Full Review posted for Canon PowerShot A550|
(Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 08:57 EDT)
As we've come to expect from Canon's A-series, the PowerShot A550 is a great little digicam.
Fairly frill-free, the Canon A550 still takes great shots with its 7-megapixel sensor. It has a satisfying 4x zoom, and is quite easy to use. The A550's no-nonsense mode dial is backed up by a simple Function menu; and though you can dig deeper with the main menu, you'll find fewer settings there than on other Canon models.
In our opinion, less is more when it comes to a camera meant for the mass-market. More options will only confuse and invite error. Still, the A550 can make 640x480 movies at 30 frames per second, so it's ready to do anything most consumer buyers will need; and everything it does is above par for the category. The A550's 9-point AiAF autofocus system is excellent for candid shooting, and its high ISO functions are actually useful, turning out images that make excellent 8x10 prints. Its 7-megapixel sensor makes pictures that can be printed at 13x19 inches, quite an achievement at this price point. Though it doesn't have the biggest LCD, it still has an optical viewfinder.
Priced at under $200, the Canon A550 is another bargain. See our review of the Canon PowerShot A550 for all the details.