As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to mirrorless, super zooms and pro digicams. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the OM-D E-M10 II) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-TZ60 and the Lumix ZS25)

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 614k 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 doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), is older (february 2012 vs january 2013) and doesn't shoot RAW.

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$164

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$251

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
2 years newer
$228 - $299

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

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500
1 year newer
$198

Significant advantages of the S9500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the S9500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S9500 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS
similar age
$185

Significant advantages of the ELPH 520 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 520 HS (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 ELPH 520 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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) and is slightly lighter (226 g vs 390 g).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, 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 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
3 years newer

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

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

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

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

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 significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (118×81×100 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 37.2x), 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 410 shots).

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$300

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 L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
3 years newer
$179

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 590 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the L840 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $179.00 vs $259.99

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$375

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

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

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

  • Fairly small: Standard size (116×87×57 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

Fujifilm FinePix S4500

Fujifilm FinePix S4500
similar age
$175

Significant advantages of the S4500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S4500 (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 S4500 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $175.00 vs $259.99

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$150

Significant advantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (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 SX510 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Light weight: 349 g vs 226 g

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
2 years newer
$362

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
  • Inexpensive: $362.23 vs $259.99

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 614k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and lacks and external mic jack.

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

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

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

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

Canon ELPH 500 HS

Canon ELPH 500 HS
1 year older
$196

Significant advantages of the 500 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 500 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the 500 HS and SZ-31MR

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

Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ1
1 year newer
$219

Significant advantages of the XQ1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the XQ1 (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 XQ1 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $219.00 vs $259.99