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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3

Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
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Olympus TG-630 iHS front
 
Olympus Tough TG-3 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
46
Overall
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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Key Specs

Olympus TG-630 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 66 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2013
Olympus TG-3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 247g - 112 x 66 x 31mm
  • Launched March 2014
  • Successor is Olympus TG-4
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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Overview

Here, we will be comparing the Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3, both Waterproof cameras and both of them are built by Olympus. There exists a big gap among the image resolutions of the TG-630 iHS (12MP) and TG-3 (16MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TG-630 iHS was manufactured 14 months prior to the TG-3 which makes them a generation apart from one another. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short highlight of how the TG-630 iHS grades versus the TG-3 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-630 iHS over the Olympus TG-3

 TG-630 iHS TG-3 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-3 over the Olympus TG-630 iHS

 TG-3 TG-630 iHS 
LaunchedMarch 2014January 2013More recent by 14 months

Common features in the Olympus TG-630 iHS and Olympus TG-3

 TG-630 iHS TG-3 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera, you should factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-630 iHS has outer dimensions of 98mm x 66mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.9") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Olympus TG-3 has proportions of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") with a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you choose at the time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the TG-630 iHS and the TG-3.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TG-630 iHS and TG-3 is 94 and 90 respectively.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its hard to picture the contrast in sensor measurements only by seeing technical specs. The graphic here will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the TG-630 iHS and TG-3.

As you have seen, both of those cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Olympus TG-3 to produce greater detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The older TG-630 iHS will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Portrait photography info
Olympus TG-3 Portrait photography info
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supports face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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MP count decent (16 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
no manual focus
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS as a Street photography camera
Olympus TG-3 as a Street photography camera
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
59
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
more heavy than others (247g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Sports photography advice
Olympus TG-3 Sports photography advice
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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports tracking focus
environment sealing
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (220 shots)
has no phase detect AF
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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16MP)
supports tracking focus
environment proof
great battery pack (330 shots)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS Travel photography details
Olympus TG-3 Travel photography details
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environment sealing
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
terrible battery pack (220 CIPA)
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
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great battery pack (330 shots)
environment proof
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than others (247 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-630 iHS
Landscape photography with Olympus TG-3
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reasonably wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
terrible battery pack (220 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse mode
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really wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
environment proof
great battery pack (330 CIPA)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-630 iHS as a Vlogging camera
Olympus TG-3 as a Vlogging camera
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reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
missing mic port
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really wide (25mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone support
more heavy than others (247 grams)
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Olympus TG-630 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-630 iHS and Olympus TG-3
 Olympus TG-630 iHSOlympus Tough TG-3
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model type Olympus TG-630 iHS Olympus Tough TG-3
Type Waterproof Waterproof
Introduced 2013-01-08 2014-03-31
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - TruePic VII
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 3968 x 2976 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech - TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167 grams (0.37 lbs) 247 grams (0.54 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 66 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.9") 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2")
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 220 shots 330 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LI-50B LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $200 $350