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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
26
Overall
31
Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 front
 
Olympus TG-310 front
Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 Key Specs

Olympus Tough-3000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 159g - 96 x 65 x 23mm
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Additionally Known as mju Tough 3000
Olympus TG-310
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 155g - 96 x 63 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2011
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 Overview

Here is a extended review of the Olympus Tough-3000 and Olympus TG-310, both Waterproof cameras and both of them are built by Olympus. The image resolution of the Tough-3000 (12MP) and the TG-310 (14MP) is fairly close and they enjoy the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The Tough-3000 was announced 12 months prior to the TG-310 so they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a simple view of how the Tough-3000 grades against the TG-310 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus Tough-3000 over the Olympus TG-310

 Tough-3000 TG-310 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-310 over the Olympus Tough-3000

 TG-310 Tough-3000 
LaunchedJanuary 2011January 2010Fresher by 12 months

Common features in the Olympus Tough-3000 and Olympus TG-310

 Tough-3000 TG-310 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension2.7"2.7"Identical display measurement
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry your camera regularly, you have to factor its weight and size. The Olympus Tough-3000 has physical dimensions of 96mm x 65mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Olympus TG-310 has specifications of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9") and a weight of 155 grams (0.34 lbs).

Contrast the Olympus Tough-3000 and Olympus TG-310 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the Tough-3000 versus the TG-310.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the Tough-3000 and TG-310 is 94 and 94 respectively.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 top view buttons comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is hard to see the difference in sensor sizing only by looking through a spec sheet. The graphic underneath should give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the Tough-3000 and TG-310.

Clearly, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Olympus TG-310 to render extra detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The older Tough-3000 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 sensor size comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus TG-310 as a Portrait photography camera
21
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
33
decent MP (14MP)
supports face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Street photography features
Olympus TG-310 Street photography features
62
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
66
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
lighter than competitors (155g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Sports photography info
Olympus TG-310 Sports photography info
36
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proof
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
supports tracking focus
weather proof
low fps (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (150 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Travel photography features
Olympus TG-310 Travel photography features
61
environment proof
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
67
lighter than competitors (155g)
weather proof
decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
terrible battery life (150 CIPA)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus Tough-3000
Landscape photography with Olympus TG-310
35
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
MP count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
39
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14MP)
weather proof
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
terrible battery life (150 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus TG-310 as a Vlogging camera
28
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic jack
32
really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect focus
lighter than competitors (155 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic socket
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-310 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus Tough-3000 and Olympus TG-310
 Olympus Stylus Tough-3000Olympus TG-310
General Information
Brand Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Olympus TG-310
Also Known as mju Tough 3000 -
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Revealed 2010-01-07 2011-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic III TruePic III+
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 4288 x 3216
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 64 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-102mm (3.6x) 28-102mm (3.6x)
Maximal aperture f/3.5-5.1 f/3.9-5.9
Macro focusing range 2cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen technology - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 4.20 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 159g (0.35 pounds) 155g (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions 96 x 65 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") 96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 150 photos
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID - LI-42B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $0 $0