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Drop it, dunk it, splash it, freeze it... The TG-320 is built to keep up with your every move. Whether you’re vacationing with family on the beach, hiking in the mountains, enjoying a bike ride or just hanging around the back yard, the durability of the TG-320 ensures that you’ll never miss a moment. Capture HD videos with ease using the One-Touch HD Video button, and let your imagination run wild with in-camera Magic Art Filters like Pop Art, Watercolor and Fisheye.
A revolutionary system of waterproof seals and gaskets keeps water out so you can take pictures as deep as 10 feet underwater.
Life can be tough, this camera is tougher. Rugged body and innovative shock-absorbing construction are designed to withstand a 5-foot drop, bump, or other mishap.
HD VIDEO WITH HDMI OUTPUT & CONTROL
A simple one-touch button allows you to record videos with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.
NEW 5 FPS HIGH-SPEED SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING AT 12MP
Shoot like a pro. With high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence at the touch of a button. You'll have so many great shots you won't be able to share just one!
Drop it, dunk it, splash it, freeze it… The TG-320 is built to keep up with your every move.
I have been searching for an affordable waterproof camera for over a year now and the most common thing I kept running into were reviews saying that a supposedly 'waterproof' camera was anything but. I saw this one at the discount club where I'm a member and decided to purchase it since they had a very nice return policy, it came with a case and float strap attachment, and I was going on a family vacation to the river the next day and knew I probably wouldn't get any fun pics without a waterproof camera.
I was on the river for a week and this little camera was USED. I took pictures in the water, under the water, around the water...even let the kids take pictures of each other in their tubes. All my pictures turned out great, even in the shade and inside the house (once I figured out how to use the various settings). I made sure to rinse the camera in clean tap water and dry it off with a towel after we got back from the water everyday to make sure river gunk didn't mess with any of the seals.
I also love that the camera uses a charger instead of batteries. Batteries never seem to last long in a digital camera.
Since that vacation, I have taken the camera to our friend's backyard pool and to the waterpark. It has preformed beautifully each time and remains waterproof. I would definitely recommend a float strap for use with this camera. There were a few times in the river when we were tossing the camera to each other and missed (It was either let the camera fall or spill beer!) and the float strap saved the camera from getting lost in the river.
I have posted a few of the pics I tool on vacation so you can see some examples of what the camera is capable of...just keep in mind that I'm not a professional photographer! :)
Up front, I'm a professional photographer with other very nice cameras. I had considered more expensive options...larger aperture, cmos, whatever, but am glad that I saved the money and went with this one. If you want all that performance stuff, just get a dslr and call it a day. These weather/impact resistant cameras are the only way to go with point and shoots. I've ruined a couple others with only the slightest usage...a complete waste of money. Also, who wants to dangle a $300+ camera over the edge of a kayak, or freak out about every grain of sand on vacation. Since this doesnt' have a retractable lens, it's MUCH less prone to problems that inevitably kill other fragile models. Compact with a very usable zoom range.
I just got back from a trip up the Oregon coast: kayaking, swimming on the beach, hiking, and SO many times I congratulated myself for the wise purchase (leaving the other cameras at home and bringing this tough little guy). I still got some very cool shots. The quality of the image was better than I had expected. By the way, I LOVE LOVE the panorama feature. It took a sec to figure out how to use it properly, but once I did, I got some stunning images. They look like fish eye shots cropped to ultra wide screen. Very cool little camera at a fair price. I have every reason to believe this one will last. Only reason for 4 and not 5 stars is because no camera is perfect. They're all a compromise in some way. For getting out there and getting some cool shots to remember, all without being up tight about your gear all the time, this is perfect.
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Enough has been written in other reviews on the performance of this camera. However, no one seemed to notice a flaw that to me is not acceptable anymore and customers should not put up with this.
The camera uses some type of proprietary USB cable. I ma perfectly happy taking one full size USB and one micro USB cable on my travels. I have a number of each, I keep one set in my travel suitcase, one set in my office, one set in my car. I have always a set connected to my computer both at the office and home office. This make life much easier.
However, Olympus has decided that making life easy for customers is the wrong way to go and the USB cable, even though it is pretty much the size or regular USB it is nothing but a regular USB. Worse, the camera does not come with a battery charger. To charge the camera you have to use this cable. Adding the very poor battery life means that you will be searching for this cable a lot. And if you forget to take it with you on a trip, you will be screwed completely. And this, my friends, upsets me very much.
I bought this camera for an upcoming trip to Legoland Ca. where my kids would probably spend most of their time at the waterpark area. So for fun I thought it would be nice to get a waterproof camera.
I am not a camera expert by any means, I currently own a Sony HX5V which is my primary Camera and without a doubt the best one I have ever owned.
The Olympus is a good product, and the pictures came out a lot better than I was expecting. They were clear and impressive. The video was pretty good too. I have not had the time to try all the setting, or my pic's and video might have come out better.
Was it waterproof? Yes, it was. I had to recharge it several times during our trip and not once did it fail. I have also used it at our local waterpark since then and it is holding up fine. One issue it to be extra, extra careful not to get anything on the glass lense or water droplets will stick to it, causing some pictures to come out bad. I really enjoyed not having to worry being splashed or having the camera fall under the water. Once out of the water, the HX5V did the job.... :)
I did take some shots underwater and they came out fine, in fact a few of them were really good. Got to get my kids to be able to hold their breath longer though so there is more time for the bubbles to float away, but they are only 4 and 6 so it will take time. I am sure as I get used to it, I will learn how to use the various settings better to enhance my picture taking experience.
My only complaint and I know I am not the first to mention it is the battery life. I am used to getting 250+ shots and video out of the Sony with no issues (and many of the videos are well over 5min).Read more ›
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