Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH (Digital IXUS 750) Review
Announced August 2005 (only 6 months after its predecessor), the SD550 (which goes by the names of Digital Ixus 750 in Europe and IXY DIGITAL 700 in Japan) is the latest in a long line of ultra-compact 'ELPH' or 'IXUS' cameras stretching back to early 2000 (and a lot farther back than that in the film camera world). The SD550 is a fairly minor upgrade to the SD500 (Ixus 700) it replaces; aside from a larger screen (2.5 inch as opposed to 2.0 inch) and a slight redesign of the body and controls, the majority of the changes consist of tweaks to the user interface. Let's take a look at some of the SD550's key features to whet your appetite;
- 7.1 megapixel CCD
- 2.5-inch color wide viewing angle TFT monitor
- 37-111mm (equiv.) F2.8 - 4.9, 3x optical zoom
- 640 x 480 movies at 30fps
- Fast frame rate movies (320x240 pixels @ 60fps)
- Print/Share button
- Custom white balance
- Spot, center-weighted and evaluative metering
- DIGIC II and iSAPS
- 9-point AiAF
- Nine scene modes
Canon PowerShot SD550 Key specifications
|Street price|| US: $480
|Also known as|| European name: Canon IXUS 750
Japanese name: Canon IXY Digital 700
|Sensor|| 1/1.8" CCD, 7.4 million total pixels
7.1 million effective pixels
• 3072 x 2304
• 640 x 480 @ 30 / 15 fps
• 37 - 111 mm (35 mm equiv) 3x optical zoom
|Shutter speeds||15 - 1/2000 sec|
|Focus|| TTL autofocus
9 point AiAF
1-point AF (fixed to center)
5cm macro mode (Wide), 30cm (Tele)
|Continuous||2 fps until memory card is full|
• Built in
|Storage|| SD Memory Card
32MB SD supplied*
|Viewfinder||Real Image Optical|
|LCD monitor|| 2.5" TFT LCD
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
|Power|| • Rechargeable lithium ion NB-3L battery
• Charger included
(Optional AC adapter KIT ACK900)
|In the box*||
Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH (IXUS 750, IXY DIGITAL 700)
Spot (center), Center-weighted & Evaluative metering
|Weight (inc batt)||192 g (6.8 oz)|
|Dimensions||90 x 57 x 27 mm (3.5 x 2.2 x 1.1in) Excluding protrusions|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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