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 Cybershot DSC-W650 and the NEX 5T) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix S6100)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Olympus FE-5500 has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly 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 better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

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

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

Nikon Coolpix S6100

Nikon Coolpix S6100
6 years newer

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

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

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

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the S6100 and FE-5500

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (98×58×27 mm) vs Compact (94×61×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" 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)

  • Larger screen: 2.5" vs 2"
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

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

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 276 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 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"

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
$332 (body only)
$598 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 4.9 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 115k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"

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"