Canon unveils EOS 550D 18-MP DSLR camera; to be available by February 24

February 9, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The EOS line up of Digital SLR cameras just got better with Canon addding to the range a new piece that promises to charm. The new Canon EOS 550D has been introduced as a device that would have in it the ability to redefine Canon’s consumer DSLR line.

To be available from February 24, the new Canon EOS 550D brings with it new technologies firmly embedded in a lightweight body. Features include a newly-developed 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and also boasts of Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor. Shooting full HD movies is a significant aspect. Further, a 9-point AF system with an extra-sensitive cross–type point at the centre for f/2.8 or faster lenses form another addition. The new Canon EOS 550D also supports high-speed, continuous shooting at 3.7 frames per second. The maker has incorporated the iFCL metering system, which we saw first when the earlier EOS 7D model was unveiled. Another important addition is the ability to set the top limit for automatic ISO, allowing users to control the maximum amount of noise in their images. The camera comes supporting standard ISO settings of 100 – 6400, which are again expandable to 12800.  Canon has gone in for some detailing by adding enhanced in-camera noise reduction technology.

The 3-inch 3:2 Clear View LCD screen provides the user with ensuring a 1,040k dot resolution that makes it possible to see 100 per cent of captured images with no borders. The Canon EOS 550D also boasts of an anti-reflective, water-repellent layer of coat.

(Via MacWorld)

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