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Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP

Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
35
Overall
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Canon PowerShot A3500 IS front
 
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26

Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP Key Specs

Canon A3500 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 135g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2013
Olympus 550WP
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-114mm (F3.5-5.0) lens
  • 167g - 94 x 62 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
  • Other Name is mju 550WP
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Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP Overview

The following is a in depth assessment of the Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Canon and Olympus. There is a sizeable difference among the resolutions of the A3500 IS (16MP) and 550WP (10MP) but they use the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A3500 IS was unveiled 4 years after the 550WP which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple introduction of how the A3500 IS scores against the 550WP with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A3500 IS over the Olympus 550WP

 A3500 IS 550WP 
ReleasedJanuary 2013January 2009Newer by 49 months
Display dimension3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Canon A3500 IS

 550WP A3500 IS 

Common features in the Canon A3500 IS and Olympus 550WP

 A3500 IS 550WP 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP Physical Comparison

When you are planning to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor its weight and measurements. The Canon A3500 IS provides physical dimensions of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") along with a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Olympus 550WP has proportions of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you choose at the time. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the A3500 IS versus the 550WP.

Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the A3500 IS and 550WP is 96 and 94 respectively.

Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP top view buttons comparison

Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's tough to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by seeing specifications. The pic underneath should offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the A3500 IS and 550WP.

Plainly, each of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Canon A3500 IS to provide extra detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images somewhat more aggressively. The younger A3500 IS will have an edge in sensor innovation.

Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP sensor size comparison

Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A3500 IS as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus 550WP as a Portrait photography camera
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megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A3500 IS as a Street photography camera
Olympus 550WP as a Street photography camera
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has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with focus by touch
lighter than average in class (135g)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon A3500 IS as a Sports photography camera
Olympus 550WP as a Sports photography camera
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has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (200 shots)
doesn't have phase detect AF
30
image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A3500 IS Travel photography info
Olympus 550WP Travel photography info
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lighter than average in class (135g)
comes with focus by touch
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
not so great battery power (200 per charge)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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environment proof
has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
low megapixels (10MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A3500 IS
Landscape photography with Olympus 550WP
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really wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual control
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
not so great battery power (200 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse mode
30
image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
lack of manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5")
no manual control
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A3500 IS Vlogging details
Olympus 550WP Vlogging details
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really wide (28mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
lighter than average in class (135 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic socket
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image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
no microphone jack
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Canon A3500 IS vs Olympus 550WP Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A3500 IS and Olympus 550WP
 Canon PowerShot A3500 ISOlympus Stylus 550WP
General Information
Brand Name Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot A3500 IS Olympus Stylus 550WP
Otherwise known as - mju 550WP
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-01-07 2009-01-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 64
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 38-114mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/3.5-5.0
Macro focusing range 3cm 7cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 2.5"
Display resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 135 gr (0.30 pounds) 167 gr (0.37 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 images -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-11L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $115 $399