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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

Olympus Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

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

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The SZ-31MR supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the SZ-31MR do not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], and the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Rollei PowerFlex 800[plb_1950271_price], the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price].

If the memory card type of this compact camera digital camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W570[plb_2128686_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 24 times zoom factor, the SZ-31MR has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst compact cameras of this age. The optical zooms of cameras of this spec and age range from 3x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

If this digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the Coolpix L320[pl_1939468_price] (26x), or the D810[pl_2077436_price] (26x) both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

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

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available which you might also want to look at including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the SZ-31MR, the Olympus SZ-31MR has an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price], and the GE C1233[plb_1772801_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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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 comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SZ-31MR also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the GE C1033[plb_1772798_price].

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the SZ-31MR is more than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SZ-31MR.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus SZ-31MR is more than most cameras that have been available for more than two years. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and type. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Has Four White Balances

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

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The SZ-31MR has a higher still image resolution than most compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This Olympus digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also 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. Across all digital cameras of this type and age the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this age and type is 250mm, and the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm. At 600 millimeters, the Olympus SZ-31MR has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Combined Zoom

The average combined zoom of digital cameras of this age and spec is 50x, and the combined zooms range from 3x to 1,600x. At 96 times zoom factor, the SZ-31MR has a fairly big combined zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-31MR.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most commonly supported USB version on comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the SZ-31MR range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels. The SZ-31MR has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s (920,000 pixels) amongst cameras of this age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

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

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution across all similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the SZ-31MR.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

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 were released around the same time as the SZ-31MR. Across all the cameras of a comparable age and spec to the SZ-31MR the total megapixelss range from 10MP to 48MP.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The SZ-31MR supports a maximum video resolution of 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 digital camera). This Olympus digital camera also 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 best video resolution of all compact cameras that came out around the same time as the SZ-31MR 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 camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this age and type.

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Features One Light Metering

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

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TFT Display

The Olympus SZ-31MR has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras that have been around for more than two years. 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. Across all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the SZ-31MR the display ranges from LCD to 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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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The SZ-31MR does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the SZ-31MR also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The SZ-31MR does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the SZ-31MR also do not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

The SZ-31MR is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SZ-31MR are also not waterproof.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of cameras of this age and spec is 6.9. With a maximum aperture number of only 3, the SZ-31MR has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-31MR.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the SZ-31MR is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital 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 camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the SZ-31MR is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the SZ-31MR.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture Number

When compared to other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the SZ-31MR that we have checked the minimum aperture number of, the Olympus SZ-31MR's minimum aperture number of 6.9 is one of the largest. The average minimum aperture number of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the SZ-31MR is 3.2, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 6.9.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Olympus SZ-31MR

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over four years.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the SZ-31MR has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen 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 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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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the SZ-31MR has a fairly average megapixel compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the SZ-31MR.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 16MP digital cameras currently available including 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.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might also be worth considering include the Canon IXUS 240 HS[plb_408112_price] (16.1MP and higher rated), the Nikon Coolpix L320[plb_1939468_price] (16.1MP and higher rated), or the Samsung SAMSUNG ST200F[plb_1682904_price] (16.1MP and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus SZ-31MR has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the SZ-31MR.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], the Nikon S100[plb_50845_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZR200[plb_370973_price] which has better reviews.

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

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on digital cameras of this spec and age. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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MOS Sensor Type

The SZ-31MR has a MOS sensor type which is better than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. Most compact cameras that are a similar age to it have a CCD sensor type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the D300s[pl_994_price], or the S9400[pl_1873860_price] both from Nikon or the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price] which has better reviews.

Cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth considering include the Nikon 28[plb_1877145_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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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 04545350039110, 04545350039127

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