The Olympus Stylus 850 SW is mostly gets compared to other waterproofs and compacts. The Olympus Stylus 850 SW's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the TG310 and the Tough TG-810) and Konica Minolta (such as the DiMAGE G400)

Competitor classes

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus 850 SW compared to other waterproof competitors include: it is significantly smaller (super compact (94×61×21 mm) vs compact (100×65×26 mm)).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (january 2008 vs february 2011).

Olympus TG310

Olympus TG-310
3 years newer
$240

Significant advantages of the TG310 (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TG310 (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

common strengths of the TG310 and 850 SW

  • None found

Olympus Tough TG-810

Olympus Tough TG-810
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the TG-810 (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TG-810 (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

common strengths of the TG-810 and 850 SW

  • None found

Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

Olympus Stylus Tough 6020
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Tough 6020 (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Tough 6020 (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

common strengths of the Tough 6020 and 850 SW

  • None found

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

common strengths of the TG-850 iHS and 850 SW

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 725 SW

Olympus Stylus 725 SW
1 year older

Significant advantages of the 725 SW (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 725 SW (vs the 850 SW)

  • None found

common strengths of the 725 SW and 850 SW

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compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus 850 SW compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (2.5" vs 1.5"), is newer (january 2008 vs august 2006) and is waterproof.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.8), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 28 mm), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), is slightly more expensive ($599.99 vs $349.90) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Olympus FE-5010

Olympus FE-5010
1 year newer
$350

Significant advantages of the FE-5010 (vs the 850 SW)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Lighter: 130 g vs 176 g

Significant disadvantages of the FE-5010 (vs the 850 SW)

  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the FE-5010 and 850 SW

  • Very small: Super compact (96×57×21 mm) vs Super compact (94×61×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 130 g vs 176 g

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G400

Minolta DiMAGE G400
4 years older

Significant advantages of the G400 (vs the 850 SW)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 34 mm vs 38 mm
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the G400 (vs the 850 SW)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly larger: Compact (94×56×26 mm) vs Super compact (94×61×21 mm)
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the G400 and 850 SW

  • Very small: Compact (94×56×26 mm) vs Super compact (94×61×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 210 g vs 176 g

Olympus Stylus 750

Olympus Stylus 750
1 year older
$412

Significant advantages of the Stylus 750 (vs the 850 SW)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 750 (vs the 850 SW)

  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the Stylus 750 and 850 SW

  • Very small: Super compact (96×54×24 mm) vs Super compact (94×61×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 170 g vs 176 g

Sony Cybershot W560

Sony Cybershot DSC-W560
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the W560 (vs the 850 SW)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the W560 (vs the 850 SW)

  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the W560 and 850 SW

  • Very small: Super compact (94×56×19 mm) vs Super compact (94×61×21 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 126 g vs 176 g