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Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP

Portability
83
Imaging
35
Features
50
Overall
41
Canon PowerShot G12 front
 
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP Key Specs

Canon G12
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 401g - 112 x 76 x 48mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Superseded the Canon G11
  • Successor is Canon G15
Olympus 550WP
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • 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
  • Additionally Known as mju 550WP
Photography Glossary

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP Overview

Below is a thorough review of the Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Canon and Olympus. The sensor resolution of the G12 (10MP) and the 550WP (10MP) is relatively comparable but the G12 (1/1.7") and 550WP (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor sizes.

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The G12 was unveiled 2 years later than the 550WP and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting through a in depth comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the G12 grades against the 550WP when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon G12 over the Olympus 550WP

 G12 550WP 
ReleasedJanuary 2011January 2009More recent by 25 months
Manually focus More precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension2.8"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution461k230kClearer screen (+231k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Canon G12

 550WP G12 

Common features in the Canon G12 and Olympus 550WP

 G12 550WP 
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera, you need to consider its weight and size. The Canon G12 has external measurements of 112mm x 76mm x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") along with a weight of 401 grams (0.88 lbs) and the Olympus 550WP has specifications of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

Examine the Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Underneath is the front view overall size comparison of the G12 vs the 550WP.

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the G12 and 550WP is 83 and 94 respectively.

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP top view buttons comparison

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to see the contrast in sensor measurements merely by going through specifications. The photograph below might offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the G12 and 550WP.

Plainly, both the cameras have got the exact same megapixels albeit not the same sensor measurements. The G12 features the bigger sensor which should make obtaining shallower DOF simpler. The more modern G12 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP sensor size comparison

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon G12 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus 550WP as a Portrait photography camera
47
has manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
provides face detection focus
supports RAW formats
low resolution sensor (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
19
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
MP count low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon G12 Street photography highlights
Olympus 550WP Street photography highlights
64
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
small sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than competition in class (401 grams)
61
image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon G12 Sports photography highlights
Olympus 550WP Sports photography highlights
34
image stabilization (Optical)
great battery pack (370 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect auto focus
30
image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,000s)
no shutter priority
MP count low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon G12 Travel photography info
Olympus 550WP Travel photography info
60
great battery pack (370 CIPA)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
reasonably wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (401g)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
55
weather sealing
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse recording
MP count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G12 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus 550WP as a Landscape photography camera
49
has manual focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
nice screen size (2.8 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (370 per charge)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
no Time Lapse recording
30
image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
manual mode not possible
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G12 Vlogging information
Olympus 550WP Vlogging information
60
reasonably wide (28mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (401g)
25
image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have mic socket
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Canon G12 vs Olympus 550WP Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G12 and Olympus 550WP
 Canon PowerShot G12Olympus Stylus 550WP
General Information
Make Canon Olympus
Model type Canon PowerShot G12 Olympus Stylus 550WP
Also Known as - mju 550WP
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-01-19 2009-01-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 4 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Minimum native ISO 80 64
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 38-114mm (3.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-4.5 f/3.5-5.0
Macro focusing range 1cm 7cm
Crop factor 4.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 2.8" 2.5"
Resolution of display 461k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.00 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/2000s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 401 gr (0.88 lbs) 167 gr (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 76 x 48mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.9") 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 47 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 20.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 161 not tested
Other
Battery life 370 photographs -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-7L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $600 $399