The Olympus D-540 Zoom is mostly gets compared to entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Olympus D-540 Zoom's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the D5500 and the Coolpix P510)

Competitor classes

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus D-540 Zoom compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (100×62×38 mm) vs prosumer size (124×97×70 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 2.8") and is significantly lighter (200 g vs 420 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (320 x 240 vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (85k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
11 years newer
$475 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the D-540 Zoom)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 3.1 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 85k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the D-540 Zoom)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Compact (100×62×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.5"
  • Significantly heavier: 420 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the D5500 and D-540 Zoom

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Compact (100×62×38 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 420 g vs 200 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus D-540 Zoom compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (100×62×38 mm) vs professional size (120×83×102 mm)), is thinner (1.5" vs 4") and is slightly lighter (200 g vs 555 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (85k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
8 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the D-540 Zoom)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the D-540 Zoom)

  • Larger: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Compact (100×62×38 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 1.5"
  • Significantly heavier: 555 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the P510 and D-540 Zoom

  • Fairly small: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Compact (100×62×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 555 g vs 200 g
  • Thin: 4" vs 1.5"