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Olympus Stylus TG-3 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 4x Apr 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Eight industry awards
Not quiet
In-camera battery charging
83 Reviews + 8 Awards
PC Mag Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended 01net.com 5 Star PhotographyBlog.com Recommended

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Reviews

Eight Industry Awards

This waterproof camera has received eight awards from experts.

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Lydogbilde.no all of whom concluded that this Olympus camera was good.

In addition, this camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from review site PC Mag and the expert at review site Lydogbillede.dk gave it an "Especially Recommended 5 Star" award, confirming their endorsement.

01net.com gave this camera a "5 Star" award, it received a "Good Choice" award from Pcforalla.idg.se and it received a "Recommended" award from Ljudochbild.se.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Nineteen experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar have rated this waterproof camera on average 83 out of 100. That puts this digital camera in the top 8% of all the cameras of this type and age.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, based on 86 user reviews this waterproof camera has an overall user rating of 79 out of 100. Over 76% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Olympus Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 4,447 user and expert reviews (including 215 verified purchases), Olympus has good reviews for its cameras. Olympus also has good reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range. 88% of those that bought a Olympus camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Creative Features

Seven owners who bought it thought it had good features. What Digital Camera mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Creative features” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. Ephotozine.com mentioned “The TG-3 features the same bright f/2.0 4x optical zoom lens, 3inch screen”. Three years ago Photographyblog.com wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “Other desirable features include GPS and wifi built-in, stereo sound”.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Olympus released the Stylus TG-3 in April 2017.


Support

Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

Three people who reviewed this digital camera thought it did not have good technical guidance. Four years ago Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Website and manual say there is an ide bus.”. Newegg.com also said “User manual is practically worthless, doesn't even tell you the default userpassword for the IPMI login” in their review. Amazon Customer wrote “Also the online manual is difficult to navigate” in their review of this digital camera but they gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.


Power

In-Camera Battery Charging

Three customers who bought it agreed that it did not have a good battery life. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “In-camera battery charging”. G. Horsham wrote on Amazon “Firstly and foremost is the speed of picture taking - it has a chunkier battery than the other Tough cameras” however despite that they rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Good Flash

Four owners who reviewed it thought it had a good flash. Four years ago Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “You can install the OS on a flash drive plugged into the motherboard's vertical USB slot (watch out - either get a 90 degree adapter or a Lacie Moskeyto”. Alexandra Nash mentioned on Amazon “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.” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

1080p HD Video, Time Lapse

Seven owners mentioned in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus TG-3 was good for video recording. Digicamera.com mentioned “1080p HD video, time lapse” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Newegg.com mentioned “It's a decent card if you don't have anything wanting to use more than 3.5 GB of video ram”. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “The Olympus Tough TG-3 is a rugged waterproof camera with full HD video recording” .

5fps Burst Shooting

Twenty-nine people said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Expert website Ephotozine.com rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Images are good, with excelle” in their review of this digital camera. Digitaltrends.com wrote “For outdoor shooting it'll do the job – and underwater images and videos are top notch” in their review of this digital camera. Fairy Godmother mentioned “He is a very good little photographer and was getting frustrated with the kidizoom camera he has had since he was 3” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Four people thought it had a good picture resolution. What Digital Camera mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 “Continuous shooting at up to 5fps” and rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. Pc Mag gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on PC Mag “5fps burst shooting”. Two years ago Bhphotovideo.com said “Great Resolution”.

Two people reckoned that it was good in low light. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Good in Low Light” . Fairy Godmother gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and she said on Amazon “It works well in low light too”.

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Bright 2.0 Lens

Seven people agreed that it had a good lens. Ephotozine mentioned “Availability of lens adapters” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Pc Mag rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Wide aperture 2 lens”. Pc Mag also wrote “Accepts filters and lens accessories” in their review.

Four people who purchased it considered that it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag mentioned in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review on PC Mag “Very quick focus”. Ephotozine said “Fast focus and performance”. Ks said on Amazon two years ago “When I push half way down to focus it looks sharp” in their review of this digital camera.

Two customers who bought it agreed that it had a good zoom. Delfhill said in their review of this digital camera “The Panasonic optical zoom is equally useful”.

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Does Not Have a Good Screen

Six customers who bought the product considered that it did not have a good screen. Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Boot went to blank screen with flashing cursor only” but they gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Newegg.com also said “If I manually adjust and up the fans I dont get the blue screen” in their review. Newegg.com also mentioned “When heavy gaming it over heats on stock settings and get the blue screen of death” in their review.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera did not have a good viewfinder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 supports PictBridge. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also support PictBridge.

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Has an HDMI

The Stylus TG-3 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Stylus TG-3 features voice recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Noise of Lens Focusing

Nine people concluded that the Olympus Stylus TG-3 was noisy. Two years ago Ephotozine wrote “Noise of lens focusing”. Ephotozine also said “Noise visible at low ISO settings” in their review. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Images on the noisy side”.

Not Quiet

Nine people concluded that the Olympus Stylus TG-3 was noisy. Two years ago Ephotozine wrote “Noise of lens focusing”. Ephotozine also said “Noise visible at low ISO settings” in their review. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Images on the noisy side”.

Two customers who reviewed the product wrote that it was not quiet. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “IMO, this card is quiet).”.

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera is 5.7x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 16x. The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has one of the biggest digital zooms (16 times zoom factor) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 25 millimeters, the Stylus TG-3 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 35mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

At only 2, the Stylus TG-3 has a quite small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera. The average minimum aperture number of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1 to 8.5.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 1x to 7.1x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 100 millimeters, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera. Across all the similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4mm to 200mm.

