Olympus TG-320

 
Olympus TG-320 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 155g - 96 x 63 x 23mm
  • Released January 2012
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
33
Overall
36

Olympus TG-320 overview

Olympus TG-320 is Olympus's Waterproof digital camera originally introduced on January of 2012. The camera features a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The TG-320 comes in at #46 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & all around #863 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can check our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus TG-320 history

The Olympus TG-320 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Tough-TG-6 front thumbnailOlympus TG-6
TG-320 vs TG-6
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2019
Olympus-Tough-TG-5 front thumbnailOlympus TG-5
TG-320 vs TG-5
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2017
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Olympus-Tough-TG-4 front thumbnailOlympus TG-4
TG-320 vs TG-4
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2015
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-860 front thumbnailOlympus TG-860
TG-320 vs TG-860
21-105mm
F3.5-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2015
Olympus-Tough-TG-3 front thumbnailOlympus TG-3
TG-320 vs TG-3
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-850-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-850 iHS
TG-320 vs TG-850 iHS
21-105mm
F3.5-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Olympus-Tough-TG-2-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-2 iHS
TG-320 vs TG-2 iHS
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-TG-630-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-630 iHS
TG-320 vs TG-630 iHS
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-TG-830-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-830 iHS
TG-320 vs TG-830 iHS
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-Tough-TG-1-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-1 iHS
TG-320 vs TG-1 iHS
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-TG-820-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-820 iHS
TG-320 vs TG-820 iHS
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Olympus-TG-320 front thumbnailOlympus TG-32028-102mm
F3.5-5.1
14MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-TG-810 front thumbnailOlympus TG-810
TG-320 vs TG-810
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-TG-310 front thumbnailOlympus TG-310
TG-320 vs TG-310
28-102mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-TG-610 front thumbnailOlympus TG-610
TG-320 vs TG-610
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-3000 front thumbnailOlympus Tough-3000
TG-320 vs Tough-3000
28-102mm
F3.5-5.1
12MP1/2.3"2010

Olympus TG-320 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus TG-320 based on things which are typically seen as essential in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect autofocus
comes with tracking focus
does have HDMI port
flash built-in
in built lens has zoom (28-102mm 3.6 x zoom)
lighter than others in class (155 grams)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
really wide (28mm)
very good min ISO (80)
weather sealing
bad battery power (150 per charge)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have mic port
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW support
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low fps (1.0 fps)
manual mode not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f5.1)
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen isn't selfie friendly
screen is small (2.7 inches)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Olympus TG-320 Sensor features

The Olympus TG-320 is powered by the TruePic III+ processor chip. The measurement of the sensor in the Olympus TG-320 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels . The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the TG-320's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The TG-320 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus TG-320 dimensions

Olympus TG-320 has a weight of 0.34 lbs (155 grams or 5.47 ounces) & has exterior proportions of 96mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 196 grams so the Olympus TG-320 is lighter as compared with various rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Olympus TG-320 besides a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.

Olympus TG-320 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button arrangement on the TG-320.

Olympus TG-320 topview buttons dials

Olympus TG-320 Lens features

The TG-320 includes an inbuilt lens having a focal range of 28-102mm giving it a 3.6 x zoom which might not be significant however it is likely to be convenient in some circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 which will be very sluggish and not good for low light circumstances and you will struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You would also have to increase your ISO setting which results in noisy shots. Towards the long end, 102mm comes to f5.1 making it quite sluggish and you would have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus TG-320 Connectivity

The TG-320 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can copy files and at times change camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Some apps also enable a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Olympus TG-320 Video features

The highest video quality in the Olympus TG-320 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You should really try to get at least 1080p quality for video recording. The body doesn't include a microphone or headphone socket which means that you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to order an alternative model should you need good audio for your videos.

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Olympus TG-320 Weather Sealing

Olympus TG-320 has got weather sealing making it a very good selection for use during rough climates. This is especially valuable if you are unsure about the conditions you might face during outdoor photography.

Olympus TG-320 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus TG-320 features a 2.7" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Olympus TG-320 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are rather helpful.

Olympus TG-320 Shutter features

Olympus TG-320 continuous shooting rate is 1.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus TG-320 Flash and Hot shoe features

Olympus TG-320 features just built in flash lacking external flash ability.

Olympus TG-320 Autofocus features

Olympus TG-320 features only Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and accurate as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detection which makes it helpful for portraits.

It also includes Tracking AF for things on the move. Olympus TG-320 does not have manual focus. Manual focus mode is good during low light occasions or you want to have more precise control on focusing.

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Olympus TG-320 Battery life

The battery power (LI-42B) in the Olympus TG-320 is designed to last for 150 photos as per the CIPA measurements which is less when compared with it's competitors. The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 features the highest (380) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Here is a list of Waterproof cameras that have the best battery life:

Olympus TG-320 for different forms of photography

The following bar chart displays a analysis of the Olympus TG-320 for different forms of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Olympus TG-320 Portrait photography info

The Olympus TG-320 has a score of 34 which is awful, meaning that it is simply not suitable for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the option to utilize off-camera flash.

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decent MP (14 megapixels)
has face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Olympus TG-320 as a Street photography camera

With a above average points total of 66, the Olympus TG-320 is a fine pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
lighter than average in class (155g)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Olympus TG-320 Sports photography details

A awful sports photography points total of 41 suggests the Olympus TG-320 is simply not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
weather proof
max fps very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery pack (150 shots)
no phase detect auto focus

Olympus TG-320 Travel photography highlights

Portability is very crucial in buying a travel camera. All round, the Olympus TG-320 gets a above average 67 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable pick to take on your trips.

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lighter than competition (155g)
environment sealing
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
bad battery pack (150 shots)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Olympus TG-320 Landscape photography information

For those who are planning to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Olympus TG-320 and it's awful score of 40 as a landscape camera is simply not suitable among its competitors.

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fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
not so great battery (150 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Olympus TG-320 Vlogging features

A vlogging camera really should have a moving display, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Olympus TG-320 is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a awful rating of 32.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focus
lighter than average in class (155 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone port

Olympus TG-320 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the TG-320, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Waterproof.

The diagram below gives you a summary of the TG-320 vs it's highest ranking rivals suggested above.

There are more cameras you may view as alternative options. To go through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Olympus
Model
Olympus TG-320
Class
Waterproof
Released
2012-01-10
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor
TruePic III+
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Highest resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW format
Highest native ISO
1600
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-102mm (3.6x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.5-5.1
Macro focus range
3cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inches
Resolution of screen
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology
TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
4 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
5.80 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
White balance 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 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
155 gr (0.34 pounds)
Dimensions
96 x 63 x 23mm (3.8" x 2.5" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
150 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
LI-42B
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
One
Launch price
$0