As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams, pro DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the Stylus SH-50 iHS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LX7 and the Lumix ZS30)

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), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR, captures 3D images and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013) and is less popular.

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$149

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-50 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$299 - $350

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX700 HS and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$367

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the SZ-30MR vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$269 - $319

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

  • Has a GPS
  • 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

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$190

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the ZS25 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS25 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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 a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.8), doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$348 - $370

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3.0
  • Shoots RAW
  • 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

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer
$299

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: $299.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the XZ-2 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$599

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.0
  • Significantly larger sensor: 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and SZ-31MR

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$161 - $199

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: $160.87 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Stylus XZ-10 vs the SZ-31MR

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
1 year newer
$547

Significant advantages of the P7800 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.0
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the P7800 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P7800 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix P7800 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$444 - $564

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
arrow Compare the XZ-1 vs the SZ-31MR

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, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 7 fps) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 22.4x15.0mm).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1 year newer
$1,799 (body only)
$2,149 18-135mm lens

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

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

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $1,799.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 (body only)
$999 - $1,182 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 60D and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Inexpensive: $699.00 vs $192.67
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$999 - $1,231 (body only)
$1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the 70D and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 70D vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k 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 3 fps).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror).

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$275 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3100 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 226 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$847 75-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size 133x100x79 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift

common strengths of the T5i and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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 image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm), lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 320 shots).

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
similar age
$316 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NX1000 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Light weight: 222 g vs 226 g
arrow Compare the Samsung NX1000 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
5 months newer
$322 (body only)
$315 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the EOS M and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $315.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Canon EOS M vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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 106x69x40 mm vs prosumer size 114x83x99 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 40.7x), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 390 shots) and is older (february, 2012 vs august, 2012).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$199

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

  • Supports 24p

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • 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 104x70x80 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$197

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly 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
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer

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

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
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
2 years older
$398

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 114x83x99 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the P100 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix P100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
7 months newer
$399 - $400

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size 123x87x106 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS