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Olympus TG-3 Waterproof 16 MP Digital Camera (Black) - International Version (No Warranty)

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TG-3 - Import

DPReview Silver Award
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Overall score: 75%
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  • 16 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor with sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 25-100 mm equivalent F2.0 - F4.9 lens
  • 5 FPS at 12M, up to 60 FPS at 3MP
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 1080 30p HD video (.MOV/H.264)
  • 3" fixed LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Shockproof to 7ft/2.1m
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Technical Details

Color: Black | Style: TG-3 - Import
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • DC in Jack
  • HD Compatible
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Review summary from DPReview

DPReview Silver AwardJune 2014
The TG-3 has a lot to offer. We think spending the extra money over some of its rivals is worth it, given its nice lens, usable LCD and great battery life.
Jeff KellerJeff Keller
75%

Conclusion

The Olympus TG-3 is a very solid and capable rugged camera that offers a fast lens (at wide-angle), an excellent LCD, fast performance, and top notch battery life. Image quality isn't great when viewed at 100% - and exposure needs to be watched underwater - but most people will be happy with the results.

Reasons to buy

  • Bright lens at wide-angle
  • Available Av priority mode and 5 fps burst
  • Nice GPS implementation with compass, altitude/depth and air pressure data
  • Excellent battery life
  • Supports conversion lenses and ring light

Things to consider

  • Noise reduction smudges fine detail
  • Limited apertures choices in Av priority mode
  • Awkward zoom control
  • Not the best video quality

Suggested for

Skiers, climbers, and divers looking for a responsive and very rugged camera that can shoot for a full day (and more)

Not suggested for

Video enthusiasts and those seeking manual exposure controls.
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Product Details

Color: Black | Style: TG-3 - Import
  • Product Dimensions: 6,692.9 x 5,511.8 x 2,559.1 inches ; 8.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00J8IV70W
  • Item model number: TG-3
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,263 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 18, 2014

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: TG-3 - Import

It is the camera of the tough series highest peak equipped with a bright lens of F2.0, birth of STYLUS TG-3 Tough. Not to mention tough performance, the macroperformance evolves remarkably. With the system extensibility with accessories, a further photography scene spreads out. In addition, I can update GPS assist data in the place where one go to and prepare for the smartphone application that can manage a GPS trace and the photograph newly. The photography in the tough scene becomes comfortable more and more happily.

Customer Reviews

This camera takes great pictures.
Henrik Dahl
In the macro mode the camera takes several pictures and integrates them into a single photo that has great depth-of field.
Ratty
We snorkeled in Iceland (in very cold water) and took great pictures including, a first, an underwater selfie.
L. Tieman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Amir Ridhwan on June 25, 2014
Style Name: BaseColor Name: Black
I had this for a week and every time I use it, I kept getting more amazed. Previously I owned a TG-1 and later a TG-2. Between both, there was not much practical difference other than the high speed video and a more flexible macro mode. But TG-3 is several steps above TG-2 with the new sensor and ridiculously superb microscope mode. The level of magnification and clarity is just out of the world. Now, I do a lot of macro work on DSLR and OM-D, owning 2 macro lenses but TG-3 put it into another level in terms of magnification. Macro junkies will definitely going to love this.

Another thing I love is the auto image stacking. Once I got the camera I didn't even bother to put it on a tripod. I just parked my hand on a desk and hold the camera steady while it takes several successive shots. The result is very pleasing although it may not compete against manually stacked images using DSLR. It's fun though and easy to use. Best of all I can share it immediately via smartphone. I am going to mass produce stacked images into instagram soon.

The wifi capability is easy to connect but with my Galaxy Note 3 I have to disable my mobile data otherwise the wifi cannot connect properly. Once it is connected, data transfer is seamless and stable. The app in android is a bit cumbersome to select multiple images so I hope Olympus can improve this soon.

If you want to fully utilize the microscope mode, get the ring light reflector add-on. It really helps to give even lighting and you can just place the camera face down on the subject. I could see individual pixels from my Note 3 which is over 300ppi.

Image quality is excellent for a waterproof compact. It uses the same lens as TG-1 and TG-2 which is a bit disappointing but then that helps to keep the price low.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful By richard rayl on July 23, 2014
Style Name: BaseColor Name: Red
First, a confession: I did not buy mine from Amazon. I got it from a competitor because I needed it in time for a Maui vacation, and Amazon's suppliers were playing games with the shipping times. Shame on them!

Now, as for the camera....the REAL reason you're reading this review! Since I got it in time, I had it in my hot little hands for the entire Maui trip. What better way to test something than a trial by fire! And water, but I'll get to that in a second. We were pretty active on this trip, and we went up cliffs, down waterfalls, out on the beach, and deep in the water, and this camera went with us everywhere. The scene modes are wonderful for an average photographer like myself. The macro function on this is stunning...and I mean incredibly so. I got some close-up shots of things like ants on flowers, and bees on lavender, where every hair and segmented joint comes up in clear detail.
This camera got banged up a little. Of course, you never ever want to TRY to test out the whole "shock resistant" claim, but there were a couple times when the camera got knocked around over some rough terrain while it was on my wrist. There are a couple scratches on the case, and some marks on the back display, but the lens perfect and the photo-taking ability never wavered.

For my own use, I would say that the underwater features of this camera really stood out. I love to be in the water, and the reefs around Maui are filled with colorful fish and corals and more than a few Honu. Go ahead, look that up. I'll wait. Back now? Great! Anyway, I wanted to capture some of those wonderful experience, and I have been disappointed in underwater cameras and cheap cases in the past. This camera blows the competition...er.....out of the water (I am SO sorry for that one).
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Yellowjacket on July 4, 2014
Style Name: BaseColor Name: Red
I consider myself an intermediate to advanced Macro Photographer. Which means I take a lot of pictures of bugs and flowers. So, when I heard rumors of a camera that could do "Focus stacking" right in the camera and focus bracketing I preordered one. It arrived today. I installed the very substantial wrist strap, a SD memory chip, (32 gigabytes not included) and the battery (Included) and charged it up. In the meantime I read the quickstart guide, and downloaded the software on the provided CD. It includes the full owner's manual. Then I went for a long walk in the woods and along the local river. Even in "normal" focus mode it allows you to get pretty close. "Micro Mode" is where it really shines. There is an array of functions to help you get good macro images and beyond. In micro mode it can magnify as much as 11.1X. In focus stacking mode it acquires 8 exposures, aligns them, and combines them in such a way that the entire field is in focus. (There are some limits to this wizardry.) So does this replace my big DSLR with a designated Macro lens? No. It does allow me one more arrow in my quiver though when I go for a walk in the woods.

Pros;
Focus stacking
Extreme macro capability
Water resistant to 50 ft.
Shock resistant
Small and compact
Telephoto, fisheye, and macro light ring accessories available.
Wi-fi, GPS capable, with digital compass.
HD Movie capability.
Fits in pocket
A plethora of modes, filters, and effects are available in camera.

Cons;
View screen is not articulated (which makes getting those low to the ground macro shots of interesting insects harder)
No real manual focus which is often handy in macro situations.
No "RAW" image available.
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