As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, 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 SZ-30MR and the Stylus SH-50 iHS) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V)

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), has a touch screen, captures 3D images and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 400 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013) and doesn't support an external flash.

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$313

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 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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Have touch screens
  • Fast continuous shooting: 11.5 fps vs 10 fps

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$135

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
  • In-camera HDR

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$282 - $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 ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$340

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS30 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
similar age
$330

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V 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

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 slightly 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
$144

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
  • 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

Olympus SZ-11

Olympus SZ-11
6 months older
$220

Significant advantages of the SZ-11 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-11 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SZ-11 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Canon PowerShot A650 IS
4 years older

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
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 173k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the A650 IS and SZ-31MR

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

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, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has a much 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/1.4), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

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
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$328

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3.0
  • Shoots RAW
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
1 year newer
$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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$498

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR

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 professional size 130x93x103 mm), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs 120 fps), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 40.7x), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 600 shots).

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
similar age
$500

Significant advantages of the HS30 EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the HS30 EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the HS30 EXR and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 320 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530
2 years newer
$200 - $327

Significant advantages of the P530 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the P530 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly larger: Professional size 122x84x98 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm

common strengths of the P530 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus 720UZ

Olympus SP-720UZ
similar age
$183

Significant advantages of the 720UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 720UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the 720UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size 107x72x73 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
similar age
$500

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly larger: Professional size 120x83x102 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the P510 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

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
1 year newer
$260 - $378

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization: Lens vs Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Professional size 130x93x103 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 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

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
  • In-camera HDR