As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms, entry-level DSLRs and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the SH-25MR) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX710 HS)

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 is slightly less expensive ($259.99 vs $816.87).

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), has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$307

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 SH-25MR

Olympus SH-25MR
similar age
$248

Significant advantages of the SH-25MR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the SH-25MR (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-25MR and SZ-31MR

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

Olympus Stylus SH-2

Olympus Stylus SH-2
3 years newer
$307

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

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-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$817

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V 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-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$1,371

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

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), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and is slightly less expensive ($259.99 vs $499.99).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a significantly 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 doesn't have a screen which flips out.

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
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

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

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$500

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

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

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

  • Significantly 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
  • Inexpensive: $499.99 vs $259.99

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the XZ-2 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$698

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p

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

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340
2 years newer
$616

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $616.26 vs $259.99

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
1 year newer
$325

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very inexpensive: $325.00 vs $259.99

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (118×81×100 mm)), records high-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 slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 310 shots) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Fujifilm FinePix S4500

Fujifilm FinePix S4500
similar age

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
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the S4500 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

Fujifilm FinePix S1800

Fujifilm FinePix S1800
2 years older

Significant advantages of the S1800 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S1800 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the S1800 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×73×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 337 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 1.6"

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ
6 months older
$290

Significant advantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SP-810 UZ (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 SP-810 UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (106×76×74 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 413 g vs 226 g

Samsung WB1100F

Samsung WB1100F
1 year newer
$334

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

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

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×87×96 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the WB1100F and SZ-31MR

  • Light weight: 462 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $333.99 vs $259.99

Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320
1 year newer
$229

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

  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly longer battery life: 310 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L320 (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 L320 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 1.6"

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 much 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 fps).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$529 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)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $444.99 vs $259.99

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$325 (body only)
$380 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k 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 Rebel T5 and SZ-31MR

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $325.00 vs $259.99

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$399 - $400 (body only)
$499 - $507 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SL1 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.6"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to compact competitors include: it has much more zoom (24x vs 4x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.4") and has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs super compact (97×57×20 mm)), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8") and is slightly heavier (226 g vs 126 g).

Pentax Optio E20

Pentax Optio E20
5 years older

Significant advantages of the E20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×63×32 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the E20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 34 mm vs 25 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 320 x 240 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.4" vs 3"

common strengths of the E20 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"
  • Significantly 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
3 years newer
$337

Significant advantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (113×64×28 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Stylus Tough TG-870 and SZ-31MR

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots