As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to super zooms, pro DSLRs, pro digicams and mirrorless. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS) and Sony (such as the CyberShot DSC-H400 and the Cyber-shot DSC-WX350)

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 captures 3D images.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 270 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs february 2014).

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

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
2 years newer
$199 - $229

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

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
2 years newer
$268 - $303

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX350 (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 DSC-WX350 and SZ-31MR

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
2 years newer
$198 - $218

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX220 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX220 (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 DSC-WX220 and SZ-31MR

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
2 years newer
$279 - $290

Significant advantages of the SX710 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 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

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

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 slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (117×78×93 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 significantly less zoom (24x vs 40x), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 4 mm), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a much shorter battery life (200 shots vs 960 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs february 2014).

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
3 years newer
$196

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the L340 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.6"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
2 years newer
$268

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much more zoom: 64.6x vs 24x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $268.00 vs $259.99

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$417

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 Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$500

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
  • 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

Samsung WB2100

Samsung WB2100
1 year newer
$455

Significant advantages of the WB2100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the WB2100 (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 WB2100 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (119×84×57 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 303 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 2.2" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
3 years newer
$179 - $195

Significant advantages of the SX410 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 40x vs 24x
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX410 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the SX410 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.6"

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 22.4x15mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1 year newer
$1,236 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,571 - $1,849 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"
  • Inexpensive: $1,235.94 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), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 614k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$309

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
  • Have touch screens
  • Inexpensive: $309.00 vs $259.99

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

Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95
1 year older
$462

Significant advantages of the S95 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S95 (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 S95 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash

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), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, is newer (february 2012 vs may 2010) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records less high-speed movies (240 fps vs 1,200 fps), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 60 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$390 (body only)
$481 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-5 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
4 months older
$264 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Higher speed movies: 1,200 fps vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the J1 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 1,200 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 277 g vs 226 g