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Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP

Portability
85
Imaging
38
Features
62
Overall
47
Canon PowerShot G16 front
 
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26

Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP Key Specs

Canon G16
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 356g - 109 x 76 x 40mm
  • Launched November 2013
  • Old Model is Canon G15
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
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Alternative Name is mju 550WP
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Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP Overview

The following is a in-depth assessment of the Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Canon and Olympus. The resolution of the G16 (12MP) and the 550WP (10MP) is very comparable but the G16 (1/1.7") and 550WP (1/2.3") use totally different sensor size.

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The G16 was unveiled 4 years after the 550WP which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a complete comparison, below is a short highlight of how the G16 grades versus the 550WP in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon G16 over the Olympus 550WP

 G16 550WP 
IntroducedNovember 2013January 2009Newer by 60 months
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution922k230kClearer display (+692k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Canon G16

 550WP G16 

Common features in the Canon G16 and Olympus 550WP

 G16 550WP 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you should factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon G16 has physical dimensions of 109mm x 76mm x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") accompanied by a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) whilst the Olympus 550WP has measurements of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have attached at that time. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the G16 versus the 550WP.

Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the G16 and 550WP is 85 and 94 respectively.

Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP top view buttons comparison

Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is tough to visualise the difference in sensor dimensions purely by checking out specs. The image below may provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the G16 and 550WP.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The G16 with its larger sensor will make getting shallower DOF simpler and the Canon G16 will produce extra detail having an extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos far more aggressively. The more recent G16 is going to have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP sensor size comparison

Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP Screen and ViewFinder

Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon G16
Portrait photography with Olympus 550WP
49
manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
19
lack of manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon G16 Street photography details
Olympus 550WP Street photography details
58
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
heavier than competitors (356 grams)
61
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon G16 Sports photography info
Olympus 550WP Sports photography info
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (360 per charge)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
lacks phase detect autofocus
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,000s)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon G16 Travel photography advice
Olympus 550WP Travel photography advice
64
better than average battery life (360 CIPA)
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
heavier than competitors (356 grams)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
55
environment proofing
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon G16 Landscape photography info
Olympus 550WP Landscape photography info
58
manual focus
really wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (360 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
no manual control
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon G16 Vlogging highlights
Olympus 550WP Vlogging highlights
33
really wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic support
heavier than competitors (356 grams)
25
built in image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of microphone jack
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Canon G16 vs Olympus 550WP Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon G16 and Olympus 550WP
 Canon PowerShot G16Olympus Stylus 550WP
General Information
Company Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot G16 Olympus Stylus 550WP
Other name - mju 550WP
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-11-25 2009-01-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 12800 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 64
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 38-114mm (3.0x)
Maximal aperture f/1.8-2.8 f/3.5-5.0
Macro focus distance 1cm 7cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.5"
Screen resolution 922k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT PureColor II G LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (tunnel) None
Viewfinder coverage 80 percent -
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/2000 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, 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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356g (0.78 pounds) 167g (0.37 pounds)
Dimensions 109 x 76 x 40mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 1.6") 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 230 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 pictures -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-10L -
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
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