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Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Portability
89
Imaging
39
Features
39
Overall
39
Olympus SZ-30MR front
 
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS front
Portability
89
Imaging
39
Features
47
Overall
42

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Key Specs

Olympus SZ-30MR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F3.0-6.9) lens
  • 226g - 106 x 69 x 40mm
  • Released March 2011
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 SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Overview

The following is a detailed assessment of the Olympus SZ-30MR versus Olympus SZ-31MR iHS, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both of them are produced by Olympus. The resolution of the SZ-30MR (16MP) and the SZ-31MR iHS (16MP) is very close and they possess the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The SZ-30MR was brought out 11 months before the SZ-31MR iHS which means that they are of a similar age. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a thorough comparison, below is a quick view of how the SZ-30MR scores vs the SZ-31MR iHS when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-30MR over the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

 SZ-30MR SZ-31MR iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus SZ-31MR iHS over the Olympus SZ-30MR

 SZ-31MR iHS SZ-30MR 
ReleasedFebruary 2012March 2011Newer by 11 months
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SZ-30MR and Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

 SZ-30MR SZ-31MR iHS 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera, you should factor its weight and size. The Olympus SZ-30MR has external measurements of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") along with a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs) whilst the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has specifications of 106mm x 69mm x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") having a weight of 226 grams (0.50 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus SZ-30MR versus Olympus SZ-31MR iHS in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is the front view scale comparison of the SZ-30MR compared to the SZ-31MR iHS.

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the SZ-30MR and SZ-31MR iHS is 89 and 89 respectively.

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS top view buttons comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to picture the gap in sensor dimensions merely by looking through technical specs. The pic underneath might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the SZ-30MR and SZ-31MR iHS.

As you have seen, both of those cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same MP therefore you can expect comparable quality of files however you would want to factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged SZ-30MR will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS sensor size comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
Portrait photography with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
34
good MP (16MP)
features face detect focusing
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
34
good MP (16MP)
features face detect focusing
no manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
Street photography with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
60
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition (226 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
64
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports focus by touch
lighter than competition in class (226 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR Sports photography features
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Sports photography features
41
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
max frames per second low (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (220 per charge)
no phase detect AF
44
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (200 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR Travel photography highlights
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Travel photography highlights
65
lighter than competition (226 grams)
good MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very long zoom (600mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
not so great battery power (220 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
67
lighter than competition in class (226g)
supports focus by touch
good MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
no Timelapse function
not so great battery pack (200 per charge)
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus SZ-30MR
Landscape photography with Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
41
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
not so great battery power (220 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
41
fairly wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus SZ-30MR as a Vlogging camera
Olympus SZ-31MR iHS as a Vlogging camera
34
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (226 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
35
fairly wide (25mm)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (226g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no microphone port
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Olympus SZ-30MR vs Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SZ-30MR and Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
 Olympus SZ-30MROlympus SZ-31MR iHS
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus SZ-30MR Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2011-03-02 2012-02-08
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III+ Dual TruePic V
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 25-600mm (24.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-6.9 f/3.0-6.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display tech TFT Hypercrystal III Color LCD Hypercrystal III TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1700 seconds 1/1700 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 9.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 226 grams (0.50 pounds) 226 grams (0.50 pounds)
Dimensions 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6") 106 x 69 x 40mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 photos 200 photos
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-50B LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $279 $0