Olympus TG-3 Waterproof Compact Camera

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75% Silver Award
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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
  • Waterproof to 50ft/15m
  • Freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C
  • Crushproof 220 lbf./100 kgf.
  • Built-in LED light
  • Built-in GPS, elevation recording, and electronic compass
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory

Product Description

The Olympus TG-series of waterproof cameras remains a popular choice for enthusiasts looking for a rugged compact camera. The TG-3 retains lens specifications of the TG-2 with a bright 25-100mm F2.0-4.9 lens, but improves on its predecessor with the addition of built-in Wi-Fi that syncs with Android and iOS devices. The Wi-Fi connectivity allows data transfer, social media connectivity, and full camera control. The TG-3 also features a microscope mode that can capture images as close as 10mm away from the subject and magnify up to 6.9x and up to 13.8x with Super Resolution Zoom.

A lineup of optional system accessories are available for the TG-3, including waterproof fisheye and tele converter lenses, an LED right light, an underwater protector, float straps and multipurpose camera cases are sold separately.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor TruePic VII
Image
ISO Auto, 100-6400
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format No
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25–100 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Maximum aperture F2.0 - F4.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Normal focus range 10 cm (3.94)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage included 36MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with remote control
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kgf, freezeproof to -10C)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LI-92B lithium-ion battery & USB power adapter
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 247 g (0.54 lb / 8.71 oz)
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 31 mm (4.41 x 2.6 x 1.22)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS BuiltIn
GPS notes with GLONASS, e-compass, landmarks

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Exposure and focus accuracy
Image quality (jpeg)
Flash performance
Low light / high ISO performance
Optics
Performance (speed)
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
75 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

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

Not So Good For

Video enthusiasts and those seeking manual exposure controls.

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Focus Issue with brand new TG-3

I just got my new TG-3 and it will only focus when the zoom is fully wide. As soon as I zoom in, even a little, it doesn't even seem to attempt to focus. I've looked and tried everything I can find in the menus and have even tried a settings reset a few times to no avail. I am not an amateur. I own a TG-2, XZ-1, XZ-2 and several SLRs. Seems like I got a bad camera but hopefully someone will tell me different. Thanks

26 days ago

ANSWERS

It should not be acting like that. I'd return it for an exchange. Continue Reading

Mittskitts answered
26 days ago

I don't have a TG-3 so this is just a wild guess, but could it be that it is in one of the underwater modes? Continue Reading

Sho-Bud answered
26 days ago

If you are in the underwater 2 scene mode the focus is fixed to 5ft. But in the P-c or A mode you should get focus. If not contact Olympus. It is a great little camera. Continue Reading

tobyone answered
26 days ago

QUESTION

Oly TG3 - not sharp at 100%

Hi all As a new owner of this camera, i 'm very disappoint of not having  sharpness at 100%. Is there a way to improve sharpness in-camers setting? What is the best setting to get sharpest pics? Ron

vronv asked
3 days ago

ANSWERS

The time I noticed a lack of sharpness was in low light when the camera cranked up the ISO which then causes lots of noise reduction to kick in which reduces sharpness.  In good lighting the pictures look good to me for a point and shoot camera. Continue Reading

GSWayne answered
2 days ago

QUESTION

Charging Olympus TG-3 batteries.

I just got a new Olympus TG-3 and have a couple of questions regarding battery charging. I usually have one or two spare batteries for my camera. I have 3 for my E-M10; the Olympus battery that came with the camera and two Watson batteries from B&H that cost half as much for each. I want to get at least one spare LI-92B battery for the TG-3. So I went on line and the only LI-92B battery available for the TG-3 is from Olympus. Plus I couldn't find a charger that would charge a LI-92B battery out of the camera. So this means charging one battery in the camera, removing it, putting in the other battery, and charging it in the camera. Is this my only option with the TG-3?

bs1946 asked
8 days ago

ANSWERS

I have the SH-50, which came with the Li-90 battery, and the SH-1, which came with the Li-92 battery. Physically they are the same, the Li-92 battery has just the higher rating. Both charge in the same external charger, a third party product I bought for charging Li-90B batteries externally. Both fit and work in both cameras. I have a couple of KAPACHEN Li-90B substitutes. They have a 1500 mAh rating printed on them, but rundown tests doing videos show they last almost as long as the original Olympus Li-90B brand, definitely not longer. One post I read said that 3rd party batteries are Olympus rejects. And because of the higher rating of Olympus Li-92Bs, this may explain why you do not see any 3rd party Li-92B substitutes. When they don't quite make the grade, they become 3rd party Li-90B substitutes. Henry Continue Reading

Henry Falkner answered
8 days ago

Thanks for the info Continue Reading

bs1946 answered
6 days ago

I dunno.  I have had some Olympus batteries that could not keep a charge as long as other batteries.  You might get a higher chance of getting a good battery from say Olympus (or Wasabi), but it is always luck of the draw. I think it is more the Li-92B is just newer.  The Li-90B has been on the market for several years now, and so it is cloned more often.  In perhaps 6 months, you will see more Li-92B clones as well.  In fact, when I went to check on Wasabi, they were already listing their batteries as clones of both the Li-90B and Li-92B. Lets see, according to the picture on Amazon.com, the Li-90B is 3.6v and 1,270mAh.  The Li-92B is 3.6v and 1,350mAh.  The voltage is the critical part in terms of compatibility, while the mAh part gives the theoretical capacity (subject to manufacturer weaseling).  The Wasabi batteries claim to be 3.7v and 1,300mAh capacity. I've seen some discussion that for proper charging, if a clone battery has a different voltage than the host battery, that ... Continue Reading

Michael Meissner answered
6 days ago
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