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Olympus SZ-31MR
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Olympus SZ-31MR Digital Camera

16MP 24x CMOS Sep 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
Brilliant stills, full HD movies and a zoom that goes from "wow, look at this valley" all the way to "oh, what a beautiful butterfly!" - without you moving.The SZ-31MR is an extraordinary compact.... More
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22 Reasons For

Good Brand

Olympus is one of the superior camera brands according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Olympus also has good reviews for its compact cameras.

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-31MR range from 1" to 4.8". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the SZ-31MR has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Canon SX150 IS[plb_41047_price], and the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price] is also worth considering.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the IXUS 240 HS[pl_408112_price] (3.2"), the IXUS 510 HS[pl_408144_price] (3.2"), or the 310 HS[pl_651755_price] (3.2") all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other cameras of this age and type which do not support Full HD video, the Olympus SZ-31MR supports Full HD video.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77[plb_1836487_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price].

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the XQ1[pl_1962901_price], and the X10[pl_1150_price] both from Fujifilm or the Nikon Coolpix S5200[plb_1873851_price] is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this Olympus camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-WX50[plb_2154757_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years the optical zooms range from 0.17x to 50x. With an optical zoom of 24 times zoom factor, the SZ-31MR has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SZ-31MR.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (26x) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Olympus SZ-31MR supports video capability, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the SZ-31MR do not support video capability.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available which you might also want to consider including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony DSC-HX10[plb_1543755_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix AX550[plb_1672381_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SZ-31MR has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

There are a number of other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price], or the GE C1433[plb_1772802_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SZ-31MR has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SZ-31MR also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Olympus SP-820UZ[plb_1792852_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix AX600[plb_1735654_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus SZ-31MR is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SZ-31MR.

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Has Four White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the SZ-31MR is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SZ-31MR. The white balances "Fluorescent", "Sunny" and "Tungsten" are also found on this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The SZ-31MR has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. Most digital cameras of this age and spec have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have still image resolution(s)s of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 4608 x 2592. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of this age and type ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-31MR, the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the SZ-31MR of 600 millimeters is one of the longest. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this type and age is 18mm and the longest is 1,000mm.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

With a combined zoom of 96 times zoom factor, the SZ-31MR has a quite big combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SZ-31MR. The combined zooms of digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SZ-31MR range from 3x to 290x.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SZ-31MR the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. With a display resolution (numeric) of 920,000 pixels, the Olympus SZ-31MR has a quite high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the SZ-31MR is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SZ-31MR.

Across similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Across all the compact cameras that have been available for more than two years the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 3 to 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,700. At 6,400, the SZ-31MR has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SZ-31MR.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixels

The total megapixelss of compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the SZ-31MR range from 10MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP. With a total megapixels of 16.8 megapixels, the Olympus SZ-31MR has a fairly many total megapixels compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-31MR.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the SZ-31MR is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all digital cameras of this spec and age the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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TFT Display

The SZ-31MR has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The worst display of all similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the SZ-31MR is LCD and the best is AMOLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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11 Reasons Against

Quite Small Normal Focusing Range (tele)

When compared to other cameras of a similar spec and age to the SZ-31MR, the SZ-31MR's normal focusing range (tele) of only 0.4 meters is one of the smallest. The average normal focusing range (tele) of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.2m.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-31MR, the Olympus SZ-31MR does not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], the Canon N100[plb_2118439_price], or the Panasonic DMC-LF1[plb_1727132_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus SZ-31MR does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at including the DMC-TZ30[pl_1847857_price], or the Lumix DMC-TZ41[pl_2149949_price] both from Panasonic or the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The SZ-31MR is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SZ-31MR are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The SZ-31MR has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of only 3, the Olympus SZ-31MR has one of the biggest maximum aperture numbers amongst digital cameras of this age. Cameras of this type and age have maximum aperture numbers of between 1.8 and 72.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The Olympus SZ-31MR has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-31MR. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Only Features One Light Metering

The SZ-31MR has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera features an Spot light metering, which is the most frequently featured light metering featured on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SZ-31MR.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The SZ-31MR has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Small Normal Focusing Range (wide)

With a normal focusing range (wide) of only 0.1 meters, the Olympus SZ-31MR has one of the smaller normal focusing range (wide)s amongst compact cameras of this age. The smallest normal focusing range (wide) of cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-31MR is 0.01m, the biggest is 0.8m, and the average normal focusing range (wide) is 0.43m.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

Compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the SZ-31MR have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2. The minimum aperture number of the Olympus SZ-31MR of 6.9 is one of the largest amongst compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SZ-31MR.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SZ-31MR

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this Olympus camera was released.

Average Megapixel

The Olympus SZ-31MR has a fairly standard megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the SZ-31MR.

Alternative 16MP cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the FinePix Z1000EXR[pl_394895_price], or the FinePix F770EXR[pl_383572_price] both from Fujifilm or the Nikon S100[plb_50845_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Canon IXUS 240 HS[plb_408112_price] (16.1MP), the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (16.1MP), or the Samsung SAMSUNG ST200F[plb_1682904_price] (16.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the SZ-31MR has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the SZ-31MR.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think the PowerShot A3300 IS[pl_66875_price], and the 130[pl_377562_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x and higher rated).

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The SZ-31MR has a better sensor type than most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a CCD sensor type.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Casio Exilim EX-ZR400[plb_1892885_price], or the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price].

If the sensor type of this Olympus camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price] (CCD), or the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Interface
Cable Type
On/off Switch
Panorama
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed

Expert Reviews

28 May 2013

Welche Kamera ist die richtige für mich? Die Auswahl an kompakten Digitalkameras ist geradezu erdrückend. Da ist es überhaupt kein Wunder, dass die allermeisten Käufer sich überfordert... Read more…

Lovely images
High speed photography
Relatively compact
High-res screen
Good image quality
Multi-recording is mostly a gimmick
Soft details at 10x-plus
Delayed processing times
Audible autofocus rotor
No manual exposure controls

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 9 January 2014 by Martin Williams
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this camera over Christmas during the Lightning Deals period. It arrived quickly...and went back just as quickly. As soon as you activated the zoom, what appeared to be a greasy spot... Read more…

Reviewed 14 April 2015 by Nadia
(Verified Purchase)

Received it. Everything works perfectly...

Reviewed 20 July 2014 by Cherrie Dunstan

Great little camera with a lot of brain....you will get use to it very quickly...

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sz31mr, sz31mrzil, olympus sz31, sz31mrsilver, olympus sz31m, olympus sz31mr, olympus sz31mrb, olympus sz31mrbl, olympus sz31mrbla, olympus sz31mrblac, olympus sz31mrblack
Barcodes 00050332181823, 04545350039110, 04545350039127, 05055147587094

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