The new EOS 550D from Canon is one of the latest to boast of higher technological excellence from all of its earlier Digital SLR series. This innovative product has been conceived on the face of stiff competition from other leading camera makers such as Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Pentax etc who have recently come out with feature–rich cameras. It is known as Canon Rebel T2I in USA while it is known by Canon EOS Kiss Digital X4 in Japan and in other places this model is simply known as Canon EOS 550D.

Intended to challenge and surpass any other model of its kind, the EOS 550D is proving to be a product in its class, with a resolution capability of 18 megapixels. This is highlighted by the use of an enhanced APS-C CMOS sensor, which allows for proper exposure parameters by an algorithmic compilation of information stemming from focus, colour and luminance. The power for all these functions stems from a DIGIC 4 processor. The richness of its features is compacted into a wide body shell having a 3.0″ screen, with an aspect ratio deemed at 3:2. This allows for the full use of the screen for the playback or even for the preview of the recording. There is prominent allowance made for a large movie button that allow for manual control of the recording process and this could be used for exclusively recording views in full high definition format. This is further enhanced for operation at 3.7fps for a continuous shooting.

The provision of an external stereo microphone jack is an innovative and user-friendly application that will find much use.

In keeping with the latest trends, any copyright information can be directly input into all the outgoing images and prints.

Bringing this model at par with other digital SLRs in its class, this is armed with a Quick Control Screen. This function allows for a speedy access to a wide range of camera settings and functions merely by switching between a multi-controller or the quick command dial. The camera screen is thus transformed into a very interactive platform that allows for much user prescribed formats into the process of image capturing.

The quick control screen becomes more versatile as the display mode provides thumbnail index views in two modes. The initial four image 2×2 index can be converted into a nine image 3×3 index merely by double pressing the thumbnail index button, The four-way controller or the command dial can be used to move around images.

Playback or reviews of recordings are set to happen for two seconds immediately after a shot. This systematic review is arranged by way of default and will happen immediately after each shot. This feature can either be deleted of altered for enabling up to 8-second reviews or programmed to run on as long as the shutter button is held on. Record review process is also aimed at providing a decisive acceptance or rejection of the image feature, which helps to delete any unwanted shots.