Kodak M550

Kodak EasyShare M550 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1000
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-140mm (F) lens
  • 125g - 98 x 58 x 23mm
  • Released January 2010
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Kodak M550 summary

Kodak M550 is Kodak's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially released on January of 2010. The camera has a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The M550 is placed #194 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1145 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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The following is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Kodak M550 history

The Kodak M550 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can discover all older and the latest models along with important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Kodak M550 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Kodak M550 based on criterias that are typically considered crucial in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (64)
built-in flash
fast max aperture (f)
good zoom range (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
lighter than average (125 grams)
really wide (28mm)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
does not have image stabilization
does not offer selfie friendly screen
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW files
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of HDMI socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of manual focus
lack of mic socket
lack of Time Lapse recording
low max ISO (1,000)
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
manual mode not available
no articulating screen
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
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Kodak M550 Sensor info

The dimension of the sensor on the Kodak M550 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 64 to 1000. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the M550's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The M550 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Kodak M550 dimensions

Kodak M550 weighs in at 0.28 pounds (125 gr or 4.41 ounces) and the volume of the camera is 98mm x 58mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Kodak M550 is less heavy in comparison with various rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Kodak M550 besides a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Kodak EasyShare M550 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button design on the M550.

Kodak EasyShare M550 topview buttons dials

Kodak M550 Lens info

The M550 features an inbuilt lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be significant however it is likely to be helpful in a few cases.

At the widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f and that is beneficial in low light occasions and getting a shallow depth of field. It will also make it easier to go with a lower ISO for getting clearer images.

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Kodak M550 Connectivity

The M550 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer files and at times alter settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Kodak M550 Video info

The max video quality on the Kodak M550 is 640 x 480 and it can shoot in file format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You should really shoot for at least FUll HD quality for video. The camera does not have a mic and headphone port which means that you have little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to look into an alternative camera if you need good sound in your videos.

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Kodak M550 Weather Sealing

Kodak M550 does not include environment proofing so rainy conditions can ruin the camera.

Kodak M550 Screen and Viewfinder

The Kodak M550 has a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Kodak M550 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

Kodak M550 Shutter info

The maximum shutter speed is 1/1400s.

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Kodak M550 Flash and Hot shoe info

Kodak M550 has got only integrated flash lacking external flash support.

Kodak M550 Autofocus info

Kodak M550 has got just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and exact in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing.

Kodak M550 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful for low light or you require more accurate depth of field control.

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Kodak M550 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the maximum (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Here is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

Kodak M550 for specific styles of photography

The following chart shows a rundown of the Kodak M550 for specific styles of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Kodak M550

The Kodak M550 gets a points tally of 21 which is really bad, and means the camera is not very good for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos & flexibility to use external flash.

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manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Street photography with Kodak M550

Getting a decent score of 54, the Kodak M550 is somewhat appropriate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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lighter than average (125g)
screen does not articulate
does not have image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
low maximum ISO (1,000)

Kodak M550 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography points tally of 17 indicates the Kodak M550 is not very good for shooting sports. A camera needs great focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is low (1/1,400s)
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Kodak M550 Travel photography features

Weight is pretty critical when picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Kodak M550 gets a very good 67 as a travelling camera which is a good option to take on your journeys.

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lighter than competitors (125 grams)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
fast maximum aperture (f)
does not have Timelapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly

Kodak M550 Landscape photography information

For anybody who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Kodak M550 with it's really bad rating of 31 for a landscape camera is not very good among its competitors.

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pretty wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
low max ISO (1,000)
lacks RAW format
no Timelapse function

Kodak M550 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Kodak M550 is not very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a really bad score of 31.

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relatively wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f)
lighter than average in class (125g)
does not posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone support

Kodak M550 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the M550, below is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below gives you a summary of the M550 vs it's highest scored competitors suggested above.

Following are several cameras you may see as alternative options. To read a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Kodak EasyShare M550
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
125 grams (0.28 pounds)
98 x 58 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, double)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Cost at release