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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Pentax Optio E70 front
Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 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
  • Launched January 2009
  • Additionally referred to as mju 550WP
Pentax E70
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 175g - 94 x 61 x 26mm
  • Revealed January 2009
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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 Overview

Here is a comprehensive overview of the Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Olympus and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the 550WP (10MP) and the E70 (10MP) is pretty similar and they use the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The 550WP was manufactured at a similar time to the E70 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting in to a in depth comparison, below is a quick summary of how the 550WP grades vs the E70 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Pentax E70

 550WP E70 
Screen sizing2.5"2.4"Bigger screen (+0.1")
Screen resolution230k112kClearer screen (+118k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax E70 over the Olympus 550WP

 E70 550WP 

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Pentax E70

 550WP E70 
RevealedJanuary 2009January 2009Similar generation
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus 550WP provides exterior measurements of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") having a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) whilst the Pentax E70 has measurements of 94mm x 61mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0") along with a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have during that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the 550WP vs the E70.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the 550WP and E70 is 94 and 94 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it can be tough to visualize the difference between sensor sizing purely by reviewing technical specs. The graphic below may offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the 550WP and E70.

As you have seen, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact resolution therefore you should expect similar quality of images however you would want to consider the release date of the products into consideration.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax E70 as a Portrait photography camera
19
no manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
low resolution (10MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
19
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus 550WP Street photography details
Pentax E70 Street photography details
61
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
47
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus 550WP
Sports photography with Pentax E70
30
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,000 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
16
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus 550WP
Travel photography with Pentax E70
55
environment proofing
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
low resolution (10MP)
does not have selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
50
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse recording
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP Landscape photography details
Pentax E70 Landscape photography details
30
has image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5")
no manual exposure
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
22
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.4")
manual exposure not possible
no image stabilization
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Vlogging camera
Pentax E70 as a Vlogging camera
25
has image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have selfie friendly display
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external mic jack
22
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone support
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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax E70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Pentax E70
 Olympus Stylus 550WPPentax Optio E70
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus Stylus 550WP Pentax Optio E70
Also referred to as mju 550WP -
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-01-07 2009-01-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Min native ISO 64 64
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 38-114mm (3.0x) 35-105mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-5.0 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus distance 7cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5" 2.4"
Display resolution 230k dots 112k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1000 secs 1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 3.50 m
Flash settings Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On -
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 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167 gr (0.37 pounds) 175 gr (0.39 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 94 x 61 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 model - 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $399 $140