As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to mirrorless, super zooms and pro digicams. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the SZ-30MR) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix L830 and the Coolpix S9700)

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 461k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 7 fps) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots).

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$125

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
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$321

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
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
2 years newer
$198 - $289

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$90

Significant advantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the SZ-15 and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
1 year older
$230

Significant advantages of the SX230 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX230 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the SX230 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
2 years newer
$197

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/3
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S9700 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other digicam competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 35 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 173k dots) and records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$139

Significant advantages of the SZ-14 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-14 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the SZ-14 and SZ-31MR

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Canon PowerShot A650 IS
4 years older
$211

Significant advantages of the A650 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A650 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the A650 IS and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm) and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 400 shots).

Olympus PEN E-P2

Olympus PEN E-P2
2 years older
$700 17mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN E-P2 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the PEN E-P2 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the PEN E-P2 and SZ-31MR

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3
7 months older
$212 (body only)
$571 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the C3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the C3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the C3 and SZ-31MR

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×60×33 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1
2 years older
$260 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN E-PL1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the PEN E-PL1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the PEN E-PL1 and SZ-31MR

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Inexpensive: $260.00 vs $219.81
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$289 (body only)
$400 - $498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the A5000 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 210 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $289.09 vs $219.81

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (122×87×93 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 2.2 fps).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 40.7x), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$159

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Larger: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the L830 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Kodak PixPro AZ251

Kodak PixPro AZ251
1 year newer
$130 - $185

Significant advantages of the AZ251 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 500 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the AZ251 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much slower max shutter speed: 30 seconds vs 1/1700 of a second
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/3

common strengths of the AZ251 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (115×74×70 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • In-camera HDR
  • Light weight: 354 g vs 226 g

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer

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

  • None found

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

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

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×78×93 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v
1 year older
$511

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX100v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a GPS
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX100v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (122×87×93 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the DSC-HX100v and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
7 months newer
$329 - $349

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)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$362 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$166

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Inexpensive: $165.50 vs $219.81

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$200

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

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

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

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

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $199.99 vs $219.81

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
1 year newer
$500 - $547

Significant advantages of the P7800 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the P7800 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P7800 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 2.0 cm vs 1.0 cm