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C550 speed and red light camera detector (discontinued)


Note: the C550 is replaced by Drive Aware.

Auto Express’ 5 star Best Buy speed camera locator 2016 and ‘Best speed camera detector to buy in 2017′ by Carbuyer UK. The Cheetah C550 is designed from the ground up to keep getting smarter with time. It’s the very latest and most advanced of Cheetah’s innovative and award winning GPS speed and red light camera detectors. The C550, utilizing our internationally acclaimed Trinity 3.0 database to the maximum, sets the highest benchmark for consumer GPS speed and red light camera detectors.


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Product Description

Note: the C550 is replaced by Drive Aware.

Awarded 5 stars and Best Buy by Auto Express in their 2016 speed camera locator test and ‘Best speed camera detector to buy in 2017′ by Carbuyer UK, the Cheetah C550 is our newest and most advanced GPS speed and red light camera detector. It’s the latest in a long line of hugely popular and award winning Cheetah GPS detectors in use around the world and is designed to fully maximise the potential of our Trinity 3.0 database.

You are in complete control over which type of alerts to hear and how they sound. One complete alert sequence comprises an initial heads-up chime, up to four informative spoken voice descriptions for each location, an overspeed alert tone (if travelling above the stored speed limit for that alert) and a final camera pass chime. Alert chimes can be switched on or off to match your preference. Overspeed alert tones can be individually tailored in multiple ways for each different type of alert type to meet your driving style.

The C550’s impressive, bright and easy to read LED display clearly shows all the vital driving and alert information a driver needs.  The yellow digital speedo remains visible at all times, especially in bright sunlight, and the handy clock and compass features keep you nicely informed. During an alert, the current speed flashes to highlight if you are over the speed limit and the clock switches to show a numeric distance countdown to the alert site. There is also an additional distance countdown progress bar to emphasise the alert site proximity or to keep you updated during Average Speed camera systems and Mobile enforcement zones.

The Cheetah C550 speed and red light camera detector is packed with hardware features, including connections for an external GPS antenna, car stereo mute facility, headphone socket and two separate mounting options (dash and windshield). There’s also an optional hard wire kit to allow a more professional installation in your vehicle.

Cheetah undertakes  a programme of continuous alert  enhancement, always looking to improve our multi-point false alert filtering technology and our “effective distance” false alert filtering for each camera location. Additionally, our intelligent multi-directional alert ability is enhanced by an ever increasing number of new alert descriptions to maximise the benefits of our unique Trinity 3.0 database.

The Cheetah C550 is designed from the ground up to keep getting smarter with time.



C550 special features

  • Individually configurable audio for each different type of alert to suit your preferences.
  • Custom alert distances* – select different warning distances for different types of camera.
  • Adjustable screen brightness.
  • Dark mode – for stealth installations, or for night time driving, the display will only light up during an alert.
  • Alert mute – quickly switch off / on the audio for the current alert.
  • Alert cancel – quickly cancel the current alert if required.
  • Whisper mode – keeps the C550 quiet if you are under known speed limits.
  • Adjustable alert speed limit tolerance – increase the overspeed alert activation speed to suit your driving style.
  • Variable warning distance – automatically reduces the alert distance at slower speeds.
  • Personal speed limit – will play a tone each time you exceed your preset speed.
  • Personal locations – store up to 64 of your own locations.
  • Database update reminder – if you forget to update for 6 weeks, your C550 will occasionally remind you.
  • Optional Silent start up.
  • Demo mode.
  • Power up via PC to allow adjustment of settings.


C550 onboard menu items

Visit C550 menu for a more in-depth explanation of each menu item.


* Custom alert distances and Overspeed alerts are individually configurable for each type of alert stored in the Trinity 3.0 database:

  • Speed cameras
  • Stored mobile cameras
  • Average speed cameras
  • Average speed exits
  • Safety locations
  • School zones **
  • Information locations
  • Red light cameras
  • Non-ticketing cameras
  • Cameras in tunnel
  • Opposite direction alerts
  • Highway cameras

** School zones is a new feature currently in Beta testing. School zone warnings are not available for all regions.

Existing Gold and Platinum Members - Click for more details

If you already have a Gold or Platinum Membership package, the Trinity database access transfers to your C550. You do not need to buy another Membership.

For existing Platinum Members, the extended 2 year warranty entitlement remains in place for your original Cheetah C50 unit, but does not transfer to new purchases.

Extended 2 year warranties are available to buy separately for additional Cheetah C550 product purchases.

Is the C550 legal in other countries - Click for more details

The C550 is fully legal in all the countries where we promote, including the UK, USA, Australia and most of Europe. The C550 uses the same technology as traditional satellite navigation products. It’s not a radar detector, it’s a superior GPS only device that can give you alerts to many cameras that a radar detector can’t.

Some countries restrict the use of any type of device (including GPS only devices) that lets you know where speed cameras are. These include Satellite Navigation units, GPS speed camera locators, smartphone apps, radar detectors and laser jammers.

France: You are allowed to be notified of a dangerous area, but not of an exact camera location. Germany: It is not permitted to use any device that will tell you where speed cameras are. But enforcement varies from region to region. Switzerland, Turkey, Cyprus, Macedonia: It is not permitted to use any device that will tell you where speed cameras are.

Additional Information

In The Box

Power cord
Windshield mount
Magnetic dash mount
PC download cable
Quick start guide

External Connections

3.5mm headphone socket (headphones not supplied)
External GPS antenna (antenna supplied separately)
Stereo Mute (cable supplied separately)

Power Supply

Standard vehicle 12v

Power Cord

3.5 meters long with illuminated on/off switch and integral 2A barrel fuse.


7.2cm / 2⅞” wide
4cm / 1½” tall
2.6cm / 1″ deep

Update Requirements

PC running Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8 or 10
Internet connection

User Manual

You can view a PDF copy of the C550 User Manual.

Customer testimonials

You can see lots more details on our feedback page.


Great powerful bit of kit for any vehicle! I’ve had mine since 2017 and never let me down yet, small easy to use. I have had most of the others and they all over-charge for subscriptions. This is the best way to buy up-to-date information on road cameras, and safety alerts as I do a lot of driving around the UK. It’s plug and play and couldn’t be easier, highly recommended. ADVANCED KNOWLODGE IS POWER TO YOU, worth every penny. Thanks guys keep up the great work. .

Lawrence, UK


Cheetah C550. Wow…it’s brilliant! Can I just say I’m very impressed with my C550. Living in north Birmingham, there are a plethora of speed cameras, red light cameras and average speed cameras, they are literally everywhere! My C550 notified me of every one, without exception. Very impressive. The notifications are nice and clear too. I’m so glad I got mine, I wouldn’t drive anywhere now without it.

Geoff, UK


Small product with a very big heart. Can not believe what it can do!

Mick, UK


We bought a C550 when they was launched. On our first attempt we could not upgrade. I sent an email and spoke to someone and that evening we rang again and they linked in to my computer and updated. We have done it ever since. This in my opinion is EXCELLENT PERSONAL SERVICE. Something that is lacking in this day and age.

Charles, UK


I was the proud owner of a C50, upgraded to the C550 magic, best move that I made in 2015 thank you Cheetah keep up the good work.

Terry, UK


Every car should have one. This little box has saved me at least 1,000 dollars in 2 years. Very fast updates, top of the line customer service. I feel at ease when I am driving now, thanks to your product. You got it right. I would like to thank you for caring for us drivers.

Jeffery, USA