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Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Portability
98
Imaging
33
Features
11
Overall
24
Olympus FE-25 front
 
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS front
Portability
89
Imaging
39
Features
47
Overall
42

Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Key Specs

Olympus FE-25
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.4" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 0
  • No Video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 93 x 62 x 24mm
  • Announced January 2009
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Released February 2012
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Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Olympus FE-25 versus Olympus SZ-31MR iHS, one is a Ultracompact and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are built by Olympus. There exists a sizeable gap among the resolutions of the FE-25 (10MP) and SZ-31MR iHS (16MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FE-25 was introduced 4 years before the SZ-31MR iHS which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus FE-25 being a Ultracompact camera and the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS being a Compact camera.

Before we go straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a short summary of how the FE-25 scores against the SZ-31MR iHS when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Olympus FE-25 over the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

 FE-25 SZ-31MR iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-31MR iHS over the Olympus FE-25

 SZ-31MR iHS FE-25 
ReleasedFebruary 2012January 2009More modern by 37 months
Display size3"2.4"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution920k112kClearer display (+808k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus FE-25 and Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

 FE-25 SZ-31MR iHS 
Focus manually No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera frequently, you will have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Olympus FE-25 has got outside measurements of 93mm x 62mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs) and the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has measurements of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") having a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are using at that moment. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the FE-25 compared to the SZ-31MR iHS.

Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FE-25 and SZ-31MR iHS is 98 and 89 respectively.

Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS top view buttons comparison

Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizes purely by looking through technical specs. The image here will give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the FE-25 and SZ-31MR iHS.

As you can tell, both cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You should anticipate the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS to render more detail using its extra 6MP. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images way more aggressively. The more aged FE-25 will be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS sensor size comparison

Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus FE-25 Portrait photography factors
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Portrait photography factors
19
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
34
MP count good (16 megapixels)
includes face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus FE-25 Street photography highlights
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Street photography highlights
48
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
low max ISO (0)
64
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has touch to focus
lighter than competition (226g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus FE-25 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS as a Sports photography camera
16
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
44
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16MP)
includes tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (200 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Olympus FE-25
Travel photography with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
61
has built in flash
great maximum aperture (f)
no Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
67
lighter than competition (226 grams)
has touch to focus
MP count good (16MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
long zoom (600mm)
missing Timelapse function
bad battery pack (200 shots)
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus FE-25 Landscape photography advice
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Landscape photography advice
27
great maximum aperture (f)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
screen is small (2.4 inch)
manual mode not possible
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
low max ISO (0)
does not have RAW files
no Time Lapse mode
41
quite wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus FE-25 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS as a Vlogging camera
9
no video recording
35
quite wide (25mm)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (226g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not contain selfie friendly display
missing external microphone jack
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Olympus FE-25 vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus FE-25 and Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
 Olympus FE-25Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus FE-25 Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
Class Ultracompact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-01-07 2012-02-08
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Dual TruePic V
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3648 x 2768 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range () 25-600mm (24.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.0-6.9
Macro focus range - 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.4" 3"
Display resolution 112 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - Hypercrystal III TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1700 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 9.30 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight - 226g (0.50 pounds)
Physical dimensions 93 x 62 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 200 photographs
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model - LI-50B
Self timer - Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Retail price $15 $0