Olympus Stylus 550WP Brief Review


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  • 10-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints
  • Lightweight, aluminum exterior
  • Waterproof up to 10 feet
  • 3x optical zoom
  • Face Detection
  • Perfect Fix in-camera editing
  • Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
  • Release Date: 2009-01-12
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus 550WP
10-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints; Lightweight, aluminum exterior; Waterproof up to 10 feet; 3x optical zoom; Face Detection; Perfect Fix in-camera editing; Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

We recommend taking a look at the TOUGH 3000 as an alternative to this year-old camera. But here's what we had to say about the 550WP when it came out last January:

A new lightweight and durable offering from Olympus, the Stylus 550WP features 10-megapixel resolution for striking images that don't leave out any details. Additionaly, a 3x optical zoom with Face Detection ensures that your subject never comes out blurry or washed out. Perfect Fix software allows for easy in-camera editing and its aluminum exterior ensures that it stays waterproof up to ten feet.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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