As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro DSLRs, pro digicams, mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and waterproofs. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the Stylus SH-50 iHS) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX700 HS and the Rebel T5i)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs 124 fps), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and captures 3D images.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 360 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013) and is less popular.

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$149 - $160

Significant advantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SZ-16 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SH-50 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-50 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$299 - $350

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX700 HS and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$367

Significant advantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SZ-30MR and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the SZ-30MR vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$269 - $319

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS30 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-20

Olympus SZ-20
1 year older
$240

Significant advantages of the SZ-20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the SZ-20 and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the SZ-20 vs the SZ-31MR

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 7 fps) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 22.4x15.0mm).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1 year newer
$1,799 (body only)
$2,149 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and SZ-31MR

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 (body only)
$450 - $1,182 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 60D and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Inexpensive: $199.95 vs $192.67
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$999 - $1,231 (body only)
$200 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift

common strengths of the 70D and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (24x vs 4x), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 614k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.4), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 11.8 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$161 - $399

Significant advantages of the XZ-10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the XZ-10 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $160.87 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Stylus XZ-10 vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$500

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the XZ-1 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the XZ-1 vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$348 - $370

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3.0
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer
$299

Significant advantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the XZ-2 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the XZ-2 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$228 - $249

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.0
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the S110 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $227.99 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Samsung EX2F

Samsung EX2F
4 months newer
$399

Significant advantages of the EX2F (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3.0
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the EX2F (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the EX2F and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Samsung EX2F vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm), lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 320 shots).

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
similar age
$316 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NX1000 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 222 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $316.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Samsung NX1000 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
5 months newer
$350 (body only)
$315 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the EOS M and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $315.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Canon EOS M vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3 fps).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror).

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$200 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size 133x100x79 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift

common strengths of the T5i and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Very inexpensive: $199.95 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$285 (body only)
$427 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3100 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 226 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.8"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs prosumer size 117x78x93 mm), has a touch screen and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 40.7x), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 315 shots) and doesn't shoot RAW.

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$199 - $250

Significant advantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SX510 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size 104x70x80 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
7 months newer
$399 - $400

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size 123x87x106 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SP-550 UZ

Olympus SP-550 UZ
5 years older

Significant advantages of the SP-550 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SP-550 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the SP-550 UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 116x79x78 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 460 g vs 226 g
arrow Compare the SP-550 UZ vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • More zoom: 40.7x vs 24x

Significant disadvantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SP-820UZ iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 117x78x93 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS vs the SZ-31MR

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3.0 vs f/3.9), has way more more zoom (24x vs 5x), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it is significantly larger (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs compact 104x66x25 mm), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2014) and is thicker (1.6" vs 1").

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS
2 years newer
$199 - $269

Significant advantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact 109x64x27 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the TG-850 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the TG-850 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3.0" vs 3.0"
  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
arrow Compare the Tough TG-850 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Fujifilm FinePix XP70

Fujifilm FinePix XP70
1 year newer
$135 - $199

Significant advantages of the XP70 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact 104x66x25 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 1" vs 1.6"
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the XP70 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/3.0
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the XP70 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS