As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus SP-700 is also often compared to super zooms. The Olympus SP-700's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot A3100 IS) and Olympus (such as the C-730 UZ)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SP-700 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2"), is much smaller (compact (98×57×24 mm) vs compact (88×61×33 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.3") and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.7), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (october 2005 vs january 2010) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

Canon PowerShot A3100 IS
4 years newer
$159

Significant advantages of the A3100 IS (vs the SP-700)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly better wide angle: 35 mm vs 38 mm

Significant disadvantages of the A3100 IS (vs the SP-700)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Significantly larger: Compact (97×58×28 mm) vs Compact (98×57×24 mm)
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the A3100 IS and SP-700

  • Very small: Compact (97×58×28 mm) vs Compact (98×57×24 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Light weight: 165 g vs 180 g

Casio QV-R61

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the QV-R61 (vs the SP-700)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the QV-R61 (vs the SP-700)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Compact (88×61×33 mm) vs Compact (98×57×24 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the QV-R61 and SP-700

  • Very small: Compact (88×61×33 mm) vs Compact (98×57×24 mm)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SP-700 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.5"), is slightly smaller (compact (98×57×24 mm) vs professional size (120×83×102 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 4"), is slightly lighter (180 g vs 555 g) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (0.7 fps vs 7 fps).

Olympus C-730 UZ

Olympus C-730 UZ
3 years older

Significant advantages of the C-730 UZ (vs the SP-700)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.3
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the C-730 UZ (vs the SP-700)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 0.9"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the C-730 UZ and SP-700

  • Fairly small: Standard size (108×76×78 mm) vs Compact (98×57×24 mm)
  • Very light: 400 g vs 180 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 0.9"

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
6 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the SP-700)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the SP-700)

  • Larger: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Compact (98×57×24 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 0.9"
  • Significantly heavier: 555 g vs 180 g

common strengths of the P510 and SP-700

  • Fairly small: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Compact (98×57×24 mm)
  • Light weight: 555 g vs 180 g
  • Thin: 4" vs 0.9"