As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams and super zooms. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the SZ-30MR) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX600 HS and the PowerShot SX700 HS)

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, 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 400 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs april, 2013), doesn't support an external flash and is less popular.

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$135 - $150

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$238

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the SZ-30MR 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

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-50 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$368

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
1 year newer
$199 - $259

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/3.0
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SX600 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$279

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

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

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

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

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

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 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 3.6x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.8), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

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

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$448 - $580

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (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 DSC-RX100 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
1 year newer
$1,258

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.0

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the x20 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix x20 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 higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs large 121x91x133 mm), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.5 fps) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 40.7x), has a much shorter battery life (200 shots vs 600 shots), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013) and doesn't support an external flash.

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ
6 months older
$205

Significant advantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SP-810 UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size 105x75x73 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.6"
arrow Compare the SP-810 UZ vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
2 years newer
$349

Significant advantages of the SP-100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SP-100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large 121x91x133 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SP-100 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SP-100 vs the SZ-31MR

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$165 - $227

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 111x75x91 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm

common strengths of the L830 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$339

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
  • 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

Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR
1 year newer
$229 - $609

Significant advantages of the HS35EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the HS35EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large 131x97x126 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the HS35EXR and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 480 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
similar age
$195 - $475

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

  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the L810 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x76x83 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS