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Olympus Stylus TG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Apr 2014
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Strength and sophistication two words that define the TG-3. This ultra-rugged camera's super-bright f2.0 lens delivers superb image quality in the harshest conditions. Features like WiFi (remote... More
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31 Reasons For

Average Owner Reviews

Based on 65 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Olympus digital camera is 76%.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Alexandra Nash wrote on Amazon “Was such a great way for me to immediately send photos to family and friends while away on holiday as well as clear my SD card” in her review of this digital camera and scored it very highly. Delfhill rated the product as excellent and said in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review “Still is capable of taking good pictures and had survived plenty of canoeing action”. Dithers said in October last year “A good small pocket camera that gives great images” and rated the product as excellent.

Several Olympus Stylus TG-3 owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Delfhill mentioned “With full resolution” in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review and scored it very highly. One Olympus Stylus TG-3 owner considered that the Olympus Stylus TG-3 was good in low light. Fairy Godmother mentioned “It works well in low light too”.

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Easy to Use

Some people concluded that the product was easy to use. Acb wrote “Easy to carry around, easy to use lots of different settings” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Chris Dodgson said “Easy to use and sturdy” and scored the product 5 stars. Delfhill mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 on Amazon “The Olympus is perhaps a little easier to use” and gave the Olympus Stylus TG-3 a score of 5 stars.

One customer considered that the product was easy to handle. Yorkshire Pudding gave it a very good review and wrote on Amazon “Real quality feel, easy handling and excellent image output”. One Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewer who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to use the menus.

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Robust

Fourteen Olympus Stylus TG-3 owners who reviewed it thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Alexandra Nash said on Amazon “Took some pretty awesome underwater photos, both in focus”. Alexandra Nash also mentioned “I found that using the 'active' underwater setting (the setting with the dolphins pictured- I think!) is the best way to get colourful underwater shots”. Another Weasley mentioned in their review “It is fully waterproof and shockproof (so you don't need to worry too much about dropping it or knocking it)” .

Several people concluded that it was strong and durable. Another Weasley scored it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “One tough cookie! Excellent camera for outdoors”. Another Weasley also wrote “The Olympus Stylus Tough brand really is good”. Another Weasley also mentioned “It really is a TOUGH camera and lives up to its name!All in all I think this is the perfect camera for anyone who works outdoors”.

A few customers concluded that this digital camera was well made. Amazon Customer said in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review “Feels like a good solid camera” . Last year K. J. Southern mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I would have loved an auto-bracketing mode built in”.

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Nice Design

Some customers thought the Olympus Stylus TG-3 was good looking. Alexandra Nash gave this digital camera a score of 5 stars and she wrote on Amazon last year “My kids took it snorkelling and took some pretty awesome underwater photos”. Delfhill scored the product 5 stars and said in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 two years ago “Both beautifully built and finished, approximately the same size.”. Mike Nelson said in his Olympus Stylus TG-3 review on Amazon also two years ago “In operation the camera is pretty responsive with a fast start-up time” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

One Olympus Stylus TG-3 owner who purchased the product said that it was a good design. Mike Nelson mentioned on Amazon “The seals on these do look better designed than other underwater cameras I have used in the past and are of a tapered design a bit like on the GoPro's” in his review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3.

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Good Product Quality

A few people who reviewed it wrote that it was good quality. Another Weasley mentioned in their review on Amazon “I'd like to start by saying I am not a camera expert, I like to keep things simple while taking high quality pictures” and rated it 5 stars. Fairy Godmother said “Video is excellent, picture quality is excellent”. G. Tzolovsky said “Wish it had a larger CMOS chip for better quality” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

Good Connectivity

A number of Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewers who reviewed it considered that it had gps. Another Weasley said on Amazon “The camera also has a GPS which is useful if you want to upload your pictures to Google Earth” in their review. A few people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was wifi compatible.

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 1,704 user and expert reviews, Olympus has good reviews for its digital cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Size

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Alexandra Nash wrote “As with any compact camera, using the flash in dark settings is never satisfying when photographing people; faces are usually overexposed, background underexposed, risk of red-eye.” . Drd said “Considering its a waterproof drop protected compact camera get some great shots” in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review. Mateom mentioned last year “Not much worse than any other compact I've seen” in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review.

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was easy to carry around.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of people who bought it considered that it had a good autofocus. Ks said on Amazon “When I push half way down to focus it looks sharp” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they gave it a score of 40 out of 100.

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good lens. Two years ago Delfhill said in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 on Amazon “The Olympus has an interchangeable lens system”. One person who purchased it considered that it had a good zoom. Delfhill said two years ago “The Panasonic optical zoom is equally useful”.

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Good Flash

Several Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewers reckoned that it had a good flash.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of customers who reviewed it thought it had a good screen. Last year Ks wrote on Amazon “Although the picture looks good on the small display, when I zoom in or print”.

Good Video Capture

One Olympus Stylus TG-3 owner who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording. Mike Nelson wrote on Amazon “Zoom motor noise is VERY audible when you are recording a video and it also effect picture stability / focus while zooming see http” in his review of this digital camera.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

Unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago which do not support WiFi connectivity, the Stylus TG-3 supports WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price].

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a GPS, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do not have a GPS.

Other digital cameras with a GPS currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Stylus TG-3 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Stylus TG-3 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus TG-3.

Other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus TG-3 also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], and the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Stylus TG-3 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative waterproof cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price], or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years that we have assessed, the digital zoom of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 of 16 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The average digital zoom of waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus TG-3 is 5.9x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x.

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Fairly High Maximum Waterproof Depth

The Stylus TG-3 has a quite high maximum waterproof depth (15 meters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus TG-3. The lowest maximum waterproof depth of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3m, the highest is 60m, and the average maximum waterproof depth is 11m.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price].

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution of 3264 x 2448 and 2048 x 1536.

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus TG-3.

A 480 x 480 still image resolution is the worst still image resolution across similar types of camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The number of audio formats supported by the Stylus TG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera supports a PCM audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus TG-3.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Water Resistant Protection Feature

The protection feature of this digital camera is Shock resistant|Water resistant, which is the most frequently found protection feature on cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Stylus TG-3 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus TG-3. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus TG-3.

Across similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Supports One Power Source

The Stylus TG-3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 2, the Stylus TG-3 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus TG-3. The average minimum aperture of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3.4, and the minimum apertures range from 2 to 8.5.

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10 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who bought the product concluded that it was not noisy. Paul Claridge wrote “The video function has a major flaw in that when you zoom during video the screen has a terrible noise and wobble, which clearly shows in recording” in his review.

Poor Support

One person who purchased it thought it did not have good technical guidance. Amazon Customer said “Also the online manual is difficult to navigate” in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3.

Poor Battery Life

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera did not have a good battery life. G. Horsham said on Amazon “Foremost is the speed of picture taking - it has a chunkier battery than the other Tough cameras”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Stylus TG-3 does not support video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not support video recording.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a video recording and we think the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 is not 3D compatible, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this type and age are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of digital cameras of this type and age is 4.6x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 10x.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x optical zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price].

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Stylus TG-3 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus TG-3. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Stylus TG-3 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus TG-3. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus Stylus TG-3 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This Olympus camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The shooting modes "Manual", "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Four Aspheric Elements

Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus TG-3 have between 4 and 10 aspheric elements, including the Stylus TG-3 which has four aspheric elements.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus TG-3

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Olympus released the Stylus TG-3.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Stylus TG-3.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price], or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16 megapixels, the Stylus TG-3 has a relatively average megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Stylus TG-3.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 16MP digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830[plb_1721140_price].

If this waterproof camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to consider the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (16.79MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Maximum Freezeproof Temperature
International Protection Code
Protection Feature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Networking
Other Features

Expert Reviews

26 March 2015

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Good colour reproduction
Fast focus and performance
2 year warranty
Aperture priority mode
Excellent macro mode
Noise of lens focusing and zooming in videos
Noise visible at low ISO settings
Price
Expensive addon lenses
Some controls can be fiddly in difficult conditions

User Reviews

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Reviewed 14 February 2016 by Monkey169 | 11 Comments
(Verified Purchase)

Took it snorkeling in Egypt. Got some great underwater shots. It does fog up a bit and the flash always comes on when you turn it on which almost cost me some photos of a turtle that swam past as... Read more…

Reviewed 3 August 2015 by G. Tzolovsky
(Verified Purchase)

Amazing Camera. Wish it had a larger CMOS chip for better quality. Still-great deal and very compact.

Reviewed 15 June 2015 by Chris Dodgson
(Verified Purchase)

Easy to use and sturdy. Have not tried it in water yet but I certainly won't be afraid of using it in the rain.

Reviewed 23 May 2015 by Carolina
(Verified Purchase)

Love it!

Reviewed 20 May 2015 by Pete
(Verified Purchase)

Not as tough as previous cameras. Broke in two days! Was snorkelling and knocked it on something not very hard and LCD screen cracked, flooding it in water!

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Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus tg3, olympus tg3b, olympus tg3bl, olympus tg3blk, olympus v104140bu000, olympus v104140ru000
Barcodes 00050332187764, 00050332187771, 04545350046514, 04545350046521, 05054484883494

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