As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to mirrorless, pro digicams 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 Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-G3 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 wider aperture (f/3.0 vs f/3.3), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), lacks and external mic jack, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 360 shots) and is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$386

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/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$120

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/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$279 - $280

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

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

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
1 year newer
$179 - $180

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

  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Longer battery life: 290 shots vs 200 shots

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
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SX600 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$241 - $348

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$300

Significant advantages of the ZS20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the ZS20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the ZS20 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps

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 (3.0" 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), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 12 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly 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)

  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

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
$800

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 12 MP vs 9.7 MP

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much lower resolution screen: 173k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the A650 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas

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 significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 19.8 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 23.5x15.6mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
9 months older
$320 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the DMC-G3 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Inexpensive: $319.89 vs $219.81

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
3 months older
$409 (body only)
$497 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$291 (body only)
$330 - $398 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 Sensor shift

common strengths of the A5000 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Light weight: 210 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $291.49 vs $219.81

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, creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much 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
$342

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

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots
  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

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/3.0
  • Significantly larger sensor: 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

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

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

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $199.99 vs $219.81

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$370 - $448

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 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

  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • In-camera panoramas

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
1 year newer
$499 - $547

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

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

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$237

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (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 S100 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $236.99 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 slightly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs prosumer size 117x78x93 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.5 fps).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't shoot RAW, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't support an external flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$350

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ100 (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 DMC-FZ100 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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 117x78x93 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
1 year newer
$150

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly heavier: 470 g vs 226 g

common strengths of the L820 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x76x85 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
6 months newer
$169

Significant advantages of the SX500 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SX500 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SX500 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size 104x69x80 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Light weight: 341 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 1.6"