Canon SD550 vs. Canon SD700IS

July 6, 2007 – 7:01 am

Camera Comparison

So I decided to take pictures with my Canon SD550 and Canon SD700IS, of the exact same items, so that I can compare the two and decide which one I want to use as my primary camera. The main difference between the cameras would be the pixel rating (SD550 = 7.1MP; SD700IS = 6.0MP), zoom (SD550 = 3x; SD700IS 4x) overall looks of the camera.

Check out what I found and make your own decisions, then let me know what you think that I should continue to use.

Canon SD550 Digital ELPH Canon SD700 IS Digital ELPH
Megapixel rating 7.1MP 6.0MP
Zoom (non-digital) 3x (7.7-23.1mm 1:2.8-4.9) 37 – 111 mm equiv 4x (5.8-23.2mm 1:2.8-5.5) 35-140mm equiv
w/o flash, not on macro mode Canon SD550 Canon SD700IS

larger / larger full detail / full size

larger / larger full detail / full size

w/macro mode, no flash Canon SD550 Canon SD700IS

larger / larger full detail / full size

larger / larger full detail / full size

full zoom, w/flash Canon SD550 Canon SD700IS

larger / larger full detail / full size

larger / larger full detail / full size

Based on what I’ve taken so far, I’m liking the Canon SD550 more. Let me know your thoughts!

I’ll probably be shooting more pictures with both this weekend and will post up more pictures at that time. I have probably about 30,000 pictures taken with the SD550 so far and around 2,000 taken with the SD700IS, but only comparing two pictures of the same subject, at the same time, from the same distance will make for a good comparison.

(Since my original purchase of the SD550, the pricing has come down considerably. I have bought one of these cameras as a backup for if mine ever fails. I bought one for a friend as a birthday present and bought another as a repayment for helping me out at some times.)

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