Olympus TG-310 summary
Olympus TG-310 is Olympus's Waterproof camera originally released on January of 2011. The camera has got a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4288 x 3216.
The TG-310 is scored #48 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & overall #890 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our collection. Please look at our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your custom factors.
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Olympus TG-310 family
The Olympus TG-310 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can identify all older and the latest models as well as key specifications.
Olympus TG-310 Gallery
You can view the TG-310 from different angles in the gallery here.
Olympus TG-310 Pros and Cons
Here is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Olympus TG-310 based on criterias that are often regarded as essential in a camera.
Olympus TG-310 Sensor features
The Olympus TG-310 is run by the TruePic III+ processor. The sensor specification in the Olympus TG-310 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4288 x 3216 pixels . The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below displays the TG-310's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The TG-310 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Olympus TG-310 dimensions
Olympus TG-310 is 0.34 lbs (155g / 5.47 oz) & the size of the camera is 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195g so the Olympus TG-310 is less heavy compared to its rivals.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The following is a visual of the Olympus TG-310 besides a soda to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view here will show you the button layout on the TG-310.
Olympus TG-310 Lens features
The TG-310 includes an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 28-102mm making it a 3.6 x zoom which won't be outstanding nevertheless it can be invaluable in a few scenarios.
At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.9 and that is pretty sluggish and not great for low light conditions and you will likely find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to boost your ISO resulting in noisy files. Towards the long end, 102mm comes to f5.9 which is fairly slow and you would have to set slow shutter speeds.
Olympus TG-310 Connectivity
The TG-310 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to send photos and usually alter settings without connecting physically with the camera.
Many apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Olympus TG-310 Video features
The highest possible video quality in the Olympus TG-310 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should aim for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body does not offer a microphone and headphone port so you get zero control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to find an alternative camera if you want good sound for your video clips.
Olympus TG-310 Weather Sealing
Olympus TG-310 provides weather proofing making it a excellent pick for use in challenging places. This is especially valuable any time you are unsure about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.
Olympus TG-310 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus TG-310 has got a 2.7 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The ViewFinder specifications for Olympus TG-310 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders will be particularly useful.
Olympus TG-310 Shutter features
Olympus TG-310 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Olympus TG-310 Flash and Hot shoe features
Olympus TG-310 features just in-built flash with no external flash support.
Olympus TG-310 Autofocusing features
Olympus TG-310 features only Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & exact compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect which is valuable for portrait photography.
It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Olympus TG-310 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is good in low light scenarios or you want to have more exact control on focus.
Olympus TG-310 Battery life
The battery life (LI-42B) on the Olympus TG-310 is made to last for 150 shutters according to the CIPA benchmarks making it less as compared to it's rivals. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has got the best (380) battery life in this category of cameras.
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Olympus TG-310 for various styles of photography
The following bar chart provides a summary of the Olympus TG-310 for various styles of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph below.
Olympus TG-310 Portrait photography info
The Olympus TG-310 receives a points tally of 34 which is subpar, meaning that it is simply not very good for portraits. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support along with the ability to utilize external flash.
Olympus TG-310 Street photography advice
Coming in at a nice rating of 66, the Olympus TG-310 is a good pick for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Olympus TG-310 Sports photography information
A subpar sports photography rating of 41 indicates the Olympus TG-310 is simply not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus TG-310 as a Travel photography camera
Size is really important when picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Olympus TG-310 gets a above average 67 as a travelling camera which is a fine choice to take with you on your holidays.
Olympus TG-310 Landscape photography info
If you are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Olympus TG-310 with it's subpar grade of 39 as a landscape camera is simply not very good amongst its rivals.
Vlogging with Olympus TG-310
A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Olympus TG-310 is simply not very good for vlogging as it receives a subpar rating of 32.
Olympus TG-310 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the TG-310, here is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Waterproof.
The line graph just below gives you an overview of the TG-310 vs it's top scored rivals listed above.
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