Canon Powershot A550 Review
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The PowerShot A550 delivers high-resolution images without requiring users to exert additional effort. Using Canon's AiAF "Smart" autofocus system with their patented iSAPS intelligent scene analysis algorithm to determine optimum settings for focusing, exposure and white balance. The user simply snaps the shot with the push of a button. This model features 11 standard shooting modes for still pictures, automatically adjusting the cameras' settings to match the surroundings. Still shooting modes include Full Auto, Auto with manual adjustment of exposure compensation and white balance, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids and Pets, and other Special Scene modes. Additionally, the A550 can record movies with sound - so you can capture your baby's first steps or first words with point and shoot simplicity.
Canon recognizes that capturing an image is only the first step towards the full enjoyment of digital photography and movie making. That's why all new PowerShot digital cameras are equipped with a variety of features to make viewing and printing your images easier than ever. For example, both still images and movies can be played back through compatible personal computers or television sets with accessory cables that are supplied at no extra charge. Additionally, the PowerShot A550 supports one-touch automatic downloading to compatible personal computers, and the supplied software automatically organizes images and movie clips according to the shooting date for easy archiving.
Canon enhanced the 'My Colors' mode found in the new PowerShot line. Where previously, users could only enable 'My Colors' while shooting, the current iteration permits captured images to be retouched as well, without the need for special software applications or tools. Available My Color playback modes include Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, and Vivid Red; lighter and darker skin tones, as well as options for creating black & white, sepia, neutral and positive film effects. A color accent setting turns all colors but the one selected by the user to monochrome and the color swap mode enables users to alter specific colors in an image by sampling another color from the same image or any other image on the memory card.
Like all PowerShot digital cameras, these newest additions to the A-series work
seamlessly with Canon's petite SELPHY Compact Photo Printers - an essential PowerShot
accessory. Consumers simply connect their PowerShot digital camera to a SELPHY printer -
such as the SELPHY CP510 and CP710 models. Press the lighted Print/Share button, and
within seconds , images emerge. Presto! It is that simple. Canon's SELPHY Compact Photo
Printers are PictBridge compatible. They work with PictBridge enabled digital cameras and
offer excellent image quality and ease-of-use, especially when paired with a Canon digital
camera. At 28 cents-per-print , printing photos directly from a digital camera is both
easy and affordable.
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The Powershot A550 and the 5-megapixel Powershot A460.
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