As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus FE-5500 is also often compared to mirrorless and entry-level DSLRs. The Olympus FE-5500's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX 5N and the NEX 5T) and Canon (such as the EOS 600D 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 slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.7).

However, on average it has way more less zoom (3x vs 7x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Nikon Coolpix S6100

Nikon Coolpix S6100
6 years newer
$186

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

  • Much more zoom: 7x vs 3x
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

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

  • None found

common strengths of the S6100 and FE-5500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1" vs 0.9"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus FE-5500 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is thinner (0.9" vs 1.5"), is slightly lighter (175 g vs 269 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), takes significantly lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
6 years newer

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"

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
8 years newer

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

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots
  • Has a touch screen

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

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5T and FE-5500

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 0.9"

Nikon 1 J3

Nikon 1 J3
8 years newer
$599 10-100mm lens

Significant advantages of the J3 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the J3 (vs the FE-5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the J3 and FE-5500

  • Fairly small: Compact (101×61×29 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Very light: 224 g vs 175 g
  • Thin: 1.1" 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 (124×99×76 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 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (4.9 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D
6 years newer
$420 (body only)
$524 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 600D (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 600D (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.9"
  • Much heavier: 570 g vs 175 g

common strengths of the 600D and FE-5500

  • None found

Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D
5 years newer
$328 (body only)
$590 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"

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
8 years newer
$500 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 115k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2"
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the FE-5500)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×99×76 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 0.9"
  • Much heavier: 480 g vs 175 g

common strengths of the D5300 and FE-5500

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 175 g