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Canon EOS 550D

Capture your story in stunning detail with the EOS 550D. With the creative freedom to capture the decisive shot, see all the detail of your holiday sunset or follow action in the local football match.

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Daily Hire £43.33 (£52.00) Weekend Hire £68.33 (£82.00)
Weekly Hire £160.83 (£193.00) 2 Weekly Hire £250.00 (£300.00)
3 Weekly Hire £325.00 (£390.00) Deposit £150.00


Prices shown above as Ex VAT in black (Inc VAT in red).  These prices are for hire only - courier charges will apply.  All equipment will be delivered by 12pm on the day before the hire period and collected the day after the hire has finished.  For more details, visit our How to Hire section.

Canon EOS- 550D Video Review

A great video review from What Digital Camera.

Canon's EOS-550D Walkthrough Video

Salton Sea by Philip Bloom

This video also shows you just what the 550D is capable of. Philip Bloom is well known within the DSLR video world and for very good reason.  Not only are his films great, he is also kind enough to explain how he did it!  More details about this video can be found on his blog.  Many thanks to Philip for allowing us to include this.

The Orchestra by TJ Jeffrey

If you wanted proof of just what the 550D, look no further than this superb video shot by TJ Jeffrey. This was only her second time of filming with the camera - she used a EF 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and Manfrotte pro-video tripod & head.

Judge for yourselves but we think it's just wonderful.

Features

18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
DIGIC 4
ISO 100-6400, H:12800
3.7fps shooting
Full HD movies
7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
iFCL metering
Quick Control screen
Ext. Mic socket
Movie crop
Stills or movies, capture your story


18 MP CMOS sensor
Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints – or crop images without losing any of the detail necessary for printing – EOS 550D’s 18MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise.

DIGIC 4
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradations and natural looking colours. DIGIC 4 also powers advanced Noise Reduction when shooting at higher ISO speeds, plus split-second start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting.

High ISO for low light
When light levels fall, the EOS 550D offers an ISO range of up to 6400 – expandable to 12800 for those environments where using flash is undesirable.

Full HD movie recording
The EOS 550D combines exceptional still shooting with the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video. To satisfy your creativity the EOS 550D features full manual control and selectable frame rates. You can also shoot high speed 50/60fps movies at 720P for when the action is really fast. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV. Also with compatible TVs playback can be controlled using the TV’s remote control.

7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD
Detailed checks on images and video are possible with a 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen, which features an ultra-high 1,040,000 dots for increased clarity. Switch to Live View mode and use the real-time visual feed to shoot from awkward angles.

iFCL metering system
A new 63-zone dual layer metering sensor analyses Focus, Colour and Luminance information, providing accurate and consistent metering.

Quick Control screen
Accessible using a dedicated button it provides easy access to commonly used functions, ensuring that you are ready to take the shot as it happens.

External Microphone Socket
Add an additional microphone for better quality sound using the 3.5mm stereo jack socket.

Movie Crop
Shoot VGA movies with an effective zoom of 7x. Movie crop uses only the centre part of the sensor and allows long distance shooting without having to change lenses.

Create a shooting system as unique as you are
The EOS 550D is compatible with Canon’s full range of EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites.
 

IMAGE SENSOR Type 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 18.0 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 18.7 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Image Processor Type DIGIC 4
Lens Mount EF/EF-S
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
Focusing Type TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at centre, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
AF Working Range EV -0.5 -18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes AI Focus One Shot AI Servo
AF Point Selection AF Point Selection
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
Predictive AF Yes, up to 10m ¹
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens
Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone SPC (1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points) (2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder) (3) Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center) (4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved. Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation /-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 3 shots +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* AUTO(100-6400), 100-6400 Expandable to H (approx 12800) in 1-stop increments
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
White Balance Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom. White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Viewfinder Type Pentamirror
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 95%
Magnification Approx. 0.87x
Eyepoint Approx. 19mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction 3 to +1 (1/m) (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Fixed
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light Image information: White balance correction, SD card information, monochrome shooting, maximum burst (1 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+)
Depth of Field Preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece Shutter On strap
LCD Monitor Type 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically) Approx 160°
Coating Dual Anti-reflection, anti smudge
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options (1) Quick Control Screen (2) Camera settings
Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters) 13
Built-in Flash Coverage up to 17mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 27mm)
Built-in Flash Recycle Time Approx. 3 seconds
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On/off
Red-Eye Reduction Yes - with red eye reduction lamp
X-Sync 1/200sec
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC Terminal Yes/ -
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control via camera menu screen
Shooting Modes Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Movie, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP
Picture Styles Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority Auto Lighting Optimizer (Basic and Creative modes) Long exposure noise reduction High ISO speed noise reduction Peripheral illumination correction
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 3.7fps. (speed maintained for minimum of approx 34 images (JPEG)¹, 6 images (RAW)) ²
Live View Mode Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen) Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor Active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay, Histogram
Still Image Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), RAW: RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes (RAW + Large JPEG only)
Image Size JPEG: (L) 5184x3456 (M) 3456x2304, (S) 2592x1728 RAW: (RAW) 5184x3456
Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Movie Size 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) 640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps)
Movie Length Max duration 29m 59sec, Max file size 4GB
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset
Custom Functions 12 Custom Functions with 36 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x enabled in 15steps
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels) (2) Single image (3) 4 image index (4) 9 image index (5) Jump Display
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills Playback time: 1/2/3/5 seconds Repeat: On/Off
Histogram Brightness: Yes RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes (Shooting information display only)
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, Checkmarked images, Unprotected images Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Data Verification Original image verification data can be appended to the image (OSK-E3 required for verification)
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x4) (2) Playback menu (x2) (3) Setup menu (x3) (4) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Computer Interface Hi-Speed USB
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), External microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
Storage Type SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card
PC & Macintosh Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition) OS X v10.4-10.6
Batteries 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E8
Battery Life Approx. 440 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) ¹ Approx. 400 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator 4 levels
Power Saving Power turns off after 30sec or 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15mins.
Body Materials Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 128.8 x 97.3 x 62 mm
Weight (Body Only) Approx. 530g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)
The Canon EOS 550D will be supplied in a flight case with the following -  

  • 2 * Software Discs
  • 2 * Batteries
  • Mains Lead
  • Mains Charger
  • USB Cable
  • 4GB Memory Card
  • TV Lead
  • Manual

Canon EOS 550D

Please note that this list is for guidance only.  We will always advise you if for any reason the equipment is to be supplied with a different number of batteries.

Where applicable, all batteries will be fully charged before dispatch, except in the event of a turnaround where the client will be advised accordingly.

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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
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Sigma 70mm f2.8 Macro EX DG (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG MACRO HSM II (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 APO GD OS HSM (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 150mm f2.8 Macro EX (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG MACRO (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM | A (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 100-300mm f/4 EX DG IF HSM (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM (Canon) Add to Enquiries basket
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Canon 2 EF Extender Add to Enquiries basket
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Canon Extender EF 1.4x III Add to Enquiries basket
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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Add to Enquiries basket
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Add to Enquiries basket
Canon 24mm f3.5L Tilt & Shift Add to Enquiries basket
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Add to Enquiries basket
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Add to Enquiries basket
Canon 45mm f2.8L Tilt & Shift Add to Enquiries basket
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Add to Enquiries basket
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Add to Enquiries basket
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Add to Enquiries basket
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Add to Enquiries basket
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Pocket Wizard Remote Cable - Canon Add to Enquiries basket
Canon Speedlite 580EXII flashgun Add to Enquiries basket
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Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flashgun Add to Enquiries basket
Pocket Wizard Bundle - Canon Fit Add to Enquiries basket
Lastolite Lumen 8 F400 Twin Umbrella kit Add to Enquiries basket
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Hoodloupe 3.0 Cinema Pro Kit Add to Enquiries basket
Sony CLM-V55 LCD Monitor Add to Enquiries basket
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Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro Viewfinder Add to Enquiries basket
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Shoot35 Handheld Shooter Package Add to Enquiries basket
Rode Video Mic Add to Enquiries basket
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Zoom H4n Handheld Digital Recorder Add to Enquiries basket
Genus ND Fader Filter 77mm Add to Enquiries basket
Schneider 4x4 Filter Kit Add to Enquiries basket
Genus Matte Box Kit Add to Enquiries basket
Fillini LED On-board light Add to Enquiries basket
Glidetrack HD Hybrid Slider 0.5m Add to Enquiries basket
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Philip Bloom Signature Pocket Dolly 0.75m Add to Enquiries basket
Philip Bloom Signature Pocket Dolly 1m Add to Enquiries basket
Kessler Stealth Slider (Traveller Length) Add to Enquiries basket
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Digital SLR Photography   Overall Verdict 94/100 
Canon needs the EOS 550D to be the complete all-rounder to dominate this area of the market and judging from the two weeks I've had with the camera, I have to say I think it is. In terms of what a would-be user expects, it ticks all the boxes. It's small, lightweight and easy to use and its range of features are more than enough for beginners and advanced amateurs alike. Its performance doesn't disappoint either, delivering high-quality images at an exceptional resolution for the price. There are several very good models at this price but no have the all-round appeal of the EOS550D. Regardless of whether or not you plan to use the HD video, in terms of value-for-money, there is nothing in its class to match it and I can see it being a runaway success and on the year's best-sellers.
Digital SLR Photography   Five star rating  
The Canon EOS 550D has set a benchmark for DSLRs under £1,000. It's small, lightweight and easy to use with a decent range of features to suit all levels of amateur photographer. Its performance is very high too, delivering consistently sharp and well-exposed images. Its HD video facility is competent too. It's an excellent all-round package and represents great value for money.
What Digital Camera   What Digital Camera Gold Award - 91% 
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 performance are a superb bonus to the excellent overall image quality. The 18MP resolution may mainly make the files larger, but the sharpness and detail are top-notch regardless. The most impressive new addition on the stills side is the 63-zone metering system, as it seems to be capable of coping with almost any lighting condition and still turn out a decent shot. The ISO range may be verging toward unusuable at 12,800, but below that the noise was minimal enough to make it difficult to tell the shots apart. The price may be a touch high compared to its rivals, but the Canon EOS 550D is well worth the extra cash.
Amateur Photographer   Rated: Good 83% 
I like the Canon EOS 550D and although £750 is by no means a small amount of money, it does seem to buy a lot of technology. 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.
Digital Photographer   Verdict 8/10 
A well-equipped camera with a simple interface that results in easy handling and brilliant image/movie quality.
Amy and Jane were excellent at helping me I had no idea what I was looking for.
- Joanne Edwards, Manchester

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