As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the Stylus SZ-16 iHS) and Nikon (such as the D5500 and the D3100)

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) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 270 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs january 2015).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$308

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

  • None found

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$250

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

  • None found

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

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

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
2 years newer
$259 - $349

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the SX710 HS and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SH-3

Olympus Stylus SH-3
4 years newer
$339

Significant advantages of the Stylus SH-3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 15fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus SH-3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the Stylus SH-3 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Have touch screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Samsung WB850F

Samsung WB850F
similar age
$498

Significant advantages of the WB850F (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Higher speed movies: 480 fps vs 240 fps
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the WB850F (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the WB850F and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 480 fps vs 240 fps

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$1,371

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

  • None found

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

  • Lower speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other digicam competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/700 of a second).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$245

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

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

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

  • None found

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 much 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 4 fps).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
2 years newer
$479 - $597 (body only)
$549 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the D5500 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.6"

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$499 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the D3100 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 226 g

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
similar age
$378 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D3200 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $378.19 vs $259.99

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (118×81×100 mm)), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 23 mm), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 310 shots), is older (february 2012 vs march 2013) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
1 year newer
$226

Significant advantages of the L320 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 310 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the L320 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.6"

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
similar age
$199

Significant advantages of the L810 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L810 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the L810 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.6"

Fujifilm FinePix S4500

Fujifilm FinePix S4500
similar age
$250

Significant advantages of the S4500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S4500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the S4500 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $249.99 vs $259.99