Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D
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Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D 18.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)


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Product description for: Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D 18.0 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)
  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 3.7fps shooting
  • Full HD movies
  • 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View LCD with 1,040k dots
  • IFCL metering
  • Quick Control screen
  • External mic socket
  • Movie crop

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Product Information
Designed for creating your photos for you and producing bright and beautiful pictures in many different conditions, the Canon EOS 18 MP camera is a professional portable body only. Be the envy of your friends with this Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D and its refined black body. More megapixels means cropping and enlarging will not cause pixelation. This Canon EOS digital SLR camera enables you to deliver 12x18 inch prints of the moments of your life and share them with family, friends, and colleagues thanks to its 18 MP image sensor. Since the Canon EOS 18 MP camera comes with a 3-inch LCD monitor, you can play back the poignant moments of your life and share them with family and friends. High-quality pictures and exceptional performance are yours with this Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D. As this Canon EOS digital SLR camera includes an 8 GB of integrated storage, you can store pictures without adding memory. In addition, the Canon EOS 18 MP camera is great for viewing high-definition photos, with its HDMI connector, so you can view clear and crisp pictures with friends on a large monitor. With its Lithium-ion batteries, this Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D is ideal for capturing photos any time, and it allows you to always be ready to catch the moments of your life. Configuring storage size is easy with the removable flash memory slot included with this Canon EOS digital SLR camera. The Canon EOS 18 MP camera includes only the body and no lens. An advantage to getting the camera body separately is that you pick and choose the best interchangeable lens or lenses to get based on your changing photography wants and needs.

Product Features
  • 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 colors. 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 63-zone dual layer metering sensor analyzes focus, color 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 center 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.

Product Highlights

Product Identifiers
ModelRebel T2i / 550D

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution18.0 MP
Screen Size3"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size14.9 x 22.3mm
Sensor TypeCMOS

Lens System
Lens For SDBody Only
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera29 - 216mm

Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted, Evaluative, partial (10%), partial (9%), spot (4%)
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Depth-Of-Field, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light SensitivityISO 100-6400, ISO 12800, ISO auto (100-6400)
Light Sensitivity Max12800

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction

Memory / Storage
Integrated Memory size8192 MB
Supported Flash MemorySD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card

Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeEye-level mirror pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.87x
Dioptric Correction Range-3 to +1

Depth3 in.
Height3.8 in.
Width5.1 in.
Weight16.8 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color
Display Size3"

Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - electret condenser - mono
Microphone Operation ModeMono

Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x Hi-Speed USB, 1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x microphone ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ), 1 x remote control
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP, MS Windows XP SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Digital Video FormatH.264
Still Image FormatJPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image

Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional Features1080p Full HD Movie Recording, AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Auto Power Save, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Dust Delete Data System, Exif Print Support, Face Detection, Highlight Point Display, Highlight Tone Priority, Histogram Display, Illumination Correction, LCD Live View Mode, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Red-eye Correction, USB 1.1, USB 2.0 Compatibility
Face DetectionYes

Shooting ProgramsClose-up, Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode
Special EffectsFaithful, Landscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Shade (Preset), Tungsten (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed3.7 frames per second

eBay Product ID: EPID100126156

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewVery Good


    Fast performance; excellent photo quality; above average video-capture quality.


    Annoying viewfinder; irritating control layout for video capture.


    "A great follow-up to the T1i, if you want the best photo and video quality in a dSLR for less than $1,000, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is hard to beat."

  • (C) 2015 CBS Interactive., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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Created: 11/28/10

Why I bought the Canon T2i - EOS 550D - EOS Kiss

This camera is called the Canon T2i in the US - EOS 550D in Europe - and the EOS Digital Kiss in China & Japan but it is the same camera. This camera is perfect for the 1st time DSLR buyers. The feautures are comparable to the semi-professional cameras such as the Canon 50D and 7D, and the kit lens (18-55mm) produces better quality images than the 50D/7D kit lens (28-124mm). This camera still produces good images at a high ISO3200. At higher ISO the quality deteriorates quickly. For a 1.6x cropped sensor (APS-C sensor) , it produces good 18MP images. The Auto Exposure Bracketing feature and Auto White Bracketing features are fun and easy to use. The controls/buttons are ergonomically perfect. They are not difficult to use/press and cannot be pressed easily by mistake. The camera is a little light for me as it promotes easy 'camera shake' on my light lens without IS. The battery lasts several hundred shots for me which is better than most cameras. All the controls and settings are visible in the view finder and do not get in the way of your view. You can also take pictures using the 'Live View mode' which is the 3inch LCD screen. Most DSLR cameras dont have this feature which i find quite odd since it is mostly used in point and shoot cameras. Another feature installed in this camera is the CreativeAuto mode which enables the user to control the focus background and the brightness of the subject/background. The continuous shooting is only 3.7 frames per second. Its still pretty fast however would be nicer if it was at least 6fps which is a necessity for sports photography. The AutoFocus has a 9 point CMOS sensor instead of 19 point sensor like the 50D and 7D. overall, this is a great entry DSLR, the best in its class for its features and for its price. This SLR camera is half the price of the 7D and the major differences is only the slower shutter spd of 1/4000 vs. 1/8000, the continuous shooting of 3.7fps vs. the 7D's 8.0fps, and the differences in the AF points. Its those 3 major differences that kept me from buying the 7D and saving the extra $900. Plus the built in flash shoot 1 meter (3.2ft) farther than the 7D's built in flash, and the kit lens produces higher image quality pictures than the kit lens for the 7D. One of the best reasons to buy this camera is for the 1080p HD Video with selectable frame rates 30/25/24 fps in 1080p and 50/60 fps in 720p. By far the best DSLR HD Video under $1000. This is why I now own it.

