The Pentax Optio S55 is mostly gets compared to other compacts. The Pentax Optio S55's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FX8)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Pentax S55 is slightly larger (compact (89×59×28 mm) vs super compact (94×51×24 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8
similar age

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX8 (vs the S55)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX8 (vs the S55)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FX8 and S55

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.6
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Compact (89×59×28 mm)