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Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H front
Portability
52
Imaging
76
Features
87
Overall
80

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H 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
  • Revealed January 2009
  • Additionally referred to as mju 550WP
Panasonic S1H
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expand to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 5952 x 3988 video
  • Leica L Mount
  • 1052g - 151 x 114 x 110mm
  • Launched August 2019
Photography Glossary

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H Overview

Below is a comprehensive overview of the Olympus 550WP versus Panasonic S1H, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by rivals Olympus and Panasonic. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the 550WP (10MP) and S1H (24MP) and the 550WP (1/2.3") and S1H (Full frame) feature different sensor sizing.

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The 550WP was revealed 11 years before the S1H and that is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus 550WP being a Compact camera and the Panasonic S1H being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summation of how the 550WP grades against the S1H with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Panasonic S1H

 550WP S1H 

Reasons to pick Panasonic S1H over the Olympus 550WP

 S1H 550WP 
LaunchedAugust 2019January 2009More recent by 129 months
Manual focus More precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3.2"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.7")
Screen resolution2330k230kCrisper screen (+2100k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Panasonic S1H

 550WP S1H 

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you're going to have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Olympus 550WP has external measurements of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Panasonic S1H has dimensions of 151mm x 114mm x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3") accompanied by a weight of 1052 grams (2.32 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus 550WP versus Panasonic S1H in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you use at that moment. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the 550WP vs the S1H.

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the 550WP and S1H is 94 and 52 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to picture the gap between sensor measurements purely by reading through specifications. The photograph below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the 550WP and S1H.

Plainly, both the cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The 550WP having a tinier sensor is going to make achieving bokeh more challenging and the Panasonic S1H will give you greater detail because of its extra 14 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots far more aggressively. The older 550WP is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP Portrait photography advice
Panasonic S1H Portrait photography advice
19
manual focus not available
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
85
manual focus
above average flash sync (1/320s)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Street photography camera
Panasonic S1H as a Street photography camera
61
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
69
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
boasts focus by touch
environment proofing
great ISO range (51,200)
more heavy than competitors in class (1,052g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 550WP Sports photography features
Panasonic S1H Sports photography features
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
76
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shutter (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports tracking focus
environment proofing
low battery (400 CIPA)
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 550WP Travel photography features
Panasonic S1H Travel photography features
55
environment proofing
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
64
environment proofing
has bluetooth
boasts focus by touch
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
low battery (400 per charge)
more heavy than competitors in class (1,052g)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP Landscape photography factors
Panasonic S1H Landscape photography factors
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
manual focus not available
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
no manual mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
81
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Leica L mount)
good sized screen (3.2 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count good (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
great ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW files
environment proofing
2 card slots
low battery (400 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 550WP Vlogging information
Panasonic S1H Vlogging information
25
built in image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone port
70
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detect autofocus
good video quality (5952 x 3988 pixels)
includes microphone support
more heavy than competitors in class (1,052 grams)
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Olympus 550WP vs Panasonic S1H Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Panasonic S1H
 Olympus Stylus 550WPPanasonic Lumix DC-S1H
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus 550WP Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H
Also called as mju 550WP -
Type Small Sensor Compact Pro Mirrorless
Revealed 2009-01-07 2019-08-28
Physical type Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 1600 51200
Highest boosted ISO - 204800
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW pictures
Min boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 225
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Leica L
Lens focal range 38-114mm (3.0x) -
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.0 -
Macro focus distance 7cm -
Total lenses - 30
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 2.5 inches 3.2 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 2,330 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 5,760 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.78x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1000s 1/8000s
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate - 9.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync., Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/320s
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) 5952 x 3988 @ 23.98p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 640x480 5952x3988
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167 gr (0.37 pounds) 1052 gr (2.32 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 151 x 114 x 110mm (5.9" x 4.5" x 4.3")
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 - 400 photographs
Battery style - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II supported)
Card slots One Two
Retail cost $399 $3,998