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Design

Has a Shock Resistant

The Stylus TG-3 has a shock resistant. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also have a shock resistant.

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Build Quality

Fifteen owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was good quality. What Digital Camera wrote in their review of this digital camera “Build quality”. Fairy Godmother mentioned in her Olympus Stylus TG-3 review on Amazon two years ago “Video is excellent, picture quality is excellent”. K. J. Southern said on Amazon “Normal images are acceptable rather than outstanding in terms of quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Attractive Styling

Eight owners wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Digicamera.com said in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 “Attractive styling”. Alexandra Nash said on Amazon two years ago “My kids took it snorkelling and took some pretty awesome underwater photos”. Delfhill said on Amazon “Both beautifully built and finished, approximately the same size.” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner who reviewed it concluded that it was ergonomic. Techradar wrote in their review of this digital camera “Ergonomic controls”.

One owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was well designed. Mike Nelson wrote 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” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

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Waterproof

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

Other waterproof cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the Canon PowerShot D20 which is cheaper; or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Waterproof Up to

The waterproof (up to) of cameras of this spec and age range from 3m to 60m. The Stylus TG-3 has one of the higher waterproof (up to) (15 meters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Extremely Tough

Thirty people who purchased it agreed that it was strong and durable. Digital Versus gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned three years ago “Waterproof to 15 metres, shockproof from heights of 2m crushproof to 100 kg”. Ephotozine rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Extremely tough” in their review of this digital camera. Digicamera.com said in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review “Shockproof to 7 feet” .

Nineteen people wrote in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Superior underwater images” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 75 out of 100. Expert website Toptenreviews.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “This 16 MP underwater camera is waterproof up to 50 feet”. Drd rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and wrote two years ago “Considering its a waterproof drop protected compact camera get some great shots”.

Thirteen customers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Ephotozine scored it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Built in focusstacking macro feature” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus wrote “Sturdy, reliable build” in their review of this digital camera. Newegg.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Also, this is the cheapest current board I could find that had an IP KVM built into it” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

One owner mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch.

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Easy to Use

Fourteen owners reckoned that it was easy to use. Newegg.com said in their review of this digital camera “Didn't want the added cost of unneeded RAID functionality as I planned to use ZFS” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Newegg.com also said “If what you're using wants to use 4 GB, your card performance will tank” in their review. Techradar.com gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review on expert review site Techradar three years ago “Its combination of superb toughness, extensive action-orientated features and ease of use are good enough to give it the edge over its rivals”.

Eight people who bought the product reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. What Digital Camera said “Menu interfact” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Newegg.com mentioned four years ago “In gta v i got 20 fps on the lowest settings with my old 740 now i play on the highest settings” and rated it 80 out of 100. Three years ago Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned on expert review site What Digital Camera “It has a good range of features and the menu system is very nice” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

Four people who reviewed the product mentioned that it had a good interface. Newegg.com mentioned “Management interface is an aewsome feature” . Newegg.com also mentioned “Slick IPMI interface Latest Atom revision, faster RAM, dual-core with more cache, dual GbE Intel network interfaces replace Realtek” in their review. Newegg.com also said “Immeasurably faster drive speeds than any other raid card i have used, great management, good bios and software interface, gets good marks on the key points” in their review.

Two customers thought it was easy to handle. Newegg.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Handles small buisness with approx 20 stations”. Yorkshire Pudding mentioned on Amazon “Real quality feel, easy handling and excellent image output”.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Stylus TG-3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Canon PowerShot D20 or you might consider a higher rated camera such as the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95).

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot D20 or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95).

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this digital camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448 and 2048 x 1536.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 640 x 480.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a GPS (satellite), as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

There are a number of other cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available which you might also want to look at including the Canon PowerShot D20 which is cheaper; or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which has better reviews.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Stylus TG-3 features contrast adjustment, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Stylus TG-3 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Features Histogram

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 features histogram, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera do not support Wi-Fi.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Sixteen owners who bought it concluded that it was compact. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert website What Digital Camera three years ago “The Olympus TG-3 is the manufacturer's latest high-end lifeproof compact, aimed at resiting all you can throw at it” and gave the Olympus Stylus TG-3 a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Photographyblog.com mentioned on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Olympus Tough TG-3 is a digital compact camera that is also part of the Tough range of cameras sporting full protection against water, sand” in their review of this digital camera. Digicamera.com wrote “With the 16-megapixel Tough TG-3, Olympus—the pioneer in the field of rugged, waterproof outdoor cameras—continues its impressive and increasingly powerful line of compact rugged cameras” in their review of this digital camera.

Five owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Delfhill wrote “The Olympus is about 50g heavier, quite noticeable with the Panasonic Lumix being just under 200g” in their review of this digital camera. Fairy Godmother mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Other than the fact it is metal bodied and a bit chunkier”. Ks mentioned “It's also heavy and bulky for a compact”.

One customer who bought it considered that it was easy to carry around. Acb mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon two years ago “Easy to carry around, easy to use lots of different settings”.

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Smart TV

WiFi and GPS

Nine customers wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus TG-3 had gps. Digicamera.com said three years ago “WiFi and GPS” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com said “Gps For Price” in their review of this digital camera. Also three years ago expert review site Digitaltrends.com said “The built-in GPS/eCompass is also fine”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Stylus TG-3 supports video recording, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Stylus TG-3 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Olympus digital camera). 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 this spec and age.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including a cheaper digital camera such as the Canon PowerShot D20 or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v104140be000, olympus v104140re000
Barcodes 00050332187771, 04545350046514, 04545350046521, 05054484883494

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