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Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i is the successor to the EOS 500D / T1i features a 18 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800), Continuous shooting at 3.7fps, Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates, iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor, Exposure compensation +/-5 stops, and a 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots.
The Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i has won the 2010 TIPA Awards in Best DSLR Advanced category.
Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Reviews
Shutterbug reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“Based on this simple-minded comparison, I’d call it a tie, which means that this $799 camera should give you identical image quality to a $1699 SLR. That does not mean that the EOS Rebel T2i is as good a camera as the EOS 7D that I liked so much. The EOS 7D is a more rugged and versatile camera with serious professional aspirations, while the Rebel T2i is not. But what it does mean is that the Rebel T2i is one heckuva camera for the money. And that’s a good thing.”
AmateurPhotographer reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“Importantly, the EOS 550D also delivers excellent image quality making it a good choice for enthusiasts looking for a sub-£1,000 camera and novices who want a little more headroom along with the satisfaction of owning the very latest equipment. “
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“The Canon T2i is an impressive dSLR with a very appealing price tag. It offers unmatched performance in both Still and Video modes at this price point, and rivals that of more expensive systems. The T2i is highly recommend by the staff here at Steve’s”
Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Video Review by WDC;
MacWorld reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“The Canon T2i is highly recommended for serious photo enthusiasts and will serve nicely as a backup camera for professionals. Current owners of Canon’s T1i might be tempted to upgrade thanks to improvements in video recording,”
Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i VS EOS 50D Comparison Review by DigitalRev;
PCAuthority reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“The EOS 550D offers just enough, then, that we’d recommend it if video is likely to represent a fair chunk of your use. “
ImagingResource reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“ISO 400 prints look astonishingly good, still at 20×30 inches.. ISO 12,800 shots look quite good at 5×7 inches. Overall, it’s a mind-blowing performance from the Canon T2i. This is one fine image maker.”
MacWorld.uk reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“For those aspiring pros who want a capable multimedia tool that still resembles a conventional DSLR, the Canon EOS 550D should come near the top of your list as a safe option. “
BobAtkins reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“The bottom line is that the Digital Rebel T2i displays a remarkable level of performance and a comprehensive set of features. It’s quite clearly the best Digital Rebel yet. In fact it’s the first Digital Rebel I’ve tested that I’d seriously think about buying for myself.”
DPMag reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“The T2i video capabilities really shine, with 1080p full HD video at 30 fps and 24 fps (an improvement on the T1i’s 20 fps), along with 720p HD and standard-definition video at 60 fps for smoother action. “
DCI reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“The T2i had incredibly strong color and resolution performance, outshining nearly every camera in this price range. The color accuracy was no surprise, considering Canon’s legacy with excellent performance in this area. The sharpness was undoubtedly helped by the upgraded sensor;”
Gizmodo reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“The T2i is the ideal first DSLR. The simple controls shouldn’t intimidate you for long, plus it can hold your hand a decent bit of the way, thanks to clever innovations like the Creative Auto Mode.”
Wired reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“If you’re keen to explore moviemaking, then this Canon is a good place to start. The new image sensor and processor pave the way for full high-def 1080p recording with the option for manual controls “
T3 reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“Robust, featured packed and user friendly, Canon stays true to maker’s form whilst exceeding expectation in several areas. A safe option for those upgrading from a compact “
Phoblographer reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“If coupled with the 430 EX II and shooting in extremely dimly lit conditions, one can shoot with ease at ISO 800 and still get very crispy shots while shooting handheld. This will come in handy if users happen to be shooting a party.”
PhotoRadar reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“Don’t buy the 550D solely for its resolution, because this doesn’t necessarily translate into extra realworld definition. Canon’s 18-55mm kit lens is a little weak too. However, the design and handling, high ISO performance and full HD Movie mode really are exceptional.”
DCRP reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a fan of the EOS Rebel T2i. I brought it with me on vacation and it produced some fantastic photos that will soon be hanging on my wall. Sure, there’s some room for improvement, but the Rebel T2i does what it does very well. I can highly recommend the Rebel T2i to just about everyone, though you may want to save that tax refund for some nice lenses, as they’ll allow you to get the most out of the camera!”
CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“In our tests, the EOS 550D / T2i delivered images which were essentially the same as those from the EOS 7D…As such it easily earns our Highly Recommended rating and in the absence of an updated equivalent from arch rival Nikon, it’ll own much of the upper entry-level DSLR sales during 2010. “
WDC reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“The EOS 550D is an excellent camera, offering a beginner similar specs to an EOS 7D semi-pro model at a fraction of the price. The low-light and video perfromance are a superb bonus to the excellent overall image quality.”
CNET reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“The good: Fast performance; excellent photo quality; above average video-capture quality. The bad: Annoying viewfinder; irritating control layout for video capture. The bottom line: A great follow-up to the T1i, if you want the best photo and video quality in a dSLR for less than $1,000, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is hard to beat.”
