Olympus TG-3 Review - The Olympus TG-3 is the manufacturer's latest high-end lifeproof compact, aimed at resisting all you can throw at it. Find out if it succeeds in the WDC review...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus TG-3

Overall score:86%
Image Quality:85%


  • Performance; Creative features; Build quality; Menu interfact; Continuous shooting at up to 5fps; Fast start-up time; Battery life


  • Price; Expensive add-on lenses; Some controls can be fiddly in difficult conditions


Olympus TG-3 Review


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Olympus TG-3 Review – Performance

Olympus TG-3 Review - top down

The TG-3’s overall performance is very good. It can start up and take a picture in well under two seconds, which is fast by current compact standards, and in single-shot mode it has a shot-to-shot time of approximately 0.8 seconds, which is very quick by any standard.

Focusing is fast and accurate in good lighting conditions. As noted previously its low-light focusing could be better, but at least it fails quickly rather than hunting around. It does have a bright white LED next to the flash which can be used as a focusing aid, but bizarrely this cannot be used with the flash, and doesn’t operate in video mode.

Olympus TG-3 Review - front side

Battery life

The TG-3 has three continuous shooting modes; a full-resolution 5fps modes as well as two high-speed modes, shooting at 15fps or 60fps, but only at 3MP resolution.

Battery performance seems to be very good. The TG-3 is powered by a sizable 1350mAh battery; Olympus makes no specific claims for its duration, but during testing we shot about 200 frames and it was still showing a full three bars on the battery meter.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Olympus TG-3 Review - Design
  3. 3. Olympus TG-3 Review - Performance
  4. 4. Olympus TG-3 Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Olympus TG-3 Review - Verdict
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