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Differences Explained: Canon EOS 550D, Rebel T2i and Kiss X4
by Raphael Chieza
Recently, while having a chat with our team of passionate customer service, I was told that many of you were rather confused about the difference between Canon EOS 550D, Canon Rebel T2i and Canon Kiss X4. While sound of getting a Rebel or a Kiss sounds to be completely two different things, the three camera models are essentially the same and is part of Canon's regional branding policy.
The Canon Rebel branding is used mainly for America and Canada, while the Canon Kiss is for the domestic Japanese market. That leaves the Canon EOS branding for the rest of the world. However, to further confuse things, there are actually export versions of the Kiss series around too which differs from the domestic version by way of language options. Basically, the Kiss X4 comes with English and Japanese menus while the export version comes with multi-languages. The Canon EOS 550D comes with a choice of European language menus but they may also vary somewhat if sourced from different South-East Asian countries according to our purchase department. However, I have personally yet to see a 550D without European language support. If you are not concerned about non-English menus then basically, you can get any of the three without any loss in features.
What's in the Box:
Canon Kiss X4
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
Battery Pack LP-E8
Battery Charger LC-E8
EOS Digital Solution Disc and Instruction Manuals
18 MP CMOS sensor
Ideal for those who want to create large, poster-size prints ¨C or crop images without losing any of the detail necessary for printing ¨C Kiss X4 's 18MP CMOS sensor is outstanding in low light, and produces images with incredibly low noise.
Canon's DIGIC 4 processor works with the CMOS sensor to deliver 14-bit image processing, for smooth gradations and natural looking colours. DIGIC 4 also powers advanced Noise Reduction when shooting at higher ISO speeds, plus split-second start-up times and near-instant image review after shooting.
High ISO for low light
When light levels fall, the Kiss X4 offers an ISO range of up to 6400 ¨C expandable to 12800 for those environments where using flash is undesirable.
Full HD movie recording
The Kiss X4 combines exceptional still shooting with the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video. To satisfy your creativity the Kiss X4 features full manual control and selectable frame rates. You can also shoot high speed 50/60fps movies at 720P for when the action is really fast. An HDMI connection allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV. Also with compatible TVs playback can be controlled using the TV's remote control.
7.7cm (3.0±) 3:2 Clear View LCD
Detailed checks on images and video are possible with a 7.7cm (3.0±) 3:2 Clear View LCD screen, which features an ultra-high 1,040,000 dots for increased clarity. Switch to Live View mode and use the real-time visual feed to shoot from awkward angles.
iFCL metering system
A new 63-zone dual layer metering sensor analyses Focus, Colour and Luminance information, providing accurate and consistent metering.
Quick Control screen
Accessible using a dedicated button it provides easy access to commonly used functions, ensuring that you are ready to take the shot as it happens.
External Microphone Socket
Add an additional microphone for better quality sound using the 3.5mm stereo jack socket.
Shoot VGA movies with an effective zoom of 7x. Movie crop uses only the centre part of the sensor and allows long distance shooting without having to change lenses.
Create a shooting system as unique as you are
The Kiss X4 is compatible with Canon's full range of EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites.
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.6-5.6 IS is a general-purpose standard zoom lens for photographers who prefer to travel light. With a focal length equivalent of 29-88mm in 35mm format and a minimum focusing distance of 25cm, the lens is suitable for most general photography. The aperture's circular design is also ideal for isolating subjects at large aperture by delivering smooth and even-looking background blur.