Olympus TG-3

Olympus TG-3

By: Olympus
$349.00 $379.00
4 / 5.0
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Customer Rating :
Support: 4
Features: 4
Portability: 4
Screen: 4
Price Value: 4
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Photographers shooting adventure sports require an equally tough digital camera to click amazing photos and videos. Olympus TG-3 is a tough nut to crack as it is made to meet freezing cold conditions, arid dryness of deserts, and falls and abrasions. You can also take it deep inside water for an underwater shoot. Here’re some more tips to help you find out if you are ready to buy this gizmo. Olympus TG-3 Review


Available in red and black varieties, the Olympus model is a classy looking piece with fine and shiny metallic finish. The gizmo has a dimension of 2.6 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches and weighs only 250 grams or so. Yet, this sleek looking portable product is powerful enough to take high quality images. It is compatible with most popular operating systems, such as Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac, and so on. Just an USB port is required to connect the same to the computing gizmo. Olympus TG-3 Review The 3-inch LCD rear screen offers a display resolution of 460,000 pixels. It allows users to see objects that are bright and vivid. It also provides microscopic as well as wide angle viewing. During video shoots, it allows clear viewing. Images can be reviewed and menu system can be navigated through the screen. The digital camera has been designed to be tough against all odds – such as, freezing cold of -10 degree Celsius to drops from a height as high as 2.1m. It is also waterproof as it can be kept easily at a depth of 15.2m. The useful gadget can also withstand external pressure and dust.

Image Quality

The camera is equipped with a powerful image sensor of 16MP. The BSI CMOS 1/2.3-inch sensor allows a video recording at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps, 640 x 480 pixels at 120 fps, and 432 x 324pixels at 240 fps. The files for storing videos are in AVI, H.264, MJPEG, and MOV formats. So, users can easily record Full HD movies of 1080p at 30 fps. Olympus TG-3 Review Audio recording done on the videos as voiceover or music is through stereo and voice memo options. There is a built-in microphone. Audio is stored in Linear PCM format. Still images have a resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. The images are stored in JPEG format. There is an inbuilt flash that helps to reduce Red-Eye aberration. There are various flash modes as well.


The Olympus camera supports various shooting modes to enhance one’s shooting quality. There are various exposure modes as well, such as Aperture Priority, Auto, Custom, and Intelligent. A suitable zooming capability makes the gizmo more appealing. It has a 4x optical zoom and a 2x super resolution zoom. It also has 4x digital zooming option. The camera is equipped with a wireless LAN. If users download a complimentary Olympus Image Share app, the can share files to mobile devices, Geotag the photos, access the camera from a remote location, adjust white balance and more – all wirelessly. Custom signatures and Art Filters can also be applied on the photos – especially when creating Photo Story images. There is no option for 4g LTE or Bluetooth connectivity. The gizmo does not have a fingerprint scanner either.


At a price of $389, the digital camera is a good choice. In fact, users can get more benefits – such as durability features - which they may not get from a costly gadget.

Internal Specs

Powered by the new TruePic VII image processor, Olympus TG-3 digital camera is able to produce high quality images with high contrast, vivid colors, and sharpness. The processor also helps to lower compression artifacts during scene changes in a video. The camera can produce continuous video recording at 5 frames per second (fps) that meet the ISO6400 standard. It is compatible with the Fine Detail Processing utility that reduces reproduction of false colors or moiré in the videos. There is a 36MB built-in memory and an option for external removable media cards. There are memory card slots for SD, SDHC, or SDXC cards. The processing speed is therefore quite high as the system is well-equipped to allow continuous shooting. Images and videos can be stored as well.

Battery Life

There is a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, LI-92B that allows 380 still images in a single charge. It also allows continuous video shooting for 120 minutes in a single charge. The battery operates under CIPA DC-002 specification. The battery along with the AC power adapter is included in the kit. The battery of 3.6VDC has a capacity of 1350mAh.


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Country Code JP Magapixels 16
Sensor Size BSI CMOS 1/2.3” Optical Zoom 4 x
Focal length(mm) 25-100 mm Maximum ISO 6400
Shoots per battery 380 Build in Flash Yes
Build in WIFI Yes Video Recording Yes
Touchscreen No Shooting Speed 5fps
Microphone Yes HDMI Yes
Weight 247g Dimensions 111.5 x 65.9 x 31.2mm
Screen Size 3″ Color Empty
Environmentally sealed No GPS Tagging Capability No
Live view mode No Maximun Shutter Speed Empty
Memory Card Slot 0 Model number Empty
Viewfinder Coverage 0 Date First Available 2015-06-29
Auto Focus Points Empty Articulated LCD Screen No

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