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Discontinued.  This model has been replaced by the Canon 600D T3i.

Canon Rebel 550D  (Rebel T2i) 18 MegaPixel Infrared-Enabled Camera 


XNiteCanon550DB        UV+Visible+IR

XNiteCanon550DIR      High-Red (590nm or 665nm), IR-Only (715nm or 830nm)

XNiteCanon550DUV     UV-Only

XNiteCanon550DHR     High Resolution Visible Light Camera

XNiteCanon550DBW    B&W monochrome (see complete B&W options here)



The Canon 550D / T2i is a semi-professional digital SLR camera.  Because of the nature of the IR enabling modification, we do not recommend this camera to anyone who does not fully understand the implications of the modification.

We can modify this camera to be IR+Visible+UV, High-Red, IR-Only, High Resolution (HR) and UV-Only.

bulletIR+Visible+UV: Camera seee everything the sensor is cable of seeing.  Camera will see some UV, the entire visible range and infrared from 715nm to 1200nm.

665nm: Camera will see from 665nm to 1200nm.  Red channel will see visible red and infrared.  Blue and green channels will only see infrared.

590nm: Camera will see from 590nm to 1200nm.  Red channel will see visible red and infrared.  Green channel will see come visible green and infrared.  Blue channel will only see infrared.


715nm:  All channels  only see infrared.  The red channel is the most open to the IR and contains somewhat different information than the blue and green channels allowing for some creative color effects such as red-blue channel swapping to get deep blue skies.  A 715nm converted camera sees about the same amount of light as a stock camera so apertures and shutter are similar to a stock camera.  715nm is similar to a Hoya RM72 or Wratten 89B.

830nm:  All channels only see infrared.  Camera loses about 2 stops of exposure.  Once you equalize color levels, picture will be almost completely black and white.  The infrared effect is more intense at 830nm - skies are darker, clouds whiter and you see further through smoke and haze.  

bulletUV Only:: Camera will only see UV light.  We recommend focusing using the Live View feature.  A lens such as the Jenoptik 60mm APO lens works well with this conversion.
bulletHR (High Resolution/ Hot Rod).  An HR camera has the Anti-Aliasing (Blur) filter removed and replaced with a thicker IR Cut Filter to keep the same focal plane.  A Visible HR camera will maximize the resolution and color depth of the camera at the expense of possible moire pattens.  Please see more about this conversion here.
bulletB&W.  Sensor is converted to a monochrome or panchromatic sensor.  Additional options available such as HR, IR-Only, etc.  Please see more here.


  IR+Visible IR-Only
Model XNiteCanon550D XNiteCanon550DIR
Camera can take normal visible pictures Yes with CC1 filter No
Camera can take IR pictures Yes with external IR filter Yes with no extra filters
Camera autofocus will work with IR pictures No Yes
Camera autoexposure will work with IR pictures No Yes with Exp Comp Adj
User can see through lens when taking IR pictures No Yes.  Filter is internal.

The Canon 550D or T1i has a nice feature called Live View with the ability to switch the Auto Focus (AF) mode from the normal AF sensor in the base of the camera to an AF mode using the image sensor itself - similar to the way a camcorder or point and shoot camera works.  This is particularly interesting on these modified cameras because it means that you can put a UV or IR filter that blocks visible light from the camera and still use the camera to AF.  You can also use the Live  View feature to manually focus when using filters that block visible light.  

Please note that the anti-dust system is disabled on our conversions.  Live View will work correctly.

Modification will void your warranty.

We can modify your Canon 550D for UV+VIS+IR, High Red 590nm, High Red 665nm, IR-Only 715nm, IR-Only 830 or HR  for a $450 fee + return shipping & handling ($20 for UPS ground insured within continental USA)..

We can modify your Canon 550D for UV-Only for an $800 fee + S&H.

