OLYMPUS STYLUS TG-3 Tough, Compact Digital Camera

by rizbaig | Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 | 1134 views

Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the OLYMPUS STYLUS TG-3 Tough, scheduled to go on sale from early in June 2014. In addition to waterproof*1, drop/shock-resistant*2, and freezeproof capability*3, this model boasts a high-speed F2.0*4 lens, full-featured macro photography functions, GPS*5, and built-in Wi-Fi*6, making it the perfect compact digital camera for outdoor shooting.

OLYMPUS STYLUS TG-3 Tough

Sales Overview

Category Product Name MSRP Launch Date
Compact digital camera OLYMPUS STYLUS TG-3 Tough (Black/Red) Open Price Early June, 2014

Main Features

  1. A high-speed F2.0*4 lens, makes high-quality images with reduced blur possible even in low light conditions
  2. Built with Tough performance: waterproof capability down to 15 m*1, drop/shock-resistant capability to 2.1 m*2, freezeproof down to -10ºC*3, and crushproof to 100 kgf*7
  3. Variable Macro System with a max. 44.4x*8 display magnification, for enjoyment of diverse macro photography
  4. Diverse functions such as built-in Wi-Fi*6, GPS*5, etc.
  5. A rich lineup of optional system accessories such as waterproof converter lenses, LED light guide etc.
*1 Waterproof functionality is equivalent to JIS/IEC protection class 8 (IPX8) (Based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions).Dustproof functionality is equivalent to JIS/IEC protection class 6 (IPX6) (Based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions).
*2 Based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions.
*3 The number of possible images is reduced at low temperatures.
*4 At the wide angle of a focal length of 25mm (35mm conversion).
*5 Depending on the country/region of use, different laws and regulations may be applicable regarding the use of the GPS function. Be sure to always abide by these laws. Be sure to turn off the GPS function in places where its use is forbidden or restricted, such as inside airplanes.
*6 “Wi-Fi” is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
*7 Kilogram-force (kgf) is the unit for measuring force exerted on a body. (Based on Olympus in-house measurement conditions).
*8 Subject 10mm from the end of the lens.

The Tough series is a model equipped with three Tough performance, waterproof/dustproof, drop/shockproof, and freezeproof, pursuing the concept of worry-free shooting underwater, mountain climbing, and other harsh environments that other cameras could not endure. In 2013, the series flagship model, the OLYMPUS STYLUS TG-2 Tough was taken along with the expeditionary force when professional skier/mountain climber, Yuichiro Miura climbed Mount Everest. As the TG-2 successor model, the OLYMPUS STYLUS TG-3 Tough is equipped with a lens that can withstand the toughest environments, and produce the most amazing photos in difficult shooting conditions, and is packed with advanced features such as macro photography functions, GPS, and Wi-Fi*6. This is the ultimate outdoor camera, able to capture photos and videos that were not possible before.

Main Features -Details

A high-speed F2.0*4 lens, makes high-quality images with reduced blur possible even in low light conditions

1) High-speed F2.0*4 lens
The F2.0*4 aperture produces an extremely bright lens. This enables shooting at a lower ISO speed in woodlands and underwater, or even poor weather conditions, and other situations where there is insufficient light, resulting in beautiful images with minimal noise.The shutter speed can also be increased so that even moving subjects can be captured sharply.
The “A” mode (aperture priority mode) can also be selected so that you can set as specific aperture value for thorough enjoyment of the capabilities of such a bright lens.

2) High-quality image coverage for normal-usage regions from wide-angle to telephoto
This lens boasts a wide-angle 25mm*9 to a mid-telephoto 100mm*9, the optimal range for nature photography. The pride of Olympus lens technology, represented by the DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) lens, and the same materials used in Olympus interchangeable lens cameras generously used in the lens of this camera. The DSA lens boasts a high refractive index and powerful aberration compensation capabilities in a single lens. In addition, HD (High refractive index, high Dispersion) and HR (High Refractive index) lenses are also used to suppress color bleeding which tends to occur in bright, wide-angle zoom lenses.

3) TruePic VII image processor for Interchangeable Lens Camera
This model is equipped with the high-performance TruePic VII image processor designed for the Olympus interchangeable lens camera, OM-D E-M1, providing the ultimate in image quality when combined with the 16.0 megapixel*10 back-lit CMOS sensor.

*9 35mm equivalent.
*10 Camera effective pixels.

Built with Tough performance: waterproof capability down to 15 m*1, drop/shock-resistant capability to 2.1 m*2, freezeproof down to -10ºC*3, and crushproof to 100 kgf*7

1) The ultimate Tough performance in the series
With waterproof capabilities up to a depth of 15 m, this camera can be used to shoot underwater at normal diving depths for absolute beginners without an underwater protector. Additionally, with drop/shock resistance to 2.1 m, you can rest assured that the camera will be fine even if dropped. Because camera operation is guaranteed to -10ºC, shooting possibilities are wide open, from colder climates to mountains, and everything in between. As the forerunner of developing these capabilities in a camera, Olympus can provide the ultimate Tough performance in the Tough series flagship model.

2) The balance between operability and a high-grade feel
Along with a focus on the hold for the grip, the large and easy-to-press buttons were laid out in the optimal positions and angles for ease of use in outdoor situations.
To enhance durability and reliability, a large metal ring was attached around the lens, taking inspiration from divers’ watches. The finger hold grooves on the ring were cut one by one for a beautiful and durable component. This design balances excellent controls with a high-grade feel when held.

Variable Macro System with a max. 44.4x*8 display magnification, for enjoyment of diverse macro photography

1) Microscope mode
This mode lets you shoot subjects from up to 10 mm away from the end of the lens, and at a focal length of 100 mm*9 magnify subjects up to approximately 6.9x*9, and at Super Resolution Zoom up to approximately 13.8x*9. What this means is that you can magnify a subject that is only 1 mm in size up to a maximum of approximately 44.4 mm when displayed on the rear LCD screen. With that kind of power, it is almost like viewing the world through a microscope. Capture images of the microscopic natural world that cannot be seen by the naked eye, such as insects, veins on a leaf, and snowflake crystals, making outdoor photography all the more enjoyable. This feature also turns objects in everyday life into new discoveries: a slice of a fruit or vegetable, or close-ups of human skin.

2) Microscope control mode
By using the right key on an arrow pad when the subject is 10 mm away, you can switch the display magnification factor in steps from 1x, 2x, 4x, 1x, just as if using the objective lens in a microscope for variable magnification shooting. The magnification factor is displayed as a number on the LCD screen, and you can magnify 1 mm subjects for shooting up to a maximum of 44.4 mm. Also, with the zoom lever you can seamlessly change the display factor.

3) Focus stacking mode*11
As the magnification factor becomes higher, the area in focus (depth of focus) becomes narrower, and the subject overall becomes less sharp. To solve this issue, this new function captures eight different shots continuously while shifting the focus from the foreground to the background. Then, only the areas in focus are extracted and merged so that a photo with a focus that spans several centimeters is achieved. Because this function lets anyone easily create photos that are encyclopedia quality, it is perfect for recording nature macro photography.

4) Focus Bracketing mode
This function continuously captures multiple images while shifting the focus from the foreground to the background. You can select the shift amount and number of shots ahead of time in three steps from the menu screen. This mode makes it easy to pinpoint a subject such as pistils on a flower for accurate focusing.

*11 Use of tripod is recommended. The maximum number of recording pixels is 8.0 megapixel equivalent. Processing may take some time.

Diverse functions such as built-in Wi-Fi*6, GPS*5, etc.

1) Built-in Wi-Fi*6
With the iPhone and Android compatible smartphone application OLYMPUS Image Share, uploading images to social networking services is easier than ever before. Wi-Fi connection is easy when the smartphone connection function is used. You can easily load images onto a smartphone via a thumbnail index, add Art Filters on a smartphone, and share images on various social networking services. With the remote control shooting function, a smartphone or tablet device can be used to control the camera so that highly-alert wild animals can be photographed more easily.

