Testing the EOS 550D

EOS 550D, originally uploaded by FransBadger.

Ok, my new SLR arrived today (sans VideoMic & Eye-Fi card, those will arrive a day or two later), and it is time for the first impressions. Firstly, it is a real pleasure to shoot using this thing. It is much faster than my 350D used to be, and the large, sharp LCD display makes a real difference. The photos immediately jump to life, and it is possible to get right kind of feedback while trying to get the right tones, field of depth, or exposure. Also, since the camera is so light, it is easy to handle and I can picture myself carrying it around in our regular family travels. I have not got time to test the Full HD video properly, but it seems to be sharp, and camera easy to control while recording. There are some settings I still need to check out from the manual, though. AF point control, for example, was still evading me. It is good to notice that all the controls automatically feel like they are on the right places. Probably that is because they are mostly on their old, EOS-style places, on the other hand, the few changes feel natural and motivated. A good camera. Here are some test shots uploaded into Flickr.

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the University of Tampere, Finland.

1 thought on “Testing the EOS 550D”

  1. Thinking more of this, I actually consider the improved sensitivity of image sensor probably the most important single thing that affects my photography. I hate flash and shoot almost always in natural light, and in many cases the results would be blurry with my old camera. With EOS 550D is appears that it is much easier to get good pictures while indoors or during evenings, and the artificial restrictions have pulled away one major step.

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