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Olympus TG-620
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Olympus TG-620 Digital Camera

12MP 5x Jul 2012
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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15 Reasons For

Olympus Cameras Have Good Reviews

Olympus has good average reviews for its waterproof cameras as well as across its entire camera range compared to other manufacturers.

3D Compatible

The Olympus TG-620 is 3D compatible, unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the TG-620 which are not 3D compatible.

There are a number of other 3D compatible digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Lumix DMC-FT3[pl_636880_price], or the Lumix DMC-FT5[pl_1943538_price] both from Panasonic which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Olympus TG-620 supports video recording, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-620 which do not support video recording.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras which support video recording currently available including because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P7100[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Olympus TG-620 has an image stabiliser.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Olympus TG-620 supports Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Coolpix S32[pl_2196633_price], or the Coolpix P7100[pl_1147127_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus TG-620 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which has better reviews.

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Waterproof

The Olympus TG-620 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the TG-620.

There are a number of other waterproof digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

When compared to other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Olympus TG-620's optical zoom of 5 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 3x and 10x.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Canon EOS 7D[plb_420993_price], the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price], and the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Very Light

The weights of comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the TG-620 range from 0.11kg to 1.3kg. With a weight of only 0.167 kilograms, the Olympus TG-620 is quite light compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus TG-620 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the TG-620. The white balance modes "Fluorescent", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus TG-620 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Olympus camera also support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 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 digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of a comparable spec and age to the TG-620.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

When compared to other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the TG-620 that we have assessed, the Olympus TG-620's maximum focal length of 140 millimeters is one of the longest. Waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-620 have maximum focal lengths of between 4.7mm and 270mm.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Narrow

The widths of digital cameras of this age and type range from 50mm to 160mm. At only 98.4 millimeters, the Olympus TG-620 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the TG-620.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a GPS

Most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the TG-620 do not have a GPS. The Olympus TG-620 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might want to look at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price], or the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the TG-620 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Olympus TG-620 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Across all the similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-620 the megapixel counts range from 5MP to 23MP. The Olympus TG-620 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age.

If this waterproof camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the PowerShot D20[pl_1609521_price] (12.1MP), or the PowerShot D30[pl_2336026_price] (12.1MP) both from Canon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (12.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus TG-620 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the TG-620. The digital zooms of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2x to 20x.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the Canon EOS 5D Mark III[plb_1357507_price] (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Olympus TG-620 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Olympus TG-620 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the TG-620. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this camera.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus TG-620 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera also have still image resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 3968 x 2232. Across all cameras of a similar age and spec to the TG-620 the still image resolution ranges from 480 x 480 to 4608 x 3456.

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Only Has Two Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Olympus TG-620 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years. The shooting mode "Program" is also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 12.7 megapixels, the Olympus TG-620 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The least total megapixel count of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the TG-620 is 5MP and the most is 24MP.

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Only 3968 X 2976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus TG-620 has a 3968 x 2976 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. Most digital cameras of this age and spec have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of this spec and age is 4608 x 3456 pixels and the worst is 3264 x 2448 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Olympus TG-620 is 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less video resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst video resolution across all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the TG-620.

Across similar types of digital camera the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Quite Small Combined Zoom

With a combined zoom of only 20 times zoom factor, the Olympus TG-620 has one of the smaller combined zoom amongst waterproof cameras of this age. Digital cameras that came out around the same time as the TG-620 have combined zoom of between 10x and 36x, and the average combined zoom is 24x.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus TG-620

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camera was released over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

The Olympus TG-620 has a relatively average screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this waterproof camera screen size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the EOS 5D Mark III[pl_1357507_price] (3.2"), or the EOS 1D X[pl_1384067_price] (3.2") both from Canon or the Sony DSC-TX30[plb_1621820_price] (3.3") which is also higher rated.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and type to 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 camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] (SD|SDHC) which also has a higher rating.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

The Olympus TG-620 has a fairly average weight (167 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Weight
Video Out Port
Cable
USB 3.0 Port
Camera Shutter Speed Range

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers TG-620, olympus optical4, olympus optical4x, olympus v104070we000
Barcodes 00050332182233, 04545350039523, 04545350039530, 04545350039547, 04545350039554, 04545350039561
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