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Olympus Stylus TG-3 Digital Camera

16MP 4x Apr 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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Owner Reviews Are Average

This waterproof camera has an average owner rating of 77% based on 63 owner reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

Several customers who bought it wrote that it was able to produce good images. Alexandra Nash rated it as excellent and she said in her review of this digital camera two years ago “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”. Delfhill wrote on Amazon “Still is capable of taking good pictures and had survived plenty of canoeing action” in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review. Dithers mentioned in their review of this digital camera “A good small pocket camera that gives great images” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars.

Some customers wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Delfhill said “With full resolution”. One person who reviewed the product concluded that it was good in low light. Fairy Godmother she said in her review on Amazon “It works well in low light too”.

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Good Size

Several Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewers agreed that the product was compact. Alexandra Nash said 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.” in her Olympus Stylus TG-3 review and rated this digital camera as very good. Drd said in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 on Amazon “Considering its a waterproof drop protected compact camera get some great shots”. Fairy Godmother scored it very highly and she said “It just looks like any other compact camera from the back” in her review.

One Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewer considered that the Olympus Stylus TG-3 was easy to carry around. One customer thought this digital camera was heavy and bulky. Fairy Godmother mentioned “Weight are just right - not too heavy at all” and rated it as excellent.

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Good Product Quality

Some Olympus Stylus TG-3 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Another Weasley wrote 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” in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3. Fairy Godmother said on Amazon two years ago “Video is excellent, picture quality is excellent” in her review. Fairy Godmother also mentioned “He said he wanted the one with the best picture quality”.

Easy to Use

A number of people who bought it considered that it was easy to use. Acb mentioned “Easy to carry around, easy to use lots of different settings” in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3. Chris Dodgson said on Amazon “Easy to use and sturdy” in his review and scored this digital camera very highly. Delfhill said three years ago “The Olympus is perhaps a little easier to use” in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review.

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus.

One customer who bought it reckoned that it was easy to handle. Yorkshire Pudding wrote in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 three years ago “Real quality feel, easy handling and excellent image output” and scored the product 5 stars.

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Nice Design

Seven customers said in their reviews that it was good looking. Fairy Godmother gave the product a score of 5 stars and she wrote “The controls are pretty standard” in her review. Mike Nelson scored the product 80 out of 100 and he wrote on Amazon three years ago “Control location is logical and thus easy to use and the results are generally pretty good”.

One Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewer who purchased the Olympus Stylus TG-3 considered that it was a good design. Mike Nelson rated this digital camera 4 stars and he 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”.

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Robust

A few Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good at resisting water ingress. Alexandra Nash mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Took some pretty awesome underwater photos” in her review of this digital camera. 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 scored this digital camera very highly and mentioned “It is fully waterproof and shockproof (so you don't need to worry too much about dropping it or knocking it)” in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review.

A number of Olympus Stylus TG-3 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Another Weasley mentioned “One tough cookie! Excellent camera for outdoors” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 5 stars. Another Weasley also mentioned “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”.

Four Olympus Stylus TG-3 owners who purchased the Olympus Stylus TG-3 mentioned that it was well made. Amazon Customer scored this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Feels like a good solid camera”. Delfhill gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote three years ago “Both beautifully built and finished, approximately the same size.” in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review. K. J. Southern said on Amazon “I would have loved an auto-bracketing mode built in”.

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Good Connectivity

Three customers who bought the Olympus Stylus TG-3 considered that it had gps. Another Weasley wrote “The camera also has a GPS which is useful if you want to upload your pictures to Google Earth”. Mike Nelson said “In operation the camera is pretty responsive with a fast start-up time and fast GPS fix time (GPS Assist data can be updated via WiFi” in his Olympus Stylus TG-3 review.

A few customers who reviewed the Olympus Stylus TG-3 reckoned that it was wifi compatible.

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in terms of USB connections. Fairy Godmother mentioned in her review “It comes with a sturdy looking wrist strap, usb lead to charge the battery in camera” and gave the Olympus Stylus TG-3 a rating of 5 stars.

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Good Brand

Based on 1,711 expert and user reviews, Olympus has good ratings for its cameras. Olympus also has good ratings specifically within its waterproof cameras range.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of Olympus Stylus TG-3 owners wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus TG-3 had a good autofocus. Ks wrote two years ago “When I push half way down to focus it looks sharp” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they only rated the product 2 stars.

