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Olympus Stylus 550WP


Olympus Stylus 550WP

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Olympus Stylus 550WP features 10MP resolution (on a 1/2.33-in. CCD), 3x optical zoom (38–114mm equiv.) and a large 2.5-in. (230K dots) LCD. Thanks to a number of seals and gaskets, the 550WP is waterproof up to a depth of 3m / 10ft.

The Stylus 550WP provides an Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode that automatically identifies the scene -- portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro, or sport -- and adjusts settings to optimize results.

Face Detection tracks up to 12 faces and automatically focuses and optimizes exposures on the faces. There is no mechanical image stabilization, but Digital Image Stabilization uses a high ISO and fast shutter speed to reduce blur dues to camera shake and subject motion. Perfect Fix lightens up shadows and removes red-eye in-camera.

Beginners will appreciate the In-Camera Help Guides that provide a brief description of camera settings and features, conveniently displayed on the LCD, at the push of a button.

Easily upload your movies and images to YouTube™ and share with the world using OLYMPUS Master™ 2.0 Software.

The Olympus Stylus 550WP should appeal to point-and-shoot photographers who desire an affordable ultra compact waterproof digital camera that they can safely take to the pool, game, and beach.


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Olympus Stylus 550WP
QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus Stylus 550wpUS | CAN
Waterproof Equivalent to IEC60529 IPX8/JISC0920 (3m / 10ft)
Image Sensor 10 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.33" CCD
Lens 6.7 – 20.1mm (38 – 114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
10 Lenses in 8 Groups, 3 Aspherical Lenses, 1 ED Lens
Zoom 3x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom
Aperture Range F3.5 (W) / F5.0 (T)

2.5-in. TFT color LCD display; 230,000 dots

Viewfinder N/A
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Ranges

Normal mode: 19.7" – infinity (0.5m – infinity)
Macro mode: Wide: 7.9" – infinity (0.2m – infinity) Tele: 11.8" – infinity (0.3m – infinity)
Super Macro mode: 2.8" – 19.7" (7cm - 50cm)

Focus Mode iESP Auto, Face Detection AF
Shutter Speed

1/1000 sec. –1/2 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)

ISO (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
White Balance Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and 3 Fluorescents)
Image File Format

Still Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG

Number of Recorded Pixels

10MP (3,648 x 2,736)
5MP (2,560 x 1,920)
3MP (2,048 x 1,536)
2MP (1,600 x 1,200)
1MP (1,280 x 960)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9 (1,920 x 1,080)

Shooting Modes

17 Shooting Modes;
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Digital Image Stabilization, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. NIGHT SCENE. 4. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 5. SPORT, 6. INDOOR, 7. CANDLE, 8. SELF PORTRAIT, 9. SUNSET, 10. FIREWORKS, 11. CUISINE, 12. DOCUMENTS, 13. UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT), Movie

Motion Blur Suppression Digital Image Stabilization
Panorama Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software
Selftimer 12 Seconds
Shooting Assist Functions Frame Assist, Voice Recording, Exposure Compensation Preview
Movie Mode

AVI Movie with Sound;
640x480 (30/15fps)
320x240 (30/15fps)

Noise Reduction Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes
Image Playback

Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation
Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame

Playback Edit Effects

Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Lighting Fix, Resize, Cropping
Movie: N/A

Flash Built-in
Flash Modes

Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction

Flash Working Range

Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) – 13.5ft (4.1m) at ISO 800
Tele: 0.98ft (0.3m) – 9.5ft (2.9m) at ISO 800

Memory 14.8 MB internal memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input*)
*Optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1/CB-MA3) is required.
Auto-connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements

Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000 Professional/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000 Professional/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5

Operating Environment

Operation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C)
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C)
Operation: 30% – 90%
Storage: 10% – 90%

Power Supply Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1/CB-MA3)
Battery Life (CIPA DC-002) 140 Shots
Size (W x H x D) 93.6 mm x 61.7 mm x 21.5 mm /
3.7 x 2.4 x 0.85 in.
Weight (camera body only) 127g / 4.5oz without batteries and memory card
MSRP US $199.99 / CDN $249.99

Package Contents:

  • Olympus Stylus 550WP digital camera
  • Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-42B) & Charger (LI-41C)
  • Wrist Strap
  • USB Cable, Audio/ Video Cable
  • Manual
  • MASD-1 (microSD Adapter)
  • OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM
  • Warranty card

*Specifications and design are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
All trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective holder.
©2009 Olympus Imaging America Inc.

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