As well as being compared against other compacts, the Nikon Coolpix S550 is also often compared to travel zooms and ultra compacts. The Nikon Coolpix S550's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W290 and the Cyber-shot DSC-W710) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX220 HS and the PowerShot SD3500 IS)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S550 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.3) and is slightly less expensive ($299.00 vs $610.63).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (january 2008 vs january 2013) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W290
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W290 (vs the S550)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W290 (vs the S550)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W290 and S550

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (98×57×23 mm) vs Super compact (90×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SD3500 IS (vs the S550)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SD3500 IS (vs the S550)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD3500 IS and S550

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (99×56×22 mm) vs Super compact (90×54×22 mm)

Nikon Coolpix S560

Nikon Coolpix S560
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the S560 (vs the S550)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S560 (vs the S550)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.7

common strengths of the S560 and S550

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (93×55×24 mm) vs Super compact (90×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W710 (vs the S550)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W710 (vs the S550)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W710 and S550

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very small: Super compact (97×55×20 mm) vs Super compact (90×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W370
1 year newer
$611

Significant advantages of the DSC-W370 (vs the S550)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W370 (vs the S550)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.7

common strengths of the DSC-W370 and S550

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (100×57×26 mm) vs Super compact (90×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.9"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S550 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.4), is significantly smaller (super compact (90×54×22 mm) vs compact (106×59×33 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.3") and is slightly lighter (150 g vs 215 g).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (5x vs 20x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 461k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX220 HS (vs the S550)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX220 HS (vs the S550)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (106×59×33 mm) vs Super compact (90×54×22 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Heavier: 215 g vs 150 g

common strengths of the SX220 HS and S550

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×59×33 mm) vs Super compact (90×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 215 g vs 150 g

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
7 years newer
$320

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the S550)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 36 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the S550)

  • Thicker: 1.1" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the S7000 and S550

  • Very small: Compact (99×60×27 mm) vs Super compact (90×54×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 165 g vs 150 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, compared to ultra compact competitors the Nikon S550 has a much narrower wide angle lens (36 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), much lower maximum light sensitivity (2,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
4 years newer
$120

Significant advantages of the WX50 (vs the S550)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WX50 (vs the S550)

  • None found

common strengths of the WX50 and S550

  • None found