As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs, super zooms, pro digicams and mirrorless. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the Stylus SH-50 iHS) and Sony (such as the SLT A65 and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80)

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) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 380 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs february 2014).

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 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
$236

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$340

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer

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

  • None found

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

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

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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)

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

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

Olympus Stylus SH-2

Olympus Stylus SH-2
3 years newer
$398

Significant advantages of the 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 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

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
$220

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: $219.99 vs $269.99

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 larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 8 fps).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony SLT A65

Sony SLT-A65
5 months older
$1,098 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A65 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A65 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×97×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the SLT A65 and SZ-31MR

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$638 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the SLT A58 and SZ-31MR

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 492 g vs 226 g

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
similar age
$648 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×98×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the SLT A57 and SZ-31MR

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$503 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the D3100 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 226 g

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SLT A55 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A55 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 1.6"
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×92×85 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the SLT A55 and SZ-31MR

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

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 a touch screen, captures 3D images, is much smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (143×104×81 mm)) and is slightly less expensive ($269.99 vs $1,531.49).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 12 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
2 years newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the A77 II and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 647 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $1,198.00 vs $269.99

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
5 months older
$1,531 (body only)
$2,121 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the SLT A77 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 732 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $1,531.49 vs $269.99

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 slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)), 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 slightly less zoom (24x vs 60x), 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 L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$150 - $250

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

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

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

  • No touch screen
  • Thicker: 3.6" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the L830 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
1 year newer
$301

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Thicker: 3.3" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the L820 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
2 years newer
$199

Significant advantages of the SX400 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX400 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 SX400 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×69×80 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 313 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
5 months newer

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

  • Much longer battery life: 450 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • 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

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)

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
3 years newer
$430

Significant advantages of the P610 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the P610 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the P610 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

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

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 320 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs march 2013).

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
1 year newer
$330

Significant advantages of the P330 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the P330 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the P330 and SZ-31MR

  • Built-in flashes

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • 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
  • No touch screen

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

  • Built-in flashes

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the P340 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the P340 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P340 and SZ-31MR

  • Built-in flashes
  • 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 has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k 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 3.5 fps).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 19.8 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm).

Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX3000
2 years newer
$446 (body only)
$599 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX3000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much longer battery life: 370 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NX3000 (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 NX3000 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×66×39 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 230 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"

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
  • Supports 24p

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"

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3
similar age
$230 (body only)
$520 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the F3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 200 shots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the F3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the F3 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×42 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 314 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $229.99 vs $269.99