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Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

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
  • Announced January 2009
  • Additionally Known as mju 550WP
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Released December 2012
Photography Glossary

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

The following is a detailed comparison of the Olympus 550WP and Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are produced by Olympus. The resolution of the 550WP (10MP) and the XZ-2 iHS (12MP) is fairly comparable but the 550WP (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") provide different sensor sizing.

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The 550WP was unveiled 5 years earlier than the XZ-2 iHS which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a more detailed comparison, here is a concise view of how the 550WP scores against the XZ-2 iHS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 550WP XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Olympus 550WP

 XZ-2 iHS 550WP 
ReleasedDecember 2012January 2009Newer by 48 months
Manual focus Very precise focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution920k230kCrisper display (+690k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 550WP XZ-2 iHS 
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to travel with your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus 550WP enjoys exterior dimensions of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) whilst the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") with a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have at that time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the 550WP against the XZ-2 iHS.

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 550WP and XZ-2 iHS is 94 and 85 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Typically, its tough to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions merely by seeing technical specs. The image here will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the 550WP and XZ-2 iHS.

As you have seen, each of these cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The 550WP having a smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field tougher and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS will show extra detail having an extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively. The more aged 550WP will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP Portrait photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Portrait photography highlights
19
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
46
manual focus
includes face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus 550WP
Street photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
61
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
66
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than average in class (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus 550WP
Sports photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
30
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
43
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery power (340 shots)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Travel photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Travel photography camera
55
environment proof
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
low MP (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
61
good battery power (340 shots)
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (346 grams)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP Landscape photography info
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography info
30
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment proof
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
manual mode not possible
low MP (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
55
manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
good battery power (340 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.7")
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Vlogging camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Vlogging camera
25
has image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone socket
36
quite wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes external microphone socket
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
more heavy than average in class (346 grams)
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Olympus 550WP vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Olympus Stylus 550WPOlympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus Stylus 550WP Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Also called as mju 550WP -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-01-07 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 35
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-114mm (3.0x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.0 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing distance 7cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 4.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
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 167 grams (0.37 pounds) 346 grams (0.76 pounds)
Physical dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 49
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 216
Other
Battery life - 340 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - Li-90B
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Cost at launch $399 $450