Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD550 / Digital IXUS 750 / IXY Digital 700
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Canon Ixus 750 / Powershot SD550 digital camera
10 January 2012
Summary: The Canon Ixus 750 is a fine compact digital camera with lots of nice features. The large LCD and fast processor combined with high 7.1 megapixel resolution is hard to beat. We can recommend this to anyone looking for a high-resolution, high quality compact camera. Only those who want a better zoom or the control and versatility of an advanced camera need to look elsewhere.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH is probably your average stylish 7 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom. In my opinion, it shares the flagship position with the SD700 since it has more megapixels, a larger CCD and more powerful flash. The big things about this little camera include a powerful flash and large LCD. Despite that, the LCD has low resolution. Now, the bad things include below average battery life, no optical image stabilization and no manual controls.
Pros: Powerful flash, Great LCD performance, Unlimited fast continuous shooting, Excellent movie mode, Fast read/write speeds, Improved user interface, Above average photo quality
Cons: Below average battery life, No image stabilization, Easily scratched body, No manual controls, LCD is lacking resolution, Movies limited to 1 GB AKA 8 minutes, Red-eye, High noise levels at ISO 400, low-light, Fairly slow autofocus, shot-to-shot
Conclusion: Okay, so the SD550 hardly breaks new ground, and - coming only six or seven months after the SD500 it replaces - I'd have been surprised if it was. In most respects this is good news; the SD500 was a little gem of a camera (and the best IXUS / ELPH yet), and the SD550 is just that little bit better.
Pros: Excellent resolution, Very compact and pocketable, Beautifully built and all-metal construction, Excellent color and exposure, Manual (custom) white balance, Fast focus and very responsive performance overall, Good flash performance, High performance movie mode, Nice handling and easy-to-use interface, AF illuminator, Low noise at ISO 50-200, Novel in-camera image effects, Neat playback effects, Orientation sensor works in playback mode
Cons: Low contrast fine detail (such as foliage or hair) can look a little soft, AiAF focus unreliable - turn it off, Screen resolution not high enough for a 2.5-inch LCD, Some purple fringing, Slight corner softness at wide angle, Battery life when using LCD not fantastic, Very little manual control, Finish very susceptible to marks and scratches, can be slippery in the hand, Still no exposure information for shutter speeds over 1/60 sec
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH
is elegantly simple yet beautiful in its "Perpetual
Curve" design, and the metallic body is built
solid with an unmistakable feeling of quality
all around. Despite its ultracompact dimensions
( JeansPocket ™
Certified ), it handles well and controls are
intuitive. This camera is targeted to Point-and-Shoot photographers
with 7.1MP resolution and a 3x optical zoom. It
gives very good to excellent image quality.
Conclusion: I give the PowerShot SD550 two thumbs up! This is one of the best out there. It has a sleek look and feel, is very compact and portable, and takes great pictures. Canon has produced another excellent ultra-compact, high-resolution digital camera - a real achievement.
Pros: Auto-white-balance handles outdoor lighting with ease, Better-than-average exposure range, 7.1 megapixel resolution, Ultra-compact size, 3x optical zoom lens comparable to a 35-115mm on a 35mm camera, 2.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor, Night exposures (A long shutter option is available)
Cons: Battery life is short, LCD is contrasty - shadow detail hard to see, Slow shot-to-shot time, White balance compensation in manual mode only, Visible noise at ISO 400
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD550 ($500) is an update to the popular SD500, which was released just seven months ago (click here to read our review). There's one big change on the SD550 when compared to its predecessor, plus a few smaller ones as well.
Pros: Excellent photo quality (though see issues below), Compact and very stylish metal body, Large 2.5" LCD display (though see issues below), Blazing performance, Powerful flash for a compact camera, Very good movie and continuous shooting modes, Unique My Colors feature, LCD visible in low light (and it's about time), AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, USB 2.0 High Speed support, Optional underwater case and external slave flash
Cons: Some corner softness; noisy images at high ISO settings, Redeye is a problem, LCD resolution on the low side, Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit, Battery life could be better, Can't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod, More manual controls would be nice