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 – Image Quality

Olympus TG-3 Review - image quality

Colour and White Balance

With the TG-3, colour reproduction in standard mode is under-saturated, making even bright colours look pale and washed out.

It does have a vivid mode, but this goes too far in the other direction, looking a touch garish and unreal. However the worst part is the automatic white balance, which is unreliable, producing visible colour casts in all but ideal conditions, and further damaging the colour reproduction.


Most of the shots we took during testing were outdoors in fairly bright conditions, usually ideal conditions for photography and typical of the situations for which the TG-3 was designed.

However the exposure metering was also unreliable, frequently over-exposing shots by around half a stop, and the dynamic range is also poor, resulting in blown-out highlights in many shots.


The combination of a decent quality lens and a 16MP sensor does at least record a good level of detail, although in this respect it’s really no better than any other comparable compact. It’s also very easy to lose detail due to finger marks and other dirt on the glass lens cover, so make sure you check this before shooting.

Image Noise

Image noise is always a problem with small, overcrowded compact camera sensors, but it’s how the camera’s processor copes with it that counts.

The TG-3’s noise control is generally effective, and the 6400 ISO maximum sensitivity setting is certainly usable, but it is a bit heavy handed, blurring out detail and smearing colour gradients at anything over 800 ISO.

Lens Performance

The TG-3’s lens is pretty good for a waterproof compact. It does produce some corner blurring at wide angle, but the centre portion is nice and sharp, and the 25mm wide-angle setting is largely free from optical distortion.

The f/2.0 maximum aperture is of course only available at the shortest focal length, but on the whole it acquits itself well.

  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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