As well as being compared against other travel zooms and digicams, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to super zooms, pro digicams and mirrorless. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus SZ-16 iHS and the Stylus SH-50 iHS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS30 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 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 a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is older (february, 2012 vs january, 2013), doesn't support an external flash and is less popular.

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$146 - $149

Significant advantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the SZ-16 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$180 - $299

Significant advantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the SH-50 iHS and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Have touch screens
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-50 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)

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the SZ-30MR vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$88 - $149

Significant advantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the SZ-15 and SZ-31MR

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-15 vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$329

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

common strengths of the ZS30 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots
  • Have touch screens
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$348 - $448

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Supports an external flash

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

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

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

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other digicam competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens).

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$99

Significant advantages of the SZ-14 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-14 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
arrow Compare the SZ-14 vs the SZ-31MR

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs large 129x95x122 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 34.8x), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 350 shots).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$194 - $230

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

  • Supports 24p

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

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

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

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$227 - $255

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 390 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Larger: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm

common strengths of the L830 and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS
6 months newer
$184

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

  • Significantly more zoom: 40.7x vs 24x

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

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size 117x78x93 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm

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

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
2 years newer
$198

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
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and SZ-31MR

  • Inexpensive: $198.00 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Sony CyberShot DSC-H300 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SP-800 UZ

Olympus SP-800 UZ
2 years older

Significant advantages of the SP-800 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SP-800 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the SP-800 UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Light weight: 455 g vs 226 g
arrow Compare the SP-800 UZ vs the SZ-31MR

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, creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.4), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
7 months newer
$599

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
arrow Compare the XZ-2 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
5 months newer
$338 - $398

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/3.0
  • Shoots RAW
  • 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-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$229 - $300

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0
  • Significantly larger sensor: 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Inexpensive: $228.99 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the XZ-1 vs the SZ-31MR

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
3 months newer
$479 - $598

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3.0

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

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$186 - $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: $185.71 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Stylus XZ-10 vs the SZ-31MR

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$318 - $400

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.0
  • Supports 24p

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

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

common strengths of the S100 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $318.00 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

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), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, has in-camera HDR and captures 3D images.

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300
1 year newer
$449 (body only)
$520 - $650 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Shoots RAW
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the NX300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Sensor shift
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the NX300 and SZ-31MR

  • Have touch screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Samsung NX300 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1
7 months older
$238 14-42mm lens

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

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

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the PEN E-PM1 vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10
2 years newer
$699 (body only)
$799 14-42mm lens

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

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

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: LIVEMOS vs CMOS
  • Significantly heavier: 396 g vs 226 g

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

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Sensor shift
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the OM-D E-M10 vs the SZ-31MR