Canon introduces the EOS 550D (aka EOS Kiss X4 in Japan and EOS Rebel T2i in the US) Digital DSLR camera as the follow-up to the EOS 500D. As Canon’s latest entry-level DSLR, the 550D sports a 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor and ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800).
The Canon 550D features also a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System, 3.7 fps shooting, and +/-5 EV exposure compensation range. It is able to record Full HD 1080p video at 30fps and offers HDMI output. Also included is the Movie Crop mode, where the user can achieve 7x magnification when shooting SD video for a significantly increased “telephoto” effect.
The Canon EOS 550D comes with a 3-inch LCD display and supports SD/SDHC and SDXC cards. It is compatible with Eye-Fi. The DSLR is available in body-only configuration at $799.99 or in a kit version with Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at $899.99.