One customer who reviewed it thought it had a good zoom. Delfhill said on Amazon “The Panasonic optical zoom is equally useful” and rated the product 5 stars. One customer who bought this digital camera thought it had a good lens. Delfhill said on Amazon “The Olympus has an interchangeable lens system” in their review.

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Good Flash

A few customers who bought it wrote that it had a good flash.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Two customers who reviewed it wrote that it had a good screen. Two years ago Ks said “Although the picture looks good on the small display, when I zoom in or print” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Video Capture

One Olympus Stylus TG-3 reviewer said in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Mike Nelson said 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 Olympus Stylus TG-3 review.

Supports Wi-Fi

Unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus TG-3 which do not support wi-Fi, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 supports wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) is also worth considering.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Stylus TG-3 do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available that you might also want to look at including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, the Pentax WG-3, or the Canon PowerShot D30 ($289.00) which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

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

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, the Pentax WG-3, or the Ricoh WG-4.

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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 digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Stylus TG-3 also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, the Pentax WG-3, or the Ricoh WG-4 which has better reviews.

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Waterproof

The Stylus TG-3 is waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus TG-3 also are waterproof.

We compared this camera to all the other waterproof digital cameras and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, the Pentax WG-3, and the Ricoh WG-4 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

Cameras of a similar type and age to the Stylus TG-3 have digital zooms of between 2x and 20x. When compared to other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus TG-3 that we have assessed the digital zoom of, the Stylus TG-3's digital zoom of 16 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Quite High Waterproof Up to

At 15 meters, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a fairly high waterproof up to compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. Across all the waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus TG-3 the waterproof up tos range from 3m to 60m.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on 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 digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, the Pentax WG-3, or the Ricoh WG-4.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Olympus camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector type found on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus TG-3.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Stylus TG-3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this spec and age. In addition, this camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448 and 2048 x 1536.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus TG-3.

A 480 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Olympus 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 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 amongst all digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus TG-3.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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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 frequently found maximum image resolution on waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

When compared to other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Stylus TG-3's minimum aperture number of only 2 is one of the smallest. The average minimum aperture number of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 3.4.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus TG-3.

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10 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person thought it was not noisy. Paul Claridge wrote on Amazon “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 of this digital camera.

Poor Support

One Olympus Stylus TG-3 owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. Amazon Customer said two years ago “Also the online manual is difficult to navigate” in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 however they gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Poor Battery Life

One Olympus Stylus TG-3 owner thought this digital camera did not have a good battery life. Three years ago G. Horsham mentioned on Amazon “Foremost is the speed of picture taking - it has a chunkier battery than the other Tough cameras” in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 however despite that they still scored this digital camera 5 stars.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Stylus TG-3 does not support video capability, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus TG-3 also do not support video capability.

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

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Stylus TG-3 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus TG-3 also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Stylus TG-3, the Stylus TG-3 is not 3D.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus Stylus TG-3 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Stylus TG-3 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Olympus camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus TG-3. The shooting modess "Manual", "Movie" and "Scene" are also found on this camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

With a slowest camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds, the Stylus TG-3 has a quite short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The average slowest camera shutter speed of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus TG-3 is 9.7s.

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Only Four Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Stylus TG-3 is a four number of aspheric elements camera. Most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus TG-3 have between 4 and 10 number of aspheric elementss.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus TG-3

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Olympus digital camera was released over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

The Stylus TG-3 has a pretty standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95), and the Pentax WG-3 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might want to look at including the Stylus Tough TG-830, or the Stylus Tough TG-830 both from Olympus or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might want to look at the Pentax WG-3 (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Megapixel

The Stylus TG-3 has a pretty typical megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 16MP cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830, or the Pentax WG-3 which has better reviews.

If you want a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Ricoh WG-4 GPS (16.79MP and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a fairly typical optical zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus TG-3.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 4x optical zoom digital cameras and we think the Pentax WG-3, and the Ricoh WG-4 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Freezeproof Up to
International Protection (IP) Code
Shock Resistant
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Normal Focusing Range
Super Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Light Exposure
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Tripod Mountable
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Networking
Wi-Fi
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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 v104140be000, olympus v104140re000
Barcodes 00050332187771, 04545350046514, 04545350046521, 05054484883494
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