As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams, mirrorless and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the PEN E-PL7) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ48)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 614k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

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), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 270 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs january 2015).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$362

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR
5 months older
$294

Significant advantages of the F600 EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Higher speed movies: 320 fps vs 240 fps
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the F600 EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the F600 EXR and SZ-31MR

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 320 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
4 years newer
$259

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
2 years newer
$174 - $249

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/3
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SX610 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500
1 year newer
$230

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S9500 and SZ-31MR

  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Very large screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (122×87×93 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a much shorter battery life (200 shots vs 410 shots), doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't support an external flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$350

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
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

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

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v
1 year older
$383

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX100v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX100v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly heavier: 577 g vs 226 g

common strengths of the DSC-HX100v and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (122×87×93 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 577 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.7" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48
6 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ48 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 498 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$1,183

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • None found

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$490

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k 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 DMC-FZ40 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 499 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"

Olympus SP-565UZ

Olympus SP-565UZ
3 years older
$185

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • 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"

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 and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$425 - $448

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

  • Significantly larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

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

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

  • Built-in flashes

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340
2 years newer
$380

Significant advantages of the P340 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the P340 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P340 and SZ-31MR

  • Built-in flashes
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Significantly longer battery life: 320 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 vs $269.99

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$698

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

  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Built-in flashes

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 16.1 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm).

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7
2 years newer
$579 (body only)
$420 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL7 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×67×38 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 309 g vs 226 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
3 months older
$399 (body only)
$500 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Significantly longer battery life: 310 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Mid size (116×68×39 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 318 g vs 226 g

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
7 months older
$278 (body only)
$399 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the E-PL3 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (110×64×37 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
3 years newer
$709 (body only)

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly heavier: 390 g vs 226 g

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

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

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5
7 months newer
$499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much longer battery life: 360 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL5 (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: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-PL5 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 226 g

Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX3000
2 years newer
$446 (body only)
$500 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX3000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NX3000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the NX3000 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×66×39 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 230 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly 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 much larger screen (3" vs 1.5") and has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs super compact (96×62×21 mm)), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8"), is slightly heavier (226 g vs 190 g) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Casio Exilim Z150

Casio Exilim EX-Z150
similar age

Significant advantages of the Z150 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×57×20 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.6"
  • Longer battery life: 280 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Z150 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the Z150 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 730

Olympus Stylus 730
5 years older
$345

Significant advantages of the Stylus 730 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (96×62×21 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 730 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the Stylus 730 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G500

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the G500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (94×56×30 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Significantly thinner: 1.2" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the G500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 39 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the G500 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
3 years newer
$996

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

  • Much better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (113×64×28 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

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

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

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps