Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Review

Overall 42
Imaging 5
Features 27
Size 89
Price 100

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 96 x 65 x 23 mm
  • Weight: 159 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Also known as Olympus mju Tough 3000

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus Tough-3000 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 07, 2010. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #59 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #777 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 64
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 With Other Cameras in Waterproof Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Stylus Tough-3000. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 has the following external dimensions 96 x 96 x 23 mm (37.8 x 25.59 x 9.06″) with the weight of 159 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Olympus Stylus Tough-3000, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 23mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 — 23 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 — 159 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000’s body is protected from water with its high-quality waterproof feature.

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 comes with TruePic III processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 has the following ISO range 64 - 1600 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus Stylus Tough-3000. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus Tough-3000

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Stylus Tough-3000 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Stylus Tough-3000, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Stylus Tough-3000 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

How Good is Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus Tough-3000’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Stylus Tough-3000’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus Tough-3000 to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 24. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 35. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (96 x 65 x 23 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 can be called a 47 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)
  • Small size (96 x 65 x 23 mm)

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (159 g)
  • Small size (96 x 65 x 23 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 56. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 can be called a 56 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus Tough-3000
Announced Jan 07, 2010
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 2
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Fill-in
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3968 x 2976
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 64
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats MPEG-4
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 159 g
Physical Dimensions 96 x 65 x 23 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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