Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Top buy, great value...but not a 5D
Canon EOS 550D
Member Name: MrMxyzptlk
Canon EOS 550D
Advantages: high quality video, range of shooting modes and settings
Disadvantages: can overheat, slower burst mode than more expensive cameras
I bought this camera two and a half years ago, to do some freelance videography. After a lot of research, it appeared to be a worthy, and certainly better-priced, alternative to the flashier 5D and 7D models. And it has definitely lived up to such billing.
I must reinforce that photography has never been my primary interest in purchasing, nor using this camera. It has served me well in that regard, but I can't claim to have pushed any limits to test it. It has, however, provided me with great-looking 1080p video, a range of shooting modes and options, and the valuable option of attaching a microphone. I received a basic 18-55mm lens with it, which does well, but I'd recommend investing in high quality lenses at various desired focal lengths, rather than relying on a basic zoom lens to do the job.
The only major drawback I've experienced is that the camera is susceptible to hot temperatures and high humidity. After about 12-15 minutes of continuous shooting in a tropical climate, it will shut down. After a few seconds, you can restart it without bother. I've heard that, with a firmware update, you can adjust these settings, but I wouldn't, personally. Canon put the system in place to protect the camera, so I would trust it to do so.
As with all Canon cameras, it is relatively easy to pick up and learn, if not to master.
Overall a very impressive camera.
Summary: Quality camera, great value for money.
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