This review is devoted to Tough TG-3 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Mar 31, 2014. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
Olympus has replaced this product with their most recent model TG-4.
In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #7 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #372 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Tough TG-3 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Tough TG-3. 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.
Olympus Tough TG-3 has the following external dimensions 112 x 112 x 31 mm (44.09 x 25.98 x 12.2″) with the weight of 247 g.
The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus Tough TG-3, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus Tough TG-3 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 31mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Tough TG-3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Tough TG-3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Tough TG-3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Olympus Tough TG-3’s body is protected from water with its high-quality waterproof feature.
Unfortunately, Olympus Tough TG-3 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 Tough TG-3 comes with TruePic VII processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Olympus Tough TG-3 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus Tough TG-3. 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 Tough TG-3 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" 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.
Olympus Tough TG-3 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 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus Tough TG-3 with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus Tough TG-3 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus Tough TG-3 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Tough TG-3 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, Tough TG-3 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
Without a doubt, macro shooting is an interesting branch of photography. If this is something you are interested in, then you should love the way Olympus Tough TG-3 handles such tasks. This model has a smart Focus Stacking feature that brings macro shooting to an entirely new level. How does it work? When you enable this feature, the camera uses focus bracketing automatically compounds multiple pictures taken at different focal lengths to unite them in a single shot that has a maximum depth of field.
As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Tough TG-3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Tough TG-3 allows you to save files in H.264 and Motion JPEG formats.
Olympus Tough TG-3 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Olympus Tough TG-3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Olympus Tough TG-3 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, Tough TG-3 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Tough TG-3 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Tough TG-3 provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.
Compared to all models in the Waterproof category, Olympus Tough TG-3 offers the highest battery life that reaches 330 shots.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Tough TG-3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Tough TG-3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Tough TG-3 to the average Waterproof camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 44. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-3 can be called a Intermediate 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-3 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 66. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-3 can be called a 66 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-3 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-3 can be called a 59 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.
|Announced||Mar 31, 2014|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, LED|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||112 x 66 x 31 mm|
|Battery Life||330 shots|
|Battery Type||330 shots|
|Storage Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory|