As well as being compared against other travel zooms, 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 Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the Stylus SH-50 iHS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS25 and the Lumix DMC-FZ70)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly 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 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 380 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013), doesn't support an external flash and is less popular.

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$129 - $150

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
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SZ-16 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

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

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-50 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$298 - $368

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Supports an external flash

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
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$227

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
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the SZ-30MR vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
2 years newer
$268 - $349

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-1 vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$200 - $209

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the ZS25 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS25 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (24x vs 4x), 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 has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.8), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer
$299

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • 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 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the XZ-2 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$300 - $500

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

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: $299.95 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the XZ-1 vs the SZ-31MR

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$448

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 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
arrow Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
7 months newer
$249 - $349

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.0
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (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 S110 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $249.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs professional size 123x87x116 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 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), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 390 shots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't support an external flash.

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
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

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
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$232 - $309

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large 130x97x118 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$197 - $227

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

  • Much 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 111x75x91 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm

common strengths of the L830 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W
1 year newer
$175

Significant advantages of the S8400W (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 44x vs 24x
  • Higher speed movies: 480 fps vs 240 fps
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the S8400W (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Professional size 123x87x116 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S8400W and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 480 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
similar age
$195

Significant advantages of the L810 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L810 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the L810 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x76x83 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7
6 years older
$396

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much lower resolution screen: 114k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the DMC-FZ7 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size 113x72x79 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Light weight: 340 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS