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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
26
Overall
31
Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 front
 
Olympus TG-610 front
Portability
93
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 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
  • Launched January 2010
  • Other Name is mju Tough 3000
Olympus TG-610
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 190g - 96 x 65 x 26mm
  • Announced January 2011
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 Overview

Let's take a closer look at the Olympus Tough-3000 versus Olympus TG-610, both Waterproof cameras and they are both designed by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the Tough-3000 (12MP) and the TG-610 (14MP) is pretty close and both cameras posses the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The Tough-3000 was launched 12 months prior to the TG-610 so they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a in-depth comparison, here is a short highlight of how the Tough-3000 scores against the TG-610 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus Tough-3000 over the Olympus TG-610

 Tough-3000 TG-610 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-610 over the Olympus Tough-3000

 TG-610 Tough-3000 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011January 2010Fresher by 12 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution920k230kClearer screen (+690k dot)

Common features in the Olympus Tough-3000 and Olympus TG-610

 Tough-3000 TG-610 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera often, you'll need to factor its weight and size. The Olympus Tough-3000 enjoys external dimensions of 96mm x 65mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") having a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs) and the Olympus TG-610 has specifications of 96mm x 65mm x 26mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 190 grams (0.42 lbs).

Examine the Olympus Tough-3000 versus Olympus TG-610 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the Tough-3000 compared to the TG-610.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the Tough-3000 and TG-610 is 94 and 93 respectively.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 top view buttons comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is hard to see the gap in sensor sizing only by researching a spec sheet. The visual here should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the Tough-3000 and TG-610.

As you can see, both of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Olympus TG-610 to result in extra detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older Tough-3000 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 sensor size comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus TG-610 as a Portrait photography camera
21
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
33
megapixel count decent (14MP)
has face detect focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Street photography info
Olympus TG-610 Street photography info
62
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
62
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-610 as a Sports photography camera
36
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
40
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
has tracking focus
environment proof
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (210 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Travel photography highlights
Olympus TG-610 Travel photography highlights
61
weather proof
flash built-in
decently wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
low resolution (12MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
64
environment proof
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
terrible battery life (210 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus Tough-3000
Landscape photography with Olympus TG-610
35
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual control
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Timelapse mode
43
pretty wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
environment proof
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
terrible battery life (210 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus Tough-3000 Vlogging information
Olympus TG-610 Vlogging information
28
decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external microphone socket
30
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect focus
slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone port
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Olympus Tough-3000 vs Olympus TG-610 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus Tough-3000 and Olympus TG-610
 Olympus Stylus Tough-3000Olympus TG-610
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 Olympus TG-610
Also called mju Tough 3000 -
Category Waterproof Waterproof
Launched 2010-01-07 2011-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor TruePic III TruePic III+
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3968 x 2976 4288 x 3216
Highest native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 64 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-102mm (3.6x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.5-5.1 f/3.9-5.9
Macro focus distance 2cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - TFT Hypercrystal III 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 speed 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.00 m 4.20 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported 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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 159 grams (0.35 lbs) 190 grams (0.42 lbs)
Physical dimensions 96 x 65 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 0.9") 96 x 65 x 26mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 210 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $0 $223