As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to super zooms and pro digicams. 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 ZS15 and the Lumix ZS30)

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, captures 3D images and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 400 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
$144 - $160

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Very high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
similar age
$318

Significant advantages of the ZS15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the ZS15 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the ZS15 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$368

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Much 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

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$193

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/3.0
  • Have touch screens
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus SH-50 iHS vs the SZ-31MR

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$500

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

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
  • Very high speed movies: 220 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS30 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$349

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

  • 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

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size 106x69x40 mm vs professional size 122x84x98 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3.8 fps).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (24x vs 60x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 22 mm), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
1 year newer
$197

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)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • 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

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

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)

  • 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

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
1 year newer
$430

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • More zoom: 41.7x vs 24x
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size 125x84x102 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly thicker: 4" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the P520 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 P520 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530
2 years newer
$347

Significant advantages of the P530 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • More zoom: 41.7x vs 24x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P530 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size 122x84x98 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the P530 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix P530 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$248 - $330

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large 130x97x118 mm vs Mid size 106x69x40 mm
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70 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), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 614k dots), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.0 vs f/1.8), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 11.8 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

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$229 - $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
  • Inexpensive: $228.99 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the XZ-1 vs the SZ-31MR

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
4 months older
$295 - $429

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)

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

common strengths of the S100 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $295.00 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
2 years newer
$340 - $349

Significant advantages of the TG-3 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/3.0
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly longer battery life: 320 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the TG-3 (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 TG-3 and SZ-31MR

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Stylus Tough TG-3 vs the SZ-31MR

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$173 - $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: $172.80 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Stylus XZ-10 vs the SZ-31MR

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
1 year newer
$295

Significant advantages of the P330 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P330 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the P330 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $294.78 vs $176.03
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix P330 vs the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS