As well as being compared against other digicams, the Olympus C900Z is also often compared to compacts and entry-level DSLRs. The Olympus C900Z's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FS3) and Canon (such as the EOS 550D and the PowerShot A50)

Competitor classes

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, compared to other digicam competitors the Olympus C900Z has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 2"), is older (november 1998 vs march 1999) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/500 of a second vs 1/750 of a second).

Canon PowerShot A50

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4 months newer

Significant advantages of the PowerShot A50 (vs the C900Z)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 2" vs 1.8"
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/750 of a second vs 1/500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot A50 (vs the C900Z)

  • None found

common strengths of the PowerShot A50 and C900Z

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.8
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus C900Z compared to compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 33 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 2.5"), is much larger (standard size (127×67×54 mm) vs super compact (95×53×23 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (120 ISO vs 1,600 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS3
9 years newer
$393

Significant advantages of the DMC-FS3 (vs the C900Z)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×53×23 mm) vs Standard size (127×67×54 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 1.8"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FS3 (vs the C900Z)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DMC-FS3 and C900Z

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
12 years newer
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the C900Z)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the C900Z)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5100 and C900Z

  • None found

Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D
11 years newer
$332 (body only)
$598 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the 550D (vs the C900Z)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 550D (vs the C900Z)

  • None found

common strengths of the 550D and C900Z

  • None found