Canon PowerShot A550 Overview by Al Gordon and Shawn Barnett Review Date: The Canon PowerShot A550, introduced January 18, 2007, falls within the point-and-shoot category. While not as compact or stylish as the PowerShot ELPH cameras, the A550 represents a solid value in photographic quality.
The 2-inch LCD screen also edges out its 1.8-inch forerunner. To accommodate the larger file sizes generated by the greater resolution, the A550 is compatible with SDHC memory cards. The A550 is also more energy efficient.
The bottom line of the display shows how many images are selected for printing and the print method that is active. Print : Sends images tagged for printing to the printer.
If you or I shot this or any camera straight out of the box we usually get crappy results. Every camera needs tweaking to get the results I prefer. That's why I love inexpensive cameras like this: the A550 has all the image adjustments of.
More Canon Reviews February 2007, updated July 2007. INTRODUCTION Specifications Performance Recommendations. Digital cameras get better every 6 months. In 2002 I paid 5,000 for a. Nikon D1H, which had fewer than half the pixels of this 135 point-and-shoot.
One caveat is if you use a lot of flash. I don't: I usually shoot with available light. The flash takes five or ten seconds to recycle after each shot, which means the A550 locks up blinking at you while this happens.
The Automobile industry should take note. It's clear that despite the low price, Canon's PowerShot A550 can fulfill most of your wishes without breaking the bank. Interface. I prefer to keep things simple.
The A550's external controls cut down on the amount of time spent searching menu screens, and I particularly like the Function menu which gives quick access to commonly used controls. Combined with the instruction manual, the Canon A550's user interface shouldn't take more than an.
Face Detection, available on the A570 IS, is not available here either. Another notable feature missing is the once-novel, but now trite MyCamera menu, where you could set special sound effects to go with different actions.
Canon PowerShot A550 Modes and Menus. Record Mode : Marked on the Mode button with the red camera icon, this mode sets up the Canon A550 for capturing still and moving images.
It feels tight and precise, and the packaging is identical to the packaging, CDs and literature I get when I bought my 3,000. Canon 5D. The A550 is a quality product.
The A550's LCD tends to be a tiny bit magenta in mid-tones, while whites and blacks are fine. It changes its contrast as you look at it from above or below.
This outweighs the A550's bulkiness in comparison to some of Canon's Digital ELPH cameras; and there are folks who will buy nothing but AA-powered cameras. I used the LCD continuously instead of the smallish optical viewfinder, but rarely had to change a set of batteries.
A tried-and-true control interface. If you'd like to bias the camera for a certain shooting situation, just turn the dial to one of the icons, like Portrait, Landscape, or Kids Pets.