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Olympus TG-3 Waterproof 16 MP Digital Camera (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
|Price:||$602.49 & FREE Shipping|
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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|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 1.22 x 4.41 inches|
|Item Weight||0.54 pounds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Shipping Weight||0.97 pounds|
|Water Resistance Level||Waterproof|
Review summary from DPReview
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.
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From the Manufacturer
TOUGH GETS CONNECTED
Have you ever stopped and wished you had a WiFi-enabled camera that could handle extreme outdoor conditions and deliver spectacular high-resolution photos and smooth HD videos of your epic outdoor adventures, even in low light? If so, meet the Olympus Tough TG-3. It’s incredibly rugged, yet boasts a super-bright f2.0 4x zoom lens, sophisticated features like next-generation GPS, Interval Shooting and time-lapse movie options, four variable macro shooting modes, and system accessories that further expand its capabilities. This is the camera you take to places you never dared take a camera before.
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So Rugged We Call It “Lifeproof”
High-speed, Bright f2.0 Optics for Superb Low-light Shooting
Built-in Connectivity for Your “Smart” Lifestyle
(2) Electronic compass
(3) Air pressure/altitude
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(3) Air pressure/Water pressure
(4) Altitude/water depth
(5) Date and time
Get Creative with Interval Shooting and Time-lapse Movies
Get Up Close – Really Close!
Expand Your Rugged System with Useful Accessories
In-camera Special Effects – and Now Photo Story
Color: Black | Style: Base
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Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Extreme macro capability
Water resistant to 50 ft.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
disclaimer - I am a point and click photographer :)
I had been looking for the new TG-3 for a long time, and I found it! Read more
LCD screen stopped working on second trip. I think water may have leaked in. So sad. Still not working after drying 2 days.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have owned SEVERAL of the "tough" cameras now and the TG-3 is my newest one. THEY ALL SUCK. This tg-3 REFUSES to focus about half of the time. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I had a earlier version of this camera, and I loved it. It finally gave out after many years. I bought this one in replacement. The photo quality is terrible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MCS
Still going strong. It has been in many pools and in the Great Barrier Reef.Published 2 months ago by catladyjones
Bought this camera for a couple of trips where I went snorkeling or shallow scuba diving. It has an alarm when one is getting close to depth limit it is rated for. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claudette
Wish I could give it 5 stars but can't. Love the pictures this camera produces but the video is just ok. I bought it mostly to do underwater and wet activities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chad Wright
Amazing camera. Our last Olympus tough camera finally gave out after years of abuse. This one can be controlled by your smart phone. Prop it up on something and take a group photo. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matt
Awesome camera! Totally worth the money. Takes great pictures and videos on land and in the water!Published 3 months ago by Zachary Vick