As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams, mirrorless and super zooms. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the Stylus SZ-16 iHS) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX170 IS and the PowerShot SX600 HS)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR, captures 3D images and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013) 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
$298

Significant advantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
1 year newer
$119 - $150

Significant advantages of the SX170 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX170 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the SX170 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$130

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

  • None found

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
2 years newer
$258 - $399

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$399

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

  • None found

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500
1 year newer
$234

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

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

  • No touch screen
  • Lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the S9500 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it 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, has in-camera HDR and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.8), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$498

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$85 - $699

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the Stylus 1 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $85.00 vs $194.46

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$197 - $500

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $197.00 vs $194.46

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer
$337

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $337.47 vs $194.46

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$167

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $166.86 vs $194.46

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), captures 3D images, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS) and is slightly lighter (226 g vs 396 g).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$560 - $650 (body only)
$693 - $750 14-42mm lens

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS
  • Significantly heavier: 396 g vs 226 g

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

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • Have touch screens
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5N
5 months older
$250 (body only)
$803 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much longer battery life: 460 shots vs 200 shots
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • No built-in flash

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Inexpensive: $249.97 vs $194.46

Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T
1 year newer
$399 (body only)
$630 - $640 16-50mm lens

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No built-in flash

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Inexpensive: $369.00 vs $194.46

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 106x69x40 mm vs professional size 123x87x116 mm), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.5 fps) and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (24x vs 50x), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 390 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2014) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530
2 years newer
$297 - $329

Significant advantages of the P530 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • More zoom: 41.7x vs 24x
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the P530 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly larger: Professional size 122x84x98 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P530 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$194 - $297

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Larger: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm

common strengths of the L830 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Fujifilm FinePix S8200

Fujifilm FinePix S8200
1 year newer
$140 - $258

Significant advantages of the S8200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 500 shots vs 200 shots
  • Higher speed movies: 480 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the S8200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Professional size 123x87x116 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the S8200 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 480 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$320

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

  • More zoom: 40.7x vs 24x

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SP-820UZ iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 117x78x93 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
2 years newer
$332 - $370

Significant advantages of the SP-100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SP-100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large 121x91x133 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SP-100 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
similar age
$500

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • More zoom: 41.7x vs 24x
  • Has a GPS
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size 120x83x102 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the P510 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR