As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to boutiques, mirrorless, super zooms and pro digicams. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the OM-D E-M5 II) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LX100 and the Lumix DMC-TZ60)

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 in-camera HDR and captures 3D images.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 360 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs january 2013).

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$467

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
3 years newer
$249

Significant advantages of the S9900 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the S9900 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/3
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S9900 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$355

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

common strengths of the SZ-30MR and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • In-camera panoramas

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
  • Much worse macro capability: 10.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SH-25MR and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Have touch screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v
2 years older
$250

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX5v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX5v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the DSC-HX5v and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
3 years newer
$428

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DSC-HX90V and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to boutique competitors include: it has way more more zoom (24x vs 3.1x), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, is slightly lighter (226 g vs 393 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.7), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 51,200 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
2 years newer
$594 - $798

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.7 vs f/3
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much less zoom: 3.1x vs 24x
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX100 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×66×55 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps
  • Light weight: 393 g vs 226 g

Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm X70
3 years newer
$650 - $699

Significant advantages of the X70 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the X70 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the X70 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×64×44 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Have touch screens
  • Light weight: 340 g vs 226 g

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), captures 3D images, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS), is slightly lighter (226 g vs 469 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,400k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
3 years newer
$884 (body only)
$1,426 12-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M5 II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-M5 II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Heavier: 469 g vs 226 g
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-M5 II and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$399 - $649 (body only)
$399 - $700 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 920k dots
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS

common strengths of the E-M10 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $259.99
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (123×92×108 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 40.7x), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 380 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs august 2012).

Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Fujifilm FinePix S4200
similar age
$548

Significant advantages of the S4200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S4200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the S4200 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $218.75 vs $259.99

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
4 months older
$270

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SX40 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Inexpensive: $269.99 vs $259.99

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$314

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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$203

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

  • Supports 24p

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

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

common strengths of the SX510 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48
6 months older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ48 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DMC-FZ48 and SZ-31MR

  • Light weight: 498 g vs 226 g

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
2 years newer
$440

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

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much larger: Large (121×91×133 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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 doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED), doesn't have a built-in GPS and doesn't support an external flash.

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
1 year newer
$330

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has a GPS

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

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

common strengths of the P330 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas