As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro DSLRs, super zooms and mirrorless. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX220 HS and the EOS M3) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LZ30 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35)

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 461k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots) and is older (february 2012 vs february 2016).

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SX220 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX220 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SX220 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
1 year newer
$233

Significant advantages of the SX280 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX280 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SX280 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR

Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR
5 months older

Significant advantages of the F600 EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Higher speed movies: 320 fps vs 240 fps
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the F600 EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the F600 EXR and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 320 fps vs 240 fps

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
4 years newer
$338 - $368

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much longer battery life: 390 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
4 years newer
$243

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
  • Significantly 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

  • None found

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$309

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

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, is significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (143×104×81 mm)), is thinner (1.6" vs 3.2") and is slightly lighter (226 g vs 647 g).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,228k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.7 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
2 years newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the A77 II and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Professional size (143×104×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 647 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $1,198.00 vs $297.51

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 (118×76×89 mm)), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1 fps).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a much shorter battery life (200 shots vs 380 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2013), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and slightly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-LZ30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 380 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LZ30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (124×84×91 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-LZ30 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×84×91 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.6"
  • Light weight: 558 g vs 226 g

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
2 years newer
$276

Significant advantages of the SX400 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX400 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SX400 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Very small: Standard size (104×69×80 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 313 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$725

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 470 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 367 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 1.6"

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 better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (3" vs 3.7"), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS M3

Canon EOS M3
3 years newer
$679 (body only)
$587 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the M3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the M3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the M3 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 366 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.6"

Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the NX2000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger screen: 3.7" vs 3"
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the NX2000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NX2000 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (119×65×36 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 228 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.6"

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1
7 months older
$499 (body only)
$489 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PM1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the E-PM1 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 263 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
3 months older
$548 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (116×68×39 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 318 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"