As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to super zooms, entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and mirrorless. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the SZ-30MR) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS25 and the Lumix ZS20)

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), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and captures 3D images.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 360 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013) and is less popular.

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$149 - $150

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
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

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 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
arrow Compare the SZ-30MR vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$209 - $240

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

common strengths of the ZS25 and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS25 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-50 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
similar age
$290 - $399

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
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$299 - $350

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 360 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX700 HS and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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 461k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs professional size 120x83x102 mm), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3.8 fps) and has in-camera HDR.

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 315 shots) and is older (february, 2012 vs august, 2013).

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer

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

  • More zoom: 40.7x vs 24x

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
arrow Compare the Stylus SP-820UZ iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus 720UZ

Olympus SP-720UZ
similar age
$140 - $190

Significant advantages of the 720UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 720UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse macro capability: 10 cm vs 1 cm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 720UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size 107x72x73 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the 720UZ vs the SZ-31MR

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$199 - $250

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 104x70x80 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
2 years newer
$178

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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

  • Inexpensive: $178.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Sony CyberShot DSC-H300 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
similar age
$312

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • More zoom: 41.7x vs 24x
  • Has a GPS
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size 120x83x102 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the P510 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix P510 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
7 months newer
$399 - $400

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly larger: Professional size 123x87x106 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
1 year newer
$947 (body only)
$1,247 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size 136x107x76 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D7100 and SZ-31MR

  • None found
arrow Compare the Nikon D7100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
similar age
$319 (body only)
$477 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3200 and SZ-31MR

  • Light weight: 505 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $319.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$200 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size 133x100x79 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift

common strengths of the T5i and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Very inexpensive: $199.95 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.4), doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$500

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
arrow Compare the XZ-1 vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$176 - $399

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

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

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $175.86 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Stylus XZ-10 vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$348 - $370

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3.0
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer
$299

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
  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the XZ-2 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

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 has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm) and has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 370 shots).

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
similar age
$320 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NX1000 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 222 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $319.86 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Samsung NX1000 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX3000
2 years newer
$459 - $479 20-50mm lens

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the NX3000 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera HDR
  • Light weight: 230 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $459.00 vs $192.67
arrow Compare the Samsung NX3000 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS