Canon EOS 550D – Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS 550D – Canon Rebel T2i Review

This offspring of the Canon EOS family, the Canon Rebel T2i in the United States, and EOS 550D in the European Union and in Britain has got the same 18-megapixel sensor that we were so excited about with the EOS 7D. As if that were not enough, the 550D (Rebel T2i in the US) manufacturer has also added other features that Canon photographers have so far painfully missed.

With the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i), Canon has set three resolution records for entry-level and hobby DSLRs: 18-megapixel sensor resolution, FullHD video recording (1080p) and a screen with over a million pixels resolution. This makes the EOS 7D and even more, the competition look old in part – especially in view of the price.

Canon Rebel T2iThe EOS 7D also has a resolution of 18 megapixels. According to Canon, this 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor (APS-C size with a crop factor of 1.6), which delivers impressive image quality (see EOS 7D test in the links below), has been further improved. And so you get the highest resolution and the best image quality in one of the cheapest cameras in the Canon lineup (assuming a good lens).

But it’s not the first time that a beginner Canon is so technically attractive. But the EOS 550D, called “Rebel T2i” in the USA, has much more to offer: for example the video function with FullHD resolution (1080p) at 30, 25, or 24 frames per second and even 50 or 60 fps at 720p. Although the integrated microphone only records in mono, a stereo microphone can optionally be connected via a 3.5mm jack. Of course, an HDMI output in the mini version is also available.

Time, aperture, and ISO sensitivity are adjustable during filming, which allows a lot of creativity. With VGA resolution, 7x digital zoom can be switched on using the Crop function, which does not require lossy interpolation. The storage format used is Quicktime (MOV) with modern H.264 compression (MPEG4). The maximum recording in one piece is limited to 4 GBytes or 29 minutes and 59 seconds, whichever is reached first.

The screen is also a new development. It offers the native photo format of 3:2 and measures 3″ (7.6 cm) in the diagonal. With a resolution of 1,040,000 pixels, it sets a new record for SLR cameras.

Since always three pixels (one red, one blue, and one green) form one pixel, the effective resolution is 720 x 480 pixels. The protective screen has a low-reflection and water-repellent coating and is therefore also intended to provide good readability from different angles “in bright places”..

While the screen covers 100% of the image field in LiveView mode, the optical viewfinder (pentamirror) shows only 95%; it magnifies 0.87x, offers diopter compensation (-3 to +1 DPT.) and an exit pupil of 19 mm.

 

Canon Rebel T2iThe computing power is provided by the Digic 4. It enables low-noise images up to a maximum of ISO 12,800, whereby the upper limit of the ISO automatic can now also be set for the first time – as has long been the case with the competition.

 

Continuous images are possible up to a maximum of 3.7 fps – the internal buffer memory is full after 34 JPEG or 6 RAW images. The images (and videos) are stored on SD cards, and the EOS 550 D supports SDXC as well as SDHC.

The autofocus focuses with the help of nine measuring sensors, whereby the particularly fast middle sensor is particularly optimized for F2.8 and faster lenses. The exposure meter, on the other hand, was taken from the EOS 7D. The iFCL sensor (intelligent Focus Color Luminance) analyzes sharpness, colors, and brightness with high precision.

As with the EOS 7D, Canon has listened to photographers’ wishes and improved the operation. This not only applies to larger buttons, but also to more intuitive operation and, more recently, an exposure adjustment button on the optional battery handle so that the aperture can be adjusted more easily.

Pros And Cons Of The Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)

Pros

  • Video mode with FullHD resolution and external microphone connectivity
  • Excellent display (although neither swiveling nor folding)
  • Short reaction times with especially fast autofocus
  • Very good image quality, even at high ISO numbers (but slightly too “crisp” tuning)

Cons

  • Extremely slow contrast AF (LiveView, video recording)
  • Less robust plastic housing
  • Small, not very bright seeker
  • Battery capacity below class level

Batteries For The Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)

Speaking of batteries: the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) uses a new lithium-ion battery of the type LP-E8, also the battery handle is a new one. The further “equipment fireworks” contains scene mode programs, half or full manual exposure control, and exposure correction up to +/-5 EV, a sensor cleaning function, remote control from the computer by means of Remote Capture, a flash with guide number 13 and 1/200 s sync time as well as system flash shoe, dimming function for the depth of field preview and altogether twelve custom functions with 36 settings.

Canon Rebel T2i

Ergonomics And Workmanship

The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i), the latest addition to the EOS family, doesn’t exactly look like a baby camera. But as soon as you record it, you’re surprised how light the latest Canon DSLR is: The naked body weighs just 470 grams; the battery, memory card and EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 lens ready for use don’t even weigh 750 grams.

Canon has achieved this “flyweight” with the consistent use of plastic for the housing. Fortunately, this doesn’t look as much like “cheap” as it did with earlier entry-level EOS models like the 300D, but rather robust.

The workmanship is neat, all flaps close cleanly, there are no annoying burrs or gaps between the case shells. Canon has also coated the gripping surfaces with a kind of rough imitation leather for extra grip. The tripod thread is at least made of solid metal and sits neatly in the optical axis.

The battery compartment is also accessible from below. It accommodates an energy dispenser whose capacity of 1,120 mAh is sufficient for a maximum of 550 shots – but only if neither LiveView nor the internal flash is used. Some competitors have a much longer breath today.

Canon Rebel T2iThe feeling of touch is altogether fine, but the handle should be a bit more pronounced for an absolutely secure hold. As in the previous model, almost all of the controls on the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) are pushed to the right. This isn’t always practical, because you have to take the camera in your left hand to adjust something and then bring it back to shooting readiness with your right hand.

At least the camera doesn’t lack dedicated switches and buttons, so a trip to the well-structured menus is rarely necessary. Only one control for the display brightness we missed: To adjust the brightness of the monitor to the ambient brightness, there is no way around the menu. Very practical, however, is that Canon has put a “Quick Settings” button in the cradle of its youngest baby: Once this is pressed, the four-way rocker switch can be used to conveniently control and adjust many of the parameters displayed on the monitor (such as exposure time, ISO number, exposure compensation).

In addition, Canon has designed many of the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) keys larger than those of its predecessor. It’s also praiseworthy that, contrary to the general trend, Canon didn’t put the main switch on the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) around the shutter release (where it’s all too easily accidentally operated). The on/off switch is located next to the mode dial, within easy reach, and yet protected from operating errors.

Canon Rebel T2iAs is unfortunately still common in the mid-range camera class, the Canon EOS 550D does not offer a second dial either.

Thus, for example, if one wants to correct the exposure, one has to keep a button pressed while at the same time turning the only adjustment wheel. This is hardly possible with a camera that is pressed against the eye and ready to shoot. On the other hand, the screen of the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) is a true splendor.

For the first time with this camera, Canon offers a 3 inch display in the 3:2 recording format, thus, during the image reproduction or in the LiveView mode, the entire monitor surface is used. The pleasure of this beautiful monitor is further enhanced by its immense resolution of 1,040,000 pixels – there have never been so many on a DSLR display!

The latest addition to the EOS family, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) has a lot ahead of its big sisters when it comes to “display”, but at best the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) offers “home cooking” in the viewfinder: the simple pentas mirror design produces only a moderately bright viewfinder image, which also doesn’t produce the dreaded “tunnel vision” with only 0.87x magnification.

As an alternative to the viewfinder, the LiveView mode is basically suitable, in which the viewfinder image appears on the display. Unfortunately, the monitor can neither be folded nor panned, so that during LiveView recording and video shooting, the camera usually has to be held rigidly and uncomfortably by the outstretched hands.

The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) with its simple exterior still looks more like a classic entry-level camera, but with its inner values, it is definitely recommended for photographers with higher demands.

To cut a long story short, one could say: What Canon engineers were able to realize cost-effectively using software, they gave to the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i), and savings were made on hardware. For the first time with a camera from the EOS family, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) now allows you to set an upper limit for the ISO automatic, namely between ISO 400 and ISO 6,400.

This is all the more practical as the EOS allows a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12,800. The camera also deserves a lot of praise for displaying the ISO number in the viewfinder that is currently set or selected by the automatic. Another unique feature of this camera class is that the exposure can be corrected by up to +/- 5EV steps. The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) also records a series of exposures on request.

However, the maximum spread here is limited to 2 EV, and an exposure bracket always consists of (only) three shots. Canon didn’t want the self-timer to be too big, it can even be programmed for continuous shooting.

 

Canon Rebel T2i

In the spirit of ambitious photographers, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) offers four metering methods for exposure. In addition to the usual multi-field, selective, and mid-weighted integral measurement, it offers a true spot measurement in which only the central four percent of the image detail is taken into account.

However, with around 3.7 frames per second at “constant fire”, the Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) isn’t one of the fastest cameras in its class, but it can withstand this speed until the memory card is full.

 

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i

 

The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) supports a range of scene mode programs (for example for “Sport”, “Landscape” or “Portrait”) for those who simply want to “shoot without a problem” with the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i).

But the camera also offers semi-automatic control and can be adjusted completely manually (both exposure and focus).

Among the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) programs are two typical Canon specialties: First, there is “A-DEP”, an automatic depth-of-field function. To do this, the camera consults the distance determined by all AF sensors and tries to adjust the aperture so that everything is in focus between the foremost and farthest focus point.

On the other hand, Creative Auto provides an easy way to quickly change the values (exposure, aperture value, etc.) set by the fully automatic mode on the screen.

It’s just a pity that the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) doesn’t offer a “creative” choice of image style in this way – it’s always set to “standard” in the fully automatic mode. These image styles are a fine thing in themselves: parameters such as sharpness, contrast, color saturation, and hue (redder or more yellowish) can be set and saved for various situations (e.g. “portrait”, “landscape” etc.).

If the default “Standard” provides too bright colors (more about this in the section “Image Quality”), you should preferably choose the image style “Neutral” as the preferred setting.

Of course, Canon’s latest offspring can also record videos – theoretically even in breathtaking quality: the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) stores movies with a resolution of up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels at a maximum of 30 frames per second (FullHD). Unlike its predecessor, you can also preselect the aperture on the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) during filming, but then you have to expose manually.

In practice, however, a video shot with the camera still suffers from the fact that there is only the snail-like contrast AF, so automatic tracking of the sharpness of a subject in motion is almost impossible.

And a camera held away from the body by the long arm is anything but a guarantee for wobbly filming. For those who want to shoot presentable films, the use of a tripod is mandatory, preferably with a dampened video eye.

In contrast to its predecessor, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) offers a special socket (mini jack) for connecting an external microphone for good film sound, but the built-in microphone is also sufficient for a quick video snapshot. Videos and photos are brought to the TV set in the finest quality via HDMI cable, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) has a corresponding connection on board.

If the light is not sufficient for taking a photo, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) automatically extends its on-board flash in some shooting modes.

With a measured guide number of 12.5, it is strong enough to illuminate a small indoor scene or to brighten up the shadows in excessively harsh sunlight.

In combination with a system flash unit, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) offers almost the complete comfort and reliability of Canon’s E-TTL-II system, but the camera’s onboard flash cannot be used solely for wireless control of external flashes – a pity! A connection possibility for studio flashes (PC synchronous socket) is also missing.

The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) offers an electronic correction function for vignetting caused by the lens, which is not a matter of course with mid-range cameras. The correction data for around 25 lenses are already stored in the camera’s memory, and the data for other lenses can be added as soon as available using the PC software supplied.

When the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)is switched off, it briefly vibrates the sensor and shakes off any sensor dirt. Stains in the images, which are caused by stubborn dirt, can also be automatically eliminated afterward using the supplied software.

The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) also offers a dimming button for checking the depth of field in the viewfinder image.

Lens Of The Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)

Canon is one of the largest camera manufacturers, and so the “in-house” range of lenses for the EF bayonet leaves nothing to be desired.

We tested the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) mainly with the EF-S 18-55mm F3,5-5,6 IS, which is offered as a set with the camera for 100 dollars surcharge on the naked body. Typical for Canon, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) sensor has a “crop factor” of 1.6, so it is slightly smaller than a real APS-C sensor.

And so the focal length of the “kit” zoom, related to the 35mm format, is about 29-88 millimeters. The (apart from the lenses) completely plastic zoom gives the impression as if it had been made for “Toys’R’Us”, that toy store that closed in 2019. With a weight of just over 200 grams, it is at least extremely portable.

Another positive aspect is that Canon has implanted an image stabilizer in this “entry-level” lens because the EOS cameras don’t have anti-shake protection in the body via sensor shift. An autofocus drive is integrated into the lens, which moves quickly, but with an audible hum, to the correct focus position. Both the autofocus and the image stabilizer can be switched on and off directly on the lens with two small slide switches. Canon has, however, withheld a display in the viewfinder of the currently selected operating mode from the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i).

The EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS is just fine as an entry-level lens, but the camera is undoubtedly more fun with the massive EF-S 15-85 mm F3.5-5.6, which we also used on the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i).

The autofocus is satisfied with nine measuring fields, whereby the central field is particularly light-sensitive. Interesting for action photographers: The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) offers a tracking AF (called “AI Servo AF” by Canon) that keeps moving subjects in focus.

For semi-automatic programs (such as aperture or shutter priority), the desired AF field can also be set manually. There was nothing wrong with the autofocus of the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)  in practical use, it always found its target reliably even under difficult lighting conditions. It’s just a pity that Canon has done without a separate AF auxiliary light in the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i). Instead, the camera opens the flash (depending on the selected program) and supports autofocus with sometimes annoying flash salvos.

 

Canon Rebel T2i

With the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i), one is not only dependent on the view through the viewfinder for the image composition, in the LiveView mode, its monitor shows the viewfinder image.

However, LiveView DSLR-typically (with the exception of the DSLRs from Sony) is also associated with autofocus limitations in the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i): If one chooses the more comfortable contrast AF, it takes an agonizingly long time until the camera has found a focus point.

If the lightning-fast phase AF is chosen, the camera briefly folds the mirror into the beam path when focusing, but there is no viewfinder image during this time. Fortunately, the “mirror clatter” on the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) is very discreet, Canon has made for a really quiet and soft mirror beat. For those who prefer manual focusing, the excellent resolution display and an electronic viewfinder magnifier with five- or ten-fold magnification provide the best possible support.

If you could at least fold the monitor now (not to speak of panning at all), you could use the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) almost like a traditional shaft camera and take photos close to the ground even in a suit.

Canon Rebel T2i

Picture Quality Of The Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)

The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) has inherited the sensor from its big sister EOS 7D, which records around 18 million pixels in a tight APS-C size. This sets Canon far apart from its competitors’ half-format cameras, which currently offer a maximum resolution of 14 megapixels.

The very high pixel density of the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) provides large reserves for detail enlargements (about 60 percent of the actually captured image area is sufficient for the highest quality print in DIN A4 size), but on the other hand it also suggests problems with noise behavior and the actual resolution.

How well Canon has the high sensor resolution under control and much more we have tested extensively in this article

Contrary to expectations, the low-cost set lens then does a good job on the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i). Although the resolution decreases significantly towards the edges of the image when the aperture is open, fading by one f-stop already almost eliminates the problem.

A bit more problematic is the pronounced edge darkening which, when fully faded up, shows up in the wide-angle area – here the brightness in the corners of the image is 1.5f-stops lower than in the center.

Fortunately, a little dipping reduces this problem considerably, and the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) can eliminate the error immediately via internal lens correction. The distortion is also fine, only in the wide-angle range it is a little bit barrel-shaped.

However, it is problematic that even moderate dipping has a negative effect on the overall resolution performance; due to the high pixel density, diffraction blur occurs even with relatively large apertures. The bottom line is that the kit lens is barely equal to the high demands the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) places on it.

Canon Rebel T2i

 

The all-clear is also given for “noise” – our test laboratory certifies the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) to ISO 1,600 peak values, and even at even higher ISO values the noise remains at a pleasingly low level.

But we have also “tortured” the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) in practice with high ISO settings: visually, there is absolutely nothing to criticize up to ISO 3,200, the noise presents itself as a very fine-grained, almost analog-like brightness disturbance, color noise is hardly an issue.

With even higher sensitivity, however, large-area color disturbances occur, which lie over the image like watercolor stains. It’s also worth noting that RAW files from the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) developed in Lightroom 3 Beta 2 was hardly any less noisy than the camera’s own JPEGs – Canon obviously did an excellent job here! Nevertheless, not everything that glitters is gold: the very good noise reduction is visibly at the expense of the image details.

Even at ISO 3.200, fine structures, such as the mop of hair in a portrait, appear as if painted; photographs with very high sensitivity give an overall weak, dull impression.

Canon Rebel T2i

So Canon is fortunately in control of the noise with the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i). Unfortunately, the artifact formation cannot be said to be too strong due to the pronounced low-pass filtering of the sensor signal. And the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) is also very brash when it comes to focusing: both on horizontal and diagonal edges there are visible overshoots and a color distortion that is not appropriate for this camera class.

In addition, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) saturates the colors quite strongly and has a mostly not very advantageous preference for red and magenta tones, so some shots appear slightly tinted.

The tonal value reproduction provides for crisp mid-range, depths, and lights are mapped softer. The overall rather aggressive processing of the image data is typical for Canon DSLRs, or better said: for the standard settings of EOS cameras. That might be okay for the fast print. However, if you want to get as neutral details, colors, and tonal values as possible, you should preferably switch to the picture style “Neutral”. Or record his photos in RAW format.

The EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) then delivers peak values again in dynamic range – it reaches up to 8.7 f-stops at low ISO settings and only drops below 8 f-stops beyond ISO 3,200. Unfortunately the camera then – like so many others – fails with the output dynamics, black is rather represented as dark grey. The reaction speed of the camera is downright professional: For focusing and triggering it takes hardly more than 3/10 seconds, the image is already pre-focused after about 1/10 second in the box.

Summary of The Canon Rebel T2i (EOS 550D)

It’s impressive how much “camera” you get with the Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) for just over 700 euros. The high-resolution display in 3:2 format and the high sensor resolution, which is unique in this price class, are absolutely top.

All in all, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) offers above-average image quality; in higher ISO regions it even excels. Also, the video quality is (from a technical point of view) beyond any doubt.

On the other hand, the camera shows the limits set by 18 megapixels on an APS-S sensor. It’s hard to imagine what image quality the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) would have been able to deliver with a similarly constructed 12-megapixel sensor!

The handling of the camera is good, the equipment leaves a somewhat ambivalent impression: on the software side, the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) doesn’t have any weaknesses, Canon has visibly saved on hardware. The relatively simple plastic case won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, ambitious photographers will also miss a foldable display for LiveView and video recordings. Despite these small weaknesses, the EOS 550D can be recommended all around.

Fact sheet For The Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Canon
Model EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)
Price approx. 830 dollars at market launch
Sensor Resolution 18.7 megapixels
Max. Image resolution 5.184 x 3.456
(aspect ratio) (3:2)
Lens Canon EF-S 3.5-5.6/18-55mm IS
Filter threads 55 mm
Viewfinder Pentas mirrors
Field of vision 95 %
Enlargement 0,87-fold
Diopter compensation -3 to +1 dpt.
LCD monitor 3″
Disbandment 1.040.000
rotatable
swiveling
as viewfinder yes
Video output PAL/NTSC, HDMI
as viewfinder yes
Program automation yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
manual exposure yes
BULB long-term exposure yes
Scene mode programs
Portrait yes
Children/Babies
Countryside yes
Macro yes
Sports/Action yes
more 2 additional scene modes
Exposure metering Multi-field, Center-weighted Integral, Selective, Spot
Flash yes
Guide number 12.5 (measured)
Flash connection System flash shoe
Remote release Cable, Infrared
Interval shooting
Storage medium SD/SDHC
Video mode yes
Size MOV
Codec AVC/H.264
Resolution (max.) 1.920 x 1.080
Frame rate (max.) 60 images/s
Sensitivity
automatic 100-6.400
(upper limit adjustable)
manually ISO 100-12.800
White balance
Automatic yes
Sun yes
Clouds yes
Fluorescent lamp yes
Light bulb yes
Other Shadow, flash, manual color temperature selection
Manual yes
Autofocus
Number of measuring fields 9
AF auxiliary light Flash salvo
Speed approx. 0.3 s
Languages English and other 23 languages
more 24 languages are available
Switch-on time <0,3 s
One-hand operation
(zoom and shutter release)
Weight
(Ready)
531 g (housing only) 730 g (with lens**)
Continuous shooting function*
Number of series images ∞ (JPEG) 6 (RAW)
Frequency (frames/s) 3.7 (JPEG) 4.2 (RAW)
Endurance run (frames/s) 3.7 (JPEG) 0.8 (RAW)
with flash yes
Zoom
Zoom adjustment manual on lens
Zoom levels continuously variable
Time WW to Tele
Memory speeds*
JPEG 1.0 s (5.1 MByte)
RAW 2,7 s (24,3 MByte)
Triggering during
.Save as possible.
yes
Battery life approx. 550 recordings (without LiveView)
– not available”
* with SanDisk 4 GB Extreme III SDHC memory card**
with lens Canon EF-S 3.5-5.6/18-55mm IS

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Video mode with FullHD resolution and external microphone connectivity
  • Excellent display (although neither swiveling nor folding)
  • Short reaction times with especially fast autofocus
  • Very good image quality, even at high ISO numbers (but slightly too “crisp” tuning)

Cons

  • Extremely slow contrast AF (LiveView, video recording)
  • Less robust plastic housing
  • Small, not very bright seeker
  • Battery capacity below class level

Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor APS-C 22.5 x 15.0 mm (crop factor 1.6) 18.7 megapixels (physical) and 18.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.3 µm
Photo resolution
5.184 x 3.456 pixels (3:2)
2.592 x 2.592 pixels (1:1)
2.592 x 1.728 pixels (3:2)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Color depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.21), DCF standard (version 2.0)
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 30 p
Video format
MOV (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) WAV

Lens

Lens mount
Canon EF-S

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 9 sensors
Autofocus Functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual, AF Assist Light
Focus control Depth of field control, Live View

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder Reflex viewfinder (95 % image coverage), 19 mm interpupillary distance, diopter compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), replaceable focusing screens, grille can be faded in
Monitor 3.0″ TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels

Exposure

Exposure metering Centre-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 63 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 4 % or 9 % of the image field)
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 30 s (automatic) bulb function
Exposure control Program automatic, Aperture automatic, Time automatic, Manual
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 3 shots, step size from 1/3 to 2 EV
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with a step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 6.400 (automatic) ISO 100 to ISO 12.800 (manual)
Remote access Remote tripping
Scene modes various scene modes, landscape, night scene, close-up, portrait, sports/action, fully automatic, 1 additional scene mode
Picture effects B/W filter in yellow/orange/red/green, B/W tinting effects in blue/violet/green
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracketing, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp, Incandescent lamp, Kelvin input, Manual
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 3.7 frames/s at the highest resolution and max. 34 stored photos or 6 RAW images
Self-timer Self-timer at intervals of 2 s, special features: or 10 s (optional)
Shooting functions Live histogram

Flashgun Of The Canon Rebel T2i

Flash built-in flash (hinged) flash shoe: Canon, standard center contact
Flash number Guide number 13 (ISO 100)
Flash functions Auto, Fill Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, High-Speed Sync, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Reduction

Equipment and Features

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Canon LP-E8 (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.4 V, 1,080 mAh)
Playback Functions Playback histogram, image index
Voice memo Voice memo (WAV format)
Special functions Orientation sensor, Live View
Ports Data interfaces: USB USB type: USB 2.0 High Speed
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Micro (Type D)
Supported direct printing methods Canon Direct Print, PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″
Features and Miscellaneous built-in low-pass filter with dust protection function DIGIC IV signal processing processorHighlight

Tone PriorityAuto
Lighting Optimizer Simultaneous
JPEG and RAW recording possible9-point autofocus
with automatically or individually selectable AF working range
from -0,5 to 18 EV single autofocus and/or predictive focus tracking (ONE SHOT/AI FOCUS/AI SERVO)
PTP support Adjustable
image parameters (6 Picture Style presets 3 custom settings)
Metering
information
display
in Playback mode with highlighting of the highlights playback zoom
(1,

5

x to 10x magnification)
Orientation sensor for automatic image alignment12
Personalization function with 36 settings24
, 25 or 30 fps at 1080p50
or 60 fps at 720p7x
lossless digital zoom by crop with VGA video recording

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 129 x 97 x 62 mm
Weight 530 g (ready for operation)

Other

included accessories Canon LC-E8E Charger for Special BatteriesCanon
LP-E8 Special BatteryCanon
RF-3 (Housing Cover)
Video Connection CableUSB Connection CableBajonet CoverHelp StrapCamera SoftwareEOS Utility / Remote CaptureCamera Software
Photo StitchTwain
Driver 2000Image Viewing
and Management Software Zoom Browser EX (PC) or Image Browser (Mac)
optional accessory Canon ACK-E8 AC AdapterCanon
Ef (Eyecup)
Canon LP-E8 Special battery, Canon RS-60E3 Cable remote control Removable memory card Portable format battery gripCanonEF- und EF-S interchangeable lens systemCanon
Speedlite EX system flash unitsEyepiece extension
EP-EX15IIEye correction lens
series E with rubber frame EfIR remote control
RC-6Touch mount
EH19-L

Firmware Update 1.0.9 for Canon EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i)

Canon provides a firmware update for the EOS 550D (Canon Rebel T2i) in version 1.0.9. It fixes tonal value jumps that could occur under certain recording conditions with “Auto Lightning Optimizer” activated in the Low, Standard, and Strong settings. The update can be downloaded from the Canon support website and installed via memory card, including installation instructions in English. If you don’t have the confidence to update yourself, you should ask Canon support or your dealer for help.

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Peter Dench
I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.