Olympus Tough TG-3 Review

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August 12, 2014 | Matt Grayson |

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#1 Dave

I like it so far but don’t love it yet.  The image quality is a slight improvement over the old 8020, but not as much as you might hope for.  The AF is slightly faster, and the macro features are outstanding. 

The inability to adjust shutter speed is annoying.  I find myself leaving the camera in “sports event” mode because the program modes give away far too much shutter speed to get low ISO. 

I also find myself constantly cleaning the lens.  The old folded lens models had a built in cover to keep out lint and fingerprints.  This one is a bit more work.   

8:51 pm - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#2 18

it been claimed that one of the most attractive characteristics of tg3 is its ability to do focus stacking
macro pictures on the web are amazing
somehow you did not mention it here though it was mentioned in your preview
was it lost
we the macro not that amazing
this is the most unique aspect of this camera
please refer to it

9:16 pm - Saturday, August 16, 2014

#3 Kips

I had (past tense) the TG-2.  I took it scuba diving in 10 feet of water and the viewfinder screen went black and became unusable.  Later that same day, at sea level, the viewfinder screen seemed to work.  The next day, I took it scuba diving again and, once again, the screen went black.  I returned the camera to Crutchfield and they graciously took it back.  The TG-2 was my second Olympus “underwater” camera to fail miserably.  I would never buy another Olympus product.  I doubt the TG-3 is any better than the TG-2.  Caveat emptor.

2:20 am - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#4 Fil

My son and me each use a TG-2 for about half a year now. I use mine in snorkeling, rarely taking it down under 10 meters. He took his camera to SCUBA dive, decided to go down to -20 meters and the water got in.
True, both the TG-2 and TG-3 are recommended to max depth of -15 meters (2.5ATM) seawater, so the fault is entirely his. Luckywise, the memory card and pics survived.
Since both models share the same type of box, I presume this will also happen to TG-3 if the max depth/pressure was exceeded… On the other hand, I have in my 50 years of diving experience used various amphibious cameras (which was the proper term from the beginning, never mind “underwater” or “tough”) and in analog camera days those things (actually every device intended for variable-pressure ambiental use) were tested to at least 150% of suggested max depth.
There was no such thing as maximum pressure exposure time, since the sealing has been done properly, by reliable system of o-rings. Nowadays, the user manual explains the sealing standard relating maximum depth level for a certain time! This seems to be an intentionally introduced weak point, as ALL manufacturers simply refuse to employ o-ring sealing to the critical points of their constructs.
Now, I know this is a many times repeated rant, but I can’t believe the manufacturers do not know how to seal a camera casing. The only other explanation is programmed weak point, in ther words, the way made for the camera to fail. And this is pure malevolence.
For people who do not understand much about water/pressure sealing systems, the rubber they find under the camera hatch is probably irrelevant. They will be pacified by “double lock system” which prevents accidental opening of the hatches, but this thing does not seal the camera.
For those who understand the sealing principles, well, the currently used systems are risky, and on purpose, to boot! And as the modern cameras have really no margin for pressure endurance (which should have been built-in as a matter of fact), I’d urge anyone to take great care about the risky sealing systems on their amphibious cameras; those should be ultra-clean, and in absolutely perfect condition for underwater use!
Even then, the sealing principle currently employed will not be 100% safe.
So until the manufacturers deign to return to the safe, secure and reliable o-rings throughout, every “tough” camera is best regarded as “tub-proof” or “shower-sealed”.
And remember: whatever the cause of water entering your camera, it will ALWAYS be the user fault! The Warranty will not cover the service costs. Which is the lesser of two evils; the frustration and lost photographing opportunity appearing in many cases far worse and/or costly.

9:02 am - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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