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
Spot metering circle
• Flash ready
• High-speed sync
• FE lock
• Flash exposure compensation
• Red-eye reduction light
• White balance correction
• SD card information
• Monochrome shooting
• Maximum burst
• Highlight tone priority
|DOF preview||Yes, button|
|LCD monitor *|| 3.0" 3:2 TFT LCD
• Approx 100% coverage
Wide viewing angle (160° horizontal and vertical)
Dual anti-reflection, anti-smudge
7 brightness levels
Up to 10x zoom playback
|LCD Live view|| Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage (30 fps display rate)
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Grid optional (thirds)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at any point on the screen)
Optional Auto-focus with mirror-down / mirror-up sequence
Quick or Live mode autofocus
|Record review|| Uses last play mode
2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
|Flash|| Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
Guide number approx 13
Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)
|External flash|| E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series
|Other features|| Orientation sensor
• In-camera copyright information
Automatically writes FAT16/FAT32 depending on capacity
|Auto rotation|| On (playback uses orientation
data in file header)
|Playback mode|| Single image
Single image with info (histogram brightness / RGB )
Magnified view (1.5 - 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
4 and 9 image index
Jump (by 10, 100 or date)
|Custom functions *||12 custom functions with 36 settings|
|Menu languages *||• English
• Simplified Chinese
• Traditional Chinese
|Connectivity *|| USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
Video out (PAL / NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal *)
HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC)
E3 type wired remote control
• Remote Controller RC-6
• External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack
|Audio *|| Mono microphone on front
Mono speaker on rear
• External stereo mike (optional)
|Storage|| SD / SDHC card
• SDXC card *
|Power *|| Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable
• Approx 440 shots (23°C AE 50%, FE 50%), CIPA standard
• 4 level battery life display
Optional ACK-E8 AC adapter kit
|Battery Grip *||Yes, BG-E8|
|Direct printing|| Canon Selphy Printers
Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
|Dimensions||129 x 98 x 75 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.9 in)|
|Weight (inc batt/card)||530 g (1.17 lb)|
|Software|| Zoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser
Digital Photo Professional (Windows / Mac)
EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture; Windows & Mac except Mac Intel)
Original Data Security Tools
Picture Style Editor
- 16 Photographic tests (DR)
- 17 Photographic tests (DR)
- 18 Resolution
- 19 Photographic tests
- 20 Movie Mode
- 21 Compared to
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (JPEG)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (RAW)
- 28 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 29 Conclusion
- 30 Samples
Oct 2, 2011
May 4, 2010
Feb 8, 2010
May 1, 2013
|DSC_9643 by NOWHITELENS|
from Best Photo of the Week
|Thailand Sunrise by ozziebadger|
from Ships and Boats
See some of the most iconic black-and-white photographs throughout history brought to life by a community of colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers in the new book Retrographic.
Shopping for a photographer? Whether you are one yourself or not, chances are you could use some ideas. From stocking stuffers on up, we've got some photography gift suggestions for every budget.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Drum roll please... the #6 spot belongs to none other than the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DH HSM Art.
Read the story behind this gorgeous wedding photo captured at Trolltunga in Norway by husband and wife duo Priscila Valentina Photography. The 14 hour hike in the rain that preceded this shot was TOTALLY worth it.
Go behind the scenes with filmmaker Nick Arcivos, who recently created a beautiful cinematic short film in Paris using only the iPhone X, a couple of gimbals, and a few lights. The results are very impressive.
A Bay Area startup offering a pay-by-the-photo camera service cleverly addresses the pain points photographers experience when they pick up their first DSLR. But can it survive the smartphone?
It's been a big year for software innovations, dual cameras and huge displays. Take a look at our picks for the top smartphone cameras and why we think they stand out.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At the #7 spot is the ready-for-any-weather Olympus Tough TG-5.
By combining his skills as a time-lapse filmmaker and an engineer, Julian Tryba created this out-of-this-world creative 'layer-lapse' of New York City that alternates between night and day in time with the music.
Canon Japan's new lineup of novelty camera-themed gifts was just revealed online, including a lens mug and lens thermos, two retro camera-themed USB drives, and a picnic mat.
The Profoto A1 most certainly isn’t for everyone [...] But for those who are used to using the Profoto systems, and want something that pairs seamlessly with the strobes you already have, there is no better companion.
Fujifilm has asked a US district court to clear it of any wrongdoing, after allegedly being threatened with trademark litigation by Polaroid.
While a couple of our reviewers are out testing the Sony a7R III in Arizona, back in Seattle we slapped the camera in front of our studio scene to get a close look at its image quality. See how it stacks up against the competition.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and the #8 ranking belongs to the Nikon D7500.
B+W has announced a new aluminum filter holder that offers three slots so users can use multiple filters at the same time. The holder goes with the 2mm thick 100mm square filters it launched earlier this year.
8K video is coming a lot faster than you think, and Blackmagic is ready for it. Meet the DeckLink 8K Pro, a new high performance PCI-E capture and playback card built to handle 'real time high resolution 8K workflows.'
"Glass is everywhere in photography. From Eugène Atget’s reflective vitrines to Lee Friedlander’s sly self-portraiture, photographers have long been in thrall to the visual complications glass can inject into a composition."
Former Apple Aperture lead developer Nik Bhatt has designed an iOS app called RAW Power that lets you edit raw photos from your professional camera using your phone and tablet.... color us intrigued.
Advertising photographer Blair Bunting got his hands on the new Microsoft Surface Book 2, and it blew him away. Bye bye MacBook Pro...
The OnePlus 5T retains many of the 5's features and specs, but comes with an edge-to-edge display and a dual-camera that is optimized for low light.
Sony's recently announced IMX461 backside illuminated medium format sensor will bring 100MP resolution and almost 2x the speed to the next-gen Fuji GFX and Hasselblad X1D.
With the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ camera equipment renting program, the camera makers is aiming to give enthusiast and professional photographers easier access to its medium-format photography products.
They say seeing is believing, and that's exactly what happened when one DPR staffer took the Google Pixel 2 out for an afternoon shooting under challenging conditions.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At the #9 spot we have the Fujifilm GFX 50S, a medium-format camera that took CP+ 2017 by storm.
Instagram is testing a new feature that lets you follow hashtags in addition to people, making it possible to keep track of your favorite #landscapes or #portraits without leaving your home feed.
Despite the gigantic volume of second hand film bodies in existence, it seems there is still a demand for new 35mm SLRs with a retro feel. The latest is a remake of the Ihagee Elbaflex from the 1960s, but with a Nikon F mount.
The Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod straps an instant printer directly to your Moto Z smartphone, so you can print your photos as soon as you've captured them.
The Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F1.4 lens is being relaunched in 7 different mounts, including: Sony A, Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, Fujifilm G, Pentax K, and Leica L. Got an extra three grand lying around?
In January, Kodak announced it would bring back the beloved slide film Ektachrome. The timeline has been pushed back a bit, but Kodak says you can expect to purchase Ektachrome again in 2018.
Instagram popularity is threatening some of the most beautiful landscapes in the US, as hordes of 'nature lovers' trample over the same spots over and over again in search of the same exact shot.