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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Pentax Efina front
Portability
97
Imaging
38
Features
26
Overall
33

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina Key Specs

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
  • Launched January 2009
  • Also Known as mju 550WP
Pentax Efina
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 91g - 87 x 54 x 21mm
  • Revealed June 2013
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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina Overview

In this article, we are evaluating the Olympus 550WP and Pentax Efina, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Ultracompact by brands Olympus and Pentax. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the 550WP (10MP) and Efina (14MP) but they use the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The 550WP was released 5 years earlier than the Efina and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Olympus 550WP being a Compact camera and the Pentax Efina being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going in to a in depth comparison, below is a short summation of how the 550WP grades versus the Efina in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Pentax Efina

 550WP Efina 

Reasons to pick Pentax Efina over the Olympus 550WP

 Efina 550WP 
RevealedJune 2013January 2009More recent by 53 months

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Pentax Efina

 550WP Efina 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing2.5"2.5"Equivalent display size
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you will want to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus 550WP provides outer dimensions of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) whilst the Pentax Efina has measurements of 87mm x 54mm x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8") having a weight of 91 grams (0.20 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you select during that time. Here is the front view measurements comparison of the 550WP versus the Efina.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the 550WP and Efina is 94 and 97 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to visualise the gap in sensor measurements merely by checking out specs. The photograph below might provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the 550WP and Efina.

As you can plainly see, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should anticipate the Pentax Efina to provide more detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos far more aggressively. The older 550WP will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP Portrait photography factors
Pentax Efina Portrait photography factors
19
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
34
decent MP (14MP)
features face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus 550WP Street photography highlights
Pentax Efina Street photography highlights
61
has image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
64
has image stabilization (Digital)
lighter than average in class (91g)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 550WP Sports photography factors
Pentax Efina Sports photography factors
30
has image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
low max shutter speed (1/1,000s)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
35
has image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (14MP)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,400 seconds)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus 550WP
Travel photography with Pentax Efina
55
weather sealing
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than average in class (91 grams)
decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
really wide (26mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax Efina as a Landscape photography camera
30
has image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
no manual control
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
38
really wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5 inch)
manual exposure not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Vlogging camera
Pentax Efina as a Vlogging camera
25
has image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external mic socket
33
really wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
features face detection focus
lighter than average in class (91g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone port
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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax Efina Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Pentax Efina
 Olympus Stylus 550WPPentax Efina
General Information
Make Olympus Pentax
Model type Olympus Stylus 550WP Pentax Efina
Also called as mju 550WP -
Category Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Launched 2009-01-07 2013-06-03
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 64 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-114mm (3.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.0 f/3.5-6.3
Macro focusing distance 7cm 20cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 1/8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1000 seconds 1/1400 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 4.10 m
Flash settings Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, Auto Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 167 gr (0.37 pounds) 91 gr (0.20 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 87 x 54 x 21mm (3.4" x 2.1" x 0.8")
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 life - 200 images
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI109
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $399 $10