As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to waterproofs, pro digicams, super zooms, mirrorless and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the Stylus Tough TG-870) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX710 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 460k 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 lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 360 shots), is older (february 2012 vs february 2014), is less popular and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
2 years newer
$265 - $279

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

  • Significantly 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
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$168

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$248

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 vs f/3
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
2 years newer
$216 - $289

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$300

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the SX700 HS and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$500

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

  • Has a GPS

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the ZS20 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • 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 720p @ 30fps), 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) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

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

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$144

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

  • None found

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

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3 vs f/3.5), has way more more zoom (24x vs 3x), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots) and records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it is significantly larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs compact (110×66×27 mm)), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2016) and is thicker (1.6" vs 1.1").

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
3 years newer
$279 - $280

Significant advantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (113×64×28 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Stylus Tough TG-870 and SZ-31MR

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots

Nikon Coolpix S33

Nikon Coolpix S33
3 years newer
$107 - $126

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

  • None found

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 in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/2), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

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

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 vs $253.94

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$381

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the Stylus 1 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
1 year newer
$379

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Much longer exposures: 250 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the G16 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • 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: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X
3 years newer
$429

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G9 X (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the PowerShot G9 X and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens

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 (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (120×83×102 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.5 fps).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 40.7x), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 310 shots) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$220

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 (117×78×93 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus SP-565UZ

Olympus SP-565UZ
3 years older

Significant advantages of the SP-565UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SP-565UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the SP-565UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (116×84×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 413 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 1.6"

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
similar age
$370

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

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

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P510 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon Coolpix L120

Nikon Coolpix L120
1 year older
$450

Significant advantages of the L120 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L120 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the L120 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 406 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
2 years newer
$327 - $488

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

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

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

  • Much larger: Large (121×91×133 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
1 year newer
$375 - $448

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

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), captures 3D images, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS) and is slightly lighter (226 g vs 396 g).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs four thirds 17.3x13mm).

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$449 (body only)
$465 - $499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-M10 and SZ-31MR

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Have touch screens
  • Inexpensive: $449.00 vs $253.94

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to compact competitors include: it has way more 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 significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5") and has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 115k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs compact (98×56×27 mm)), is thicker (1.6" vs 1.1"), is slightly heavier (226 g vs 142 g), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 30 seconds).

Olympus FE-290

Olympus FE-290
4 years older

Significant advantages of the FE-290 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (98×56×27 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 142 g vs 226 g

Significant disadvantages of the FE-290 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much less zoom: 4x vs 24x

common strengths of the FE-290 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

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
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

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

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

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

  • None found