As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms and waterproofs. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the Stylus SZ-16 iHS) and Casio (such as the Exilim EX-H30 and the Exilim ZR-200)

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), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 30 fps), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 480 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2013) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$311

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 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
$160

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
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera panoramas

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
3 years newer
$297 - $327

Significant advantages of the Coolpix S9900 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix S9900 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/3
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the Coolpix S9900 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$90

Significant advantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (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-15 and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3

Casio Exilim EX-H30

Casio Exilim EX-H30
1 year older

Significant advantages of the EX-H30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the EX-H30 (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 EX-H30 and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3

Casio Exilim ZR-200

Casio Exilim EX-ZR200
similar age
$224

Significant advantages of the ZR-200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Higher speed movies: 1,000 fps vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much faster: 30 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much longer battery life: 480 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the ZR-200 (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 ZR-200 and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Very high speed movies: 1,000 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 30 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" 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), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly 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)

  • None found

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • 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

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Canon PowerShot A650 IS
4 years older
$205

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

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

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the A650 IS and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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 34 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.3 fps).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

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

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$398 - $626

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

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

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

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

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

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 $219.81

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
1 year newer
$500

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • 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
  • Good macro capabilities: 2.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

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
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot G1

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11 years older

Significant advantages of the G1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the G1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much worse wide angle: 34 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the G1 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 33 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (120×82×92 mm)) and records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 330 shots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd
4 years older

Significant advantages of the S1000fd (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S1000fd (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much worse wide angle: 33 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the S1000fd and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (103×73×68 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 2.7" vs 1.6"

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

Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Canon PowerShot S2 IS
6 years older
$739

Significant advantages of the S2 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the S2 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the S2 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (113×78×76 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 3" vs 1.6"

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
2 years newer
$399

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)

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

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

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

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
2 years older

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (114×83×99 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the P100 and SZ-31MR

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

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
2 years newer
$213

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX520 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX520 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the PowerShot SX520 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Light weight: 441 g vs 226 g

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/3.9), has much more zoom (24x vs 3.6x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm) and has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7").

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs super compact (104×58×20 mm)), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 250 shots), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8") and is significantly heavier (226 g vs 144 g).

Panasonic Lumix TS25

Panasonic Lumix TS25
1 year newer
$149

Significant advantages of the TS25 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (104×58×20 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the TS25 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly less zoom: 4x vs 24x
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/3

common strengths of the TS25 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000
3 years older
$193

Significant advantages of the Tough 6000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (95×63×22 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the Tough 6000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much less zoom: 3.6x vs 24x
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Tough 6000 and SZ-31MR

  • None found