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Olympus launches TG-320 rugged compact

By dpreview staff on Jan 10, 2012 at 03:00 GMT

Pre-CES: Olympus has launched the TG-320, an affordable rugged compact camera with 3.6x zoom lens. The lens covers a range equivalent to a 28-102mm lens on a 35mm film camera. It is waterproof to a depth of 3m (10ft) and is also shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof. It features a 14 megapixel sensor and can capture 720p HD movies underwater.

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 9, 2012 – Olympus adds to its TOUGH line of rugged digital cameras today with the new 14-megapixel, 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28-102mm equivalent*), Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof and Dustproof Olympus TG-320. Whether they’re in the water or enjoying the snow, families and active consumers want an affordable camera they can trust to endure all of life’s spontaneous moments and capture superior images anytime.

The rugged Olympus TG-320 is designed to take the hard knocks of everyday life, so you know that the memories it captures will be protected. It can handle five-foot drops to the hard ground, operate in freezing snowstorms (to 14 degrees Fahrenheit), and swim with fish (Waterproof to 10 feet) – lethal conditions for most other digital cameras. With Underwater HD Video, the TG-320 offers the reliability of the ideal vacation camera.

Throw the Olympus TG-320 in your backpack before heading out into the wild for the weekend; bring it along with your snorkeling gear to capture crisp, clear high-definition video of marine life at the touch of a button; even hand it off to the kids at family events to let them express their own unique vision. You won’t have to worry about accidents spoiling the fun.

Add more dimension to your photographs by shooting dynamic 3D photos in any mode from macro to landscape, and even under water. Express your inner artist with the Olympus TG-320’s in-camera Magic Art Filters that enable users to enhance and customize images as they’re being captured.

When you’re back from your adventures, the camera’s HDMI Control makes playback a breeze. Simply connect the camera to an HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and use your HDTV’s remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera’s menus from the comfort of your couch.

* 35mm camera equivalent.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Olympus TG-320 will be available in February and ships with a Camera Strap, USB Cable, USB-AC Adapter (F-2AC), Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-42B), Audio/Video Cable, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual and OLYMPUS [ib] Software CD-ROM and a Warranty Card.

Estimated Street Price: $179.99 (Available in red or blue)

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website:

Olympus TG-320 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Max resolution4288 x 3216
Other resolutions4288 x 2416, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors15 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ProcessorTruePic III+
ISOAuto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceNo
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG 2.21
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–102 mm
Optical zoom3.6×
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F5.1
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range60 cm (23.62)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT Color LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Beauty
  • Landscape
  • Night Scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Candle
  • Self Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Underwater Snapshot
  • Pet (Cat)
  • Pet (Dog)
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.80 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type D)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedYes (Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion rechargeable LI-42B battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)150
Weight (inc. batteries)155 g (0.34 lb / 5.47 oz)
Dimensions96 x 63 x 23 mm (3.78 x 2.48 x 0.91)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo

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Total comments: 6
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By Deleted pending purge (Jan 10, 2012)

Oh, and Scene Modes like Cuisine, Documents, Underwater Snapshot (!), Pet (Cat) and Pet (Dog)... what a progress! This industrial attempt at replacing photographic knowlege with modes so that users feel there is nothing more to learn... if it weren't sad, it'd be funny... :(

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By Deleted pending purge (Jan 10, 2012)

Well, I wish someone would finally recognize the need to replace good old Nikonos (III or V) with something as versatile but in digital version. Why is there no camera capable of withstanding at least 6 Bar (-50 meters) of water pressure yet? It would hardly cost $1.- more per piece to add the structural strength to something like this one. The cameras that can sink to -3 meters should have already set the standard for every compact. IMO, every camera should be able to withstand rain and swimming by now, but manufacturers still keep producing devices tested "for home and office use"....

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By idbar (Jan 10, 2012)

I'd would be guessing it's all those electrical interconnects they want to put on all the new ones (mic/headph. jacks, power jacks, hdmi, usb, etc). Seems like them moment they remove at least one, some people seem to cry. In general, I'm assuming that more electronic pieces instead of mechanical ones makes a bit harder the design, particularly for a "compact" camera.

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By Deleted pending purge (Jan 11, 2012)

Well, if you removed all unnecessary contacts nobody really uses, the remaining mini-usb could nicely fit alongside battery and memory card and you could remove one opening+cover (which is 50% less chance for water to enter the camera body). And if some designer really thought such a camera through, there would be reed switches on the inside and one or two sliding magnets on the outside... Even with interchangeable lens system, such camera would have just two O-ring sealed openings (one for lens, the other for battery, memory card and USB access.
There's more, but it's all just wishful thinking, I'm afraid...

By idbar (Jan 10, 2012)

No comments yet?
I'm starting:
- No USB 3.0?
- No Full Frame sized sensor?
- 4X? What about some 10x zoom!
- And F3.5? What about F1.8 at least!??
- Only .6fps? What about 10?
- Where's the GPS?

I really need to take full zoomed in burst of pictures in very low light under extreme conditions with a very small compact camera! This is certainly a NO buy!

Kidding! :) ... But let's face it, we know some people around here will start complaining ;-)

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Jan 10, 2012)

boring camera..... nice color.. what else to say?

Total comments: 6