As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to boutiques, super zooms, pro digicams and mirrorless. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus 1s and the Stylus SH-2) and Canon (such as the PowerShot G3 X and the PowerShot G1X Mark II)

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, captures 3D images and significantly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, lacks and external mic jack, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 380 shots), is older (february 2012 vs march 2014) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Olympus Stylus SH-2

Olympus Stylus SH-2
3 years newer
$349

Significant advantages of the Stylus SH-2 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus SH-2 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the Stylus SH-2 and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Have touch screens
  • Fast continuous shooting: 11.5 fps vs 10 fps

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$310

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
2 years newer
$231 - $289

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$314

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$269

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$225

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
  • 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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Extremely high speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (24x vs 3.1x), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs standard size (116×74×66 mm)), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5.2 fps).

However, on average it has a much narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.7), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 13.1 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
2 years newer
$749

Significant advantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Shoots RAW
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the G1X Mark II and SZ-31MR

  • Great zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 25 mm
  • Have touch screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
2 years newer
$669 - $798

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.7 vs f/3
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much less zoom: 3.1x vs 24x
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX100 and SZ-31MR

  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 25 mm
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×66×55 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (125×87×110 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 7 fps) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 25fps), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Olympus Stylus 1s

Olympus Stylus 1s
3 years newer
$449 - $599

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

  • Much longer battery life: 450 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

common strengths of the Stylus 1s and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (116×87×57 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Have touch screens
  • Thin: 2.2" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X
3 years newer
$999

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G3 X (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G3 X (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (123×77×105 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much heavier: 733 g vs 226 g

common strengths of the PowerShot G3 X and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$371 - $626

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

  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

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

Fujifilm FinePix S3400

Fujifilm FinePix S3400
1 year older
$330

Significant advantages of the S3400 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S3400 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the S3400 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $329.91 vs $219.81

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
1 year older
$620 - $798

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large (137×99×131 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$362 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

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, creates panoramas in-camera, captures 3D images and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm).

However, on average it has a slightly 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 takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
2 years newer
$411 - $600

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Larger sensor: 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm

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

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the X30 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
1 year newer
$399

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the G16 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera HDR

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15
7 months newer
$440

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot G15 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera panoramas

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$448

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3

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

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

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$349

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the S120 and SZ-31MR

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

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$260

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the S100 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $260.00 vs $219.81

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR, creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), 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 and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs four thirds 17.3x13mm).

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$380 - $599 (body only)
$460 - $699 14-42mm lens

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

  • Much 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
  • Heavier: 396 g vs 226 g

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

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon 1 J1

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

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

  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Higher speed movies: 1,200 fps vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the J1 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 277 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $263.50 vs $219.81