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Olympus SZ-31MR IHS Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 24x Sep 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good brand
3D
Supports Full HD video
4 Reviews

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Reviews

Good Brand

Based on 4,467 expert and owner reviews (including 627 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 89% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Released Over Four Years Ago

It was September 2012 when Olympus released the SZ-31MR iHS.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the SZ-31MR iHS has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

There are a number of other 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Nikon L120, or the Canon SX150 IS which all of have better reviews.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the 240 HS (3.2" and higher rated), or the ELPH 320 HS (3.2" and higher rated) both from Canon or the Nikon Df (£2,039) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (920,000 pixels) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SZ-31MR iHS supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the DSC-WX80 both from Sony or the Casio EX-ZR400 which all of have better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The SZ-31MR iHS has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

The worst video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common 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). The worst video resolution of all digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SZ-31MR iHS supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Fujifilm FinePix S8400, or the Nikon Coolpix S8200 which all of have better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Fujifilm FinePix S4800 which both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Video Out

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS does not have a video out, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also do not have a video out.

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Features Date Imprinting

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS features date imprinting, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SZ-31MR iHS has an HDMI port. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

Across all the medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. With an optical zoom of 24 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Kodak Pixpro AZ251 (£80) (25x and higher rated), or the Nikon 320 (26x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the L120, or the L31 both from Nikon or the Canon SX150 IS which all of have better reviews.

If this Olympus digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the WB30F (5x and higher rated), the DV150F (5x and higher rated), or the 200F (5x and higher rated) all from Samsung.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera that we have checked the maximum aperture number of, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's maximum aperture number of only 3 is one of the biggest. The maximum aperture numbers of medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera range from 2.5 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The SZ-31MR iHS has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (600 millimeters) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this type and age is 350mm, and the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 1,500mm.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of cameras of this type and age is 1.7, the largest is 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4. When compared to other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera that we have checked, the minimum aperture number of the SZ-31MR iHS of 6.9 is one of the largest.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SZ-31MR iHS has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the DMC-TZ30EF-W, and the DMC-FS40 both from Panasonic or the Nikon L120 which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The SZ-31MR iHS has a higher still image resolution than most medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(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. Across all comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 16MP digital cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Nikon L31, the Canon A3300 IS, and the Olympus SP-620UZ are also worth considering.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the DMC-GH3EC-K (16.05MP and higher rated), the Lumix DMC-G6 (16.05MP and higher rated), or the Lumix G5 (£788) (16.05MP and higher rated) all from Panasonic.

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The SZ-31MR iHS features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The SZ-31MR iHS features brightness adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Features Calendar

The SZ-31MR iHS features calendar, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Features Histogram

The SZ-31MR iHS features histogram, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The SZ-31MR iHS has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The SZ-31MR iHS supports PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The SZ-31MR iHS has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The SZ-31MR iHS has a hand strap. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Batteries Included

The SZ-31MR iHS has a batteries included, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The SZ-31MR iHS features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The SZ-31MR iHS has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus sz31mrblack, sz31mrsilver, sz31mrzil, sz31mrzwa
Barcodes 00050332181823, 04545350039110, 04545350039127, 05055147587094

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus SZ-31MR iHS review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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