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Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Ricoh GR Digital IV front
Portability
92
Imaging
35
Features
47
Overall
39

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV 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
  • Other Name is mju 550WP
Ricoh GR Digital IV
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28mm (F1.9) lens
  • 190g - 109 x 59 x 33mm
  • Released September 2011
  • Superseded the Ricoh GR Digital III
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Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Overview

The following is a extended analysis of the Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Olympus and Ricoh. The resolution of the 550WP (10MP) and the GR Digital IV (10MP) is fairly similar but the 550WP (1/2.3") and GR Digital IV (1/1.7") come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The 550WP was introduced 3 years prior to the GR Digital IV which is quite a sizable difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a complete comparison, below is a brief summary of how the 550WP matches up vs the GR Digital IV in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Ricoh GR Digital IV

 550WP GR Digital IV 

Reasons to pick Ricoh GR Digital IV over the Olympus 550WP

 GR Digital IV 550WP 
ReleasedSeptember 2011January 2009Newer by 32 months
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution1230k230kClearer display (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Ricoh GR Digital IV

 550WP GR Digital IV 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Olympus 550WP provides exterior 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 Ricoh GR Digital IV has dimensions of 109mm x 59mm x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the 550WP against the GR Digital IV.

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the 550WP and GR Digital IV is 94 and 92 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to visualise the contrast between sensor dimensions only by reviewing a spec sheet. The pic underneath will give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the 550WP and GR Digital IV.

As you can see, each of these cameras offer the same exact MP but not the same sensor dimensions. The 550WP uses the tinier sensor which will make getting shallow DOF more challenging. The more aged 550WP is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP Portrait photography info
Ricoh GR Digital IV Portrait photography info
19
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
41
focusing manually
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Olympus 550WP Street photography factors
Ricoh GR Digital IV Street photography factors
61
built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
65
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
fixed screen
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Olympus 550WP
Sports photography with Ricoh GR Digital IV
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
34
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
great battery power (390 per charge)
fixed focal length (28mm)
sensor resolution low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Travel photography camera
Ricoh GR Digital IV as a Travel photography camera
55
weather sealing
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
67
great battery power (390 CIPA)
has built in flash
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP Landscape photography details
Ricoh GR Digital IV Landscape photography details
30
built in image stabilization (Digital)
weather sealing
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
no manual control
MP count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
53
focusing manually
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW files
great battery power (390 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (28mm)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus 550WP
Vlogging with Ricoh GR Digital IV
25
built in image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external mic support
29
very good maximum aperture (f1.9)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
missing external microphone port
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Olympus 550WP vs Ricoh GR Digital IV Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Ricoh GR Digital IV
 Olympus Stylus 550WPRicoh GR Digital IV
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Ricoh
Model Olympus Stylus 550WP Ricoh GR Digital IV
Alternative name mju 550WP -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-01-07 2011-09-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 64 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 38-114mm (3.0x) 28mm (1x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.0 f/1.9
Macro focus distance 7cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 4.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.5 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Optical (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 1 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1000 secs 1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 3.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Manual
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 640x480
Video format Motion JPEG 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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167g (0.37 pounds) 190g (0.42 pounds)
Dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 109 x 59 x 33mm (4.3" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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 - 390 pictures
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery model - DB65
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots One One
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