We do not perform B&W modifications on any customer cameras because of the risk during conversion.


bulletProduct Type Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode , with Movie recording
bulletWidth 5 in
bulletDepth 2.4 in
bulletHeight 3.8 in
bulletWeight 16.8 OZ
bulletBody Material Stainless steel , Fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate resin

Main Features

bulletResolution 18 megapixels
bulletColor Support Color
bulletOptical Sensor Type CMOS
bulletTotal Pixels 18,700,000 pixels
bulletField of View Crop Factor 1.6
bulletSensor Dust Reduction Yes
bulletSensor Features Self Cleaning Sensor Unit , EOS Integrated Cleaning System
bulletLight Sensitivity ISO auto (100-6400) , ISO 100-6400 , ISO 12800
bulletImage Processor DIGIC 4
bulletShooting Programs Sports mode , Night portrait , Close-up , Portrait mode , Landscape
bulletSpecial Effects Portrait , Landscape , Faithful , Neutral , Monochrome
bulletImage stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.
bulletMax Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
bulletMin Shutter Speed 30 sec
bulletX-sync Speed 1/200 sec
bulletExposure Metering Partial (9%) , Spot (4%) , Evaluative , Center-weighted
bulletExposure Range EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
bulletExposure Compensation ?5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
bulletAuto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
bulletExposure Metering Zones 63
bulletFace Detection Yes
bulletWhite Balance Automatic , Presets , Custom
bulletWhite Balance Presets Daylight , Tungsten light , Shade , Fluorescent , Cloudy , Flash
bulletWhite Balance Bracketing Yes
bulletDigital Video Format H.264
bulletTV Tuner None
bulletVideo Capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080 , H.264 - 1920 x 1080 , H.264 - 1920 x 1080 , H.264 - 1280 x 720 , H.264 - 1280 x 720 , H.264 - 640 x 480 , H.264 - 640 x 480

Memory / Storage

bulletImage Storage RAW 5184 x 3456 , JPEG 5184 x 3456 , JPEG 3456 x 2304 , JPEG 2592 x 1728

Camera Flash

bulletGuide Number (m / ISO 100) 13
bulletRed Eye Reduction Yes
bulletFeatures Flash +/- compensation , AF illuminator

Additional Features

bulletSelf Timer Yes
bulletSelf Timer Delay 2 sec , 10 sec
bulletAdditional Features Display brightness control , Dust Delete Data system , Depth-of-field preview button , Live Face detection AF mode , Exif Print support , AF lock , DPOF support , Face detection , RGB primary color filter , FE lock , Highlight tone priority , AE lock , Auto power save , Digital noise reduction , Auto Lighting Optimizer , Histogram display , Highlight point display , LCD live view mode , PictBridge support , 1080p Full HD movie recording , USB 2.0 compatibility , Direct print , Peripheral illumination correction


bulletViewfinder Type Optical - Eye-level mirror pentaprism
bulletField Coverage 95%
bulletMagnification 0.87x
bulletDioptric Correction Range -3 to +1
bulletViewfinder Frames Autofocus frame
bulletLCD Display Information Memory card status , ISO sensitivity , Exposure compensation , Shutter speed , Highlight tone priority , Aperture , Red-eye reduction , Flash charge completion , FE lock , AE lock , AF-in-focus , White balance , Flash compensation on/off , High-speed sync indicator , Exposure bracketing


bulletType LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
bulletDisplay Form Factor Built-in
bulletDisplay Format 1,040,000 pixels

Digital Player (Recorder)

bulletType None


bulletType Microphone - Built-in
bulletMicrophone Technology Electret condenser
bulletMicrophone Operation Mode Mono


bulletConnector Type 1 x USB , 1 x Composite video/audio output , 1 x HDMI output , 1 x Remote control , 1 x Microphone ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
bulletExpansion Slot(s) 1 x SD Memory Card


bulletSoftware Canon ZoomBrowser EX , Canon PhotoStitch , Canon Digital Photo Professional , Drivers & Utilities , Canon ImageBrowser , Canon Remote Capture

System Requirements for PC Connection

bulletOperating System Support MS Windows 7 , Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6 , MS Windows Vista , MS Windows XP SP2 or later
bulletPeripheral Devices USB port , CD-ROM drive


bulletMicrosoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
bulletIncluded Accessories  Eyecup , Dust cap , Body cap , Neck strap
bulletCables Included USB cable , A/V cable


bulletPower Device Battery charger - External


bulletSupported Battery Canon LP-E8
bulletSupported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )




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Last modified: June 18, 2015