Canon PowerShot A550 Specifications

Canon PowerShot A550

Canon PowerShot A550

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

General

  • Depth
    1.7 in
  • Sensor Resolution
    7.1 Megapixel
  • Optical Sensor Type
    CCD
  • Total Pixels
    7400000 pixels
  • Effective Sensor Resolution
    7100000 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

Display

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

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

Carrying Case

  • Type
    none

Environmental Parameters

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

Lens System

  • Lens Construction
    5 groups / 7 elements
  • Optical Zoom
    4 x
  • Lens Aperture
    f/2.6-5.5
  • Min Focal Length
    5.8 mm
  • Max Focal Length
    23.2 mm
  • Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera
    35 m
  • Min Focus Distance
    17.7 in
  • Macro Focus Range
    1.97 in - 17.72 in
  • Focus Adjustment
    automatic
  • Zoom Adjustment
    motorized drive
  • Group Qty
    5
  • Element Qty
    7
  • Features
    aspherical lens, built-in lens shield

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.

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

Viewfinder

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

Additional Features

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

Connections

  • Connector Type
    1 x USB
    1 x composite video/audio output
  • Memory Card Slot
    SD card

Shutter

  • Max Shutter Speed
    1/2000 sec
  • Min Shutter Speed
    15 sec
  • X-sync Speed
    1/500 sec

Battery

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

Software

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

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

Header

  • Brand
    Canon
  • Product Line
    Canon PowerShot
  • Model
    A550
  • Packaged Quantity
    1

Video Input

  • Type
    digital camera
  • Digital Camera Type
    compact
  • Continuous Shooting Speed
    1.7 frames per second
  • Light Sensitivity
    ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 80, ISO 800, ISO auto
  • ISO (Max)
    800
  • Digital Zoom
    4 x
  • Digital Video Format
    AVI
  • Image Recording Format
    JPEG
  • Interfaces Provided
    composite video/audio
  • Special Effects
    Black & White, Custom Effect, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
  • Self Timer Delay
    10 sec, 2 sec
  • Features
    AE lock, AF lock, RGB primary color filter, audio recording, auto power save, camera orientation detection, digital image rotation, digital tele-converter, histogram display, safety zoom

Exposure Parameters

  • Exposure Metering
    center-weighted, evaluative, spot
  • Exposure Compensation
    ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
  • Exposure Modes
    automatic, manual, program
  • Shooting Programs
    beach, fireworks, foliage, indoor, kids & pets, macro, portrait mode, snow

White Balance

  • White Balance
    automatic, custom, presets
  • White Balance Presets
    cloudy, daylight, fluorescent, fluorescent light (daylight), tungsten light

Auto Focus

  • System
    TTL contrast detection
  • Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty
    5

Optical Sensor

  • Sensor Resolution
    7.1 pixels
  • Optical Sensor Type
    CCD
  • Optical Sensor Size
    1/2.5"
  • Optical Sensor Size (metric)
    10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
  • Total Pixels
    7400000 pixels
  • Effective Sensor Resolution
    7100000 pixels

Dimensions & Weight

  • Width
    3.6 in
  • Height
    2.5 in
  • Weight
    5.64 oz

Camera Display

  • Type
    LCD display
  • Display Form Factor
    built-in
  • Diagonal Size
    2 in
  • Diagonal Size (metric)
    5.1 cm
  • Display Format
    86,000 pixels

Camera Memory

  • Included Memory Card Capacity
    16 MB
  • Memory Card Slot
    SD card
  • Supported Memory Cards
    MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Camera Specifications

  • Print Standard
    DPOF support, PictBridge support, direct print

Optical Viewfinder

  • Type
    real-image zoom

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 bright
    0.5
  • 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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