As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the SP-810 UZ) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX720 HS and the PowerShot SX150 IS)

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, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it is older (february 2012 vs january 2013) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$258

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

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
4 years newer
$268 - $349

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • More zoom: 40x vs 24x
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 922k 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

Olympus SZ10

Olympus SZ-10
1 year older
$191

Significant advantages of the SZ10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SZ10 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$231

Significant advantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the SZ-15 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Olympus SZ-12

Olympus SZ-12
similar age
$190

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
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), 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 worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots).

Olympus SZ-11

Olympus SZ-11
6 months older
$382

Significant advantages of the SZ-11 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-11 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SZ-11 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$187

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
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 235k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs large (121×91×133 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it lacks and external mic jack, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 330 shots), doesn't shoot RAW, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ
6 months older
$200

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

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SP-100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SP-100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large (121×91×133 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SP-100 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd

Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd
5 years older
$610

Significant advantages of the S6000fd (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the S6000fd (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the S6000fd and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Olympus SP-560 UZ

Olympus SP-560 UZ
4 years older

Significant advantages of the SP-560 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SP-560 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SP-560 UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (116×79×78 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 365 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100
5 years older
$499

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the S9100 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$300

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

  • More zoom: 40.7x vs 24x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger: Prosumer size (117×78×93 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SP-820UZ iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×78×93 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 226 g

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), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 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 marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

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

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$279

Significant advantages of the XZ-10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the XZ-10 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $279.00 vs $259.99

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$400 - $448

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

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 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 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No touch screen

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $399.99 vs $259.99

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
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 vs $259.99

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 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 34 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5") and has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 115k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs super compact (97×60×19 mm)), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8"), is significantly heavier (226 g vs 140 g) and is slightly more expensive ($259.99 vs $99.00).

Olympus Stylus 700

Olympus Stylus 700
6 years older

Significant advantages of the Stylus 700 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×56×20 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 140 g vs 226 g

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 700 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 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 700 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Samsung NV8

Samsung NV8
4 years older

Significant advantages of the NV8 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×60×19 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.7" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the NV8 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 34 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 NV8 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix L27

Nikon Coolpix L27
1 year newer
$99

Significant advantages of the L27 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Compact (59×96×29 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 161 g vs 226 g

Significant disadvantages of the L27 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the L27 and SZ-31MR

  • None found