As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, 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 SZ-14) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ300 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200)

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 none), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (3" vs 4.8"), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p and lacks and external mic jack.

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$186

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

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera
6 months newer
$129

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

  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 3"
  • Has a GPS
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

common strengths of the Camera and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 4.8" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
4 years newer
$338

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
2 years newer
$299

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

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

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)

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

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$231

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

  • None found

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

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
$248

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

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

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 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 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 a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and has a much shorter battery life (200 shots vs 540 shots).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
3 years newer
$498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (132×92×117 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thicker: 4.6" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$500

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

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

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

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

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-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$400

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $399.95 vs $259.99

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$475

Significant advantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 40.7x vs 24x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger: Prosumer size (117×78×93 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen

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
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 226 g

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ
6 months older
$220

Significant advantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the SP-810 UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (106×76×74 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 413 g vs 226 g

Fujifilm FinePix S3400

Fujifilm FinePix S3400
1 year older
$329

Significant advantages of the S3400 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S3400 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the S3400 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 540 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $329.00 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 slightly more zoom (24x vs 4x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 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 marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/2), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • 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
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 vs $259.99

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon Coolpix P7100
5 months older
$359

Significant advantages of the P7100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the P7100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the P7100 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $359.37 vs $259.99

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
2 years newer
$435

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p
  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the X30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the X30 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $434.84 vs $259.99

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$290

Significant advantages of the XZ-10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the XZ-10 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $289.99 vs $259.99

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$748

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
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p

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

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

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 much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4.2 fps).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 370 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs may 2014).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
3 months older
$398 (body only)
$494 14-42mm lens

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

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

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
  • Much 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

Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX3000
2 years newer
$405 (body only)
$492 16-50mm lens

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

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

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
  • Much 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 much more zoom (24x vs 4x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs super compact (97×57×20 mm)), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2016) and is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8").

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"
  • Significantly longer battery life: 280 shots vs 200 shots

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

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

common strengths of the Z150 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
3 years newer
$279

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

  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller: Compact (113×64×28 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

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
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots