The Canon PowerShot A550 is mostly gets compared to compacts and pro digicams. The Canon PowerShot A550's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot A510 and the PowerShot A530) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LS85)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A550 compared to compact competitors include: it has a significantly longer battery life (140 shots vs 90 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.5"), is slightly larger (mid size (91×64×43 mm) vs compact (94×62×31 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (january 2007 vs january 2009) and is thicker (1.7" vs 1.2").

Canon PowerShot A510

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2 years older

Significant advantages of the A510 (vs the A550)

  • Thinner: 1.5" vs 1.7"

Significant disadvantages of the A510 (vs the A550)

  • Lower true resolution: 3.1 MP vs 7.1 MP

common strengths of the A510 and A550

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS85
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-LS85 (vs the A550)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly better wide angle: 32 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (97×62×30 mm) vs Mid size (91×64×43 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LS85 (vs the A550)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DMC-LS85 and A550

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A530

Canon PowerShot A530
1 year older
$140

Significant advantages of the A530 (vs the A550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A530 (vs the A550)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 90 shots vs 140 shots

common strengths of the A530 and A550

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370
3 years newer
$611

Significant advantages of the DSC-W370 (vs the A550)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (100×57×26 mm) vs Mid size (91×64×43 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W370 (vs the A550)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.6
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-W370 and A550

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A495

Canon PowerShot A495
3 years newer
$112

Significant advantages of the A495 (vs the A550)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (94×62×31 mm) vs Mid size (91×64×43 mm)
  • Larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 1.7"

Significant disadvantages of the A495 (vs the A550)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A495 and A550

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon PowerShot A480

Canon PowerShot A480
2 years newer
$225

Significant advantages of the A480 (vs the A550)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (92×62×31 mm) vs Mid size (91×64×43 mm)
  • Larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Much thinner: 1.2" vs 1.7"

Significant disadvantages of the A480 (vs the A550)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A480 and A550

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A550 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is significantly smaller (mid size (91×64×43 mm) vs large (128×93×129 mm)), is newer (january 2007 vs august 2006), is thinner (1.7" vs 5.1") and is significantly lighter (210 g vs 750 g).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs 1/1.7" 7.78x5.83mm), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (86k dots vs 235k dots), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and doesn't support an external flash.

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100
4 months older

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the A550)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the A550)

  • Significantly larger: Large (128×93×129 mm) vs Mid size (91×64×43 mm)
  • Much thicker: 5.1" vs 1.7"
  • Significantly heavier: 750 g vs 210 g

common strengths of the S9100 and A550

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Tunnel