Features & Controls


The M550 is equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens which extends out of the front of the camera and has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 28-140mm. When the camera powers down, the lens retracts back into the camera and the mechanical lens cover closes for protection.

Focus Range:
Normal:  0.5 m (1.6 ft)-infinity @ wide
                 1.0 m (3.3 ft)-infinity @ tele
Macro:     0.1-0.8 m (3.9-31.5 in.) @ wide
                1.0-2.1 m (3.3-6.9 ft) @ tele
Landscape: 10 m (32.8 ft)-infinity

Kodak's small built-in flash operates in auto, fill and red-eye reduction modes. It has a range of approx. 13ft. (W) at ISO 400. 

Flash Range: (ISO 400)
0.3m - 3.5m (0.98 - 11.5 ft.) Wide
0.5m - 2.0m (1.64 - 6.56 ft.) Tele

Here we can see the back of the camera. All framing, menu navigation, or image/movie viewing is accomplished on the 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen. This is a decent LCD screen which is usable in various lighting conditions thanks to the camera's ability to adjust the brightness.


Controls on Back: At the top right you will find the Zoom lens controls, which function as the magnify and index options in playback mode. Along the right side of the LCD you can see several controls, like the Delete button for playback mode. Next is the Menu button is for calling up and dismissing the onscreen menu system. Information about the camera settings can be viewed by pressing the Info button. At the bottom are the Play and Kodak's famous Share buttons. The Share button allows for image transfer with just the push of a button. To the right we can also see the 4-way controller for navigating menus and selecting pictures. Inside you will find the OK button for accepting options in the menus or tagging photos in playback.  


Charging and connecting your camera to a computer is done through the built-in USB 2.0 port. This port also allows you to show your images and videos on a TV with an optional A/V cable.

The M550 offers 32MB of internal flash memory, however that is going to fill up quite fast. Therefore, this unit offers a memory card slot for storing images and videos on a SD/SDHC type memory card. The M550 is capable of handling SDHC cards up to 32GB in size. The camera is shown here with a 4GB SanDisk class 10 SDHC card.

The M550 is powered by a 3.7V, 740mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack. Kodak claims that this battery is able to supply the camera with enough power to capture up to 220 images on a single charge. Instead of a separate quick charger, Kodak has included a USB adapter that allows you to charge the battery while it is still in the camera.

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