As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, super zooms and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6i and the PowerShot S120) and Olympus (such as the SZ-12 and the SZ-30MR)

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 461k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 2.5 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 slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 270 shots), is older (february 2012 vs march 2013) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Olympus SZ-12

Olympus SZ-12
similar age
$170

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

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$264

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

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

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
4 years newer
$249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly longer battery life: 295 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 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

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
1 year newer
$329

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

  • Has a GPS
  • 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 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$199

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

common strengths of the SZ-15 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 aperture (f/3 vs f/3.5), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 110k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel), doesn't support an external flash and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F800EXR
5 months newer
$272

Significant advantages of the F800EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the F800EXR (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 F800EXR and SZ-31MR

  • Light weight: 208 g vs 226 g

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

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

  • None found

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 significantly 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 a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs LIVEMOS).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm) and has a much shorter battery life (200 shots vs 370 shots).

Samsung NX3000

Samsung NX3000
2 years newer
$446 (body only)
$599 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much longer battery life: 370 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

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

common strengths of the NX3000 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×66×39 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very light: 230 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
3 months older
$460 14-42mm lens

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

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Significantly longer battery life: 310 shots vs 200 shots

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

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

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

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Mid size (116×68×39 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 318 g vs 226 g

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), shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps), is much smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs professional size (132×101×78 mm)), is significantly less expensive ($269.99 vs $799.00) and is thinner (1.6" vs 3.1").

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
3 years newer
$799 - $852 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the T6i and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
2 years newer
$498 (body only)
$549 - $588 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the D5500 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.6"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to pro digicam competitors include: it records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and is slightly less expensive ($269.99 vs $436.99).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/2), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$650

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

common strengths of the S120 and SZ-31MR

  • Built-in flashes
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$437

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/3
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the S100 and SZ-31MR

  • Built-in flashes
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Inexpensive: $436.99 vs $269.99

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$302

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • 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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $302.09 vs $269.99

Olympus Stylus 1

Olympus Stylus 1
1 year newer
$580

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

  • Much longer battery life: 410 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • None found

common strengths of the Stylus 1 and SZ-31MR

  • Built-in flashes
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

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

common strengths of the XZ-2 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Built-in flashes

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • 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
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 vs $269.99

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 400 shots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and significantly shorter exposures (4 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48
6 months older

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

  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ48 (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: 460k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 498 g vs 226 g

Fujifilm FinePix S2950

Fujifilm FinePix S2950
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S2950 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S2950 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the S2950 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×73×81 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 437 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS
2 years newer
$300

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
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SX400 IS and SZ-31MR

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$550

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 499 g vs 226 g

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 38 mm), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots) and records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none).

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs super compact (97×57×20 mm)), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 280 shots), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8"), is significantly heavier (226 g vs 126 g) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Casio Exilim Z150

Casio Exilim EX-Z150
similar age

Significant advantages of the Z150 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×57×20 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly longer battery life: 280 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Z150 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the Z150 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Olympus Stylus 730

Olympus Stylus 730
5 years older
$200

Significant advantages of the Stylus 730 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (96×62×21 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus 730 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 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 730 and SZ-31MR

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"