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Olympus SZ-31
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Olympus SZ-31 Digital Camera

16MP 24x CMOS Jan 2012
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser 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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23 Reasons For

Olympus Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Olympus compact camera digital cameras have good ratings compared to other brands as do all cameras built by Olympus.

3D Compatible

The Olympus SZ-31 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-31 which are not 3D compatible.

Alternative 3D compatible cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], the Nikon Coolpix S5200[plb_1873851_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36[plb_1725803_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age. 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 digital camera and we think the Nikon 1 J2[plb_1907086_price], the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], and the Canon PowerShot N100[plb_2118439_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-31 which do not support Full HD video, the Olympus SZ-31 supports Full HD video.

Other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to consider include the Coolpix S9500[pl_1721861_price], or the Coolpix S6500[pl_1882940_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-31 range from 2.7x to 63x. At 24 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-31 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the Coolpix L320[pl_1939468_price] (26x and higher rated), or the D810[pl_2077436_price] (26x and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Olympus SZ-31 supports video recording.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video recording currently available including the IXUS 140[pl_1561326_price], or the IXUS 130[pl_1644860_price] both from Canon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the SZ-31, the Olympus SZ-31 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to consider including the FinePix X10[pl_1150_price], or the FinePix AX600[pl_1735654_price] both from Fujifilm or the GE J1455[plb_1773004_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SZ-31 has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price], the Lexibook DJ024[plb_1833399_price], or the GE C1233[plb_1772801_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus SZ-31 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this Olympus digital camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Olympus SZ-31 has a greater number of audio formats than most compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this Olympus digital camera. The audio formats PCM are also supported by this camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus SZ-31 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Olympus camera also have still image resolutions 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 worst still image resolution of all similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

At 600 millimeters, the Olympus SZ-31 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The shortest maximum focal length of cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-31 is 0.28mm and the longest is 1,800mm.

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Quite Big Combined Zoom

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SZ-31 the combined zoom range from 3x to 1,600x, and the average combined zoom is 50x. The Olympus SZ-31 has one of the bigger combined zoom (96 times zoom factor) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Has Three White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus SZ-31 is more than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently found white balance mode is Auto, but this white balance mode is not found on this digital camera. The white balance modes Fluorescent, Sunny and Tungsten are also found on this Olympus camera.

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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 of a similar type and age to it.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

With a maximum aperture of 6.9, the Olympus SZ-31 has a quite small maximum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the SZ-31. The biggest maximum aperture of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.8, the smallest is 87, and the average maximum aperture is 6.8.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Olympus SZ-31 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 across all digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. The Olympus SZ-31 has a fairly high display resolution (920,000 pixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus SZ-31 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-31. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Olympus camera support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of a similar type and age to the SZ-31.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

Cameras that were released around the same time as the SZ-31 have maximum ISO speeds of between 200 and 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. With a maximum ISO speed of 6,400, the Olympus SZ-31 has a quite high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the SZ-31.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 16.8 megapixels, the Olympus SZ-31 has one of the more total megapixel counts amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The average total megapixel count of cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-31 is 16MP, and the total megapixel counts range from 10MP to 48MP.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

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

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The Olympus SZ-31 has a greater number of light metering modes than most cameras of this type and age. The most frequently featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Olympus camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this camera.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Olympus SZ-31 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[plb_2083466_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9500[plb_1721861_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-31, the Olympus SZ-31 does not have a GPS.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS and we think the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2[plb_2711451_price], the Canon IXUS 140[plb_1561326_price], or the Sony DSC-HX400V[plb_2297093_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SZ-31 are not waterproof. The Olympus SZ-31 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Olympus SZ-31 has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the SZ-31. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus SZ-31 is more than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras of this spec and age. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" is also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Two Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus SZ-31 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the SZ-31. The shooting mode "Program" is also found on this Olympus digital camera.

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Only Has Three Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Olympus SZ-31 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-31. The playback modes "Single image" and "Slide show" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Olympus SZ-31 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Thick

The depths of compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-31 range from 4mm to 2,200mm. With a depth of 39.7 millimeters, the Olympus SZ-31 is one of the thicker compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-31 amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SZ-31

Average Screen Size

The Olympus SZ-31 has a pretty standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the SZ-31.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Fujifilm FinePix F770[plb_383572_price], the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS[plb_41047_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR200[plb_370973_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a larger screen size 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 PowerShot ELPH 310 HS[pl_651755_price] (3.2") all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera has been on the market for over five years.

Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16 megapixels, the Olympus SZ-31 has a fairly typical megapixel count compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-31.

Alternative 16MP cameras currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm FinePix F770[plb_383572_price].

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth looking at include the Canon IXUS 240 HS[plb_408112_price] (16.1MP), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5[plb_1900903_price] (16.1MP), or the Samsung ST200F[plb_1682904_price] (16.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

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

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix S100[plb_50845_price], the Canon Ixus 130[plb_377562_price], or the Samsung ST90[plb_1216_price] which has better reviews.

If this camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Canon IXUS 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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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 that have been around for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Olympus SZ-31 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most digital cameras of this age and type. Most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

Alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S6500[pl_1882940_price], or the Coolpix P510[pl_2071647_price] both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix X10[plb_1150_price].

If you want a digital camera with a better sensor type then you might want to consider the Samsung ST90[plb_1216_price] (CCD), or the Nikon Coolpix L27[plb_1968351_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Body Material
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
3D Compatible
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Calendar
Histogram
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Date Imprinting
Interface
Cable
On/off Switch
Panorama Mode
Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range

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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