As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Olympus Stylus SP-100 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. The Olympus Stylus SP-100's top rivals come from Sony (such as the CyberShot DSC-H300) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ70)

Competitor classes

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SP-100 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has an external mic jack, is newer (january 2014 vs august 2012), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly longer exposures (30 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (330 shots vs 390 shots), is thicker (5.2" vs 4.2") and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
similar age
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SP-100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SP-100)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SP-100

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 589 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
6 months older
$599

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the SP-100)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 24 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 330 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the SP-100)

  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and SP-100

  • Light weight: 606 g vs 589 g

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
1 year older
$450

Significant advantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the SP-100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the SP-100)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.9
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the SP-820UZ iHS and SP-100

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 589 g

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
2 years newer
$339 - $459

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the SP-100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the SP-100)

  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and SP-100

  • Light weight: 565 g vs 589 g

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$458 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the SP-100)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly more zoom: 83.3x vs 50x
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the SP-100)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Heavier: 899 g vs 589 g

common strengths of the P900 and SP-100

  • None found

Olympus SP-570 UZ

Olympus SP-570 UZ
6 years older

Significant advantages of the SP-570 UZ (vs the SP-100)

  • Smaller: Prosumer size (116×79×78 mm) vs Large (121×91×133 mm)
  • Longer battery life: 390 shots vs 330 shots
  • Significantly thinner: 3.1" vs 5.2"

Significant disadvantages of the SP-570 UZ (vs the SP-100)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the SP-570 UZ and SP-100

  • Light weight: 405 g vs 589 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SP-100 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (7 fps vs 3 fps) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 18 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
similar age
$337 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SP-100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SP-100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and SP-100

  • None found