First and foremost, the TG-3’s build quality is excellent. Weighty and sturdy, the camera touts excellent specs hidden within its super-durable, metal and rubber casing. The TG-3 forgoes the touchscreen vogue of late and offers up physical buttons so you can have some tactile feedback for a quicker, less frustrating way of scrolling through menus and shooting options, of which there are many.
The Olympus TG-3 employs a 16 megapixel sensor, a stat that lesser cameras like to show off, but it’s really the image quality, not the image size, that impressed us here. The TG-3 is capable of faster shutter speeds than average point and shoot cameras and produces better images in low light as a result, great for taking it on a dive or that spelunking trip you’ve always dreamed about.
The quality lens system built into the TG-3 also allows for rapid-fire and stop-motion shooting in both still and video. Macro focus means you can take highly detailed, extra crisp pictures as close as a centimeter away from your subject. Other, typical shooting options are also present, from burst modes to specific scenes, so you can skip that intro to photography class and still get expertly shot pictures.
The bottom line of any camera is making sure it fits your needs. If you need one that can shoot a variety of settings and locations (with included wifi and GPS to geotag and share your photos), that’s easy to tote to those places, that takes gorgeous, saturated images no matter what kind of environment you’re in AND can take all the abuse you can dish at it, Olympus’ Tough TG-3 is for you. We wish all of our decisions were this easy.