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Olympus Stylus TG-3 Digital Camera

£233.99
Compact Camera 16MP 4x Apr 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Eight industry awards
Easy to use
Unacceptable noise level
82 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

Digital camera experts really like this waterproof camera and have given it eight awards.

The editors of three expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this Olympus camera. This digital camera received a "Recommended" award from both Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com and Lydogbilde.no gave it an "Especially Recommended 5 star" award.

Another two expert review sites both liked this camera. This Olympus digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from website PC Mag who concluded it was exceptional and it received a Lydogbillede.dk "Especially Recommended 5 Star" award.

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

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on nineteen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Techradar the average expert rating of this waterproof camera is 83 out of 100. Experts think this digital camera is one of the better cameras of this age and type.

Owner Reviews Are Average

Owners have rated this Olympus digital camera on average 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.

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and user reviews (including 212 verified purchases) for Olympus digital cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range. 88% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Four customers wrote in their reviews that it was compact. In the same month website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Small Compact”. Expert website Nothingwired.com said two years ago “Compact cameras have reached all kinds of people over the past few years”. Fairy Godmother rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and she wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “It just looks like any other compact camera from the back”.

Four people who reviewed the Olympus Stylus TG-3 reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. G. Horsham said “Firstly and foremost is the speed of picture taking - it has a chunkier battery than the other Tough cameras” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Ks mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It's also heavy and bulky for a compact” however they scored it 2 stars out of 5. Fairy Godmother gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she wrote “Other than the fact it is metal bodied and a bit chunkier” in her review of this digital camera.

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Features

Creative Features

Three people mentioned that it had good features. What Digital Camera rated the Olympus Stylus TG-3 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Creative features”. Four years ago website Newegg.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said “This is a mostly bare bones with a handful of really nice bonus features”.


Does Not Have a Good Screen

Three owners who reviewed it thought it did not have a good screen. Four years ago website Newegg.com wrote “When heavy gaming it over heats on stock settings and get the blue screen of death”. They also mentioned “Boot went to blank screen with flashing cursor only” in their review. Paul Claridge said on expert review site Amazon “The video function has a major flaw in that when you zoom during video the screen has a terrible noise”.

Temperamental Flash

Two customers who reviewed it agreed that it did not have a good flash. Digital Versus wrote “Temperamental flash” although they gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Mike Nelson mentioned “Underwater Mode 2 has no flash”.

Noise of Lens Focusing and Zooming in Videos

Three customers agreed that the product was not good for video recording. Three years ago Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Zoom and focus are audible on video soundtrack”. Website Newegg.com wrote four years ago “200 video is pretty lacking” in their review of this digital camera yet they still gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Picture Resolution

Eleven people who reviewed it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com said “For outdoor shooting it'll do the job – and underwater images and videos are top notch”. Dithers scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus TG-3 on expert website Amazon “A good small pocket camera that gives great images”. Fairy Godmother wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “He said he wanted the one with the best picture quality” in her review of this digital camera and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good in low light. Two years ago Fairy Godmother she wrote on expert review site Amazon “It works well in low light too”. Two customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Website Bhphotovideo.com said in their review of this digital camera “Great Resolution”.

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Bright 2.0 Lens

Four owners who reviewed the Olympus Stylus TG-3 agreed that it had a good lens. Ephotozine wrote “Bright 2.0 lens” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “Availability of lens adapters” in their review. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Wide aperture 2 lens”.

Two customers said that it had a good autofocus. Ephotozine said “Fast focus and performance” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “Very quick focus”.

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Design

Easy to Use

Nine owners considered that it was easy to use. Chris Dodgson wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Easy to use and sturdy”. Delfhill scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned three years ago “Both cameras have easy to use controls which soon become intuitive”. Mateom said on expert review site Amazon “Great, easy to use little camera”.

Three owners who reviewed the Olympus Stylus TG-3 reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com rated it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “It has a good range of features and the menu system is very nice” in their review of this digital camera. K. J. Southern said “Operations of the menu are straightforward and the camera is easy to use” in their review of this digital camera.

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Has a Shock Resistant

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a shock resistant, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Attractive Styling

Five people reckoned that the Olympus Stylus TG-3 was good looking. Website Digicamera.com said in their review of this digital camera “Attractive styling”. Fairy Godmother gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The controls are pretty standard” in her review of this digital camera. Mike Nelson he wrote in his review of this digital camera “Control location is logical and thus easy to use and the results are generally pretty good”.

