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Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP

Portability
93
Imaging
46
Features
47
Overall
46
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS front
 
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP Key Specs

Canon SX610 HS
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.8-6.9) lens
  • 191g - 105 x 61 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2015
  • Previous Model is Canon SX600 HS
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
  • Also referred to as mju 550WP
Photography Glossary

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP Overview

Its time to look a little more closely at the Canon SX610 HS and Olympus 550WP, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Canon and Olympus. There is a considerable difference between the sensor resolutions of the SX610 HS (20MP) and 550WP (10MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SX610 HS was released 6 years after the 550WP which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick introduction of how the SX610 HS matches up against the 550WP with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX610 HS over the Olympus 550WP

 SX610 HS 550WP 
ReleasedJanuary 2015January 2009More modern by 73 months
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution922k230kSharper display (+692k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Canon SX610 HS

 550WP SX610 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX610 HS and Olympus 550WP

 SX610 HS 550WP 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera often, you should think about its weight and volume. The Canon SX610 HS provides outside measurements of 105mm x 61mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 191 grams (0.42 lbs) while the Olympus 550WP has sizing of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are employing at that time. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the SX610 HS vs the 550WP.

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the SX610 HS and 550WP is 93 and 94 respectively.

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP top view buttons comparison

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's tough to imagine the difference between sensor sizes purely by going over specs. The image below will offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the SX610 HS and 550WP.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can anticipate the Canon SX610 HS to offer extra detail as a result of its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos way more aggressively. The more recent SX610 HS provides a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP sensor size comparison

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX610 HS Portrait photography details
Olympus 550WP Portrait photography details
44
has manual focus
good MP (20MP)
includes face detection focusing
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
19
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon SX610 HS Street photography information
Olympus 550WP Street photography information
63
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (191g)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
61
image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX610 HS Sports photography details
Olympus 550WP Sports photography details
45
incredible zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
includes tracking autofocus
low fps (2.5 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low battery pack (270 CIPA)
lacks phase detect AF
30
image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX610 HS as a Travel photography camera
Olympus 550WP as a Travel photography camera
68
lighter than competition (191 grams)
good MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
long zoom (450mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
low battery pack (270 shots)
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
55
weather proofing
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX610 HS Landscape photography info
Olympus 550WP Landscape photography info
48
has manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
low battery pack (270 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
30
image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5")
no manual control
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX610 HS Vlogging highlights
Olympus 550WP Vlogging highlights
35
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (191g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic port
25
image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
missing mic port
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Canon SX610 HS vs Olympus 550WP Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX610 HS and Olympus 550WP
 Canon PowerShot SX610 HSOlympus Stylus 550WP
General Information
Company Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Olympus Stylus 550WP
Also called - mju 550WP
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2015-01-06 2009-01-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4+ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 5184 x 3888 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 64
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-450mm (18.0x) 38-114mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.8-6.9 f/3.5-5.0
Macro focus range 5cm 7cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 2.5 inch
Screen resolution 922 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.5 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 3.50 m -
Flash options Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 191g (0.42 pounds) 167g (0.37 pounds)
Physical dimensions 105 x 61 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.1") 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 270 photos -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-6LH -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal
Storage slots One One
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