As well as being compared against other compacts, the Olympus mju 550WP is also often compared to travel zooms. The Olympus mju 550WP's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the VG120) and Fujifilm (such as the XP90 and the FinePix XP22)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus 550WP compared to other compact competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (94×62×22 mm) vs compact (110×71×28 mm)) and is waterproof.

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 26 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), has worse image stabilization (digital vs sensor shift) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Olympus VG120

Olympus VG-120
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the VG120 (vs the 550WP)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 38 mm
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the VG120 (vs the 550WP)

  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the VG120 and 550WP

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (96×57×19 mm) vs Compact (94×62×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.9"

Fujifilm XP90

Fujifilm XP90
7 years newer
$78

Significant advantages of the XP90 (vs the 550WP)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the XP90 (vs the 550WP)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (110×71×28 mm) vs Compact (94×62×22 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.1" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the XP90 and 550WP

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Waterproof

Fujifilm FinePix XP22

Fujifilm FinePix XP22
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the XP22 (vs the 550WP)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Digital

Significant disadvantages of the XP22 (vs the 550WP)

  • None found

common strengths of the XP22 and 550WP

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (99×68×24 mm) vs Compact (94×62×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus 550WP compared to travel zoom competitors include: it is waterproof.

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 28 mm), is older (january 2009 vs february 2014), is slightly heavier (167 g vs 127 g), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
5 years newer
$259

Significant advantages of the IXUS 145 (vs the 550WP)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 145 (vs the 550WP)

  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the IXUS 145 and 550WP

  • Very small: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (94×62×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 127 g vs 167 g