As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the Stylus SH-2) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix ZS20)

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 none) 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 record movies in 24p, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 360 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs february 2014).

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer

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

Olympus Stylus SH-2

Olympus Stylus SH-2
3 years newer
$307

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

  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the SH-2 (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 SH-2 and SZ-31MR

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

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$258

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-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$220

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

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (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-15 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$340

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and SZ-31MR

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
3 years newer
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Supports 24p
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DSC-HX90V and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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 5x), 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 and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/2), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 320 shots).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
1 year newer
$433

Significant advantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $433.44 vs $259.99

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15
7 months newer
$490

Significant advantages of the G15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the G15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the G15 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $489.99 vs $259.99

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$299

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the S110 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $259.99

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$527

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

  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the Stylus 1 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $526.64 vs $259.99

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly longer battery life: 320 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 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 wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 36 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 114k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)) and records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a much shorter battery life (200 shots vs 420 shots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second) and significantly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Nikon Coolpix L310

Nikon Coolpix L310
similar age

Significant advantages of the L310 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 420 shots vs 200 shots
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the L310 (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 L310 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 435 g vs 226 g

Fujifilm FinePix S1800

Fujifilm FinePix S1800
2 years older

Significant advantages of the S1800 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S1800 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the S1800 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×73×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 337 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
6 years older
$489

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ7 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (113×72×79 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 340 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$480

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (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 DMC-FZ40 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 499 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to compact competitors include: it has much more zoom (24x vs 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 38 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.5") and has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 118k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs compact (94×56×30 mm)), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 280 shots), is thicker (1.6" vs 1.1"), is slightly more expensive ($259.99 vs $82.95) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Nikon Coolpix S33

Nikon Coolpix S33
3 years newer
$83 - $135

Significant advantages of the S33 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (110×66×27 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 1.6"
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the S33 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 24x
  • Much worse wide angle: 30 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the S33 and SZ-31MR

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Casio Exilim Z150

Casio Exilim EX-Z150
similar age

Significant advantages of the Z150 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×57×20 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly longer battery life: 280 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Z150 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the Z150 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G500

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the G500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (94×56×30 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Significantly thinner: 1.2" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the G500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 39 mm vs 25 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 320 x 240 @ 15fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the G500 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7
7 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-W7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (91×60×36 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the DSC-W7 and SZ-31MR

  • None found