Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP

Olympus E-620 front
Olympus Stylus 550WP front

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP Key Specs

Olympus E-620
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 500g - 130 x 94 x 60mm
  • Revealed July 2009
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
  • Announced January 2009
  • Additionally Known as mju 550WP
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Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP Overview

Below is a complete assessment of the Olympus E-620 and Olympus 550WP, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both offered by Olympus. The resolution of the E-620 (12MP) and the 550WP (10MP) is pretty comparable but the E-620 (Four Thirds) and 550WP (1/2.3") enjoy different sensor sizes.

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The E-620 was brought out 6 months later than the 550WP and they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus E-620 being a Compact SLR camera and the Olympus 550WP being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a more detailed comparison, below is a concise summation of how the E-620 scores versus the 550WP with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-620 over the Olympus 550WP

 E-620 550WP 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing2.7"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Olympus E-620

 550WP E-620 

Common features in the Olympus E-620 and Olympus 550WP

 E-620 550WP 
AnnouncedJuly 2009January 2009Same generation
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to lug around your camera frequently, you have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-620 has got physical dimensions of 130mm x 94mm x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") accompanied by a weight of 500 grams (1.10 lbs) whilst the Olympus 550WP has dimensions 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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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have chosen during that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the E-620 vs the 550WP.

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the E-620 and 550WP is 71 and 94 respectively.

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is difficult to visualize the gap in sensor measurements purely by checking out technical specs. The photograph here should provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the E-620 and 550WP.

As you have seen, each of these cameras enjoy different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The E-620 due to its bigger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Olympus E-620 will show more detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs far more aggressively.

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP sensor size comparison

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-620 Portrait photography info
Olympus 550WP Portrait photography info
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (12MP)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
low resolution (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-620 Street photography factors
Olympus 550WP Street photography factors
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-620 Sports photography highlights
Olympus 550WP Sports photography highlights
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect autofocus
max fps very slow (4.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (12MP)
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
low max shutter speed (1/1,000s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus E-620
Travel photography with Olympus 550WP
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
missing Time Lapse function
terrible battery power (500 shots)
megapixel count low (12MP)
environment proofing
has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
low resolution (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-620 Landscape photography info
Olympus 550WP Landscape photography info
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
tiny screen (2.7")
megapixel count low (12MP)
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
missing Time Lapse function
image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
lack of manual exposure
low resolution (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-620 Vlogging highlights
Olympus 550WP Vlogging highlights
no video recording
image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
no external microphone support
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Olympus E-620 vs Olympus 550WP Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-620 and Olympus 550WP
 Olympus E-620Olympus Stylus 550WP
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus E-620 Olympus Stylus 550WP
Also referred to as - mju 550WP
Class Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-07-06 2009-01-07
Physical type Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by TruePic III+ -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 4032 x 3024 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 64
RAW images
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 7 -
Lens mount type Micro Four Thirds fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 38-114mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.5-5.0
Macro focusing distance - 7cm
Number of lenses 45 -
Focal length multiplier 2.1 5.9
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 2.5 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech HyperCrystal LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) None
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.48x -
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames per second -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Front curtain, Rear curtain, Fill-in, Manual Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 seconds -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution None 640x480
Video data format - Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 500 gr (1.10 lbs) 167 gr (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 94 x 60mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 2.4") 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 21.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.3 not tested
DXO Low light rating 536 not tested
Battery life 500 pictures -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery ID BLS-1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal
Card slots One One
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