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Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Ricoh CX4 front
Portability
92
Imaging
34
Features
34
Overall
34

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 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
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Alternate Name is mju 550WP
Ricoh CX4
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-300mm (F3.5-5.6) lens
  • 205g - 102 x 59 x 29mm
  • Announced August 2010
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Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Olympus 550WP and Ricoh CX4, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Olympus and Ricoh. The image resolution of the 550WP (10MP) and the CX4 (10MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The 550WP was released 19 months earlier than the CX4 which makes them a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a in depth comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the 550WP matches up against the CX4 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Ricoh CX4

 550WP CX4 

Reasons to pick Ricoh CX4 over the Olympus 550WP

 CX4 550WP 
AnnouncedAugust 2010January 2009Fresher by 19 months
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Ricoh CX4

 550WP CX4 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry your camera, you need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Olympus 550WP has outer 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) and the Ricoh CX4 has dimensions of 102mm x 59mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 205 grams (0.45 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the 550WP versus the CX4.

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the 550WP and CX4 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to envision the gap between sensor sizing merely by looking at specs. The visual underneath might offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the 550WP and CX4.

All in all, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the exact same resolution therefore you should expect similar quality of pictures though you have to take the release date of the products into consideration. The older 550WP is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP Portrait photography info
Ricoh CX4 Portrait photography info
19
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
27
you can focus manually
no manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus 550WP
Street photography with Ricoh CX4
61
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (205g)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Sports photography camera
Ricoh CX4 as a Sports photography camera
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,000s)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
25
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
low fps (5.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 550WP Travel photography highlights
Ricoh CX4 Travel photography highlights
55
environment proofing
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
MP count low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
66
lighter than competition in class (205g)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
great reach (300mm)
low resolution (10MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP Landscape photography features
Ricoh CX4 Landscape photography features
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
environment proofing
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.5")
no manual exposure
MP count low (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
42
you can focus manually
fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
low resolution (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus 550WP
Vlogging with Ricoh CX4
25
built in image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic port
30
fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (205g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external microphone support
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Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh CX4 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Ricoh CX4
 Olympus Stylus 550WPRicoh CX4
General Information
Make Olympus Ricoh
Model type Olympus Stylus 550WP Ricoh CX4
Otherwise known as mju 550WP -
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-01-07 2010-08-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Smooth Imaging Engine IV
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-114mm (3.0x) 28-300mm (10.7x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.0 f/3.5-5.6
Macro focusing range 7cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate - 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 4.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported 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)
Max 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167 gr (0.37 lbs) 205 gr (0.45 lbs)
Physical dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 102 x 59 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 ID - DB-100
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2, 10 or Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at release $399 $211