Canon PowerShot A550 Specifications

Canon PowerShot A550

Part Number: 1775B001 (Reviewed) Released: February 15, 2007

General

  • Packaged Quantity
    1
  • Width
    3.6 in
  • Depth
    1.7 in
  • Height
    2.5 in
  • Weight
    5.6 oz
  • Sensor Resolution
    7.1 Megapixel
  • Optical Sensor Type
    CCD
  • Total Pixels
    7,400,000 pixels pixels
  • Effective Sensor Resolution
    7,100,000 pixels pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size
    1/2.5"
  • Digital Zoom
    4 x
  • System
    TTL contrast detection
  • Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty
    5
  • Digital Video Format
    AVI
  • Image Recording Format
    JPEG
  • Interfaces Provided
    composite video/audio
  • Manufacturer
    Canon

Environmental Parameters

  • Min Operating Temperature
    32 °F
  • Max Operating Temperature
    104 °F

Display

  • Display Format
    86,000 pixels
  • Display Form Factor
    built-in

Carrying Case

  • Type
    none
  • Included Accessories
    USB cable, audio / video cable, wrist strap

Exposure & White Balance

  • Light Sensitivity
    ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 80, ISO 800, ISO auto
  • Exposure Metering
    center-weighted, evaluative, spot
  • Exposure Modes
    automatic, manual, program
  • Shooting Programs
    beach, fireworks, foliage, indoor, kids & pets, macro, portrait mode, snow
  • Special Effects
    Black & White, Custom Effect, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
  • White Balance
    automatic, custom, presets
  • White Balance Presets
    cloudy, daylight, fluorescent, fluorescent light (daylight), tungsten light
  • Max Shutter Speed
    1/2000 sec
  • Min Shutter Speed
    15 sec
  • Exposure Compensation
    ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
  • X-sync Speed
    1/500 sec

Camera Flash

  • Type
    built-in flash
  • Effective Flash Range
    1 ft - 11.5 ft
  • Red Eye Reduction
    Yes
  • Features
    AF illuminator
  • Flash Modes
    auto mode, fill-in mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction, slow synchro

Miscellaneous

  • Microsoft Certification
    Certified for Windows Vista
  • Certified for Windows Vista
    Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Lens System

  • Type
    4 x zoom lens - 5.8 - 23.2 mm - f/2.6-5.5
  • Lens Aperture
    f/2.6-5.5
  • Macro Focus Range
    2 in - 17.7 in
  • Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera
    35 - 140mm m
  • Zoom Adjustment
    motorized drive
  • Min Focus Range
    17.7 in
  • Lens Construction
    5 groups / 7 elements
  • Focus Adjustment
    automatic
  • Optical Zoom
    4 x
  • Features
    aspherical lens, built-in lens shield

Viewfinder

  • Viewfinder Type
    real-image zoom
  • Type
    real-image zoom
  • Viewfinder Type
    Optical - real-image zoom

Memory / Storage

  • Supported Memory Cards
    MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
  • Included Memory Card
    16 MB
  • Image Storage
    Super-fine JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 6 - with 16MB card
    Fine JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 10 - with 16MB card
    Normal JPEG 3072 x 1728 : 21 - with 16MB card
    Super-fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 4 - with 16MB card
    Fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 7 - with 16MB card
    Normal JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 16 - with 16MB card
    Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 5 - with 16MB card
    Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 10 - with 16MB card
    Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 21 - with 16MB card
    Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 9 - with 16MB card
    Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 16 - with 16MB card
    Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 33 - with 16MB card
    Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 14 - with 16MB card
    Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 26 - with 16MB card
    Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 50 - with 16MB card
    Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 56 - with 16MB card
    Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 88 - with 16MB card
    Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 138 - with 16MB card
  • Video Capture
    AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps - 7 sec - with 16MB card
    AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps - 11 sec - with 16MB card
    AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps - 22 sec - with 16MB card
    AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps - 43 sec - with 16MB card
    AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 107 sec - with 16MB card

Additional Features

  • Continuous Shooting Speed
    1.7 frames per second
  • Self Timer Delay
    10 sec, 2 sec
  • Features
    AE lock, safety zoom, direct print, histogram display, safety zoom, safety zoom, AF lock, RGB primary color filter, audio recording, auto power save, camera orientation detection, digital image rotation, digital tele-converter, histogram display

Connections

  • Memory Card Slot
    SD card

Software

  • Type
    Canon ImageBrowser, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Drivers & Utilities

Battery

  • Technology
    Alkaline
  • Battery Type
    AA
  • Details
    2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )

System Requirements for PC Connection

  • Operating System Support
    Apple Mac OS X 10.2 - 10.4, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP
  • Peripheral Devices
    CD-ROM drive, SVGA monitor, USB port

CNET Labs' Benchmarks

  • Labs information
    All values are expressed in seconds. Please visit our <ref type="link" url="http://reviews.cnet.com/Labs/4520-6603 7-1014358-1.html">labs information page</ref> for information on how digital cameras are tested.
  • CNET Labs Shutter lag dim
    1.2
  • CNET Labs Wake up time
    1.5
  • CNET Labs Flash shot to shot time
    4.9
  • CNET Labs Typical burst speed
    1.6
  • CNET Labs Shot to shot time typical
    1.7

General

  • Manufacturer
    Canon

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Canon PowerShot A550

Part Number: 1775B001 Released: Feb 15, 2007
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