As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams, mirrorless, super zooms and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SH-2 and the SZ-14) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS45 and the Lumix DMC-FZ40)

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

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 slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Olympus Stylus SH-2

Olympus Stylus SH-2
3 years newer
$340

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the 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 SH-2 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Have touch screens
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus SZ-12

Olympus SZ-12
similar age
$300

Significant advantages of the SZ-12 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-12 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SZ-12 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
2 years newer
$199 - $210

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

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

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 SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$333

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

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)

  • 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 124 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

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)

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

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

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other digicam competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/700 of a second).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$197

Significant advantages of the SZ-14 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-14 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SZ-14 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $196.68 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 a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs 120 fps), has a touch screen and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly longer battery life: 320 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 vs $259.99

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$748

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

  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

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

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$580

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the Stylus 1 and SZ-31MR

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

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 19.8 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Pentax Q

Pentax Q
7 months older
$299 (body only)

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

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports an external flash
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 360k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Q and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Compact (98×57×31 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 200 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.6"

Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3
3 years newer
$413 - $429 (body only)
$599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Heavier: 366 g vs 226 g

common strengths of the M3 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 366 g vs 226 g

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
3 years newer
$449 15-45mm lens

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

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

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

common strengths of the EOS M10 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 301 g vs 226 g

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
4 years newer
$906 - $979 (body only)
$1,015 - $1,099 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Larger: Standard size (116×89×61 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 427 g vs 226 g
  • Thicker: 2.4" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the EOS M5 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
3 years newer
$348 - $497 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.7 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Lower speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps

common strengths of the 1 J5 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 120 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Compact (98×60×32 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
1 year newer
$447 (body only)
$365 - $379 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 420 shots vs 200 shots
  • Much higher true resolution: 19.8 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (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 A5000 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 210 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.4" 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 slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 380 shots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Fujifilm FinePix S2950

Fujifilm FinePix S2950
1 year older
$250

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

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 SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
4 months older
$420

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the SX40 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Light weight: 600 g vs 226 g

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
3 years newer
$179

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

common strengths of the SX410 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 325 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$550

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

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
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer battery life: 450 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ60 (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 DMC-FZ60 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×81×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 493 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"

Fujifilm FinePix S4500

Fujifilm FinePix S4500
similar age
$250

Significant advantages of the S4500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S4500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the S4500 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 543 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $249.99 vs $259.99

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (24x vs 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 320 x 240 @ 30fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 36 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.4") and has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 112k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs compact (90×61×26 mm)), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 280 shots), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8"), is slightly heavier (226 g vs 190 g) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Olympus Stylus 730

Olympus Stylus 730
5 years older
$199

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

  • None found

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
  • Significantly thinner: 1" vs 1.6"

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-S930 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"
  • 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

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix F601 Zoom

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10 years older
$72

Significant advantages of the F601 Zoom (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (72×93×34 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the F601 Zoom (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the F601 Zoom and SZ-31MR

  • None found