Excerpt: What do you look for in a budget camera? User-friendly interface for one, and most importantly good picture composition. Now here is a camera that doesn't complicate things for users. An apt entry-level camera is what it aims to be. We ran it through a thorough check. Let's analyze them. Design The make is similar to many of the other Canon cameras in the A-series. The A550 comes in an L-shaped body, which makes gripping the camera quite easy.
Conclusion: As prices fall and you can pick up digital cameras by named brands for around £70 this is one of the more expensive cameras towards the lower end of the market. In my opinion though the Canon Powershot A550 underlines the fact that if you are prepared to pay a bit more for your digital camera you will be well rewarded when it comes to picture quality. Recommended.
Pros: Picture quality, Indoor shots, Solid design, Value for money, Viewfinder
Cons: Shutter lag with flash on, Smallish LCD screen
Summary: Another great compact camera from Canon, the PowerShot A550 won't compare to some more high-end units, but considering the price tag and the features on offer, it's an excellent value-for-money product.
Pros: Great colour capture, Low price tag, 4x zoom, Fast operation, Sturdy design
Cons: Pictures perhaps not quite as sharp as they could have been
Excerpt: The PowerShot A550 costs £23 more than Canon's entry-level A460, but it justifies this with a few useful features. It has a higher-resolution sensor, captures video at 30fps and has a more sophisticated nine-point auto-focus system rather than the A460's four-point system. It also has a more conventional button layout with a dedicated zoom lever.