As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams and entry-level DSLRs. 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 Nikon (such as the Coolpix L830 and the D3300)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly 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 significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 380 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
$135

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

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas

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

  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$323

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$300

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

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Olympus Stylus SH-1
2 years newer
$267 - $350

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

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

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 slightly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.0"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs large 129x95x122 mm) and records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 390 shots), doesn't shoot RAW, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't support an external flash.

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$150 - $197

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

  • Much 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

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$320

Significant advantages of the SP-820UZ iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

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

Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Sony CyberShot DSC-H200
1 year newer
$770

Significant advantages of the DSC-H200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H200 (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 DSC-H200 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
2 years newer
$168 - $170

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

  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Much larger: Large 129x95x122 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

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

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

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6 years older
$1,035

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.0" vs 3.0"
  • Much larger: Large 141x86x138 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ30 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$109 - $650

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • 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
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the Stylus 1 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size 116x87x56 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has in-camera HDR and captures 3D images.

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), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 11.8 MP) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer
$372

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

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$298

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
  • Inexpensive: $298.24 vs $194.46

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
1 year newer
$300

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Has a GPS

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

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

common strengths of the P330 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $300.00 vs $194.46

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 significantly 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 records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$439 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the D3300 and SZ-31MR

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $439.00 vs $194.46

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$272 (body only)
$409 18-55mm lens

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
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the D3100 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Very inexpensive: $272.29 vs $194.46
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 226 g