Olympus Stylus 550WP Review

Overall 40
Imaging 2
Features 16
Size 90
Price 0

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: No
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 94 x 62 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 167 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Also known as Olympus mju 550WP

Olympus Stylus 550WP Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus 550WP that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 07, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #427 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 40/100 and it takes a rank of #914 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus 550WP Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus 550WP review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 64
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Stylus 550WP With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Stylus 550WP. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus Stylus 550WP

Olympus Stylus 550WP has the following external dimensions 94 x 94 x 22 mm (37.01 x 24.41 x 8.66″) with the weight of 167 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus Stylus 550WP, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus Stylus 550WP is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 22mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Stylus 550WP with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Stylus 550WP is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Stylus 550WP compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus Stylus 550WP — 22 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Olympus Stylus 550WP — 167 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus 550WP comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus 550WP comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus Stylus 550WP Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus 550WP boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus Stylus 550WP has the following ISO range 64 - 1600 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus Stylus 550WP. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus Stylus 550WP features a 10.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus Stylus 550WP is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Olympus Stylus 550WP with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus 550WP

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus 550WP is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus Stylus 550WP are its fps max speed and 1/1000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Stylus 550WP unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Stylus 550WP, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Stylus 550WP allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Olympus Stylus 550WP is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Stylus 550WP to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Olympus Stylus 550WP for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus 550WP’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Stylus 550WP’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus 550WP to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus Stylus 550WP for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 550WP performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 3. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 550WP can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Image Stabilization

Olympus Stylus 550WP for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 550WP performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 7. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 550WP can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (94 x 62 x 22 mm)
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus 550WP for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 550WP performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 45. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 550WP can be called a 45 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)
  • Small size (94 x 62 x 22 mm)

Olympus Stylus 550WP for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 550WP performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 11. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 550WP can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (167 g)
  • Small size (94 x 62 x 22 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus Stylus 550WP for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus 550WP performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 54. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus 550WP can be called a 54 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Olympus Stylus 550WP Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus 550WP
Announced Jan 07, 2009
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 7
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 64
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 167 g
Physical Dimensions 94 x 62 x 22 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal
Storage Slots 1

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