The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has voted the Canon EOS 550D as the best European Camera 2010-11.
The EISA judges praised the DSLR as an 'excellent entry level camera, as it offers a wide range of features in a well-designed body.'
The camera offers the same 18-million-pixel resolution as the high-end EOS 7D, and very similar image quality, but is far more affordable, at around £799. It also offers full HD video recording with full manual control of exposure and focusing, as well as still image modes for photographers.
Canon Europe's Photo Products planning manager Mike Owen said the EOS 550D is aimed at photo enthusiasts and the 'top end' of the consumer DSLR range.
The camera boasts a top burst rate of 3.7 frames per second for up to a maximum of 250 frames (depending on memory card) and it also incorporates a Digic 4 image processor. Canon has redesigned the body to include a rubber grip and a more textured feel.
The EISA judging panel said, “This is a well-specified camera packed with features that will help all types of photographer enjoy their hobby more.”
The Advanced SLR category was won by the 550D's higher-spec sibling, the EOS 7D.
Nikon's D3S bagged this year's European professional camera title, being described as the 'perfect DSLR for professional sports, action and low-light photography'.
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