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Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Olympus Stylus 550WP front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V front
Portability
91
Imaging
42
Features
46
Overall
43

Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V 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
  • Also Known as mju 550WP
Sony HX10V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-400mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 234g - 105 x 60 x 34mm
  • Released February 2012
  • Later Model is Sony HX20V
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Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V Overview

Here, we are matching up the Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Olympus and Sony. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the 550WP (10MP) and HX10V (18MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The 550WP was unveiled 4 years prior to the HX10V and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a thorough comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the 550WP scores against the HX10V in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus 550WP over the Sony HX10V

 550WP HX10V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX10V over the Olympus 550WP

 HX10V 550WP 
ReleasedFebruary 2012January 2009More recent by 38 months
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution922k230kSharper display (+692k dot)

Common features in the Olympus 550WP and Sony HX10V

 550WP HX10V 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to consider its weight and dimensions. The Olympus 550WP provides exterior measurements 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 Sony HX10V has dimensions of 105mm x 60mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are using during that time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the 550WP and the HX10V.

Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the 550WP and HX10V is 94 and 91 respectively.

Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V top view buttons comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to see the contrast in sensor measurements only by checking out specs. The visual underneath should give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the 550WP and HX10V.

All in all, both of those cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Sony HX10V to produce greater detail having an extra 8 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop images way more aggressively. The older 550WP will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V sensor size comparison

Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus 550WP Portrait photography factors
Sony HX10V Portrait photography factors
19
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
38
good MP (18MP)
features face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Street photography camera
Sony HX10V as a Street photography camera
61
image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (234 grams)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus 550WP Sports photography information
Sony HX10V Sports photography information
30
image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
max shutter speed is low (1/1,000s)
no shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
49
incredible zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
features tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus 550WP as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX10V as a Travel photography camera
55
weather proofing
built-in flash
no Timelapse function
megapixel count low (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
69
lighter than competition in class (234 grams)
good MP (18MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great reach (400mm)
missing Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus 550WP Landscape photography features
Sony HX10V Landscape photography features
30
image stabilization (Digital)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.5")
lack of manual exposure
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
no Timelapse function
45
relatively wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus 550WP
Vlogging with Sony HX10V
25
image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
no microphone jack
34
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (234 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
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Olympus 550WP vs Sony HX10V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus 550WP and Sony HX10V
 Olympus Stylus 550WPSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
General Information
Company Olympus Sony
Model type Olympus Stylus 550WP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
Also Known as mju 550WP -
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-01-07 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - BIONZ
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 area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-114mm (3.0x) 24-400mm (16.7x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.0 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 7cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/1000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure 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) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167 grams (0.37 pounds) 234 grams (0.52 pounds)
Physical dimensions 94 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 105 x 60 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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 - 320 pictures
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage xD-Picture Card, microSD, internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Retail cost $399 $616