Build Quality

Eight owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Three years ago Techradar wrote “Great build quality”. K. J. Southern said “Normal images are acceptable rather than outstanding in terms of quality”. Two years ago Aron he wrote “Is really easy to use and produces high quality photo on land, in water”.

Waterproof

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

We compared this digital camera to all the other waterproof cameras and we think the Canon PowerShot D20 (£199.99) which is cheaper; or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£229) which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Fairly High Waterproof Up to

The lowest waterproof up to of cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera is 3m, the highest is 60m, and the average waterproof up to is 11m. The Stylus TG-3 has a quite high waterproof up to (15 meters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Extremely Tough

Eleven owners who purchased the Olympus Stylus TG-3 considered that it was strong and durable. Three years ago website Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Rugged qualities”. Ephotozine said “Extremely tough” and scored it 80 out of 100. Website Digicamera.com mentioned “Shockproof to 7 feet” in their review of this digital camera.

Seven owners who bought the product agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. Website Digitaltrends.com said “Superior underwater images”. Expert review site Toptenreviews.com wrote “This 16 MP underwater camera is waterproof up to 50 feet”. Drd mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Considering its a waterproof drop protected compact camera get some great shots” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars.

Six customers said in their reviews that it was well made. Digital Versus mentioned “Sturdy, reliable build” in their review of this digital camera. Website Newegg.com said “Solidly built” . Delfhill wrote on expert website Amazon “Both beautifully built and finished, approximately the same size.” in their review of this digital camera.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Seven owners said in their reviews that the product was noisy. Ephotozine mentioned in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review two years ago “Noise of lens focusing” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Three years ago Pc Mag wrote “Images on the noisy side” in their review of this digital camera. Website Newegg.com mentioned “My first card had a very loud coil whine” in their review of this digital camera.

Features Voice Recording

The Stylus TG-3 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Stylus TG-3 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Noise of Lens Focusing

Seven owners said in their reviews that the product was noisy. Ephotozine mentioned in their Olympus Stylus TG-3 review two years ago “Noise of lens focusing” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Three years ago Pc Mag wrote “Images on the noisy side” in their review of this digital camera. Website Newegg.com mentioned “My first card had a very loud coil whine” in their review of this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2014 when Olympus released the Stylus TG-3.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera do not support Wi-Fi.

Other cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available which you might want to consider include because of its better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£229).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Stylus TG-3 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£229) which has better reviews; or the Canon PowerShot D20 (£199.99) which is cheaper.

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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. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider including the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£229) which has better reviews; or the Canon PowerShot D20 (£199.99) which is cheaper.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

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

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 typical of many digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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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 were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available including the Canon PowerShot D20 (£199.99) which is cheaper; or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£229) which has better reviews.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Stylus TG-3 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Stylus TG-3 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Stylus TG-3 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Features Histogram

The Stylus TG-3 features histogram. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also feature histogram.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus TG-3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

There are a number of other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might want to look at including the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£229) which has better reviews; or the Canon PowerShot D20 (£199.99) which is cheaper.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Stylus TG-3 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. Most cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this 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 a comparable age and spec to this digital camera.

The worst still image resolution across similar types of digital camera is 640 x 480.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

At 16 times zoom factor, the Stylus TG-3 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The smallest digital zoom of waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera is 2x and the biggest is 16x.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 100 millimeters, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of cameras of this age and spec range from 4mm to 200mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 35mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm. The Stylus TG-3 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (only 25 millimeters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1 to 8.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4. With a minimum aperture number of only 2, the Stylus TG-3 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

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

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Supports PictBridge

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

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Power

Battery Life

Two owners concluded that it had a good battery life. What Digital Camera scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “Battery life”.


Price

Not Cheap

After checking the price of 13 waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years they range in price from £38 to £3,200. We think that this waterproof camera looks expensive compared to other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Good Value for Money

Eleven people who bought it considered that it was good value for money. Website Newegg.com wrote “Very good performance, especially for the price”. They also said “Love the card great graphics for the price” in their review. And also mentioned “Price was a bargain at 289.99”.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00050332187771, 04545350046514, 04545350046521, 05054484883494

Olympus Stylus TG-3 Review Sources

To prepare this Olympus Stylus TG-3 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,945 product attributes, 170,936 digital camera reviews and 3,219,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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