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.


Body type
Body type Compact
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
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
  • 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 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 types SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage included 36MB
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)
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


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
Exposure and focus accuracy
Image quality (jpeg)
Flash performance
Low light / high ISO performance
Performance (speed)
Movie / video mode
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


Snorkling and the beach; TG3 or TG850

I'm dropping in from M43 land because we are planning an extended vacation to Florida and plus a Bahamas cruise. Plan do some snorkeling in the Bahamas plus lots of beach and pool time. While my main travel camera will still be my E-M10, I want a waterproof backup for the water, the beach, and poolside. Looking for opinions for and against either of these cameras.

bs1946 asked
15 days ago


I just got a TG-3. Used it on a trip to Isla Mujeres, the camera is great. It has a extreme close up mode which is very useful. Check the pics out in this forum under Tg-3 Whale Sharks. It also has a wide angle lens(optional) that is very good. I like the GPS function.The only complaint is it does not shoot raw files. Continue Reading

tobyone answered
14 days ago

The shots were fantastic. Can I assume that whale sharks don't think people are tasty? Continue Reading

bs1946 answered
13 days ago


TG-3 accuracy of altimeter

Just purchased a TG-3 and am having fun with the different functions. The GPS and barometric readouts work fine and are reasonably accurate - but - the altitude readout is 100 meters off. Where I live in Canada it is about 200 meters above sea level but the camera indicates 90 meters. Not a major problem as the camera works great for what I need it to do. Has anyone else with a TG-3 bothered to check out the accuracy of the altimeter? TIA

Polarpics asked
5 days ago


I've been trying out the compass at locations where I know where north is, and so far, so good. I took photos today after updating the GPS data (using the iPhone app) and the GPS locator improved accuracy quite a bit. I had tried it yesterday without updating the GPS data and it was off by about a quarter mile; after the update, it was off by 10-20 feet. The manometer did show different readings between several locations which seemed appropriate (range of about 400 foot elevation change at several locations about 30 miles apart). I am also calibrating it with my Garmin GPS, but didn't have the GPS today to check the other locations. Continue Reading

Mittskitts answered
3 days ago

I expect that this error is within the accuracy of the technology, especially if you're only connecting to a few satellites. See this for more info. http://gpsinformation.net/main/altitude.htm Continue Reading

Myron Graessle answered
5 days ago

I haven't checked mine at other known locations — but I just looked up Chilliwack BC Canada and the elevation is 10 meters above sea level. My TG-3 says 10M. You can calibrate yours under the second wrench "Tough" settings. Click on manometer and navigate Right, to get to the calibrate choice. This is a really cool camera, with many features… for less than $350. BTW, stay away from "Tap" control, unless you have a use for it. I wondered what it was for, so tested it out. Every time I tapped or bumped the camera, it was changing on me, especially on shot review. Good for when you have gloves on, maybe. Continue Reading

Barry Stewart answered
5 days ago


TG3 troubles

I am trying to understand my new TG3 settings and hope that someone might have some answers. First, my camera will suddenly start taking dark photos despite it being broad daylight. Its seems to be random, but pretty frustrating. Second, the flash rarely ever works, no matter what setting its on. I've forced it to flash in backlit mode a time or two, but never on its own in auto. I understand that the flash settings are not available with some settings, but again, its never when i need it. Third, with every wheel turn, a letter appears on the top right corner of the monitor: P = program, A = aperture and so on. But with custom mode, my monitor still displays a P. ...Is this correct? The manual is extremely vague on the cameras functions, so I am trying to find info on the internet. I should point out that I do have a fisheye lens attached, and the appropriate accessory camera setting set. But all of these problems have been going on before I started using the lens. So, Im hoping ...

louruiz asked
17 days ago


My TG-1 displays a P in the corner on the custom setting C2 (which I haven't set up yet), and the scene setting logo that I used to create the custom setting C1. I haven't used custom setting much so I can't comment on all the permutations. Regarding the dark photos, if you go into the Menu, how do you have your "ESP/spot" exposure metering set up? If you have it on "spot", and the center of the the picture (where the spot meters) is really bright, it will underexpose the rest of the picture. If you have it on "ESP", it will average out the metering over the whole scene and shouldn't be giving you dark pictures. If it is on ESP and you are getting dark pictures, I'd try doing a "Reset" (first item in the menu) and if that doesn't fix the behavior, call Olympus Service and talk to them. They are pretty decent people and should be willing to help you out (I've had them do a repair and it was painless). Continue Reading

Mittskitts answered
16 days ago
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