As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus FE-5500 is also often compared to ultra compacts, mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Olympus FE-5500's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cybershot DSC-W650 and the Cyber-shot WX50) and Canon (such as the Digital IXUS 750 and the EOS 550D)

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 much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 9.7 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

Sony Cybershot DSC-W650
6 years newer

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

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

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

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-W650 and FE-5500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×56×19 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • 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)

  • Much larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Significantly longer exposures: 15 seconds vs 2 seconds

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

  • None found

common strengths of the Digital IXUS 750 and FE-5500

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Fairly small: Compact (90×57×27 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)

Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

Sony Cybershot DSC-W620
6 years newer
$245

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

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

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

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-W620 and FE-5500

  • Fairly small: Super compact (98×56×20 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Nikon Coolpix S6100

Nikon Coolpix S6100
6 years newer
$179

Significant advantages of the S6100 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S6100 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the S6100 and FE-5500

  • None found

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 much 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
$294

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

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610
6 years newer
$150

Significant advantages of the DSC-W610 (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W610 (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W610 and FE-5500

  • None found

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") and is slightly lighter (175 g vs 285 g).

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
$444 - $498 (body only)
$500 - $598 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"

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 (124×98×76 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 3") 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 24.2 MP), has a much smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
9 years newer
$402 (body only)
$349 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.9"
  • Significantly heavier: 430 g vs 175 g

common strengths of the D3300 and FE-5500

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 175 g

Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D
5 years newer
$420 (body only)
$630 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"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to travel zoom competitors the Olympus FE-5500 has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 9.8 MP).

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
8 years newer

Significant advantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SH-50 iHS and FE-5500

  • None found

Olympus SH-21

Olympus SH-21
6 years newer
$139

Significant advantages of the SH-21 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SH-21 (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the SH-21 and FE-5500

  • None found