Olympus TG-3

Olympus Tough TG-3 front
  • 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
  • New Model is Olympus TG-4
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus TG-3 overview

Olympus TG-3 is Olympus's Waterproof digital camera first released on March of 2014. The camera has got a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Olympus released the fresher Olympus TG-4 (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this model.

The TG-3 ranks at #12 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and all round #616 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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

Olympus TG-3 history

The Olympus TG-3 comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can discover all older and the latest models alongside main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Tough-TG-6 front thumbnailOlympus TG-6
TG-3 vs TG-6
Olympus-Tough-TG-5 front thumbnailOlympus TG-5
TG-3 vs TG-5
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Olympus-Tough-TG-4 front thumbnailOlympus TG-4
TG-3 vs TG-4
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-860 front thumbnailOlympus TG-860
TG-3 vs TG-860
Olympus-Tough-TG-3 front thumbnailOlympus TG-325-100mm
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-850-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-850 iHS
TG-3 vs TG-850 iHS
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Olympus-Tough-TG-2-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-2 iHS
TG-3 vs TG-2 iHS
Olympus-TG-630-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-630 iHS
TG-3 vs TG-630 iHS
Olympus-TG-830-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-830 iHS
TG-3 vs TG-830 iHS
Olympus-Tough-TG-1-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-1 iHS
TG-3 vs TG-1 iHS
Olympus-TG-820-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-820 iHS
TG-3 vs TG-820 iHS
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Olympus-TG-320 front thumbnailOlympus TG-320
TG-3 vs TG-320
Olympus-TG-810 front thumbnailOlympus TG-810
TG-3 vs TG-810
Olympus-TG-310 front thumbnailOlympus TG-310
TG-3 vs TG-310
Olympus-TG-610 front thumbnailOlympus TG-610
TG-3 vs TG-610
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-3000 front thumbnailOlympus Tough-3000
TG-3 vs Tough-3000

Olympus TG-3 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus TG-3 based on criterias that are typically seen as essential in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
better than average battery power (330 per charge)
built-in flash
decent MP (16MP)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
environment sealing
fast max aperture (f2.0)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built lens has zoom (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
includes HDMI socket
offers face detect autofocus
offers tracking focus
really wide (25mm)
does not have headphone socket
does not have mic socket
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
heavier than others in class (247 grams)
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (460 k dots)
no manual focus
no moving screen
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f4.9)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
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Olympus TG-3 Sensor specifications

The Olympus TG-3 is powered by the TruePic VII chip. The spec of the sensor on the Olympus TG-3 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below shows the TG-3's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The TG-3 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus TG-3 dimensions

Olympus TG-3 has a weight of 0.54 lbs (247 gr or 8.71 ounces) and the volume of the camera is 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 195 gr and the Olympus TG-3 is more heavy in comparison with other competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Olympus TG-3 next to a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Olympus Tough TG-3 dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button arrangement on the TG-3.

Olympus Tough TG-3 topview buttons dials

Olympus TG-3 Lens specifications

The TG-3 comes with an inbuilt lens and it has a focal range of 25-100mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which might not be ideal however it will surely be convenient in some circumstances.

At the widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f2.0 and that is incredibly good in low light events and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also allow you to go with a lower ISO to capture clearer images. For the tele end, 100mm comes with f4.9 making it very sluggish and you will need to use slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus TG-3 Connectivity

The TG-3 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy files and in some cases change camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB port.

Photography Glossary

Olympus TG-3 Video specifications

The highest video quality on the Olympus TG-3 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p quality provides a good balance between video quality vs file sizes but FULL HD will not leave you with much room to crop. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port so you get little control over your sound. It is probably best to have a look at another camera if you need decent sound in your videos.

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Olympus TG-3 Weather Sealing

Olympus TG-3 comes with environment sealing which makes it a excellent pick to use during challenging places. This can be especially handy if you are not sure about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.

Olympus TG-3 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus TG-3 has got a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Unfortunately the display isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Olympus TG-3 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be very valuable.

Olympus TG-3 Shutter specifications

Olympus TG-3 can shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus TG-3 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus TG-3 includes only in-built flash lacking external flash ability.

Olympus TG-3 Autofocus specifications

Olympus TG-3 includes just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker and accurate in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.

It also features Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Olympus TG-3 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be useful during low light conditions or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Olympus TG-3 Battery life

The battery power (LI-92B) on the Olympus TG-3 is designed to last for 330 shutters with respect to the CIPA standards which is above average in comparison to its category. The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 offers the highest (380) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a listing of Waterproof cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Olympus TG-3 for different categories of photography

The following illustration shows a summation of the Olympus TG-3 for different categories of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.

Olympus TG-3 Portrait photography information

The Olympus TG-3 has a rating of 37 which is awful, and means the camera is not acceptable for portrait photography. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files together with the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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decent megapixels (16MP)
includes face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Olympus TG-3 Street photography features

Getting a average points total of 59, the Olympus TG-3 is reasonably appropriate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than competition (247 grams)

Olympus TG-3 Sports photography features

A moderate sports photography score of 47 means the Olympus TG-3 is fairly appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have good focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
weather proof
great battery power (330 per charge)
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF

Olympus TG-3 as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty critical when buying a camera for travel. In general, the Olympus TG-3 gets a above average 74 as a travel camera which is a very decent option to take with you on your travels.

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great battery life (330 per charge)
weather sealing
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
heavier than competition in class (247g)
does not contain selfie friendly display

Olympus TG-3 Landscape photography information

If you're planning to choose a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus TG-3 at it's modest rating of 56 for a landscape camera is relatively appropriate in the current market.

Photography Glossary
fairly wide (25mm)
good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (16MP)
environment sealing
great battery power (330 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Olympus TG-3 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating display, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Olympus TG-3 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it gets a awful score of 34.

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quite wide (25mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone socket
more heavy than competition in class (247 grams)

Olympus TG-3 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the TG-3, below is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall in to the family of Waterproof.

The line chart down below shows you an overview of the TG-3 versus it's top scored rivals shown previously.

These are various other cameras you may see as alternate options. To look at a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Olympus Tough TG-3
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic VII
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of screen
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
247 grams (0.54 lb)
112 x 66 x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2")
Battery life
330 photographs
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Card slots
Pricing at launch