As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams, mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs, super zooms and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS45 and the Lumix ZS30) and Sony (such as the Cybershot DSC-RX100 and the SLT A65)

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) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 350 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2015) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$298

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k 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

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$395

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
4 years newer
$368

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

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
2 years newer
$164

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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
2 years newer
$365

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

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 is slightly less expensive ($269.99 vs $520.50).

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/1.4), 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
$448 - $739

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
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • No touch screen

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

  • Built-in flashes

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$521

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 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 20 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
$474 (body only)
$913 14-42mm lens

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots

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
$398 (body only)
$588 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

Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX3000
2 years newer
$500 20-50mm lens

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • 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 toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), is much smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (132×97×81 mm)) and is significantly less expensive ($269.99 vs $820.84).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony SLT A65

Sony SLT-A65
5 months older
$821 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A65 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A65 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×97×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the SLT A65 and SZ-31MR

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
2 years newer
$489 - $499 (body only)
$579 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the D5500 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.6"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k 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 shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.5 fps).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, is older (february 2012 vs august 2012), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
3 years newer
$180

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

  • 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
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

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"

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)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 3.7" vs 1.6"

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
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Fujifilm FinePix S2950

Fujifilm FinePix S2950
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S2950 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S2950 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the S2950 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×73×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 437 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$240

Significant advantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the SX510 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older

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)

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

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

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 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 2.5") and has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 115k 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 280 shots), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.9"), is slightly heavier (226 g vs 155 g) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (94×51×24 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the DMC-FX10 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

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)

  • 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S930
3 years older
$140

Significant advantages of the DSC-S930 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×61×26 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-S930 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 320 x 240 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.4" vs 3"

common strengths of the DSC-S930 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Kodak EasyShare Z1285

Kodak EasyShare Z1285
4 years older
$423

Significant advantages of the Z1285 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×65×32 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Z1285 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 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 Z1285 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 730

Olympus Stylus 730
5 years older
$336

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Pentax Optio A20

Pentax Optio A20
5 years older

Significant advantages of the Optio A20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (89×55×23 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 145 g vs 226 g

Significant disadvantages of the Optio A20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the Optio A20 and SZ-31MR

  • None found