Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Review

Overall 44
Imaging 11
Features 37
Size 82
Price 100

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 106 x 69 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 226 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Summary

This review is devoted to SZ-31MR iHS that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Feb 08, 2012. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #53 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #535 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus SZ-31MR iHS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus SZ-31MR iHS With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus SZ-31MR iHS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has the following external dimensions 106 x 106 x 40 mm (41.73 x 27.17 x 15.75″) with the weight of 226 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus SZ-31MR iHS, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 40mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus SZ-31MR iHS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus SZ-31MR iHS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS — 200 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS — 40 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS — 226 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Olympus SZ-31MR iHS comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Olympus SZ-31MR iHS comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS comes with Dual TruePic V processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus SZ-31MR iHS has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus SZ-31MR iHS. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus SZ-31MR iHS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 920k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus SZ-31MR iHS are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/1700 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, SZ-31MR iHS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, SZ-31MR iHS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus SZ-31MR iHS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus SZ-31MR iHS allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect SZ-31MR iHS to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus SZ-31MR iHS provides a shooting life of 200, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Olympus SZ-31MR iHS is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Olympus SZ-31MR iHS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus SZ-31MR iHS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus SZ-31MR iHS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the SZ-31MR iHS to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-31MR iHS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-31MR iHS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-31MR iHS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-31MR iHS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (106 x 69 x 40 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-31MR iHS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 46. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-31MR iHS can be called a 46 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1700s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (200 shots)

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-31MR iHS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-31MR iHS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (226 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus SZ-31MR iHS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 43. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus SZ-31MR iHS can be called a 43 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model SZ-31MR iHS
Announced Feb 08, 2012
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 920k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1700 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 9.3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 226 g
Physical Dimensions 106 x 69 x 40 mm
Battery Life 200 shots
Battery Type 200 shots
Battery Model LI-50B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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