Canon Powershot SD550
Canon - 7.1 megapixel - MultiMediaCard - Standard SD - 3 x optical zoom - ISO 400 - Built-in Flash - Optical Viewfinder
From its elegantly curved profile to its superb functionality, the ultra-compact PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH rightfully owns the top spot in the Digital ELPH line. The camera's significant design achievement is matched by advanced imaging technology, for photography that makes as big an impact as the camera itself. Now equipped with an eye-opening 2.5 inch LCD screen. [ Report abuse or wrong photo | Share your Canon Powershot SD550 photo ]
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User reviews and opinions
|chili||5:59pm on Sunday, October 17th, 2010|
|I was given this camera as a gift a few years ago and ever since I have not been able to stop using it. This one of the latest version from Cannon Technology which is powershot sd550 digital Cam.|
|wrzek||9:38pm on Monday, September 13th, 2010|
|We were looking for a camera with the above strengths and that my wife could slip into her pocket. Compact, easy to use, large screen. Sorry I hate this camera. Nice in daylight Flash WAY too hot/ Horrible red ey|
|TntR2||10:10pm on Thursday, June 24th, 2010|
|The red eye and bright flash make this camera... In daylight, I must say, the pictures this camera takes are nice and rich. Terrible red eye. The red eye and bright flash make this camera almost worthless for indoor shooting. Extremely disappointing.|
|jagx308||3:03am on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010|
|The red eye and bright flash make this camera almost worthless for indoor shooting. Extremely disappointing. This is a great little camera. Picture qualit... inexpensive and still high quality 1 gb memory and high contrast shots|
|Pernokilo||10:05am on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010|
|I had a Sony digital I purchased in 2004 that I have somehow not been able to get rid of since it was performing so well. I got this camera after deciding to upgrade from the Panasonic D-snap 2 MP camera. Right away I noticed a huge improvement over the Panasonic. I had read an earlier review where someone stated the camera did not work with their Mac.|
|jdclayusa||4:43am on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010|
|Easy to use and get decent quality provided you have ample light. Performance is not stellar but this is a point-and-shoot camera. Decent camera.|
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DIGITAL CAMERA Advanced Camera User Guide
Before Using the Camera Shooting Playback/Erasing Print/Transfer Settings Viewing Images on a TV set Customizing the Camera Troubleshooting List of Messages
Advanced Appendix Camera User Guide
This guide explains camera features and procedures in detail.
2005 CANON INC.
PRINTED IN JAPAN
Shooting Automatically adjusts shooting settings to match particular conditions (Special Scene mode) Automatically detects camera orientation with an Intelligent Orientation sensor Changes image colors to create special effects (My Colors modes) Playback Plays movies with sound Auto plays slideshows Editing Records sound memos for still images Edits movies Printing Makes printing easy with the Print/Share button Also supports non-Canon brand PictBridge compliant printers Uses of Recorded Images Effortlessly transfer them to a computer with the Print/ Share button Freely customize the start-up image or start-up sound using the My Camera settings
Conventions Used in this Guide
Icons appearing below titles indicate the modes in which the procedure can be used.
Using the Self-Timer
Shooting Mode See Functions Available in Each Shooting Mode (p. 128). In this guide, the Basic Camera User Guide is referred to as the Basic Guide, and the Advanced Camera User Guide is referred to as the Advanced Guide.
This mark denotes issues that may affect the cameras operation. This mark denotes additional topics that complement the basic operating procedures.
You can use SD* memory cards and MultiMediaCards with this camera. These cards are collectively called memory cards in this guide.
* SD stands for Secure Digital, a copyright protection system.
Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended. This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not apply to repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis.
Table of Contents
Items marked with a are lists or charts that summarize camera functions or procedures.
Conventions Used in this Guide.1 Handling Precautions.5
Please Read. 5 Safety Precautions. 6 Preventing Malfunctions. 11
Before Using the CameraThe Components Guide.12 Before Using the CameraBasic Operations.15
Using the LCD Monitor. 15 LCD Monitor Brightness. 17 Information Displayed on the LCD Monitor. 18 Using the Viewfinder. 21 Indicators. 22 Power Saving Function. 22 Formatting Memory Cards. 23 Setting the World Clock. 24 Menus and Settings. 26 Menu List. 28 Resetting Settings to Their Default Values. 31
Changing the Resolution and Compression (Still Images). 32 Changing Resolutions and Frame Rates (Movies). 34 Shooting in a Special Scene Mode. 35 Shooting in Manual Mode. 35 Magnified Close-Up Shooting (Digital Macro). 36 Using the Digital Zoom. 37 Continuous Shooting. 38 Postcard Date Imprint Mode. 39 Using the Self-Timer. 40 Movie Shooting. 42 Shooting Panoramic Images (Stitch Assist). 44
Switching between Focusing Modes.46 Shooting Hard-to-Focus Subjects (Focus Lock, AF Lock).47 Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock).48 Locking the Flash Exposure Setting (FE Lock).49 Switching between Metering Modes.50 Adjusting the Exposure Compensation.51 Shooting in Long Shutter Mode. 52 Adjusting the Tone (White Balance). 54 Changing the Photo Effect. 57 Shooting in a My Colors Mode. 58 Adjusting the ISO Speed. 64 Setting the Auto Rotate Function. 65 Creating an Image Destination (Folder).66 Resetting the File Number. 67
Magnifying Images.69 Viewing Images in Sets of Nine (Index Playback). 70 Jumping to Images. 71 Viewing Movies.72 Editing Movies.73 Rotating Images in the Display.75 Playback with Transition Effects. 76 Attaching Sound Memos to Images.76 Automated Playback (Slide Shows).78 Protecting Images.82 Erasing All Images.82
LCD Monitor Brightness
LCD Monitor Brightness Settings
The brightness of the LCD monitor can be changed in the following two ways. Changing Settings Using the Set up Menu (p. 30) Changing Settings Using the DISP. Button (Quick-bright LCD Function) You can set the LCD monitor to the brightest setting regardless of the option selected in the Set up menu by pressing the DISP button for more than one second.* - To restore the previous brightness setting, press the DISP button for more than one second again. - The next time you turn on the camera, the LCD monitor will be at the brightness setting selected in the Set up menu.
* You cannot change the brightness of the LCD monitor with this function if you have already set it to its highest setting in the Set up menu.
When shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject*, making it easier to frame the subject.
* Noise will appear, and the movements of the subject will appear irregular in the LCD monitor. The recorded image will not be affected. The brightness of the image displayed in the monitor, and the brightness of the actual image recorded will be different.
Information Displayed on the LCD Monitor
Shooting Information (Shooting mode)
* Spot AE Point Frame * AF Frame (p. 46) * Low Battery (p. 105) Zoom Magnification* (p. 37) Grid Lines* (p. 28) ISO Speed (p. 64) Shooting Method (pp. 38, 40) Macro/Infinity (Basic Guide p. 10) Flash (Basic Guide p. 9) Auto Rotate (p. 65) (Red) * Movie Recording (p. 42) Stills: Recordable Shots Movies (Sec.): Remaining Time/ Elapsed * AE Lock (p. 48) * FE Lock (p. 49) * AF Lock (p. 47) Time Zone (p. 24) * * * * * Create Folder (p. 66) Shooting Mode (Basic Guide p. 6, pp. 35, 36, 42, 44, 58) Metering Mode (p. 50) Exposure Compensation (p. 51) Compression (p. 32) Long Shutter Mode (p. 52) Frame Rate (Movie) (p. 34) White Balance (p. 54) Photo Effect (p. 57) My Colors (p. 58) Resolution (pp. 32, 34) * Camera Shake Warning (pp. 53, 94) (The shutter speed will also display when the displays.) Exposure Shift Bar (Movie) (p. 44)
* Appears even if the LCD monitor is set to Standard display.
If the indicator blinks orange and the camera shake icon displays, it indicates there is insufficient illumination and a slow shutter speed will be selected. Raise the ISO speed (p. 64) or select a setting other than (flash off), or attach the camera to a tripod or other device.
Playback Information (Playback Mode)
WAVE Format Sound (p. 76)
Folder Number-File Number
Protection Status (p. 82)
Total number of images Displayed image number
* This time can be changed.
The power saving function will not activate during a slide show or while the camera is connected to a computer. The power saving function settings can be changed (p. 30).
Formatting Memory Cards
You should always format a new memory card or one from which you wish to erase all images and other data. Please note that formatting (initializing) a memory card erases all data, including protected images and other file types.
(Set up) Menu
See Menus and Settings (p. 27).
Select [OK] and press
To perform a low level format, use the button to select [Low Level Format] and the or button to add a check mark. You can stop formatting a card when [Low Level Format] is selected by pressing the FUNC./SET button. You can still use a card without problem when formatting is halted, but its data will be erased. Low Level Format We recommend you select [Low Level Format] when you think that the recording/reading speed of a memory card has dropped. A low level format may require 2 to 3 minutes with some memory cards.
Setting the World Clock
When traveling abroad, you can record images with local dates and times simply by switching the time zone setting if you pre-register the destination time zones. You can enjoy the convenience of not having to switch the Date/Time settings.
Setting the Home/World Time Zones
Use the or button to select a home time zone.
To set the daylight saving option, use the or button to display. The time will advance by 1 hour.
Use the or tion time zone
button to select a destina.
Time Difference from the Home Time Zone
As in Step 3, you can set the daylight saving option.