2) Built-in GPS*5
The ability to record location information in images, as well as the route traveled to an SD card is the perfect tool for documenting outdoor activities and travels. Not only is the TG-3 Tough equipped with the same GPS as the TG-2 Tough, but it is also compatible with GLONASS and QZSS for better positioning accuracy than ever before.
Additionally, the computer application (OLYMPUS A-GPS Utility) or smartphone application (OLYMPUS Image Track) can be used to obtain satellite orbital information ahead of time via the Internet for drastically reduced times from the beginning of positioning until information is received.

3) Built-in Electronic Compass
In the field, in addition to the direction, information such as (1) Latitude and longitude, (2) Atmospheric and water pressure, (3) Altitude and water depth, and (4) Date and time can be checked using built-in Electronic Compass.

Other Features

  • CMOS Shift Image Stabilization equipped with algorithms of interchangeable lens camera
  • Full HD movie recording*12
  • Interval Shooting function for automatic sequential shooting from 1 second up to 24 hours, with a maximum of 99 shots
  • Time Lapse Movie function that creates a maximum 10 second movie from Interval Shooting still images
  • Seven types of Art Filters*13 for easily capturing stylish and unique shots.
  • Photo Story creates opportunities for new expressions, with the ability to add multiple viewpoints to a single scene*14
  • 3.0-inch, 460,000 dots rear LCD monitor
*12 The maximum recording time for a single movie clip is limited to 29 minutes. Recording will automatically stop once the file size has reached 4 GB.
*13 Seven types: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
*14 Three types: Standard, Speed, Fun Frames

A rich lineup of optional system accessories such as waterproof converter lenses, LED light guide etc.

1) Underwater conversion lens (Available, sold separately)
With the lens is located in the center of the camera, system accessories that can be attached to the lens are expandable. When Fish Eye Converter FCON-T01 is attached, the angle of view changes to an 18.5mm*9 equivalent, and when Tele Converter TCON-T01 is attached, a 170mm*9 equivalent telephoto angle is achieved. In either case, Converter Lens Adapter CLA-T01 is required. The camera body, converter, and converter lens adapter, are all equipped with waterproof functionality, making it possible to attach and remove them underwater.

2) LED Light Guide, LG-1 (New, sold-separately)
When shooting for true close-up with an interchangeable lens camera, a ring flash with an emitter around the lens is used to avoid casting shadows on the subject. The similar effect can be achieved with the LED Light Guide. The LED Light Guide, LG-1 can be attached to the lens of the TG-3, using the built-in LED light to evenly illuminate the subject, drawing out the best of the TG-3′s macro photography abilities.

3) Underwater Protector, PT-056 (New, sold-separately)
This waterproof protector is pressure resistant down to a water depth of 45 m, and features a black coating on the polycarbonate body to prevent light beam leakage. A dedicated underwater converter lens can be attached externally to this accessory.

4) Silicon Jacket, CSCH-122 (New, sold-separately)
This is a silicone jacket for exclusive use with the TG-3 that protects the surface of the camera body from scratches. This accessory also improves grip performance so you can hold the camera more securely. LED Light Guide LG-1 can be used with the silicone jacket attached to the camera.

5) Multi-purpose Camera Case, CSCH-121 (New, sold-separately)
This is a new camera case for the Tough series. The main section is made of silicone rubber, and features a mesh design for breathability. This design makes it easy for water to drain and provides excellent breathability. Because this case uses absolutely no metal parts, including the carabiner, you never have to worry about rust when the case becomes wet.

Accessory Pricing and Launch Date

Product Name MSRP Launch Date
LED Light Guide, LG-1 6,300 yen
(6,804 yen incl. tax)
Early June, 2014
Underwater Protector, PT-056 31,500 yen
(34,020yen incl. tax)
Silicon Jacket, CSCH-122 3 ,400 yen
(3,672yen incl. tax)
Multi-purpose Camera Case CSCH-121 (Blue, Red, Black) 4,000 yen each
(4,320 yen incl. tax, each)
Tele Converter TCON-T01 12,200 yen
(13,176 yen incl. tax)
Already Available
Fish Eye Converter FCON-T01 14,400 yen
(15,552 yen incl. tax)
Converter Lens Adapter CLA-T01 2,400 yen
(2,592 yen incl. tax)
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