Olympus TG-610

Olympus TG-610 front
  • 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 TG-610 summary

Olympus TG-610 is Olympus's Waterproof digital camera initially launched on January of 2011. It has got a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The TG-610 is rated #42 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and over-all #851 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please look at our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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Olympus TG-610 history

The Olympus TG-610 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can view all older and latest models along with key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Olympus-Tough-TG-5 front thumbnailOlympus TG-5
TG-610 vs TG-5
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TG-610 vs TG-4
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-860 front thumbnailOlympus TG-860
TG-610 vs TG-860
Olympus-Tough-TG-3 front thumbnailOlympus TG-3
TG-610 vs TG-3
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-850-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-850 iHS
TG-610 vs TG-850 iHS
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Olympus-Tough-TG-2-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-2 iHS
TG-610 vs TG-2 iHS
Olympus-TG-630-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-630 iHS
TG-610 vs TG-630 iHS
Olympus-TG-830-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-830 iHS
TG-610 vs TG-830 iHS
Olympus-Tough-TG-1-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-1 iHS
TG-610 vs TG-1 iHS
Olympus-TG-820-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-820 iHS
TG-610 vs TG-820 iHS
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Olympus-TG-320 front thumbnailOlympus TG-320
TG-610 vs TG-320
Olympus-TG-810 front thumbnailOlympus TG-810
TG-610 vs TG-810
Olympus-TG-310 front thumbnailOlympus TG-310
TG-610 vs TG-310
Olympus-TG-610 front thumbnailOlympus TG-61028-140mm
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-3000 front thumbnailOlympus Tough-3000
TG-610 vs Tough-3000

Olympus TG-610 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Olympus TG-610 based on factors that are normally regarded as crucial in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
comes with HDMI socket
decent MP (14MP)
environment sealing
flash built-in
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detection autofocus
offers tracking autofocus
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen has good resolution (920 thousand dots)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
bad battery life (210 shots)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of shutter priority mode
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual exposure not possible
missing external microphone socket
missing headphone socket
missing Timelapse recording
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no manual focus
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW format
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Olympus TG-610 Sensor details

The Olympus TG-610 houses the TruePic III+ processor. The spec of the sensor in the Olympus TG-610 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4288 x 3216 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the TG-610's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The TG-610 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus TG-610 dimensions

Olympus TG-610 has a weight of 0.42 lbs (190g / 6.70 ounces) and features outer measurements of 96mm x 65mm x 26mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 1.0"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195g so the Olympus TG-610 is similar compared with its competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Olympus TG-610 with a soda so you can have a sense of its scale.

Olympus TG-610 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button design on the TG-610.

Olympus TG-610 topview buttons dials

Olympus TG-610 Lens specs

The TG-610 is equipped with a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't amazing but it will surely be helpful in certain scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.9 which is rather slow and not very good in low light events and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to raise the ISO giving you noisy shots. On the tele end, 140mm comes with f5.9 which is really slow and you may need to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus TG-610 Connectivity

The TG-610 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy files and usually adjust camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

Photography Glossary

Olympus TG-610 Video specs

The highest possible video resolution in the Olympus TG-610 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should aim for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The camera does not offer a mic or headphone socket which means that you have got little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to find a different camera in case you require better sound in your videos.

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Olympus TG-610 Weather Sealing

Olympus TG-610 comes with environment proofing which makes it a excellent candidate to use for challenging places. This is particularly valuable whenever you are not sure about the elements you may encounter for outdoor photography.

Olympus TG-610 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus TG-610 has got a 3 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 920 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Olympus TG-610 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be pretty useful.

Olympus TG-610 Shutter specs

Olympus TG-610 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus TG-610 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Olympus TG-610 has got only built in flash without external flash support.

Olympus TG-610 Autofocusing specs

Olympus TG-610 has got just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detection making it valuable for portrait photography.

It also features Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Olympus TG-610 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is useful for low light conditions or you want to have more accurate control on depth of field.

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Olympus TG-610 Battery life

The battery life (LI-50B) in the Olympus TG-610 is built to last for 210 photos as per the CIPA benchmarks making it less when compared to its rivals. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 offers the best (380) battery life for this range of cameras.

Below is a listing of Waterproof cameras with the best battery life:

Olympus TG-610 for various types of photography

The following illustration shows a rundown of the Olympus TG-610 for various types of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Olympus TG-610 Portrait photography features

The Olympus TG-610 has a score of 33 which is low, meaning that it is not really very good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW photos and ability to use off-camera lighting.

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resolution is good (14MP)
offers face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Olympus TG-610 Street photography info

Getting a nice rating of 62, the Olympus TG-610 is a respectable option for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Olympus TG-610 as a Sports photography camera

A low sports photography score of 40 indicates the Olympus TG-610 is not really very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have great tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery (210 CIPA)
lacks phase detect autofocus

Olympus TG-610 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is extremely critical in getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Olympus TG-610 gets a above average 64 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent choice to buy for your trips.

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weather proof
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
not so great battery (210 shots)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.9)

Olympus TG-610 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus TG-610 at it's low rating of 43 for a landscape camera is not really very good among it's competitors.

Photography Glossary
really wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
weather proofing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
terrible battery pack (210 shots)
no Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Olympus TG-610

A vlogging camera preferably should have a articulating screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Olympus TG-610 is not really very good for vlogging as it receives a low score of 30.

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decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
provides face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone port

Olympus TG-610 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the TG-610, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the family of Waterproof.

The chart underneath provides you an overview of the TG-610 compared to it's top scoring competitors mentioned above.

There are more cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Olympus TG-610
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III+
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Resolution of screen
920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech
TFT Hypercrystal III Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.20 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
190g (0.42 pounds)
Physical dimensions
96 x 65 x 26mm (3.8" x 2.6" x 1.0")
Battery life
210 pictures
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Launch pricing