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Cheetah c550 Speed Camera Detector with Lifetime Platinum Subscription

Cheetah c550 Platinum GPS speed camera detector includes lifetime unlimited speed camera updates for all three world regions of the Trinity 3.0 database - UK/EU, US/CAN and AUS/NZ. What's more the c550 Platinum version comes with a 3 year warranty, an increase of 2 years from the standard Cheetah c550.

Cheetah c550Product summary:
Detection range: 300-900metres
Technology: GPS and optional external GPS
Installation: Dash or windscreen mounting

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Key Features:

‣Lifetime platinum subscription with 2 year warranty
‣LED display
‣Warnings when approaching a speed camera
‣Overspeed warning at speed camera locations
‣Optional external GPS Antenna
‣Adjustable alert choice
‣Choice of 3 brightness settings
‣MPH or KPH modes
‣Yellow digital GPS speedometer
‣Headphone socket
‣Dark mode; LED's light up only at speed camera locations
‣Dimensions: Width - 72mm, Height - 40mm, Depth - 26mm

The Speed Cheetah c550 Platinum speed camera and red light camera detector will provide a visual and audible countdown to every speed camera in the UK using GPS technology. The Cheetah has won the Auto Express Awards with a Best Buy Rating and 5 stars in 2016. You can change the alerts you receive when approaching a speed camera location using the simple to use menu.

Platinum subscription for Lifetime of product with Extended Warranty

The Speed Cheetah c550 Platinum model comes with lifetime, unlimited speed camera subscription for all three regions of the Trinity 3.0 speed camera database. The regions include: United Kingdom (UK), Europe, North America and Australasia. When buying the Speed Cheetah c550 with platinum subscription you also get free upgraded product warranty from 1 to 2 years.

As you approach a speed camera location you will receive three different alerts:

1. Receive up to four informative spoken voice descriptions when approaching each speed camera location making you aware you are approaching an accident black spot location where there is a speed camera located

2. Overspeed tone if you are driving above the speed limit at the speed camera location

3. A final chime will sound when you pass the speed camera.

Please note: the Cheetah c550 does not include a radar or laser detector. All speed camera alerts are via the GPS database only.

There is an optional external GPS Antenna that enables you to receive a GPS signal without having to locate the Cheetah c550 on the dashboard. The Cheetah c550 is the only speed camera detector that offers an optional external GPS antenna.

Cheetah C550 Speed Camera Detector Video

The video below shows the Speed Cheetah c550 on approach to various speed camera location with spoken voice alerts.

There is a yellow digital speedo on the Cheetah c550 display that is visible at all times even in bright sunlight. A clock and compass also feature on the easy to read display.

If you are driving over the speed limit at the speed camera location the current speed flashes and as you approach the speed camera location the clock changes to a numeric distance countdown. Furthermore there is an additional distance countdown progress bar to show you the alert site proximity.

There are numerous connections offered by the Cheetah c550 speed camera detector: External GPS antenna, car stereo mute facility, headphone socket, 2 mount options (windscreen or dashboard), hardwire kit compatible.

You can select custom alert distances to select different warning distances for different types of cameras.

Dark mode can be selected whereby the Cheetah will only light up during an alert so it will not dazzle you in normal driving conditions in the dark.

If you want to mute the alert chimes when approaching a particular speed camera there is an alert mute button that will stop the sounds for the current location. Furthermore you can cancel the alert completely if you want to. This may be useful when on familiar roads or at night when you want to turn of the alert and thus turn off the lit up display.

Whisper mode will make the alerts on the Speed Cheetah c550 quiet if you are driving on roads where you know the speed limit.

You can set personal locations too whereby you will be alerted to up to 64 of your own preset locations.

There is an optional silent start up. There is also an optional extra hard wire kit that will provide power to your vehicle using your car's battery.

Cheetah c550 accessories can be viewed and purchased here.

Cheetah c550: Auto Express - Best Buy 2016

"The latest generation of our previous favourite, the suction-mounted Cheetah c550, is our winner for its simple but effective approach. Camera and speed accuracy couldn't be faulted, and there were clear visual and audio alerts for distance and type of camera ahead. A countdown appears as you approach a camera and it'll beep if you're over the speed limit. The LED display is easy to understand and it's hard to go wrong with only a few buttons. The only improvement that could be made is if it showed the limit at all times. Subscription for updates is the best value here, too."

Reviewed by Auto Express on 16/3/2016.

Cheetah c550 with Platinum Subscription display explained

Cheetah c550 display explained

Cheetah c550 Speed Camera Detector with Platinum subscription Features

‣LED display
‣Warnings when approaching a speed camera or red light camera
‣Platinum lifetime speed camera subscription and extended warranty
‣Overspeed warning at speed camera locations
‣Optional external GPS Antenna
‣Adjustable alert choice
‣Choice of 3 brightness settings
‣MPH or KPH modes
‣Adjustable volume
‣Yellow digital GPS speedometer
‣UK wide safety camera locations
‣Headphone socket
‣Dark mode; LED's light up only at speed camera locations
‣Windows based PC, not Apple MAC compatible
‣2 year guarantee
‣Dimensions: Width - 72mm, Height - 40mm, Depth - 26mm

Installation of the Cheetah C550 Speed Camera Detector

Install the Cheetah c550 speed camera detector on either the dashboard or the windscreen of your vehicle to be warned to all known speed cameras via GPS technology. Power is supplied by the car cigarette lighter adapter which is provided in the box. You can also buy an external GPS antenna as an optional additional Cheetah c550 accessory. Using the compatible external GPS antenna you can then mount the Cheetah c550 in a location away from the dashboard with the GPS antenna only on the dashboard.

Trinity 3.0 speed camera subscription included with Cheetah c550

The Cheetah's Trinity 3.0 database includes speed camera locations and red light cameras too. You will need to pay to subscribe to the Cheetah Trinity 3.0 database. You can then update the Cheetah with the latest speed camera locations simply by connected to a PC computer running Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8 or 10. The updates can be downloaded as often as you like and you will receive a database update reminder if you forget to update for 6 weeks.

The Platinum subscription price is included with the price of the Cheetah c550:

Platinum subscription includes:
‣Lifetime unlimited updates for all regions
‣Includes up to 3 family owned Cheetah speed camera detectors
‣Extended Warranty upgraded from 1 year to 2 years

Trinity 3.0 database coverage

All of the below regions are included in the Platinum subscription included with the Cheetah c550:

Region ONE - United Kingdom (UK) and Europe:

UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Please note: Republic of Ireland locations are included in both the UK and Europe datasets.

Europe: Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.

Region TWO - North America: USA and Canada.

Region THREE - Australasia: Australia and New Zealand.

Speed cameras and other locations in the Speed Cheetah c550 Trinity Database

Custom alert distances and overspeed alerts are individually configurable for each type of alert stored in the Trinity 3.0 database. Alerts to these cameras are set in metres (m) and can be turned off or set to any preset distance warning - the options for which are explained below:

‣Speed cameras: OFF,300m,400m,500m,600m,700m,800m,900m.
‣Stored mobile cameras and mobile zones: OFF,300m,500m,700m,900m,1000m.
Average speed cameras and average speed zones: OFF,300m,400m,500m,600m,700m,800m,900m.
‣Average speed exits: OFF,100m,200m,300m,400m,500m, 600m.
‣Safety locations: OFF,300m,400m,500m,600m,700m,800m,900m.
‣School zones**: OFF,100m,200m,300m,400m,500m,600m.
‣Information locations: OFF,300m,400m,500m,600m,700m,800m,900m.
‣Red light cameras: OFF,100m,200m,300m,400m,500m,600m.
‣Non-ticketing cameras: OFF,300m,400m,500m,600m,700m,800m,900m.
‣Cameras in tunnel: OFF,300m,400m,500m,600m,700m,800m,900m.
‣Personal locations: OFF,100m,200m,300m,400m,500m,600m.
‣Opposite direction alerts: OFF,100m,200m,300m,400m,500m,600m.
‣Highway cameras: OFF,500m,600m,700m,800m,900m,1000m.

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

Adjustable alert speed limit tolerance

You can increase the overspeed alert activation speed to suit your driving style. For example, if you set a 10% tolerance then you would not receive an overspeed warning in a 30MPH zone until you are doing 33%. The options for tolerances are:


You will also get variable warning distances depending on the speed of your vehicle. For example, at slower speeds you will receive less distance of warning.

You may also choose to the use Personal Speed Limit function where you can set your own personal speed limit.

Cheetah c550 Manual

Looking for more information on the features of the Cheetah c550 or how it installs in your vehicle, etc? View the Cheetah c550 manual by clicking the PDF logo below. The manual opens in PDF format.

Cheetah c550 with Platinum subscription - What's in the box?

Cheetah speed camera detector includes the following products and accessories in the box:

‣Cheetah c550
‣Power cord
‣Windshield mount
‣Magnetic dash mount
‣PC download cable
‣Platinum subscription
‣Quick start guide

Further and replacement Cheetah c550 accessories can be viewed and purchased here.

Last updated: 11th September 2023