Olympus Tough TG-3
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The Olympus TG-series of waterproof cameras remains a popular choice for enthusiasts looking for a rugged compact camera. The TG-3 retains lens specifications of the TG-2 with a bright 25-100mm F2.0-4.9 lens, but improves on its predecessor with the addition of built-in Wi-Fi that syncs with Android and iOS devices. The Wi-Fi connectivity allows data transfer, social media connectivity, and full camera control. The TG-3 also features a microscope mode that can capture images as close as 10mm away from the subject and magnify up to 6.9x and up to 13.8x with Super Resolution Zoom.
A lineup of optional system accessories are available for the TG-3, including waterproof fisheye and tele converter lenses, an LED right light, an underwater protector, float straps and multipurpose camera cases are sold separately.
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||25–100 mm|
|Min shutter speed||4 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Format||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|Storage types||SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||247 g (0.54 lb / 8.71 oz)|
|Dimensions||112 x 66 x 31 mm (4.41 x 2.6 x 1.22″)|
The Olympus TG-3 is a very solid and capable rugged camera that offers a fast lens (at wide-angle), an excellent LCD, fast performance, and top notch battery life. Image quality isn't great when viewed at 100% - and exposure needs to be watched underwater - but most people will be happy with the results.
Good for: Skiers, climbers, and divers looking for a responsive and very rugged camera that can shoot for a full day (and more)
Not so good for: Video enthusiasts and those seeking manual exposure controls.