Digital Compact Cameras


Digital Camera

MarketedMarch 2005

The IXY DIGITAL 55 inherits the same outstanding functionality and design as the IXY DIGITAL 50 launched in October 2004 to realize outstanding image quality and ease of use. The 55 features a 1/2.5" 5.0-megapixel CCD sensor and an ultra-compact retractable 3x zoom lens with a focal length of 35-105mm (35mm film equivalent). The camera's lens unit, incorporating two ultra-high refractive index glass-molded aspherical lens elements, is the smallest retractable lens in the IXY DIGITAL series lineup.

The IXY DIGITAL 55 also shares many of the same features as the flagship-model 600, including Canon's DIGIC II image engine for high-definition images and fast data processing; a bright energy-saving 2.0" LCD monitor offering LCD Booster and Night View functions; a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface supporting high-speed data transfer; and the My Colors function.

The IXY DIGITAL 55 supports the PictBridge standard for printing photos directly from PictBridge-compatible printers, regardless of the manufacturer or brand.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 5.0 megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.5" CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 5.3 megapixels)
Lens 5.8 (W)-17.4 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35 (W)-105 (T) mm)
f/2.8 (W)-f/4.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 12x in combination with the optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.0", TFT color LCD, approx. 118,000dots (Picture coverage 100 %)
AF System TTL autofocus Focusing frame: 9-point AiAF/1-point AF (fixed to center)
Shooting Distance
* From the front of the lens
Normal 30 cm (1.0 ft.)-infinity
Macro 3-50 cm (W)/30-50 cm (T) (1.2 in.-1.6 ft. (W)/1.0-1.6 ft. (T))
Infinity 3.0 m (9.8 ft.)-infinity
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 15-1/1500 sec.*
The shutter speed varies according to the shooting mode.
* Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center)
Exposure Control System Program AE
Exposure Compensation ±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity Auto*, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
* Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.
White Balance TTL auto, pre-set (available settings: Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Fluorescent H) or custom
Built-in Flash Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, flash on with redeye reduction, flash on, flash off, slow synchro
Flash Range
Normal 50 cm-3.5 m (1.6-11.5 ft.) (W), 50 cm-2.0 m (1.6-6.6 ft.) (T)
Macro 30-50 cm (1.0-1.6 ft.) (W/T)*
* When sensitivity is set to AUTO.
Shooting Modes
Still images Auto, Manual*, Digital macro, Portrait, Night snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Underwater, My Colors, Stitch assist**
Movie Standard, Fast Frame Rate, Compact, My Colors
* Long shutter and Digital macro mode available.
** Selectable from the Rec. menu
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.1 shots/sec.*
* Large/Fine mode with LCD monitor off
Self-timer Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Recording Media SD Memory Card
File Format Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant
Data Type
Still images Exif 2.2 (JPEG)*
Movies AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))
* This digital camera supports Exif 2.2 (also called "Exif Print").Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera's image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.
Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Images Large 2592x1944 pixels
Medium 1 2048x1536 pixels
Medium 2 1600x1200 pixels
Small 640x480 pixels
Postcard Date Imprint Mode 1600x1200 pixels
Movies Standard, My Color: recording can continue until the SD card is full* (can record up to a maximum of 1 GB at one time)) 640x480 pixels, 320x240 pixels (15 fps, 30 fps)
Fast Frame Rate: (can record for 1 min.)** 320x240 pixels (60 fps)
Compact: (can record for 3 min.)** 160x120 pixels (15 fps)
* Using super high-speed SD cards (SDC-512MSH recommended).
** The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie clip length.
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Image search (jumps over 10 or 100 images, to a movie or to the next shooting date, or 9 images at a time when in index playback), Sound memos (up to 60 sec.), Slide show or Movie (slow motion play back possible).
Direct Print PictBridge compliant, and Canon Direct Print and Bubble Jet Direct compatible
Display Languages 21 languages available for menus and messages
(English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)
My Camera Settings The start-up image, start-up sound, operation sound, self-timer sound, and shutter sound can be customized using the following methods*
* Using the images and sounds recorded on a camera.
* Using the downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B), PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)
Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)
Power Source Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (type: NB-4L)
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10 (Sold Separately)
Operating Temperatures 0 - 40 °C (32 - 104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10 - 90 %
(w x h x d)
86.0 x 53.0 x 20.7 mm (3.4 x 2.1 x 0.8 in.)
Thinnest section: 19.5 mm (0.8 in.).
(camera body only)
Approx. 130 g (4.6 oz.)