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Created: 01/22/11

Best Camera Ever !

I wanted to buy a camera in the range of $1300 with its kit. I was going to buy the Canon 500D but a friend recommended the 550D since its called the "baby 7D" and it is 18mp while the 500D is a 15mp.

The Canon is easy to use and have a lot of features, accessories, and lenses that a person can buy in order to become a professional photographer. Also the Canon comes with a CD that has utilities to edit the photo's and to easily deal with them.

I highly recommend everyone who wants to buy an SLR Digital Camera, to buy a Canon in a three digit mode such as XXX D and then buy a more professional one, but the 550D just fits my style a lot !!

The lenses and the flash that came in the kit were Canon and are the best thing that are in the kit !

Each lens has a special function and the flash helps a lot !!

It was nice to deal with the dealer. Hope to deal with him again !!

23 of 24 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 11/02/10

great camera!

simply a great camera! canon you've outdone nikon by far!
Resolution has jumped to 18 megapixels on the same size APS-C CMOS sensor that gives the T2i a 1.6x crop factor (35mm equivalent). The processor is a Digic 4, same as the T1i, but nominal ISO sensitivity range has gone to 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800) while the older camera was 100-3200 (expandable to 6400 and 12,800). An "improved" HD video function offers manual exposure control and a movie crop function.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 08/02/10

Excellent upgrade!!!

Excellent upgrade from my Canon EOS 400D, 550/T2i/Kiss X4 is by far superior to my old EOS... It focus so fast specially having a USM lens but even though to some lens without it still it focus fast and accurate... It handles this same with my old EOS but it fits much better now with my hands due to its rubberize handgrip... The body it self has change slightly and maybe its just Me but it feels much more lighter. I love the LCD and the changes they made with the buttons controls, much easier to press now.

Having to use the LCD to take some shot helps alot and the Movie mode is an excellent addition to its functions. I haven't use it much for i don't have a class 6 or above SD card. Its 18 Megapixel sensor same with the new 7D is great ,good for people who post process they photos who crops for better composition and etc...

If you have a Canon EOS 450D and below this is the right time to upgrade...

18 of 19 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Created: 03/11/11

The pictures are nice, but the video is increadable!

Most everyone will tell you about the great photo’s this camera takes. 18 MB photos are crisp with great color! You can also read about the default lenses the camera comes with and they too are great.

What you haven’t read too much about is the video. My daughter is a soccer player and I bought the camera to shoot her soccer games. When I was talking to someone at Best Buy about the camera he told me this technology is the “cutting edge” of movie making. Actually, I had heard this from different resources who were pursuing degrees in movie making. Today, TV shows such as 30 Rock are being shot using Canon cameras. Google T2i and you’ll find numerous videos being shot using this camera.

For the soccer games I sit in the stands and for each scene I shoot a short video. When the ball is kicked out of bounds, I stop the video and then start it again when the ball is thrown in. What I end up with is ~ 120 small videos of the soccer game. I then come home and download all the videos onto my computer and using an application I downloaded off the Internet for free – I quickly go through the video’s documenting the ones worth keeping. After deleting the ones that are no good – I’m left with a set of incredible sharp videos.

Since the camera is very good in low light – it works well for the night games with the lights on the field. What’s even nicer is that I’ll sometimes flip it over and take some shots of the coach coaching the girls or girls sitting on the bench. Great photos!

Since the video is shot in Full 1080 the clarity is awesome!

I’ve posted many of the videos on YouTube so parents can watch and I’ve had numerous people asking me what I shot the videos with. Many have said, “It’s almost like I’m sitting there!” Most can not believe I'm shooting the video using a camera!

It’s an expensive camera, but the output is incredible.

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