DCR reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“Both ISO sensitivity and HD video quality are good. There are more than enough available settings to satisfy manual shooters, and a basic serving of auto and scene modes to help folks either transition into a DSLR or just go about their photo adventures with the camera handling the lion’s share of the duties.”
Review Video by USAToday;
PhotographyBay reviews the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D and writes;
“The ISO performance on the Rebel T2i is great. Remembering that the Rebel T2i is an entry-level camera, I think most of the target market will be able to capture their images all the way up to ISO 6400 and be very pleased with the results.”
PCMag reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“I found the image quality comparable to the 7D. The 18-55mm kit lens that ships with the T2i produced very sharp images, slightly sharper than the 17-85mm lens I used when testing the 7D. “
Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Video Review by WDC;
Stuff.tv reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“Pros: Stunning stills and movie quality. Great connectivity. Noise-reduction tech. Cons: Slow autofocus via LCD. Movie files limited to 4GB. Not the cheapest DSLR”
TrustedReviews reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“EOS 550D is a very good camera by any standard. Build quality is excellent, the control layout and handling are near perfect, high ISO noise control is superb and the new monitor is the best on the market. However it idoesn’t offer many more features or significantly better image quality than the EOS 500D, and is beaten in some crucial areas by cheaper rival cameras.”
GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“the Canon EOS 550D with the 18-135mm kit lens is perfect for all occasions… We’re impressed with its speed and high ISO performance and once you get used to its controls and menu system, it’s a very easy camera to use. The only issue we had with the kit was the at times very slow and inaccurate focus.”
CNET.uk reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“The Canon EOS 550D is a great little camera to use and, on paper at least, it blows the competition away. Its HD movie mode and high-ISO performance are especially impressive. It’s not cheap, though, and that 18-megapixel sensor might not give you the boost in definition you’re hoping for..”
TechRadar reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“The EOS 550D is something of a triumph. Shoot in RAW, invest in some decent back-up lenses and spend time studying the various exposure modes and options, and the EOS 550D will reward you with pro-quality images at a mass-market price.”
DigitalReview compares Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D to Nikon D90 and writes;
“If you do not already have an investment in lenses or a predetermined brand preference, we do not hesitate to recommend the Nikon D90 as a better solution compared to the Canon Rebel T2i / EOS 550D. “
NeutralDay reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“In normal viewing, noise isn’t really an issue till about ISO 800, and it doesn’t become a glaring problem till ISO 6400, but pixel peepers will find noise even at ISO 200 and 400….it’s the best camera an entry level photographer can buy, as such, it isn’t just highly recommended, it’s “Essential”. “
CNET.au reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“While there are arguably too many megapixels for a consumer-level camera, the video capabilities of the 550D make it an ideal tool for those wanting to dabble in videography without too much of an investment in a more professional digital SLR. The camera’s still image quality is fortunately up to scratch too, making it an excellent camera for the price.”
Hands-on review by PhotographyBay;
“the high ISO shots above yielded less ugly chroma noise than I expected. As a result, the T2i makes a good first impression on me.”
Hands-on review by DigitalRev;
PhotoReview.au reviews the Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i and writes;
“Image noise at long exposures and with flash shots was similar to the results we obtained with the EOS 7D. Test shots were almost noise-free up to ISO 6400, after which noise became visible in long exposures. Flash exposures were almost noise-free, although some noise could be seen at ISO 12,800 and shots taken at this setting were slightly soft, even without noise-reduction processing.”
ePhotozine hands-on review;
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Canon EOS 550D walkthrough video;
Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Sample Photos
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– Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Sample Photos @ CNET.uk
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– Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
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Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Sample Videos
Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i User Manual (PDF)
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Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Guides, Tips/Tricks
– Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Jeff Revell
– Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie
– Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D For Dummies by Julie Adair King
– Magic Lantern Guides: Canon EOS Rebel T2i/EOS 550D by Michael Guncheon
Canon EOS 550D/Rebel T2i Press Release
London, 8th February 2010 – Canon today announces a groundbreaking new addition to its expanding, world-famous EOS range of Digital SLR cameras – the EOS 550D.
The EOS 550D redefines the boundaries of Canon’s consumer DSLR range, incorporating technologies and features more commonly found in semi-professional DSLRs into the compact, lightweight body favoured by consumers. With a newly-developed 18 Megapixel (MP) APS-C CMOS sensor, coupled with Canon’s advanced DIGIC 4 image processor and the ability to shoot Full HD movies, photography enthusiasts are empowered to explore new levels of creativity.
Creative control with no compromise on quality
The EOS 550D makes Canon’s powerful imaging technology more accessible to consumers. Canon’s advanced DIGIC 4 image processor and 18MP sensor support standard ISO settings of 100 – 6400 (expandable to 12800), while enhanced in-camera noise reduction technology boosts performance in low light conditions. The system’s 14-bit image processing also produces smoother tonal gradation and natural looking colours for high quality prints and on-screen display.
For swift and accurate focusing, the EOS 550D features a 9-point AF system with one extra-sensitive cross–type point at the centre for f/2.8 or faster lenses. The EOS 550D also supports high-speed, continuous shooting at 3.7 frames per second (fps). These features provide users with the opportunity to exert greater control over their images, allowing them to capture split-second moments with ease and accuracy.
Continuing Canon’s tradition of filtering new technology and features down from its advanced and professional DSLR ranges, the EOS 550D includes the iFCL metering system first launched in the EOS 7D. New for EOS is the ability to set the top limit for automatic ISO, allowing users to control the maximum amount of noise in their images. In a first for entry level EOS, exposure compensation and bracketing can be set up to plus or minus five and two stops respectively, allowing the photographer to take a number of differently exposed versions of the same shot to ensure they capture a well-exposed image, even in difficult lighting conditions.
“Digital SLR photography has captured the imagination of consumers globally,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Product Planning, Consumer Products, Canon Europe. “Every year, more and more individuals are looking to record key life events with unrivalled quality or to test and explore their creativity. The EOS 550D redefines the entry level DSLR category, putting technologies and features previously the preserve of the professional into the hands of the consumer – allowing them to achieve outstanding results. With the EOS 550D, consumers are free to explore the limits of their own creative vision.”
EOS Movies: Full HD video with creative control
As the ability to record Full HD video becomes increasingly important, Canon continues to deliver DSLR technology that sets the industry benchmark for multimedia functionality. The EOS 550D records video in full 1920x1080p HD resolution, allowing photographers to select the frame rate preferred from 30, 25 and 24fps, as well as offering 720p video at 60 and 50fps. The EOS 550D also includes a 3.5mm stereo microphone socket, enabling the use of an external microphone when capturing video.
Photographers can also take manual control over exposure settings, changing the depth of field and degree of motion blur to shoot more creatively. To provide the best possible video quality, highlight tone priority (HTP) can be set independently for movie capture, without changing any still image capture settings. In situations where the subject is further away, the EOS 550D Movie Crop function records with the central 640×480 pixel area of the sensor, creating an effective magnification of approximately seven times. The EOS 550D is the first in the EOS range to feature Movie Crop and gives consumers more flexibility to capture important moments which would otherwise be too far away.
A clear view of your world
The EOS 550D also allows photographers to view their images and video in unhindered clarity. A 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution makes it possible to see 100% of captured images with no borders. The anti-reflective, water-repellent coating also makes it easier to see the screen in bright conditions and from a variety of angles.
EOS build – Canon quality
As consumers would expect from an EOS DSLR, the EOS 550D is built to a high quality specification. It features bigger, more intuitive buttons which have been redesigned following feedback from users. Based on this feedback, the EOS 550D also features an additional button on the new, battery grip, allowing aperture settings to be changed when shooting with the camera in a vertical position, without having to reorient the body.
Share the moment with friends and family
For EOS 550D photographers, shooting great pictures and video is just a first step. Thanks to an integrated HDMI port compatible with High-Definition Multimedia Interface – Consumer Electronics Control (HDMI-CEC), video and images stored on the EOS 550D can be viewed on an HD-ready TV and controlled via the TV remote.
For users who want to transfer content wirelessly, the EOS 550D includes Eye-Fi* connected functions. The EOS 550D features a dedicated Eye-Fi section in the User Interface and it disables the automatic power-down function when an Eye-Fi card is transmitting – allowing users to transfer content easily and without interruption**.
The EOS 550D is fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX series Speedlite flash units, including the compact Speedlite 270EX. The EOS 550D is also compatible with the new RC-6 Remote Control, allowing photographers to capture high quality stills and Full HD video without touching the camera body. The slimline infrared controller can trigger the shutter release from up to five metres away, with users able to select either immediate release or a two second delay for greater flexibility when shooting. As well as supporting EOS 550D, the RC-6 is also compatible with the EOS 450D, 500D, 7D and 5D Mark II.
CANON iMAGE GATEWAY – share your stories
Owners of the new Canon EOS 550D can join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, a free online facility for Canon users that makes it easy to share their photos and video. Users can take advantage of up to 2GB of personal storage space, creating enough room for hundreds of high-quality images. Mobile browsing is also supported, making it easy for friends and family to view photos on the move.
Features at a glance:
* 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
* DIGIC 4 processor with ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
* Continuous shooting at 3.7fps
* Full HD movie recording with manual control and selectable frame rates
* 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
* iFCL metering System with 63-zone Dual-layer Metering Sensor
* Quick Control screen to change shooting settings
* Exposure compensation +/-5 stops.
* Select maximum value for Auto ISO
* External Microphone socket
* Movie crop function
* Eye-Fi connected functions compatibility
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