As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus FE-5500 is also often compared to mirrorless, ultra compacts and entry-level DSLRs. The Olympus FE-5500's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A6000 and the NEX 5N) and Canon (such as the EOS 550D and the Digital IXUS 750)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus FE-5500 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.5"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 9.7 MP) and is older (february 2005 vs january 2012).

Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

Sony Cybershot DSC-W620
6 years newer
$234

Significant advantages of the DSC-W620 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2"
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 9.7 MP vs 4.9 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W620 (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W620 and FE-5500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (98×56×20 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

Sony Cybershot DSC-W650
6 years newer
$259

Significant advantages of the DSC-W650 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W650 (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W650 and FE-5500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×56×19 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.7" vs 0.9"

Canon Digital IXUS 750

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6 months newer

Significant advantages of the Digital IXUS 750 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the Digital IXUS 750 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 35 mm

common strengths of the Digital IXUS 750 and FE-5500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (90×57×27 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"

Toshiba PDR-5300

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the PDR-5300 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the PDR-5300 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the PDR-5300 and FE-5500

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus FE-5500 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (94×61×24 mm) vs mid size (120×67×45 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.8"), is slightly lighter (175 g vs 285 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes much lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
9 years newer
$400 - $448 (body only)
$518 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Thicker: 1.8" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the A6000 and FE-5500

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 1.8" vs 0.9"

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
6 years newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 115k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the FE-5500)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5N and FE-5500

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 0.9"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus FE-5500 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2" vs 2.7"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly larger (compact (94×61×24 mm) vs ultra compact (92×52×19 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
7 years newer
$260

Significant advantages of the WX50 (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WX50 (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the WX50 and FE-5500

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus FE-5500 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (94×61×24 mm) vs prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 2.4") and is much lighter (175 g vs 530 g).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 17.9 MP), has a much smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror).

Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D
5 years newer
$327 (body only)
$588 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the 550D (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 115k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the 550D (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.4" vs 0.9"
  • Much heavier: 530 g vs 175 g

common strengths of the 550D and FE-5500

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 0.9"