Olympus TG-630 iHS

Olympus TG-630 iHS front
  • 12MP - 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
  • 167g - 98 x 66 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2013
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Olympus TG-630 iHS summary

Olympus TG-630 iHS is Olympus's Waterproof camera first released on January of 2013. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 3968 x 2976.

The TG-630 iHS stands at #48 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and overall #906 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your custom requirements.

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Olympus TG-630 iHS family

The Olympus TG-630 iHS is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed list underneath.

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Olympus TG-630 iHS Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Olympus TG-630 iHS based on features which are usually regarded as useful in a camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
built in lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes HDMI port
relatively wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3")
supports face detection focusing
supports tracking autofocus
very good minimum ISO (100)
weather sealing
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW files
focusing manually not possible
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low resolution screen (460 thousand dot)
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no external microphone port
no headphone port
no manual control
no moving screen
no shutter priority
no Timelapse mode
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
terrible battery life (220 shots)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Olympus TG-630 iHS Sensor features

The spec of the sensor on the Olympus TG-630 iHS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3968 x 2976 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the TG-630 iHS's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The TG-630 iHS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus TG-630 iHS dimensions

Olympus TG-630 iHS weighs about 0.37 pounds (167 gr / 5.89 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 98mm x 66mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.9"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195 gr and the Olympus TG-630 iHS is less heavy as compared to its rivals.

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Here is a image of the Olympus TG-630 iHS beside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its size.

Olympus TG-630 iHS dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button layout on the TG-630 iHS.

Olympus TG-630 iHS topview buttons dials

Olympus TG-630 iHS Lens features

The TG-630 iHS houses a fixed lens offering a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be huge but it would certainly be valuable in some circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f3.9 and that is fairly sluggish and not good in low light occasions and you might struggle to capture good bokeh. You would also need to raise your ISO giving you noisy files. At the long end, 140mm comes to f5.9 which is pretty slow and you will have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus TG-630 iHS Connectivity

The TG-630 iHS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can send pictures and oftentimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Olympus TG-630 iHS Video features

The highest possible video resolution on the Olympus TG-630 iHS is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance in quality and file size but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone port which means you have absolutely no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to order an alternative model if you require good audio in your video clips.

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Olympus TG-630 iHS Weather Sealing

Olympus TG-630 iHS has weather proofing making it a good pick to use in tricky conditions. This can be particularly valuable in case you are unsure about the elements you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Olympus TG-630 iHS Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus TG-630 iHS includes a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Olympus TG-630 iHS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite handy in sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Olympus TG-630 iHS Shutter features

Olympus TG-630 iHS continuous shooting rate is 5.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Olympus TG-630 iHS Flash and Hot shoe features

Olympus TG-630 iHS has got just built-in flash without external flash support.

Olympus TG-630 iHS Autofocusing features

Olympus TG-630 iHS has got only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot snappier & accurate as compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detect making it useful for portrait photography.

It also has Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Olympus TG-630 iHS lacks manual focus. Manual focus mode can be good in low light or you want to have more exact focus control.

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Olympus TG-630 iHS Battery life

The battery life (LI-50B) for the Olympus TG-630 iHS is built to last for 220 pictures according to the CIPA requirements making it lesser in comparison with its competition. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has the best (380) battery life in this category of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Waterproof cameras having the strongest battery life:

Olympus TG-630 iHS for various styles of photography

The following chart presents a rundown of the Olympus TG-630 iHS for various styles of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Olympus TG-630 iHS Portrait photography details

The Olympus TG-630 iHS receives a points tally of 27 which is bad, and means the camera is not very good to use for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW photos & potential to work with external flash.

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offers face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Olympus TG-630 iHS Street photography information

Having a nice score of 62, the Olympus TG-630 iHS is a very decent pick to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Olympus TG-630 iHS Sports photography highlights

A bad sports photography rating of 34 indicates the Olympus TG-630 iHS is not very good for photographing sports. A camera needs to have very good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proofing
slow fps (5.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (220 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus

Olympus TG-630 iHS as a Travel photography camera

Size is super crucial in selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Olympus TG-630 iHS gets a average 59 for a travelling camera which makes it relatively appropriate to take with you on your vacations.

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weather proof
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse function
bad battery power (220 per charge)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)

Olympus TG-630 iHS as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Olympus TG-630 iHS with it's bad score of 39 for a landscape camera is not very good amongst its competitors.

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decently wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
not so great battery pack (220 per charge)
lack of Timelapse mode

Olympus TG-630 iHS Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Olympus TG-630 iHS is not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a bad rating of 33.

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pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
includes face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of microphone socket

Olympus TG-630 iHS Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the TG-630 iHS, below is a number of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Waterproof.

The chart listed below provides you an overview of the TG-630 iHS compared to it's highest ranked competitors mentioned earlier.

These are various other cameras you may see as alternative options. To look at a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Olympus TG-630 iHS
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
Resolution of display
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
167 grams (0.37 lbs)
98 x 66 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.9")
Battery life
220 photographs
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
Storage slots
Price at release