- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #8 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and all round #585 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your customized requirements.
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.
TG-3 vs TG-625-100mm
TG-3 vs TG-525-100mm
TG-3 vs TG-425-100mm
TG-3 vs TG-86021-105mm
TG-3 vs TG-850 iHS21-105mm
TG-3 vs TG-2 iHS25-100mm
TG-3 vs TG-630 iHS28-140mm
TG-3 vs TG-830 iHS28-140mm
TG-3 vs TG-1 iHS25-100mm
TG-3 vs TG-820 iHS28-140mm
TG-3 vs TG-32028-102mm
TG-3 vs TG-81028-140mm
TG-3 vs TG-31028-102mm
TG-3 vs TG-61028-140mm
TG-3 vs Tough-300028-102mm
Olympus TG-3 Gallery
You can check the TG-3 from various angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The following is a pic of the Olympus TG-3 next to a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.
The top view here will provide the button arrangement on the TG-3.
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.
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.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.
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.
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:
TG-3 vs TG-4380 yesnono
TG-3 vs TS6370 noyesno
TG-3 vs TS5370 noyesno
TG-3 vs AW130370 nonono
TG-3 vs TG-1 iHS350 nonono
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.
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.
Olympus TG-3 Sports photography features
A moderate sports photography score of 48 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.
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.
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 57 for a landscape camera is relatively appropriate in the current market.
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.
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.