Canon PowerShot A550

The Good Responsive performance; slightly above-average lens.

The Bad Images plagued with artifacts and fringing; small LCD.

The Bottom Line This camera's low price tag and solid performance can help you forget that it doesn't have many bells or whistles.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 7.0
7.4 Overall

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Review

Canon PowerShot A550

Canon's PowerShot A550 is a simple, inexpensive 7-megapixel camera, and that's all it wants to be. While it has some nice features, it doesn't offer any outstanding, unique aspects that put it above any other camera in the field, and that's just fine. Good performance and solid images are all a camera needs to succeed, and the A550 delivers just that.

Though not quite small enough to slip into your jeans, the A550 is still comfortably compact. At 7.4 ounces and 1.7 inches thick, the camera can fit easily into most jacket pockets and bags. The camera's body has an L-shaped design found on most of Canon's PowerShot A series, giving it a generous grip. The buttons are large and comfortable, and they're laid out logically along the back and the top of the camera.

The A550 is a fairly nondescript camera, with few outstanding or unusual features. Its most notable attribute is its 35mm-to-140mm-equivalent 4X zoom lens, which gives it just a bit more range than the 3X lenses typical of most budget cameras. It has a smaller-than-usual 2-inch LCD screen that is augmented by an optical viewfinder for shooting in dim light. Besides those features, the A550 has the standard handful of scene presets and image adjustment settings, including a 30fps VGA (640x480) movie mode and a pleasantly unexpected 60fps QVGA (320x240) high-speed movie mode. Finally, like most Canon PowerShot A-series cameras, the A550 conveniently takes AA batteries.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $150
  • Brand Canon
  • Digital Camera Type compact
  • Weight 5.64 oz
  • Sensor Resolution 7.1 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric) 10.2 mm (1/2.5")
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
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