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Olympus SP-550 UltraZoom
4.3 out of 10

Olympus SP-550 UltraZoom

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Image Sensor
7.1 Megapixel (effective), 7.4 Megapixel gross, 1/2.5” CCD
Focal Length/Lens Configuration
4.68 – 84.24mm (28 – 504mm equivalent in 35mm photography), 14 lenses in 11 groups; 4 aspherical lenses, 2 ED lenses
18x Optical + 5.6x Digital (Seamless to 100x)
Maximum Aperture
f2.8 – f4.5 (adjustable in 1/3 EV step)
2.5” (6.4cm) Color LCD, approx. 230,000 pixels
Electronic (dioptic correction)
Focus System
CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface)
Normal Mode:
Focus Mode
iESP Auto, Spot AF, Selective AF Target, Manual
Shutter Speed
1/2000 sec. – 15 sec., Bulb
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity)
Auto, High ISO Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200*, 5000* (*approx. 3MP)
Exposure Metering
Digital iESP Auto Multi-Pattern TTL, Center-Weighted Metering
White Balance Control
iESP2 Auto, One-Touch, Presets (Sunlight, Overcast, Tungsten, and 3 Fluorescents)
Exposure Compensation
±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV increments
Image File Format
Still Image: DCF Exif 2.21, JPEG, PIM3
Number of Recorded Pixels
3,072 x 2,304, RAW / SHQ / HQ
Shooting Modes
30 Shooting Modes: Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, My Modes, GUIDE, Scene Presets (Portrait, Landscape, Landscape & Portrait, Night Scene, Night & Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select1, Shoot & Select2, Beach, Snow, Underwater Wide1, Underwater Wide2, Underwater Macro), Movie
Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master Software when using Olympus brand xD-Picture Card™
Continuous Shooting
Hi-Speed2: 15 frames per second for 20 frames (1.2MP)
Shooting Assist Functions
Histogram, Frame Assist
Movie Mode
AVI Movie with Sound: 640x480/30fps, SHQ; 640x480/15fps, HQ; 320x240/30fps, SQ1; 320x240/15fps, SQ2
Image Processing
TruePic TURBO™ Image Processor
Pixel Mapping
Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM) available via menu setting
Noise Reduction
Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer
Image Playback
Still Image: Single, Index, Enlargement, Slideshow, Calendar, Album, Histogram, Rotation
Playback Edit Effects
Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Black & White, Sepia, Crop, Resize, Rotate, Brightness, Saturation, Frame, Label, Calendar, Layout
Direct Printing Options
Flash Modes
Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Fill-In & Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Off
Flash Working Range
Wide: 14.8 ft. (4.5m), Tele: 9.2 ft. (2.8m) at ISO 200
12 Seconds/2 Seconds, AUTO
Setting Memorization
On (stores changes) / Off (restores default settings)
Date/Time Calendar
Automatically recorded with each image (up to 2099)
20MB internal memory
Removable Media Card
xD-Picture Card™ (16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512MB, 1GB or 2GB)
Outer Connectors
USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input
Auto-Connect USB
2.0 Full Speed
System Requirements
Auto-connect USB: Windows® 98SE/ME/2000PRO/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS® 9.0-9.2x/OS X 10.1-10.4 with USB port. Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac® 10.3 and higher
Operating Temperature/Humidity
Operation: 32° – 104°F (0° – 40°C), 30% – 90% humidity
Power Source
(4) AA Batteries, AC Adapter (C-7AU)
4.6” W x 3.1” H x 3.1” D (116mm x 78.5mm x 78mm)
12.9oz. (365g) without batteries and media card
Release Date
First seen
16 March 2007