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

Problem connecting TG-3 to iPhone 4S

I run into a problem when trying to connect my TG-3 to my iPhone 4S.  I start Wifi on the camera.  Then I launch the OI.Share app on my iPhone 4S. I use the app's QR scanner, which confirms that the wifi settings have been scanned and shows the SSID and Password.  It says to "Install Profile."  I tap the "Install" button.  It opens Safari and redirects to an "Install Profile" section in Settings and shows the profile that says in red type "Unsigned".  There is an Install button, so I tap it.  It says "Unsigned Profile.  Installing this profile will change settings on your iPhone."  I tap "Install Now".  It wants a 4 digit passcode. Where do I get the passcode?!?

weberm asked
11 days ago

ANSWERS

I believe the passcode is the same as you use to access your iPhone 4S. I was able to get past the passcode step, but my iPhone 4 (not S version) cannot find the camera WiFi. Is there a way to test if the camera WiFi is working? It is a few weeks old and shows as being on, but the phone never finds it. Also, a tip for iPhone 4 (not S) users is that the phone camera cannot focus close enough to the camera to read the OR code. I was able to take a photo of the OR code with another camera and put it up on a computer screen with larger size and then then my iPhone could read it OK. Continue Reading

Blooper answered
6 days ago

My response to this posting (not published yet) included that I could not get my own WiFi connection to work with an iPhone 4. I since found out why. My phone was already connected to my home WiFi and I had to go to the settings to select the camera WiFi. It would be good if that instruction was included with the camera-phone setup. Continue Reading

Blooper answered
6 days ago

I keep forgetting this step, too. You do have to manually change the WiFi on the iPhone settings to the TG3 Wifi before it will work. Continue Reading

Mittskitts answered
6 days ago

QUESTION

What is the best Aspect Ratio to use for the TG3

What is the best Aspect Ratio to use for the TG3, 3.2 or 4.3 ?

dctokyo asked
10 days ago

ANSWERS

I don't think there's a "best". It's what you want the picture to look like. You can always crop in post processing. I usually take the maximum size 4:3 picture and use a large SD card (and accept filling up hard drive space faster) but it gives more options for enlargements and cropping. Personally, I think my favorite non-4:3 aspect is the 1:1, but I rarely use it. Continue Reading

Mittskitts answered
10 days ago

I have the XZ-2 and found that the 4:3 aspect ration actually captures more area.  The resulting image can be cropped after the fact down to 3:2 if I desire.  Conversely, setting the camera to 3:2 and taking a photo just seems to auto crop in camera some off the top and some off the bottom. Maybe the native aspect of the sensor is 4:3? Continue Reading

ChiJeff5 answered
10 days ago

IMO, the best aspect ratio is the one that fills the LCD completely so you can make full use of the LCD. I'm not sure about TG3's RAW capability. With my XZ-1, I shoot in 3:2 and if necessary, I will recover the 4:3 image from RAW. Continue Reading

joe6pack answered
10 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
16 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
16 days ago
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