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Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP

Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
14
Overall
26
Nikon Coolpix L22 front
 
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26

Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP Key Specs

Nikon L22
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 37-134mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 183g - 98 x 61 x 28mm
  • Announced February 2010
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
  • Alternative Name is mju 550WP
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Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Nikon and Olympus. The image resolution of the L22 (12MP) and the 550WP (10MP) is relatively close and they enjoy the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The L22 was manufactured 14 months later than the 550WP which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a in-depth comparison, below is a brief summation of how the L22 scores against the 550WP with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L22 over the Olympus 550WP

 L22 550WP 
ReleasedFebruary 2010January 2009More recent by 14 months
Screen dimension3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")

Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Nikon L22

 550WP L22 

Common features in the Nikon L22 and Olympus 550WP

 L22 550WP 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP Physical Comparison

When you are intending to lug around your camera frequently, you'll have to consider its weight and size. The Nikon L22 offers physical measurements of 98mm x 61mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 183 grams (0.40 lbs) whilst the Olympus 550WP has specifications of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") having a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose during that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the L22 versus the 550WP.

Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the L22 and 550WP is 93 and 94 respectively.

Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP top view buttons comparison

Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to visualize the difference in sensor measurements only by viewing specs. The graphic here might give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the L22 and 550WP.

All in all, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should count on the Nikon L22 to render extra detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots much more aggressively. The younger L22 provides an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP sensor size comparison

Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L22 Portrait photography advice
Olympus 550WP Portrait photography advice
21
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
19
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon L22 Street photography factors
Olympus 550WP Street photography factors
46
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L22 Sports photography details
Olympus 550WP Sports photography details
17
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,000 seconds)
no shutter priority
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L22 Travel photography info
Olympus 550WP Travel photography info
50
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
low megapixels (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
55
environment proof
flash built-in
no Timelapse recording
sensor resolution low (10MP)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon L22
Landscape photography with Olympus 550WP
27
screen size is decent (3 inch)
lack of manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5 inches)
no manual mode
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L22 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus 550WP as a Vlogging camera
22
wide angle not fantastic (37mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external microphone support
25
built in image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
no microphone jack
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Nikon L22 vs Olympus 550WP Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L22 and Olympus 550WP
 Nikon Coolpix L22Olympus Stylus 550WP
General Information
Make Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Coolpix L22 Olympus Stylus 550WP
Also called - mju 550WP
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-02-03 2009-01-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed C2 -
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 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 64
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 37-134mm (3.6x) 38-114mm (3.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/3.5-5.0
Macro focusing range 5cm 7cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 2.5"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 secs 4 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 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 640x480 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 183 grams (0.40 lb) 167 grams (0.37 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 61 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") 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 ID 2 x AA -
Self timer Yes Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal
Storage slots One One
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