As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams and compacts. 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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v and the CyberShot DSC-H300)

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 doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$254

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

  • None found

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$497

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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v
2 years older
$213

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX5v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX5v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-HX5v and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Olympus SZ-20

Olympus SZ-20
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SZ-20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2500 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-20 (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-20 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$210

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS30 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$250

Significant advantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Lower speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SH-50 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

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 large (128×93×114 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 42x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 22 mm), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$335

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

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

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

Fujifilm X-S1

Fujifilm X-S1
similar age
$603

Significant advantages of the X-S1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 460 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the X-S1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (135×107×149 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the X-S1 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $602.81 vs $259.99

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
2 years newer
$419 - $479

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 24x
  • Much better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large (128×93×114 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Much thicker: 4.5" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the SX60 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $419.00 vs $259.99

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
2 years newer
$170 - $180

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (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-H300 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $169.95 vs $259.99

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
1 year newer
$249

Significant advantages of the L320 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 310 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (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 L320 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"

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
2 years newer
$210

Significant advantages of the SX520 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 42x vs 24x
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SX520 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the SX520 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Light weight: 441 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $210.00 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), 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 has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$435

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S100 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $199.95 vs $259.99

Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ1
1 year newer
$353

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • 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 XQ1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the XQ1 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $353.10 vs $259.99

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
2 years newer
$435 - $499

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • 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

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3 vs f/3.5), 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) and has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7").

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs super compact (96×62×21 mm)), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8"), is slightly heavier (226 g vs 153 g) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Pentax Optio I-10

Pentax Optio I-10
2 years older
$221

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (101×65×28 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 153 g vs 226 g

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

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

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 730

Olympus Stylus 730
5 years older
$190

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"

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

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

common strengths of the Stylus 730 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"