Use the or button to select [Home/ World], and the or button to select.
Switching to the Destination Time Zone
Use the select
To change the destination time zone, use the FUNC./SET button.
If you change the date and time when the World option is selected, the Home date and time will also change automatically. (Basic p. 4)
Menus and Settings
Menus are used to set the shooting and playback settings as well as such camera settings as the date/time and electronic beep. The following menus are available. FUNC. Menu Rec., Play, Set up and My Camera Menus
This menu sets many of the common shooting functions.
Turn the mode dial to , , or. Press the FUNC./SET button. Use the or button to select a menu item. Some items may not be selectable in some shooting modes. Use the or button to select an option for the menu item. You can select further options with the MENU button for some options. After selecting an option, you can press the shutter button to shoot immediately. After shooting, this menu will appear again, allowing you to adjust the settings easily. Press the FUNC./SET button.
Selects a common theme for each My Camera settings item. Sets the image displayed when the camera power is turned on. Sets the sound played when the camera power is turned on. p. 90
Operation Sound Sets the sound played when any button other than the shutter button is pressed. Selftimer Sound Shutter Sound My Camera Menu Contents Sets the sound played 2 seconds before the shutter releases in self-timer mode. Sets the sound played when the shutter button is pressed. There is no shutter sound for movies. (Off)/
Resetting Settings to Their Default Values
Settings cannot be reset when the camera is connected to a computer or to a printer. The following cannot be reset. - Shooting mode - The [Time Zone], [Date/Time], [Language] and [Video System] options in the (Set up) menu (p. 30) - White balance data recorded with the custom white balance function (p. 55) - Colors specified in the [Color Accent] (p. 61) or [Color Swap] (p. 62) modes of My Colors. - Newly added My Camera settings (p. 91)
Changing the Resolution and Compression (Still Images)
FUNC. Menu pression).
* Default setting.
See Menus and Settings (p. 26).
Use the or button to select resolution/compression settings and press the FUNC./SET button.
Approximate Values for Resolutions
Resolution (Large) 3072 x 2304 pixels 2592 x 1944 pixels Purpose High Print A3-size prints 297 mm x 420 mm (11.7 x 16.5 in.) Print larger than A4-size prints* 210 x 297 mm (8.3 x 11.7 in.) Print larger than Letter-size prints* 216 x 279 mm (8.5 x 11 in.) Print up to A4-size prints* 210 x 297 mm (8.3 x 11.7 in.) Print up to Letter-size prints* 216 x 279 mm (8.5 x 11 in.) Print postcard-size prints 148 x 100 mm (6 x 4 in.) Print L-size prints 119 x 89 mm (4.7 x 3.5 in.) Low Send images as e-mail attachments Shoot more images
2048 x 1536 pixels
1600 x 1200 (Medium 3) pixels 640 x 480 pixels
(Postcard Date Imprint Mode)
1600 x 1200 When printing to postcards (p. 39). pixels
* Paper sizes vary according to region.
Approximate Values for Compression Settings
Compression Superfine Fine Normal Normal Purpose Shoot normal quality images Shoot more images High Quality Shoot higher quality images
See Image Data Sizes (Estimated) (p. 118). See Memory Cards and Estimated Capacities (p. 117).
Changing Resolutions and Frame Rates (Movies)
Shooting Mode You can change the resolution and frame rate when the movie mode is set to (Standard) or (My Colors).
FUNC. Menu Rate).
Use the or button to select a resolution/frame rate and press the FUNC./SET button.
Resolutions and Frame Rates
Resolution Standard My Colors Fast Frame Rate Compact 640 x 480 pixels 320 x 240 pixels 320 x 240 pixels 160 x 120 pixels Frame Rate (frames/sec.)
* Frame rates indicate the number of frames recorded or played back each second. The higher the frame rate, the smoother the appearance of motion. * The resolution and frame rate are fixed in the and modes.
Shooting in a Special Scene Mode
Shooting Mode You can take an optimal picture simply by selecting the appropriate shooting mode.
Use the or button to select a shooting mode and press the FUNC./SET button. See the Basic Guide (p. 7) for explanations of the Special Scene modes.
Shooting in Manual Mode
Shooting Mode You can adjust settings yourself, such as the exposure, white balance and photo effect, when shooting in this mode.
See the Basic Guide (p. 6) for Manual mode explanations.
Change the settings as required and shoot.
Magnified Close-Up Shooting (Digital Macro)
Shooting Mode You can shoot a subject from as close as 5 cm (2.0 in.) (minimum focal distance) from the end of the lens at the maximum wide angle setting. With the digital zoom, the image area is 14 x 11 mm (0.55 x 0.43 in.) at maximum zoom (approximately 4 times).
Choose the angle of view with the zoom lever and shoot.
Using the Digital Zoom
Shooting Mode You can shoot zoomed images using the combined digital and optical zooms. Stills: zoom up to approximately 12 times Movies (Standard): zoom up to approximately 12 times The digital zoom cannot be used when the LCD monitor is turned off.
Press the zoom lever toward
The combined digital and optical zoom setting will display in the LCD monitor. When you press the zoom lever toward , the zoom stops when the lens reaches the maximum optical telephoto setting (when shooting still images). Press the zoom lever toward again to activate the digital zoom and further zoom the image digitally. Press the zoom lever toward to zoom out. Images become coarser the more they are digitally zoomed.
Before recording, you can set the AE lock (p. 48) and exposure shift. 1. Press the button. The exposure will lock (AE lock) and the exposure shift bar will appear in the LCD monitor. 2. Use the or button to adjust the exposure. Press the button again to release the setting. Also, the setting will be canceled if you press the MENU button or change the white balance, photo effect or shooting mode settings. QuickTime 3.0 or later is required to play back movies (Data type: AVI/Compression method: Motion JPEG) on a computer. QuickTime (for Windows) is included on the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk. On the Macintosh platform, this program is standard with Mac OS X or later.
Shooting Panoramic Images (Stitch Assist)
Shooting Mode Stitch Assist can be used to shoot overlapping images that can later be merged (stitched) to create one panoramic image on a computer.
The overlapping seams of several adjacent images can be joined into a single panoramic image.
You can select from the following two shooting directions. Left to right horizontally Right to left horizontally
Shoot the first image in the sequence.
The exposure and white balance are set and locked with the first image. Shooting
Compose the second image so that it overlaps a portion of the first and shoot.
You can retake a shot by pressing the or button and returning to the previously recorded image screen. Minor discrepancies in the overlapping portions can be corrected when the images are stitched together.
Repeat the procedure for additional images.
A sequence may contain up to 26 images. Press the FUNC./SET button after the last shot. You cannot display the images on a TV when shooting in Stitch Assist mode. The settings for the first image are applied to the second image onward. Use PhotoStitch, a supplied software program, to merge the images on a computer.
Switching between Focusing Modes
Shooting Mode You can select between the following two focusing modes according to the AiAF setting.
The camera detects the subject and highlights the AF (No frame) On frames, from 9 available points, that it will use to determine the focus. The camera focuses using the center AF frame. This is Off convenient for focusing on a specific part of a subject with greater certainty.
The focus is locked to the center AF frame when the digital zoom is used. The AF frame appears as follows (when the LCD monitor is on) when the shutter button is pressed halfway. - Green: Shooting preparations complete - Yellow: Focusing difficulty (AiAF set to [Off])
Rotating Images in the Display
Images can be rotated clockwise 90 or 270 in the display.
button to select an image to to rotate it.
rotate and press
Cycle through the 90/270/original orientations with each press of the FUNC./SET button. This also can be set in the index playback mode. Movies cannot be rotated. When images are downloaded to a computer, the orientation of images rotated by the camera will depend upon the software used to download the images.
Playback with Transition Effects
You can select the transition effect displayed when switching between images. The displayed image darkens and the next image gradually brightens until it is displayed.
Press the and the button to have the previous image display from the left button to have the next image display from the right.
The transition effect will not display when an image is switched while the camera is reading of an image from the memory card.
Attaching Sound Memos to Images
In playback mode (including single image playback and index playback), you can attach sound memos (up to 60 seconds) to an image. The sound data is saved in the WAVE format.
Use the or button to select an image to attach a sound memo to and press.
The sound memo control panel will display.
(Record) and press
The elapsed time and the remaining time display. Pressing the FUNC./SET button pauses the recording. Pressing it again resumes recording. Up to 60 seconds of recordings can be added to any one image.
Sound Memo Panel Elapsed Time/ Remaining Time Volume (Adjust with the button)
Sound Memo Panel
Exit Record Pause Play Erase Select [Erase] in the confirmation screen and press the FUNC./SET button.
You cannot attach sound memos to movies. Sound memos for protected images cannot be erased.
Automated Playback (Slide Shows)
Automated Playback of Memory Card Images. Image settings for slide shows are based on the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standard (p. 83).
All Images Date Folder Movie Stills Custom 13 Plays all images on a memory card in order. Plays images bearing a specified date in order. Plays images in a specified folder in order. Plays movie files only, in order. Plays still images only, in order. Plays the images selected for each slide show, Custom 1, Custom 2 or Custom 3, in order (p. 80).
For or , select the image date or folder to be played back (p. 80). For , or , select the images to be played back (p. 80). If you want to add a transition effect to play back images, use the button to select [Effect] and choose the type of effect with the the next page).
Select [Start] and press
The following functions are available during slide shows. - Pausing/resuming the slide show: press the FUNC./SET button - Fast forwarding/rewinding the slide show: press the or button (continue to hold the button to switch between images more rapidly) - Stopping the slide show: press the MENU button.
Changing My Camera Settings
(My Camera) Menu
Select the contents you wish to set.
Select [Theme] to set all to the same settings.
Registering My Camera Settings
Images recorded onto the memory card and newly recorded sounds can be added as My Camera settings to the and menu items. You can also use the supplied software to upload your computers images and sounds to the camera. A computer is required to restore the My Camera settings to the defaults. Use the supplied software (ZoomBrowser EX/ ImageBrowser) to restore the default settings to the camera.
Set the mode dial to (playback) (My Camera) Menu Menu Item to register.
Select an image or record a sound.
Start-up Image Select the image you wish to register and press the FUNC./SET button.
Start-up, Operation, Self-timer and Shutter Sounds Select (Record) and press the FUNC./SET button. After recording, select (Register) and press the FUNC./SET button. - Recording will automatically stop when the recording time elapses. - To play it, select (Play). - To exit instead of registering, press (Exit).
To cancel registering, select [Cancel].
The following cannot be registered as My Camera settings. - Movies - Sounds recorded with the sound memo function (p. 76) The prior setting is erased when a new My Camera setting is added. See the supplied Software Starter Guide for more information on creating and adding to the My Camera data.
Camera will not operate.
Power is not turned on. Memory card slot/battery cover is open. Insufficient battery voltage ("Change the battery pack" message displays). Poor contact between camera and battery terminals. The camera's horizontal/ vertical orientation was changed. Press the power button (Basic Guide p. 5). Confirm that the memory card slot/ battery cover is securely closed (Basic Guide p. 2). Insert a fully charged battery into the camera (Basic Guide p. 2). Use the AC Adapter Kit ACK900 (sold separately) (p. 109). Polish the terminals with a soft cotton swab before charging or using the battery (p. 105). The camera's orientation mechanism is operating. There is no malfunction.
Sounds come from the camera interior.
When the power is turned on
"Card locked!" message appears.
The memory card's write protect tab is set to "Write protect". The built-in rechargeable lithium battery charge is low. When recording to, erasing from or formatting the memory card, slide the tab upward (p. 107). Replace it at once with a charged battery (Basic Guide p. 4).
The Date/Time menu appears.
The display darkens.
The image in the LCD monitor will darken in strong sunlight or bright light. This does not constitute a malfunction and has no effect on images that have been shot.
Display flickers when shot under fluorescent lighting. Subject is too bright. This is not a camera malfunction (flickering recorded in movies, but not in still images). This is a normal occurrence in devices containing CCDs and does not constitute a malfunction. This bar of light will not be recorded when shooting still photos, but it will be recorded when shooting movies. Raise the ISO speed (p. 64) or set the flash to any setting other than (flash off), or secure the camera to something, such as a tripod (Basic Guide p. 9). These settings will be overwritten by those set by your camera (p. 83).
A bar of light (red, purple) appears on the LCD monitor.
A slow shutter speed has likely been selected because of insufficient lighting.
This displays when using a memory card that has print settings, transfer settings or slide show image selections set by other DPOF-compliant cameras.
Noise displays./Subject's movements are irregular.
Camera automatically lightened the image displayed on the LCD monitor to make it easier to see when shooting in a dark area (p. 17). There is no effect on the recorded image.
Camera will not record.
Mode dial is set to (playback). Flash is charging. Set the mode dial to , or (Basic Guide p. 6). ,
The indicator will light orange when it is charged. You can then press the shutter button (p. 22). Insert a new memory card (Basic Guide p. 2). If required, download the images to a computer and erase them from the memory card to make space (p. 82, Basic Guide p. 20). Format the memory card (p. 23). If reformatting does not work, the memory card logic circuits may be damaged. Consult the nearest Canon Customer Support Help Desk. Slide the write protect tab of the SD memory card upward (p. 107). Confirm the actual image size with the LCD monitor. Use the LCD monitor when taking close-up shots (p. 15).
Memory card is full.
Memory card is not formatted correctly.
SD memory card is write protected. Usually the recorded image contains more of the scene than is seen in the viewfinder.
Image Seen in Viewfinder vs. Recorded Image
Image is blurred or out of focus.
AF-assist Beam is set to [Off]. In dark places where it is difficult for the camera to focus, the AF-assist Beam will emit to assist focusing. As the AF-assist Beam will not function when turned off, set it [On] to activate it (p. 28). Take care not to obstruct the AF-assist Beam with your hand when used. Setting the self-timer to (2 seconds) delays the shutter release for 2 seconds and allows the camera to stop shaking, thus preventing a blurred image (p. 40). Even better results can be obtained by placing the camera on a stable surface or by using a tripod to shoot. Shoot with the subject at the correct shooting distance (p. 113). Use the Infinity mode to shoot distant subjects (Basic Guide p. 10). Use the focus lock or AF lock to shoot (p. 47). Set the flash to Guide p. 9). (flash on) (Basic
The camera moves when the shutter button is pressed.
Subject is out of focal range.
The subject is hard to focus on. Insufficient light for shooting. Subject is dark in contrast to the background. Subject is too far away for flash to reach.
Subject in recorded image is too dark.
Set the exposure compensation to a positive (+) setting (p. 51). Use AE lock or use the spot metering function (pp. 48, 50). Shoot within correct shooting distance of the subject when using the built-in flash (p. 114). Raise the ISO sensitivity and then shoot (p. 64).
Subject in recorded image is too bright.
Subject is too close, making the flash too strong. Subject is bright in contrast to the background. Too much light is shining directly into the camera, or is being reflected off the subject. Flash is set to on. Shoot within correct shooting distance of the subject when using the built-in flash (p. 114). Set the exposure compensation to a negative (-) setting (p. 51). Use AE lock or use the spot metering function (pp. 48, 50). Change the shooting angle.
Set the flash to Guide p. 9).
(flash off) (Basic
Image flashes white. Image contains noise.
ISO speed is too high. Higher ISO speeds increase image noise. To take clean images, use as low an ISO speed as possible (p. 64). In , , , and modes, the ISO speed increases and noise can appear. This is a phenomenon that occurs with digital cameras and does not constitute a malfunction.
The following icon and message will display. Change the battery pack Battery charge is low. Recharge it as soon as possible it will be used for an extended period. Battery charge is insufficient to operate the camera. Replace the battery immediately.
Battery Handling Precautions
Keep the battery terminals clean at all times. Dirty terminals may cause poor contact between the battery and camera. Polish the terminals with a soft cotton swab before charging or using the battery. At low temperatures, battery performance may be reduced and the low battery icon ( ) may appear earlier than usual. Under these conditions, review the battery by warming it in a pocket immediately before use. However, ensure that there are no metallic items in the pocket that could cause a short circuit, such as a key ring, etc. The battery may be short circuiting. Do not allow any metal objects Fig. B Fig. A such as key rings to touch the ( ) and ( ) terminals (Fig. A). To carry the battery or store it during periods of disuse, always replace the terminal cover (Fig. B). These conditions can damage the battery.
You are recommended to use it in the camera until it is completely discharged and to store it in an indoor location with low relative humidity and between the temperatures of C (F). Storing a fully charged battery for long periods of time (about one year) may shorten its life cycle or affect its performance. If you do not use the battery for long periods of time, charge it fully and discharge it fully in the camera about once a year before returning it to storage.
Charging the Battery
Since this is a lithium-ion battery, you need not completely discharge it before recharging. It can be recharged at any point. It takes approximately 95 minutes to fully charge the battery from a fully discharged state (based on Canons testing standards). Charging it within a temperature range of C (F) is recommended. Charge times may vary according to the ambient temperature and the battery's charge state. You are advised to charge the battery on the day of use, or one day before, to ensure a full charge. Even charged batteries continue to discharge naturally. If the performance of the battery diminishes substantially even when it is fully charged, its life has been exceeded and it should be replaced.
Handling the Memory Card
Write Protect Tab
Write Protect Tab Slide the switch up. Slide the switch down (you can protect the images and other data on the card)
Cautions When Handling
Memory cards are high-precision electronic devices. Do not bend them, apply force to them, or subject them to shocks or vibration. Do not attempt to disassemble or alter the memory card. Do not allow dirt, water or foreign objects to contact the terminals on the back of the card. Do not touch the terminals with your hands or metal objects. Do not peel away the original label on the memory card or cover it with another label or sticker. When writing on the memory card, do not use a pencil or ball-point pen. Only use a soft point pen (e.g. felt-tip pen). Do not use or store memory cards in the following locations. Locations subject to dust or sand Locations subject to high humidity and high temperatures Since some or all of the data recorded on the memory card may be corrupted or erased by electrical noise, static electricity or card malfunction, making a backup copy of important data is recommended.
Please note that formatting (initializing) an memory card erases all data, including protected images. You are recommended to use memory cards that have been formatted in your camera. The card supplied with the camera may be used without further formatting. When the camera is malfunctioning, a corrupted memory card might be the cause. Reformatting the memory card may solve the problem. When a non-Canon brand memory card is malfunctioning, reformatting it may solve the problem. Memory cards formatted in other cameras, computers, or peripheral devices may not operate correctly in this camera. When that happens, reformat the memory card with this camera. If formatting in the camera does not work properly, turn the camera off and re-insert the memory card. Then turn the camera back on and format again.
Using an AC Adapter Kit (Sold Separately)
It is best to power the camera with AC Adapter Kit ACK900 (sold separately) when you are using it for long periods of time or connecting it to a computer. Turn the camera power off before connecting or disconnecting the AC adapter.
Connect the power cord to the compact power adapter first and then plug the other end into the power outlet. Open the memory card slot/battery cover, then insert the DC coupler until it is locked.
Slide the memory card slot/battery cover closed.
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS500
DC Coupler DR-900
Open the DC coupler terminal cover and attach the cord to the DC terminal.
Using an Externally Mounted Flash (Sold Separately)
High-Power Flash HF-DC1
This flash is used to supplement the camera's built-in flash when the subject is too far away for proper illumination. Use the following procedures to affix the camera and High-Power Flash to the supporting bracket. Please read the instructions accompanying the flash along with this explanation.
Bracket (Comes with the flash)
The flash charge time will lengthen as the battery charge gets weaker. Always set the power/mode switch to [OFF] when you finish using the flash. Be careful not to touch the flash window or sensor windows with your fingers while the flash is in use. The flash may fire if another flash is being used in close proximity. The High-Power Flash may not fire outdoors in daylight or when there are no reflective items. For continuous shooting, although the flash fires for the first shot, it does not fire for subsequent shots. Fasten the attachment screws securely so that they do not loosen. Failure to do so may lead to the dropping of the camera and flash resulting in damage to both.
Before attaching the bracket to the flash, check that the lithium battery (CR123A or DL123) is installed. To illuminate the subjects properly, install the flash so that it is up against the side of the camera and parallel with the cameras front panel. A tripod can be used even when the flash is attached.
Charge becomes Severely Limited If the battery usage time has considerably diminished, wipe the battery terminals well with a dry cloth. The terminals may be dirty from fingerprints. Usage in Cold Temperatures (Less than 0C/32F) Get a spare generic lithium battery (CR123A or DL123). You are recommended to place the spare battery in your pocket to warm it up before switching it for the battery in the flash. Non-Use over Extended Periods Leaving batteries in the High-Power Flash could allow the battery fluid to leak, damaging the product. Remove the batteries from the High-Power Flash and store them in a cool, dry place.
Camera Care and Maintenance
Never use thinners, benzene, synthetic cleansers or water to clean the camera. These substances may distort or damage the equipment.
Gently wipe dirt off the camera body with a soft cloth or eyeglass lens wiper.
First use a lens blower brush to remove dust and dirt, then remove any remaining dirt by wiping the lens lightly with a soft cloth. Never use synthetic cleansers on the camera body or lens. If dirt remains, contact the closest Canon Customer Support Help Desk as listed on the separate Canon Customer Support leaflet.
Installing Canon Powershot SD550 Zoom Lens Assembly
Tools used in this guide
Exacto Knife (1) Phillips #00 Screwdriver (1) Spudger (1)
The lens is the device that focuses the image seen by a camera. Because it is the only moving part, it can easily malfunction, causing blurry pictures or even a camera error.
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Step 1 - Outer Case
Before starting with your repair, open the battery compartment and remove both the SD card and battery.
Next, remove the three.15 inch screws on the underside of the camera. Make sure you remember where each screw came from. This will help tremendously when re-assembling the camera.
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Find the next two screws on the right side of the camera. One of them is hidden under the USB port cover. The upper screw is.125 inches long, while the lower screw measures.085 inches. Remove both screws, then carefully lift the side panel off. Underneath the side panel, there is a.07 inch screw. Remove it.
On the left side of the camera, there are two.085 inch screws. Remove these, then lift the plate from the camera.
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Now the camera body is loose. gently lift the rear of the case to remove it from the camera.
Next, remove the front of the camera body. Be sure to keep track of the rubber ring. You have now successfully removed the outer case.
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Step 7 - LCD Screen
Next, peel the navigation buttons from the button panel and set them aside. To free the LCD display, remove the.113 inch screw in the top left corner. Then, rotate the screen clockwise until it lifts away from the camera. There are two ribbon cables attached to the rear of the screen. Do not try to pull the screen off at this point.
To unplug the ribbon cables, pull them straight out of their plugs. Do this gently to avoid damaging the connections. After disconnecting both cables, pull the screen away from the camera to remove it.
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Step 9 - Image Sensor
Now the photo sensor is exposed. In order to remove the ribbon cable from its port, first flip up the blue locking mechanism. After the cable is unlocked, it easily pulls free.
In order to remove the photo sensor, you will have to cut through glue and remove screws. Use a knife to carefully slice through the glue at the tree points indicated. Try not to cut through anything but the glue to avoid damage. WARNING: Knives are sharp. Treat them with respect.
Now remove the three.15 inch screws holding the photo sensor to the camera frame.
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Now you can carefully lift up the image sensor and remove it from the camera. Be careful not to lose the three small springs or the rubber grommet that lie beneath the sensor.
You have now successfully removed the image sensor.
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Step 13 - Flash Bulb Assembly
Once the image sensor is removed, turn the camera over and find the screw in the bottom right corner. Remove this.01 inch screw to free the ribbon cables.
One by one, detach the three ribbon cables from their ports.
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Pay special attention when removing this connector. It does not pull out like the rest of them. Instead, you must use a spudger to lift the connector vertically out of its slot.
Flip the camera over again so that the rear is showing and remove the two.065 inch screws holding the flash unit in place. They should be on the left side.
Now you should be able to remove the flash unit from the camera. When removing the flash, be careful when handling the capacitor. It may contain a powerful charge. Discharge may result in damage and personal injury.
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You have now successfully removed the flash unit.
Step 19 - Zoom Lens Assembly
Next, remove the three.12 inch screws that hold the lens assembly to the camera.
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Finally, pull the lens assembly away from the camera frame. Make sure that none of the ribbon cables are tangled up.
You have now successfully removed the Canon PowerShot SD550 Lens Assembly.
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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.
This document was last generated on May 31, 2011.
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|Product Type||Digital camera - compact|
|Optical Sensor Type||CCD|
|Total Pixels||7,400,000 pixels|
|Effective Sensor Resolution||7,100,000 pixels|
|Optical Sensor Size||1/1.8"|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50, ISO auto|
|Digital Zoom||4 x|
|Image Processor||DIGIC II|
|Shooting Modes||Frame movie mode|
|Shooting Programs||Portrait mode, stitch assist, fireworks, underwater, indoor, foliage, beach, kids & pets, digital macro, night snapshot, snow|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Low Sharpening, Vivid|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 sec|
|Exposure Metering||Evaluative, center-weighted, spot|
|Exposure Modes||Program, automatic, manual|
|Exposure Compensation||±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps|
|White Balance||Custom, automatic, presets|
|White Balance Presets||Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight, fluorescent light (daylight)|
|Digital Video Format||AVI|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2 frames per second|
|Video Capture||AVI - 320 x 240 - 60 fps - 60 sec - max clip duration AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps - 180 sec - max clip duration AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps AVI - 320 x 240 - 60 fps AVI - 320 x 240 - 15 fps AVI - 160 x 120 - 15 fps|
|Memory / Storage|
|Flash Memory||32 MB flash - SD Memory Card|
|Supported Flash Memory||MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card|
|Image Storage||Super-fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 9 - with 32MB card Fine JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 15 - with 32MB card Normal JPEG 3072 x 2304 : 31 - with 32MB card Super-fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 11 - with 32MB card Fine JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 20 - with 32MB card Normal JPEG 2592 x 1944 : 40 - with 32MB card Super-fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 17 - with 32MB card Fine JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 32 - with 32MB card Normal JPEG 2048 x 1536 : 63 - with 32MB card Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 28 - with 32MB card Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 51 - with 32MB card Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 : 97 - with 32MB card Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 109 - with 32MB card Fine JPEG 640 x 480 : 168 - with 32MB card Normal JPEG 640 x 480 : 265 - with 32MB card|
|Camera Flash||Built-in flash|
|Flash Modes||Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Effective Flash Range||1.6 ft - 15.7 ft|
|Type||Zoom lens - 7.7 mm - 23.1 mm - f/2.8-4.9|
|Focal Length||7.7 mm - 23.1 mm|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||37 - 111mm|
|Auto Focus||TTL contrast detection|
|Auto Focus Points (Zones)||9|
|Min Focus Range||19.7 in|
|Macro Focus Range||2 in - 19.7 in|
|Optical Zoom||3 x|
|Zoom Adjustment||Motorized drive|
|Lens Construction||5 group(s) / 7 element(s)|
|Features||Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens|
|Self Timer Delay||10 sec, 2 sec|
|Additional Features||Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary color filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, MOTION PRINT|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical - real-image zoom|
|Type||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Display Form Factor||Built-in|
|Display Format||115,000 pixels|
|Type||Microphone - built-in|
|Connector Type||1 x USB 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot(s)||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Software||Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Canon ImageBrowser|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Support||MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, MS Windows 98 SE, Apple Mac OS X 10.1.5 - 10.3|
|Peripheral Devices||USB port, CD-ROM drive|
|Included Accessories||Wrist strap|
|Cables Included||A/V cable USB cable|
|Power Device||Battery charger - external|
|Supported Battery||Canon NB-3L|
|Supported Battery Details||1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 790 mAh ( included )|
|Min Operating Temperature||32 °F|
|Max Operating Temperature||104 °F|
|Universal Product Identifiers|
|Part Numbers||0635B001, 0635B006, SD550|
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