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 SZ-14) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX710 HS and the PowerShot G7 X Mark II)

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 124 fps), has a touch screen, captures 3D images and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 270 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2013) 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
$228 - $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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$166

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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$467

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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$230

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
  • Lower speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SH-50 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$220

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

  • Has a GPS

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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$599

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

common strengths of the ZS20 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other digicam competitors include: it 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), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has in-camera HDR.

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

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$212

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 toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR, captures 3D images and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 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 Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$406 - $449

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
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the Stylus 1 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

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" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
4 years newer
$699

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Have touch screens

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer

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

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$798

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas

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 slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (111×76×83 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 shorter battery life (200 shots vs 420 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2014) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Olympus Stylus 1s

Olympus Stylus 1s
3 years newer
$390 - $549

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

  • Much longer battery life: 450 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash

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

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

common strengths of the 1s and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (116×87×57 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Have touch screens
  • Thin: 2.2" vs 1.6"

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

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
1 year newer
$249

Significant advantages of the L320 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the L320 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.6"

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$150

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly 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 (111×76×91 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the L830 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus 720UZ

Olympus SP-720UZ
similar age
$256

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

  • None found

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 720UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (107×73×73 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon Coolpix L310

Nikon Coolpix L310
similar age
$226

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

  • Significantly 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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the L310 and SZ-31MR

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