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Canon Rebel T2i (EOS 550D)

$900.00 Released March, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Full 1080p video recording. External stereo microphone jack for improved audio during video recording. High ISO range - can be extended up to ISO 12,800.

The Cons:Due to larger image size and faster fps, continuous shooting depth has been reduced to 6 RAW / 34 JPEG compared to the T1i's 9 RAW / 170 JPEG. Fixed (non-articulating) display.

The Rebel T2i EOS 550D is Cannon's top-of-the-line consumer digital SLR camera. The Rebel T2i can shoot up to 18 megapixel resolution photos and features an ISO range of 100-6400. The camera can also shoot either 720p or 1080p high definition video.

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The Rebel T2i features 3.7fps continuous still shooting mode, a 63-zone Dual Layer Metering System, and canon's Digic 4 image processor. The camera will record video in full 1920 X 1080p HD resolution by default, allowing the user to select the frame rate from 30, 25, and 24fps as well as offering 720p video at 60 and 50fps.  A 3.5mm stereo microphone socket has been included to allow the use of an external microphone while recording video. Users can take manual control of exposure settings changing depthof field and degree of motion blur.  The Rebel T2i sports a three inch 3:2 Clear View LCD screen and is Eye-Fi compatible for users that wish to transfer data wirelessly.


  • 18 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • EOS movie mode with manual exposure control
  • External microphone terminal
  • 3-inch Clear View LCD monitor
  • SDXC memory card compatible
  • Eye-Fi compatible
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses


  • Digital single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
  • Recording media: SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC
  • Image sensor size: 22.3mm X 14.9mm
  • Canon EF lens mount
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2 (horizontal : vertical)
  • RGB primary color filters

User Reviews (12)

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  • 8

    full 1080p video recording

  • 6

    external stereo microphone jack for improved audio during video recording

  • 5

    high ISO range - can be extended up to ISO 12,800

  • 4

    compact and lightweight compared to higher end professional dSLRs

  • 4

    Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) compatibility - allows users to use their TV remote to control the device when playing content back on their HDTV

  • 4

    high resolution 3" LCD display (1.04 million dots)

  • 3

    affordable for a top-of-the-line Rebel - $799.99 body only

  • 3

    14-bit analog to digital conversion (eg/ 14-bit RAW files)

  • 2

    3.7fps continuous shooting - improved over the previous T1i's 3.4fps

  • 2

    capable of recording 720p at 60fps (for smooth slow motion)

  • 2

    HDMI output - allows users to display their images and videos directly onto their compatible HDTVs and displays

  • 2

    high quality build

  • 2

    redesigned button interface for ease of use

  • 2

    built with Eye-Fi (wireless flash storage) compatibility in mind

  • 2

    63-zone iFCL sensor - nearly double that of the T1i

  • 1

    SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot - allows for affordable, capacious and easy to find flash storage, with support for the latest and greatest standard

  • 1

    large 18MP sensor

  • 0

    due to larger image size and faster fps, continuous shooting depth has been reduced to 6 RAW / 34 JPEG compared to the T1i's 9 RAW / 170 JPEG

  • -5

    fixed (non-articulating) display

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Erik: In the market for a DSLR. I've narrowed it down to the #nikon_d3100 and the #canon_rebel_t2i_eos_550d
Recommendations? Dec 9, 10
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  • Omar

    Omar: Snapsort's algorithm recommends the Canon http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS_Rebel_T2i-vs-Nikon_D3100

    Though if you look at the comments on the page, people point out the D3100 as being better. So I'd have to go with the D3100 as well.
    Dec 10, 10

  • Erik

    Erik: Interesting breakdown there. However, the price was off in the algo. Snapsort has the T2i cheaper, which is not true. I like Yale's advice of applying the savings to a good lens. Dec 10, 10

cdpage: #canon_rebel_t2i_eos_550d I added the 7D as a related because while the Price for the 7D is significantly more, Many of the features are very comparable, many are equal to and some even better on the T2i than the 7D.

Not to say that the T2i is a better camera, but for some applications, people should compare these two before buying. Apr 1, 10
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Yale: #canon_rebel_t2i_eos_550d Read more carefully! It comes with a built in stereo microphone, and an input for using more specialized mics for those interested in doing something a little more professional.

The camera supports SDXC cards, the latest standard. Do some research on the best price performance. Not only do you need to consider capacity but speed - if you intend to take many large images in quick succession. Feb 20, 10
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neunuebel: #canon_rebel_t2i_eos_550d Two questions: 1) does the 1080p video also have audio, does the camera have a mic or can one be attached to get the audio with the video; 2) being interested in using the video function, and knowing video eats up a lot of gigs on the media card, what media card would be the best to get?

David Feb 20, 10
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