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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
3D
Olympus has good camera reviews
Not robust
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Olympus Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 4,447 expert and user reviews (including 623 verified purchases), Olympus has good ratings for its cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other brands. 88% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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 digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera do not support Full HD video.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the SLT-A57Y both from Sony or the Casio EX-ZR400.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution across all cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Across similar types of camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The SZ-31MR iHS 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 camera). In addition, this Olympus 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 comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years the worst video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Lens System

Quite Big Optical Zoom

Across all the cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. The SZ-31MR iHS has one of the bigger optical zooms (24 times zoom factor) amongst digital cameras of this age.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Kodak Pixpro AZ251 (25x), or the Nikon 320 (26x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 600 millimeters, the SZ-31MR iHS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera is 350mm.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of only 3, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS's maximum aperture number is one of the biggest amongst cameras of this spec and age. The biggest maximum aperture number of medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.5 and the smallest is 38.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

At 6.9, the SZ-31MR iHS has a very large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. Across all the medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the SZ-31MR iHS has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this camera and we think the L120, and the L31 both from Nikon or the Canon SX150 IS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the WB30F (5x), the DV150F ($175) (5x), or the 200F (5x) all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SZ-31MR iHS supports video capability. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also support video capability.

There are a number of alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the DSC-WX80 both from Sony or the Canon SX160 IS.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo ($799.98), and the GE A1455 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Features Date Imprinting

The SZ-31MR iHS features date imprinting, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has an HDMI port, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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Does Not Have a Video Out

Like most of the other cameras of this age and spec, the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS does not have a video out.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The SZ-31MR iHS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider include the DMC-TZ30EF-W ($375.99), or the DMC-FS40 both from Panasonic or the Nikon L120 which has better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The SZ-31MR iHS has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Olympus digital 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 cameras that came out around the same time as this camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4928 x 3264.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

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

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

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

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Camera

Features Saturation Adjustment

The SZ-31MR iHS features saturation adjustment. Most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The SZ-31MR iHS features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Features Calendar

The SZ-31MR iHS features calendar. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also feature calendar.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The SZ-31MR iHS has a tripod mountable. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS features histogram, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The SZ-31MR iHS has a hand strap, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The SZ-31MR iHS features voice recording. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Display

Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The SZ-31MR iHS has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (920,000 pixels) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Across all the similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, the Nikon L120, or the Canon SX150 IS.

If this medium megapixel 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 ($1,995.95) (3.2" and higher rated).

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Design

Not Robust

One person who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was not well made.

Poor Product Quality

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was not good quality. Martin Williams said on Amazon.co.uk “Needless to say, not very impressed by build quality on this item”.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

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

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