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 waterproofs. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the SZ-30MR and the SZ-14) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V)

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 worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), has a significantly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 400 shots), is older (february 2012 vs april 2013) and doesn't shoot RAW.

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
1 year older
$259

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

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$361

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

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

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

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

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

  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$251

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Has a GPS
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Longer battery life: 300 shots vs 200 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and SZ-31MR

  • High resolution screens: 920k dots vs 920k dots

Olympus SZ-20

Olympus SZ-20
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SZ-20 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/2500 of a second vs 1/1700 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-20 (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-20 and SZ-31MR

  • None found

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)

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

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

  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps

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
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to other digicam competitors include: it 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), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has in-camera HDR.

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

Olympus SZ-14

Olympus SZ-14
similar age
$212

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)

  • 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-14 and SZ-31MR

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Inexpensive: $212.00 vs $259.99

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is significantly smaller (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs large (131×91×126 mm)), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), records less high-speed movies (240 fps vs 320 fps), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly shorter battery life (200 shots vs 300 shots).

Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Fujifilm FinePix HS10
2 years older
$799

Significant advantages of the HS10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Higher speed movies: 1,000 fps vs 240 fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the HS10 (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large (131×91×126 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the HS10 and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 1,000 fps vs 240 fps

Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ
6 months older
$150

Significant advantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SP-810 UZ (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the SP-810 UZ and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (106×76×74 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 413 g vs 226 g
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.6"

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
2 years newer
$189

Significant advantages of the SX520 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX520 HS (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)

common strengths of the SX520 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Light weight: 441 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $189.00 vs $259.99

Fujifilm FinePix S4200

Fujifilm FinePix S4200
similar age
$548

Significant advantages of the S4200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S4200 (vs the SZ-31MR)

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

common strengths of the S4200 and SZ-31MR

  • Light weight: 543 g vs 226 g
  • Inexpensive: $218.75 vs $259.99

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR
1 year older
$695

Significant advantages of the HS20 EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Higher speed movies: 320 fps vs 240 fps
  • Much longer battery life: 400 shots vs 200 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the HS20 EXR (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much larger: Large (131×91×126 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the HS20 EXR and SZ-31MR

  • Extremely high speed movies: 320 fps vs 240 fps

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
1 year newer
$210

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

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • Thicker: 3.1" vs 1.6"

common strengths of the SX510 HS and SZ-31MR

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Extremely high speed movies: 240 fps vs 240 fps
  • Light weight: 349 g vs 226 g

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), records high-speed movies (240 fps vs none), has a touch screen, has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3 vs f/1.8), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1
1 year older
$206

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

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/3
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • 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
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

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

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $206.00 vs $259.99

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
  • 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 P330

Nikon Coolpix P330
1 year newer
$330

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the P330 and SZ-31MR

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Inexpensive: $329.99 vs $259.99

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus SZ-31MR compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3 vs f/3.5), has significantly more zoom (24x vs 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 15fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 38 mm) and has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5").

However, on average it is much larger (mid size (106×69×40 mm) vs super compact (91×58×20 mm)), is thicker (1.6" vs 0.8"), is slightly heavier (226 g vs 190 g) and is not waterproof.

Olympus Stylus 725 SW

Olympus Stylus 725 SW
5 years older
$357

Significant advantages of the 725 SW (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (91×58×20 mm) vs Mid size (106×69×40 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 1.6"
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the 725 SW (vs the SZ-31MR)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm
  • Doesn't record high-speed movies: None vs 240 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the 725 SW and SZ-31MR

  • None found