Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 550D vs 1200D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 550D
EOS 1200D
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

EOS 550D
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Camera Rocket Score

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Canon EOS 550D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 550D  based on its image quality.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 550D vs 1200D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 550D
784 ISO
EOS 1200D
755 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 550D
96 ms
EOS 1200D
113 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 550D
3.7 fps
EOS 1200D
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 550D
440 photos
EOS 1200D
500 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

EOS 550D
22.1 bits
EOS 1200D
21.9 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

EOS 550D
11.5 ev
EOS 1200D
11.3 ev

Features Key features of the EOS 550D  vs 1200D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 550D
17.9 MP
EOS 1200D
18 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 550D
12,800 ISO
EOS 1200D
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 550D
EOS 1200D

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 550D
18.5 microns
EOS 1200D
18.5 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs


EOS 550D  vs
Megapixels 17.9 MP 18 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456 4896 x 3672
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 9 9
Cross type focus points 1 1
Supports continuous No No


Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.87x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.54x 0.5x


Max continuous shooting 3.7 fps 3 fps
Battery life 440 500
Continuous shooting
3.7 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
3 fps
Shutter lag 96 ms 113 ms


EOS 550D  vs
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 29.97 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm None
Autofocus while shooting video Manual Contrast detection
Autofocus type N/A Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous N/A Yes


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 98 x 62 mm 129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9 mm
Thickness 62 mm 77.9 mm
Weight 530 g 480 g
Is weather sealed No No


Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
WiFi None None
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
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