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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
40
Overall
40
Olympus TG-830 iHS front
 
Olympus Tough TG-3 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
46
Overall
42

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Key Specs

Olympus TG-830 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 109 x 67 x 28mm
  • Released 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
  • Introduced March 2014
  • Successor is Olympus TG-4
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Overview

Here is a extensive review of the Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3, both Waterproof cameras and they are both produced by Olympus. The image resolution of the TG-830 iHS (16MP) and the TG-3 (16MP) is relatively comparable and they possess the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The TG-830 iHS was introduced 14 months before the TG-3 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving straight into a full comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the TG-830 iHS grades versus the TG-3 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-830 iHS over the Olympus TG-3

 TG-830 iHS TG-3 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-3 over the Olympus TG-830 iHS

 TG-3 TG-830 iHS 
IntroducedMarch 2014January 2013Fresher by 14 months

Common features in the Olympus TG-830 iHS and Olympus TG-3

 TG-830 iHS TG-3 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Screen resolution460k460kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry your camera, you have to take into account its weight and measurements. The Olympus TG-830 iHS comes with external dimensions of 109mm x 67mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs) whilst the Olympus TG-3 has proportions of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2") and a weight of 247 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have chosen at that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the TG-830 iHS versus the TG-3.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the TG-830 iHS and TG-3 is 91 and 90 respectively.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be difficult to picture the gap in sensor sizing merely by going through technical specs. The visual underneath should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the TG-830 iHS and TG-3.

As you have seen, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact resolution so you should expect comparable quality of images but you need to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The older TG-830 iHS will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Portrait photography info
Olympus TG-3 Portrait photography info
35
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
37
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
no manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS as a Street photography camera
Olympus TG-3 as a Street photography camera
61
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
59
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
heavier than average (247g)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Sports photography details
Olympus TG-3 Sports photography details
48
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16MP)
offers tracking focus
weather sealing
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
47
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16MP)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery pack (330 per charge)
max fps low (5.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Travel photography highlights
Olympus TG-3 Travel photography highlights
67
weather sealing
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.9)
74
better than average battery pack (330 CIPA)
weather proof
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
heavier than average (247 grams)
does not feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Landscape photography details
Olympus TG-3 Landscape photography details
45
rather wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (16MP)
weather sealing
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
manual mode not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Time Lapse recording
56
relatively wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16MP)
weather proof
better than average battery pack (330 per charge)
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-830 iHS Vlogging details
Olympus TG-3 Vlogging details
33
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no mic support
34
relatively wide (25mm)
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display
missing external mic port
heavier than average (247g)
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Olympus TG-830 iHS vs Olympus TG-3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-830 iHS and Olympus TG-3
 Olympus TG-830 iHSOlympus Tough TG-3
General Information
Manufacturer Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus TG-830 iHS Olympus Tough TG-3
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Released 2013-01-08 2014-03-31
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic VII
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2
Peak resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.9-5.9 f/2.0-4.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology - TFT-LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed - 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 214 gr (0.47 lbs) 247 gr (0.54 lbs)
Dimensions 109 x 67 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") 112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2")
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 300 images 330 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LI-50B LI-92B
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $0 $350