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PowerShot SD550

PowerShot SD/ELPH Series

PowerShot SD550 Kit Contents

PowerShot SD550 Kit Contents PowerShot SD550 Body Lithium Battery Pack NB-3L Battery Charger CB-2LU SD Memory Card SDC-32M Wrist Strap WS-700 Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU Audio/Video Cable AVC-DC300


Type of Camera


Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3x Optical/4x Digital/12x Combined Zoom

Image Capture Device


7.1 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 7.4 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 7.1 Megapixels


Focal Length

7.7 - 23.1mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 37-111mm)

Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

Normal AF: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity
Macro AF: 2.0 in.-1.6 ft./5-50cm (WIDE), 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (TELE)
Digital Macro: 2.0 in. - 1.6 ft./5-50cm (WIDE)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus (continuous/single)


Optical Viewfinder

Real-image optical zoom viewfinder

LCD Monitor

2.5 inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD

LCD Pixels

Approx. 115,000 pixels

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture

f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/2000 sec.; Slow shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.

Exposure Control


AUTO, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent

Light Metering Method

Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot*
* Metering frame with Spot Mode is fixed to center or linked to AF frame.

Exposure Control Method

Program AE

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance

White Balance Control

Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom


Built-in Flash

Operation Modes: Auto, On/Off, Red-Eye Reduction On/Off, Slow Synchro

Flash Range

Normal: 1.6-16 ft./50cm - 5.0m (W), 1.6-9.8 ft./50cm - 3.0m (T)
Macro: 1.0-1.6 ft./30-50cm (W/T) (When ISO is set to Auto).

Recycling Time

Approx. 10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

Not available

Shooting Specifications

Shooting Modes

Auto; Manual, Special Scene (Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Underwater, Indoor, Kids and Pets, Night Snapshot), Digital Macro, My Colors, Stitch Assist, Movie

Photo Effects

Vivid, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Sepia, Black & White

Self Timer

Activates shutter after an approx. 2 sec./10 sec. delay, Custom

Wireless Control

Not available

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 2.0 fps

Image Storage

Storage Media

SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format)

Image Recording Format

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))

JPEG Compression Mode

Normal, Fine, SuperFine

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3,072 x 2,304 (Large), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small)
Movie: 640 x 480/320 x 240 (30 fps/15 fps) available up to 1GB, 320 x 240 (1 min. at 60 fps), 160 x 120 (3 min. at 15 fps)

Number of Recordable Images

Image data

Time of Recordable Movies

Movie data

Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Playback Specifications

Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotation, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Slow Motion, Editing

Erasing Specifications

Erase Modes

Still Image: Single image, All images
Movie: Part of movie, All of movie


Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Video Out


Audio Out



Memory card slot. Direct connection to Canon CP, SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers via camera's USB cable.

Power Supply

1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-3L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK900 Still Image: approx. 150 shots (NB-3L/LCD on), approx. 600 shots (NB-3L/LCD off)*
* CIPA standard Approx. 180 min. (NB-3L)*1
* Canon Standard Test Methods.

Power Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium Battery NB-3L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK900

Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 150 shots (NB-3L/LCD on), approx. 600 shots (NB-3L/LCD off)*
* CIPA standard

Playback Time

Approx. 180 min. (NB-3L)*1
* Canon Standard Test Methods.

Physical Specifications

Operating Temperature


Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.52 (W) x 2.24 (H) x 1.08 (D) in./89.5 (W) x 57.0 (H) x 27.4 (D) mm


Approx. 6.0 oz./170g (camera body only)

Computer System Requirements

Mac Requirements

Mac OS X (v10.2-10.4)Computer Model: The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports CPU: PowerPC G3, G4 or G5Mac OS X (v10.2-10.4)
Computer Model: The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports
CPU: PowerPC G3, G4 or G5
Interface: USB (Models with Apple genuine USB interface only)

PC Requirements

Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition/Me/2000 SP4/XP (including SP1 and SP2)Computer Model: The above OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports CPU: Pentium 500MHz or higher processor. Interface: USB (Windows 98/Me/2000/XP pre-installed models only)

Note: 22 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai)
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice. Canon, PowerShot, ELPH and DIGIC are registered trademarks, and SELPHY and PIXMA are trademarks, of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft, Windows and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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