As well as being compared against other compacts, the Samsung ST5500 is also often compared to travel zooms, digicams and entry-level DSLRs. The Samsung ST5500's top rivals come from Samsung (such as the WB650 and the WB50F) and Canon (such as the PowerShot S95 and the EOS 100D)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung ST5500 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.7" vs 3"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (1,152k dots vs 461k dots), is significantly smaller (super compact (104×58×20 mm) vs compact (100×58×30 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (4,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (31 mm vs 27 mm), is not waterproof, has a slower max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/3000 of a second) and significantly shorter exposures (8 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
7 months newer
$315

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the ST5500)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3.3
  • Significantly better wide angle: 28 mm vs 31 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (vs the ST5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.7"
  • Much larger: Compact (100×58×30 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the S95 and ST5500

  • Very small: Compact (100×58×30 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 0.8"

Samsung ST550

Samsung ST550
4 months older
$339

Significant advantages of the ST550 (vs the ST5500)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 27 mm vs 31 mm
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the ST550 (vs the ST5500)

  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3.5" vs 3.7"

common strengths of the ST550 and ST5500

  • Very small: Super compact (100×60×19 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Very large screens: 3.5" vs 3.7"
  • High resolution screens: 1,152k dots vs 1,152k dots

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FT1 (vs the ST5500)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 28 mm vs 31 mm
  • Waterproof
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 8 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FT1 (vs the ST5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.7"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 1,152k dots
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the DMC-FT1 and ST5500

  • Very small: Compact (98×63×23 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung ST5500 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3.7" vs 3"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,152k dots vs 461k dots), is much smaller (super compact (104×58×20 mm) vs compact (133×71×19 mm)), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (4,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (31 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks and external mic jack and is older (january 2010 vs january 2014).

Samsung WB650

Samsung WB650
similar age

Significant advantages of the WB650 (vs the ST5500)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 31 mm
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the WB650 (vs the ST5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.7"
  • Much larger: Compact (107×61×28 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the WB650 and ST5500

  • Very small: Compact (107×61×28 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • OLED screens: OLED vs OLED
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 0.8"

Samsung WB50F

Samsung WB50F
4 years newer
$278

Significant advantages of the WB50F (vs the ST5500)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 31 mm

Significant disadvantages of the WB50F (vs the ST5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.7"
  • Much larger: Compact (101×68×27 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED

common strengths of the WB50F and ST5500

  • Very small: Compact (101×68×27 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Very light: 157 g vs 160 g
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 0.8"

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
4 years newer
$1,639

Significant advantages of the Camera 2 (vs the ST5500)

  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 3.7"
  • Has a GPS
  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 31 mm

Significant disadvantages of the Camera 2 (vs the ST5500)

  • Much larger: Compact (133×71×19 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Much heavier: 283 g vs 160 g

common strengths of the Camera 2 and ST5500

  • Very small: Compact (133×71×19 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Very large screens: 4.8" vs 3.7"
  • Have touch screens

Canon IXUS 230 HS

Canon IXUS 230 HS
1 year newer
$285

Significant advantages of the IXUS 230 HS (vs the ST5500)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 28 mm vs 31 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 230 HS (vs the ST5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.7"
  • Doesn't have an OLED screen: LCD vs OLED
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 1,152k dots

common strengths of the IXUS 230 HS and ST5500

  • Very small: Super compact (96×57×22 mm) vs Super compact (104×58×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 140 g vs 160 g

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung ST5500 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (31 mm vs 36 mm), has a much larger screen (3.7" vs 1.8"), is significantly smaller (super compact (104×58×20 mm) vs professional size (115×83×130 mm)), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and takes significantly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 1.3 MP).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.3 vs f/2.8), has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel), doesn't support an external flash and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1500 of a second vs 1/10000 of a second).

Olympus C1400XL

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11 years older

Significant advantages of the C1400XL (vs the ST5500)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.8 vs f/3.3
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the C1400XL (vs the ST5500)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3.7"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 31 mm

common strengths of the C1400XL and ST5500

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 100D

Canon EOS 100D
3 years newer
$670 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 100D (vs the ST5500)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 100D (vs the ST5500)

  • None found

common strengths of the 100D and ST5500

  • None found