As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro digicams and super zooms. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the XZ-2 iHS and the XZ-1) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P340 and the Coolpix P7000)

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 wider aperture (f/3 vs f/3.4), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3 fps) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a much shorter battery life (200 shots vs 400 shots), doesn't support an external flash and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Olympus SZ10

Olympus SZ-10
1 year older
$190

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

  • None found

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

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SZ10 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $189.73 vs $341.19

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$280

Significant advantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Inexpensive: $280.00 vs $341.19

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
4 years newer
$199 - $397

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $199.00 vs $341.19

Nikon Coolpix S8000

Nikon Coolpix S8000
2 years older
$403

Significant advantages of the S8000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S8000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 30 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/3

common strengths of the S8000 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $402.71 vs $341.19

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
1 year older
$360

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

  • Significantly longer battery life: 270 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/3
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S9100 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $359.99 vs $341.19

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$445

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

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

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

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/3
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $444.70 vs $341.19

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 larger screen (3" vs 2"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 110k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 1.4 MP).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and doesn't support an external flash.

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$198

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)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/700 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Inexpensive: $197.59 vs $341.19

Konica Minolta DiMAGE EX 1500 Wide

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13 years older

Significant advantages of the EX 1500 Wide (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the EX 1500 Wide (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 110k dots vs 920k dots
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"

common strengths of the EX 1500 Wide and SZ-31MR

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has a touch screen and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), has a much 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-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Much longer battery life: 340 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • 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
  • Have touch screens

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340
2 years newer
$328

Significant advantages of the P340 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much 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
  • Inexpensive: $328.46 vs $341.19

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$549

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Much longer battery life: 320 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000
1 year older

Significant advantages of the P7000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the P7000 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P7000 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$403 - $448

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • 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: $403.11 vs $341.19

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$510 - $748

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • No touch screen

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

  • 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 2.5"), 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)), 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 300 shots), doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Olympus SP-550 UZ

Olympus SP-550 UZ
5 years older

Significant advantages of the SP-550 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SP-550 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the SP-550 UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Very small: Prosumer size (116×79×78 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 460 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"

Fujifilm FinePix S4500

Fujifilm FinePix S4500
similar age

Significant advantages of the S4500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S4500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S4500 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×81×100 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 543 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 1.6"

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
similar age
$299

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 1.6"
  • Heavier: 555 g vs 226 g

common strengths of the P510 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Professional size (120×83×102 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 555 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 4" vs 1.6"