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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
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Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Pentax ist DS2 front
Portability
68
Imaging
44
Features
33
Overall
39

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 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
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Alternative Name is mju 550WP
Pentax ist DS2
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 605g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Announced August 2005
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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Advanced DSLR by rivals Olympus and Pentax. There is a crucial difference among the sensor resolutions of the 550WP (10MP) and ist DS2 (6MP) and the 550WP (1/2.3") and ist DS2 (APS-C) possess different sensor dimensions.

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The 550WP was launched 3 years later than the ist DS2 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Olympus 550WP being a Compact camera and the Pentax ist DS2 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting straight into a thorough comparison, below is a concise summary of how the 550WP matches up vs the ist DS2 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Pentax ist DS2

 550WP ist DS2 
AnnouncedJanuary 2009August 2005Fresher by 42 months
Display resolution230k210kSharper display (+20k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax ist DS2 over the Olympus 550WP

 ist DS2 550WP 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Pentax ist DS2

 550WP ist DS2 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension2.5"2.5"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch display Neither comes with Touch display

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry your camera regularly, you should consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus 550WP comes with external dimensions of 94mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Pentax ist DS2 has measurements of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") and a weight of 605 grams (1.33 lbs).

Check out the Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are using at the time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the 550WP vs the ist DS2.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the 550WP and ist DS2 is 94 and 68 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its tough to picture the gap in sensor sizing only by seeing specifications. The visual below may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the 550WP and ist DS2.

Plainly, the 2 cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The 550WP because of its smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallow depth of field tougher and the Olympus 550WP will show extra detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics much more aggressively. The more recent 550WP should have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP Portrait photography info
Pentax ist DS2 Portrait photography info
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focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
50
has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
doesn't have liveview
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
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Street Comparison

Olympus 550WP Street photography info
Pentax ist DS2 Street photography info
61
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment sealing
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
60
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
lighter than competition (605 grams)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 550WP Sports photography advice
Pentax ist DS2 Sports photography advice
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment sealing
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000s)
no shutter priority
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
38
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
doesn't have liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Travel photography camera
Pentax ist DS2 as a Travel photography camera
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environment sealing
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
52
lighter than competition (605g)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax ist DS2 as a Landscape photography camera
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment sealing
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
no manual control
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
46
has manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus 550WP Vlogging details
Pentax ist DS2 Vlogging details
25
built in image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not great (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic port
22
lighter than competition (605 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low ( pxls)
does not have mic socket
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Olympus 550WP vs Pentax ist DS2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Pentax ist DS2
 Olympus Stylus 550WPPentax ist DS2
General Information
Make Olympus Pentax
Model Olympus Stylus 550WP Pentax ist DS2
Otherwise known as mju 550WP -
Class Small Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2009-01-07 2005-08-22
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 6MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2736 3008 x 2008
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Minimum native ISO 64 200
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Pentax KAF
Lens focal range 38-114mm (3.0x) -
Max aperture f/3.5-5.0 -
Macro focus range 7cm -
Total lenses - 151
Focal length multiplier 5.9 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 210k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.64x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/1000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance 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) -
Maximum video resolution 640x480 -
Video file format Motion JPEG -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None No
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167 gr (0.37 pounds) 605 gr (1.33 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
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 - 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/MMC card
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $399 -