Summary: Bought this to replace an A450 for a friend. Slightly higher megapixel (7.1) and takes pretty good video. No image stablization tho' which is probably the handiest thing invented for cameras in the last century.
Summary: I'd rate this camera Excellent for the price -- But I give it a good overall. I bought this cameera for my daughter who is in High School and she loves it. The quality of the picture is outstanding and the camera is very easy to use.
Summary: We wanted a camera that uses AA batteries (for convenience) and is easy to hold (for my young children when they take picture of us) so we bought this camera. I had a Canon Powershot A80 and liked the picture quality but it broke after three years of use.
Summary: We all know you can't see the view screen outdoors because of the glare. No problem - just use the view finder, right? Wrong. Its so far off, when I "center" my shots, the photo comes out with my subject OUTSIDE of where I framed my shot. That's right.
Summary: Canon's PowerShot A550 is a simple, inexpensive 7-megapixel camera, and that's all it wants to be. While it has some nice features, it doesn't offer any outstanding, unique aspects that put it above any other camera in the field, and that's just fine.
Summary: I love this camera! The pictures are clear, it's very portable and easy to use. Great quality. We also like the video function. It's great on batteries. We have rechargeables and I don't find myself changing them that often.