Today sees a further advancement in the mid-range video
enabled DSLR market with Canon’s EOS 550D (REBEL T2i in the US). This model expands on the success of
the previous 500D and introduces some impressive features for a camera of this
level, including a new 18MP sensor and ultra high resolution LCD screen. It
also adds a microphone input and manual control for more creative video use.
The new 18MP CMOS sensor is coupled with the DIGIC 4
processor to achieve high quality, low noise results and offers a standard
100-6400 ISO range, expandable to 12,800. The Auto setting now allows for a
maximum ISO value to be set for more controlled usage. The nine point AF system
includes a central cross-type sensor for increased sensitivity, while burst
mode shooting has been increased to 3.7fps.
The rear LCD has seen an increase in resolution, with the
Clear View 3in screen offering a 1,040k dot display.
The video mode allows full 1080P (1920×1080 pixel) at 24,
25, or 30fps, and even 50 or 60fps at 720P sizing. A 3.5mm microphone socket
allows for an external microphone to be used and users also have use of full
manual exposure controls while in video. A movie crop mode can use the central
areas of the sensor to record video at 640×480 with an effective seven times
For wireless connectivity the 550D supports use of Eye-Fi
cards for uploading images straight to a wireless router.
Available from 24th February 2010 priced from £799.99 body only