As well as being compared against other travel zooms, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is also often compared to pro DSLRs, super zooms, pro digicams and compacts. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the XZ-1) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX610 HS and the EOS 5D Mark III)

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 has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is older (february 2012 vs january 2015) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1700 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$360

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
2 years newer
$198 - $229

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/3
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SX610 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

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the DSC-HX9v and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
4 years newer
$397

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

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

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

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$130

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$467

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

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/3
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

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 image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 6 fps) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 22.3 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs full frame 36x24mm) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
similar age
$2,249 - $2,599 (body only)
$2,700 - $3,199 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and SZ-31MR

  • Thin: 3" vs 1.6"

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 460k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs large (121×91×133 mm)), records even higher-speed movies (240 fps vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 50x), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), 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).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
1 year newer
$245 - $298

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
  • Significantly longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots

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

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • No touch screen

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

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
  • Inexpensive: $244.95 vs $259.99

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$849

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • 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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Light weight: 499 g vs 226 g

Olympus Stylus SP-100

Olympus Stylus SP-100
2 years newer
$447 - $488

Significant advantages of the SP-100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Longer battery life: 330 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SP-100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large (121×91×133 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SP-100 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • In-camera HDR

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
2 years newer
$150 - $168

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots
  • Significantly longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 4 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

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

  • Inexpensive: $149.95 vs $259.99

Olympus Stylus 1s

Olympus Stylus 1s
3 years newer
$445

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

  • Much longer battery life: 450 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash

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

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

common strengths of the 1s and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (116×87×57 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Have touch screens
  • Thin: 2.2" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
4 years older
$379

Significant advantages of the S5 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S5 IS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the S5 IS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×80×78 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.6"
  • Inexpensive: $379.00 vs $259.99

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), has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

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

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

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon Coolpix P7100
5 months older
$225

Significant advantages of the P7100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the P7100 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the P7100 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $224.95 vs $259.99

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
4 years newer
$699

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Have touch screens

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$265

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Significantly 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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Have touch screens
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
1 year newer
$520

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the S120 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Have touch screens

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 320 x 240), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 36 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.6") and has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 85k dots).

However, on average it is significantly larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs compact (113×64×28 mm)), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots), is thicker (1.6" vs 1.1") and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Konica Minolta DiMAGE E323

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the E323 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (99×62×35 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the E323 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.6" vs 3"
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the E323 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
3 years newer
$229 - $279

Significant advantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much better wide angle: 21 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller: Compact (113×64×28 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Stylus Tough TG-870 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 24x

common strengths of the Stylus Tough TG-870 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS