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Olympus µ 550 WP

alaTest has collected and analyzed 233 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and performance are overall positive. The portability and image quality also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and exposure, and there are some mixed opinions about the zoom.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ 550 WP is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus 550WP

 

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An amazing camera in an out of the water!!!!!!

 

One time, I went to a water park with the camera. I went to down a water slide with it and no damage was done. I was so happy with the pictures. They came out great. We have a pool at our vacation house, and when I went in the ... Expand full review

The pictures underwater are really clear and sharp. Also out of the water. The best photos are when you are outside, and it's bright out. But inside is good too. I also like how it can fit into your pocket and it's not all big and bulky

After you take a video, when you watch it on the camera, there is no sound. But then, once you download it on the computer there is sound

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An amazing camera in an out of the water!!!!!!

 

One time, I went to a water park with the camera. I went to down a water slide with it and no damage was done. I was so happy with the pictures. They came out great. We have a pool at our vacation house, and when I went in the pool, the pictures were...

The pictures underwater are really clear and sharp. Also out of the water. The best photos are when you are outside, and it's bright out. But inside is good too. I also like how it can fit into your pocket and it's not all big and bulky

After you take a video, when you watch it on the camera, there is no sound. But then, once you download it on the computer there is sound

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Poor picture quality, shaky, esp bad indoors

 

i didnt have this cam long b/c i returned it. i used it at our school talent show; w/ no flash its very shaky on auto mode, but w/ flash its not shaky but still pretty dark. i nvr tested the waterproof quality tho so idk how it went. ... Expand full...

full refund :) go best-buy

bad pic quality; flash not very good

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Poor picture quality, shaky, esp bad indoors

 

i didnt have this cam long b/c i returned it. i used it at our school talent show; w/ no flash its very shaky on auto mode, but w/ flash its not shaky but still pretty dark. i nvr tested the waterproof quality tho so idk how it went. i didnt wanna mess...

full refund :) go best-buy

bad pic quality; flash not very good

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Amazon review summary for Olympus µ 550 WP

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 user reviews of Olympus µ 550 WP from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

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51% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Olympus Stylus 550 WP 10MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Blue)Olympus Stylus 550 WP 10MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD (Blue)Olympus Stylus 550WP 10MP Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue) + 4GB Deluxe Accessory Kit

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Not So WaterProof

 

The camera says that it is waterproof up to like 10ft. I took this to Xel-Ha mexico (had already used it a few times to get used to it). I set it for the underwater mode, made sure all gaskets were sealed, and went in the water. I stayed on the surface...

Price, Color(black), MicroSD Adapter (to xd)Included, Compact Size. Makes a great paper weight now-a-days

Settings are difficult to get right for the lighting you are shooting in, Menu style is awkward if you are used to the dial style. Picture takes a long time to resolve after shooting. Photo quality is much less than what it should be for the megapixels...

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Decent Camera

 

One thing to remember this is a cheap point shoot camera not a high end SLR. They are good for one thing using in auto mode and taking simple pictures! You will not be a professional photographer with any point and shoot so there really is no reason to...

The obvious pros are its cheap and its waterproof. My wife and the kids have had a blast with this camera. The quality is ok for a point and shoot the response is fair as well. Its small and nothing sticks out to get caught on things. Everything is...

The biggest con I would say would have to be battery life while having a rechargeable battery that comes with the camera, it has awful life. After a couple hours of use the battery is dead and that is without the flash. The image quality is less than I...

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great lil camera

 

i chose blue because i didn't want to lose it floridian murky water .. the black would have made it blend in. the sd card converter is in the blue large envelope with the manual. Don't compare this to a canon or high end sony or dslr the photos are a...

ease of use for any person, light, durable tested in pool 10 mins after opened use works like a charm, cheap with newegg bundle with case extra battery and lens cleaner.. can't beat that

the video records audio but you can't hear it when u play it back.. going through the manual several times thinking it was defective its not THIS WILL NOT PLAY AUDIO BACK it RECORDS AUDIO and only plays it on PC or TV but not through the camera.. :) IT...

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Great for my husband!

 

Great little camera for my husband who drops things pretty often. It took nice pictures on our Europe trip, where I think he photographed our families every move, yeah I created a monster! We didn't test the water feature though

In Rome the battery started flipping out. We couldn't turn the camera off. I had to take out the battery and then put it back in. Then it worked fine. Luckily I took the 2 year protection just in case. That's why I gave it only 4 stars

Product Specifications

The waterproof, sporty Stylus-550WP is one camera you won't need to handle with care. It's built to survive whatever you can dish out - the pool, the game, or even the beach. If you are the type that is always on the go, this camera can keep up.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus LI-42B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:microSD Card / xD-Picture Card/xD-Picture Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.4in
Weight:4.5oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Anti shake / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night portrait / Night scene / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater snapshot

Header

Manufacturer:Olympus
Model:550WP
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.0
Max Focal Length:20.1mm
Min Focal Length:6.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Teal
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Underwater Use: Yes
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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