Olympus TG-3 Waterproof Compact Camera

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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
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


Sony Cybershot HX-9 underwater housing vs Olympus TG-3

Dear reader, I'm in the market for some relatively affordable underwater photography gear. Please note that whatever it is I'm going to purchase, it will be used mainly for underwater photography (and maybe heavy rain). For everything else, I will be using my Sony Alpha 6000. I recently read the article about compact waterproof cameras. In that article, the Olympus Tough TG-3 stood out. However, people in the comments don't seem to be enthusiastic about these types of cameras, which made me doubt whether or not it was worth it. I'm not planning to spend huge amounts of money, as it's main purpose will be making some underwater photo's during some light diving on my next holiday. Next to the Tough TG-3, I'm also considering another option, and that's buying an underwater housing for my (now relatively old) Sony HX-9. However, because of it's age, I'm wondering whether or not the TG-3 would be a better camera all together. If even the general IQ would be better, I would consider the ...

DribbelDog asked
4 days ago


Bump (I know, it's a rather specific question) Continue Reading

DribbelDog answered
3 days ago


When will the TG-3 be available??

I ordered the TG-3 in March and still have not received it.  It was ordered from Adorama and they state they don't know when it will be available.  This is for my son who is deployed with the Army and I would really like to get it shipped to him.  Any idea when this camera will be widely available?

Chick01 asked
1 month ago


Coincidentally, I received a notice from Amazon this morning that my TG-3, that I also pre-ordered in March, is estimated to arrive July 16, 2014 - July 29, 2014. Originally they estimated June 23. I would assume that Adorama would be shipping in a similar time frame. But keep in mind the vendors are dependent on when the factory ships and how many  cameras each of them is going to receive. If you were not an early purchaser, it is possible you may have to wait for the next shipment. Keep checking with Adorama. I would think they would know very soon about your order. Continue Reading

srkane answered
1 month ago

In germany the first online shops claim that it is available. It seems that larger consumer electronic markets also got the first batches. Got mine from "Saturn Berlin, Alexanderplatz". Continue Reading

Shellblower answered
1 month ago

Just a datapoint, but when I ordered my TG-3 from Amazon on Sunday, June-22nd it said that the release date was June 23rd.  Today I got an email that it would be delivered July 17th to the 30th. Might want to try the official Olympus web site and see if they are shipping sooner. Continue Reading

Rollover answered
1 month ago


Best camera between 4 options

Hey guys, I would like your expert opinion. I was only checking the reviews, but I would like to hear from an expert that knows every number in the specs or have experience with these cameras. Basically, looking for a gps enabled waterproof camera. I found the following ones: - Canon PowerShot D30 - Olympus TG-3 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 - Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Which one is the best option based on specs/experience and why? Other suggestions (newer models, better, etc.) are welcome too, however I believe these above are the only ones that fit my criteria. Thank you!

igorjrr asked
19 days ago


IIRC, DPReview has had an ongoing series on waterproof cameras. They update with newer cameras periodically. Continue Reading

l_d_allan answered
19 days ago

Thanks! I'll take a look but I appreciate with you and others could elect the best one over these 4 options. Continue Reading

igorjrr answered
19 days ago

Just to help others, link: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2491269399/2014-waterproof-camera-roundup/14 Continue Reading

igorjrr answered
19 days ago
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