As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams 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 ZS20 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), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs 124 fps), has a touch screen, 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 400 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013), doesn't support an external flash and is less popular.

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$142 - $160

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

  • None found

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

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • 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
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$186

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
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-50 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$349

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

  • None found

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

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • 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
arrow Compare the SZ-30MR vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$330 - $399

Significant advantages of the ZS20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the ZS20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the ZS20 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$441

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$348

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)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V 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
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V 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 5x), 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 in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.8), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 11.8 MP).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$331 - $348

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 - $599

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 $176.03
arrow Compare the XZ-2 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
1 year newer
$499

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

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

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

common strengths of the G16 and SZ-31MR

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$649

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

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

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
arrow Compare the Stylus 1 vs the SZ-31MR

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15
7 months newer
$399 - $499

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Supports 24p

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

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

common strengths of the PowerShot G15 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot G15 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$229 - $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)

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

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $228.99 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the XZ-1 vs the SZ-31MR

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs professional size 124x86x96 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), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 390 shots).

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$227

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 200 shots

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

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

Samsung WB1100F

Samsung WB1100F
1 year newer
$200 - $249

Significant advantages of the WB1100F (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the WB1100F (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size 124x86x96 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the WB1100F and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $199.99 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Samsung WB1100F vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
2 years newer
$198

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large 129x95x122 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $198.00 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Sony CyberShot DSC-H300 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$199 - $200

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

  • Supports 24p

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

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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
5 months newer
$449 - $598

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)

  • Much larger: Professional size 125x87x110 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
1 year newer
$207

Significant advantages of the L320 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Longer battery life: 310 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the L320 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x76x83 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $206.85 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L320 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS