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Canon 550D review
Mark Peters : April 4th 2010 - 23:10 CET
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CanonCanon 550D quick review : Recording with a digital SLR camera is becoming more and more popular. We already know the possibility of recording video clips with a compact camera, but the possibility to do this in a higher quality with a DSLR camera is fairly new. Canon has recently launched the EOS 550D, a DSLR camera with video function. The Canon 550D is an advanced amateur DSLR, but with the same video function as we saw in the semi-professional EOS 7D. Recording in 1080p with 24 bps (or 25 and 30 bps) is easily possible with the Canon EOS 550D. Additionally, you can also simply record in 720p video quality with the Canon 550D digital SLR camera and with variable image speed (50 or 60 bps).

Canon 550D review

Canon EOS 550D Digital SLR
The Canon EOS 550D's image sensor is much larger than that of a compact camera, but also much larger than that of a camcorder. And only that fact makes it interesting to keep developing the DSLR, from a quality point of view. The low VGA video clips were fun to record a few moments, but truly large format HDTV display was certainly not recommendable. The quality was actually sufficient for sending by email. In the meantime, the video resolution in a compact camera, for that matter, has been upgraded to HD quality.

Canon 550D

Canon 550D video recording
Recording with a DSLR does require some handiness, and preferrably some additional knowledge of photography and video. The video clips that are recorded with a Canon EOS 550D are saved in H.264 format and have a maximum recording time of 4GB or 30 minutes per clip. The sound that is normally recorded is pretty good, but can be greatly improved by connecting an external microphone. Luckily the designers thought of equipping the Canon 550D with a 3.5mm stereo connection. The recording of a High Definition video clip with the Canon EOS 550 DSLR can of course be done completely automatically, but true creative video recording is done with the help of the manual settings. And for that, knowledge of lighting, etc. is advisable.

Canon 550D camera

Canon 550D camera settings
You can set the shutter release and diaphragm to your own wishes to create dramatic or other effects in the video-recording mode. The focus in the current generation of DSLR cameras with video function is still a bit tricky. During photography you are already used to being able to focus instantaneously, and even continuously, but in video recording it’s a different story. The delay in focus is definitely present and will play a large role in the control of the camera. In many cases you will have to use manual focus.

Canon 550D digital SLR

Canon 550D Live view
The image ratio of the high resolution display is new in the Canon EOS 550D. For the first time, there can be spoken of a 3:2 ratio, which is equal to the ratio of the image sensor. That is good for the true reproduction of the images. Previous displays of the EOS cameras had a 4:3 ratio, and the photographer had to make do with the famous black beams on the screen. With the Canon 550D, this is no longer a ‘problem’, as in Live View or playback mode the complete screen is used for the display.

550D review

Canon 550D review
The Canon EOS 550D digital SLR camera was introduced at the beginning of February of this year and is planned to be reviewed. As soon as a Canon 550D camera is available, a detailed Canon 550D review will be published with a high resolution photo gallery.
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