Olympus TG-310

Last Updated (08 August’12):
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Olympus TG-310 is a 14 MP Digital camera features 3.6X Optical zoom, ISO 80-1600, Magic Filters, 3D Photo Shooting Function, MP Format (Multi Picture Format), Auto Release, Eye-Fi Card Compatible, HD movie (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), Face Detection AF, and 2.7-inch, 230,000 dots TFT colour LCD. The camera measures 3.8″W x 2.5″H x 0.9″D/(96.3mm x 63.4mm x 22.7mm) and weighs 155g without bat.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info: discount up to $54.01 (30%)

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Olympus TG-310 Reviews

Trustedreviews reviews the Olympus TG-310 and writes;
“image quality certainly isn’t bad, we do have some reservations over inconsistent AF performance and the camera’s overly small and stiff controls. Ultimately though, the TG-310 remains worthy of consideration if you’re looking for a ruggedised camera on a budget.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Expertreviews reviews the Olympus TG-310 and writes;
“Video capture is at 720p, and quality was much like the photos – a bit scruffy but generally up to scratch. Optical zoom was fixed but autofocus remained active while recording, and the efficient AVC compression and 30-minute running time are welcome.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMAG reviews the Olympus TG-310 and writes;
“Sharpness is measured using a center-weighted algorithm that records lines per picture height; a score of 1,800 is considered acceptably sharp. The TG-310 recorded an average score of 1,475 lines, which is better than the 1,347 recorded the Lumix TS3.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Olympus TG-310 and writes;
“The Olympus Tough TG-310 offers fairly good value for money, although its durability is more impressive than its performance.. Still, if you’re into extreme sports, adventure holidays or anything else that might expose a camera to wet, cold or otherwise harsh conditions, the TG-310 will be worth considering.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Ephotozine reviews the Olympus TG-310 and writes;
“If you are looking for a low priced digital camera which is waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof you can’t go far wrong with the TG-310. At just £128.00 it represents good value for money and it takes fantastic pictures.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

WDC reviews the Olympus TG-310 and writes;
“The Olympus TG310 performs to a satisfactory standard, and its images aren’t all too bad when its price is considered. The extra tough resistance against the elements and is certainly its key selling point – something we’ve not seen before at the well-considered price-point.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Olympus TG-310 User Reviews

Great camera for the money
“Survived 3 snorkeling trips and took lots of other great pictures on our vacation last week. Pretty easy to use. The “?” feature made it easy to find the right mode to take pictures in different situations, and the results were mostly really good.” – By NA$HVILLE
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great underwater point and shoot
“Took it on holiday to Mexico over spring break. Great for snorkeling and playing around in the water. Does a fine job with HD movies, too. Works fine in and out of the water. The separate movie button was nice..” – By Gerrit Nyland
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great Camera
“I tried it out in the pool taking pictures and videos of the kiddos playing around and it worked perfectly. The video and pictures came out terrific. So I wanted to give it a try on just normal pictures too and I must say, it takes pretty darn good normal pictures too.” – By HoustonHusker
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great in and out of water
“Was really impressed that it took good, recognizable photos under water. Out of the water, it’s pretty darn good too. If what you want outside is too bright or dark, tilt the camera up or down and when it exposes correctly, hold in your take button half way, tilt back down to your pic, and click it the rest of the way!” – By Ty’s Mommy
Rating: ★★★★★

Great Product…so far
“This camera is great for the money. So far I have taken some amazing underwater pictures, which is really what I bought it for, but it happens to do a lot more than I even knew it could. The panaoramic features and all of the “magic” features is has are really amazing. Wish it could take pictures in deeper water, but for the price, I guess its limitations are reasonable.” – By Sam
Rating: ★★★★☆

Love it
“I LOVE the fact that it has the waterproof feature and is shockproof. Having a waterproof camera when you live in Hawaii is a must. I took it to the beach and pool the other weekend and got to take pictures of my daughter going down the waterslide. Love the camera, love the price.” – By Kona Mom
Rating: ★★★★☆

Olympus TG-310 Digital Camera
“I bought this camera for my girlfriend for kayaking and she loves it. She hasn’t touched her 12 MP Olympus Stylus since she got this. She loves all of the extra modes to take pictures in, like the watercolor, drawing or panorama modes. It’s been dropped multiple times and seen it’s fair share of water and still works like new.” – By anelson
Rating: ★★★★★

Terrific Buy
“I bought this camera and floating case prior to a cruise with some friends and it is WORTH EVERY PENNY. We swam with stingrays, snorkeled, explored caves, kayaked, and hung out in the pool and got terrific pictures without having to worry about damaging the camera. Features are easy-to-use and can also do panoramic photos..” – By Portia
Rating: ★★★★☆

Love this camera
“I purchased the Olympus TG-310 on a cruise when I dropped a broke my camera. It was my first waterproof camera and I was really impressed with the price and what it could do.” – By Naya1229
Rating: ★★★★★

Great compact waterproof camera
“The shell is aluminum which makes it heavy duty. The exposures and colors are fairly accurate even indoors with flash. Sharpness is adequate for this type of camera. I’m particularly impressed with the quality of the pictures in the macro mode.” – By Anhtuan Phan
Rating: ★★★★★

Truly Tough
“A high end card helps a lot with recycle speed. I’m trying orange to help with losing it problem. If you’ve ever drowned a camera in the rain or ruined one with dirt, think about this one- it’s impervious, I would hand it to a three year old in a mud puddle!” – By Scott Edward Larosa
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent Camera
“They took it to Cancun and had it in and out of the water for 7 days straight. The camera freezes if it goes past 10 feet, they learned, but if you follow the cleaning instructions, it’ll come out unscathed. Which to me, is amazing and totally worth the money!” – By Bree
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Olympus TG-310 Features

Main Features
1. Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof in the stylish design
2. 14-MegapixelsCCD*5, 3.6x wide optical zoom and DUAL IS
3. Magic Filters*6 can be recorded in HD movie*7 (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)

OLYMPUS Tough Series of compact digital cameras feature a waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof design that assures reliable, high-quality shooting under conditions that ordinary cameras would be unable to endure, such as underwater or in cold winter conditions. From the tranquil to the turbulent, whatever the conditions, whatever the situation, this camera assures great results, giving users the opportunity to expand their enjoyment of photography.

The new TG-310 achieves a good balance between the toughness, such as waterproof to a depth of 3 meters, dustproof*8 to keep out sand and dirt, shockproof against drop impacts from as high as 1.5 meters, and freezeproof at temperatures as low as -10℃, and the stylish body design. The TG-310 also incorporates the easy mode to shoot the increasingly popular 3D photos*9, the Beauty Mode*10 and the Beauty Make to touch up human skin and eyes attractive, and the Pet Mode that the camera automatically detects your pets’ face and takes the shot at the best possible timing. With these features, you can trust the camera in everyday uses as well as the tough scenes.

Behind its tough exterior, the TG-310 offers the 3.6x optical zoom from the wide angle of 28mm*11, making it easier to shoot an expansive scenery or a group photo, and even an underwater photo which usually becomes smaller angle of view. The outstanding imaging power of a 14-megapixel CCD and the Olympus’ imaging processing engine TruePicIII produce the high-quality, high-definition images.

Tough features and DUAL IS
The TG-310 incorporates the tough features to be used in various rugged conditions. Besides waterproof to a depth of 3 meters, shockproof from as high as 1.5 meters and freezeproof at a temperatures as low as -10℃, Olympus’ distinct lens barrier, a sliding double lock mechanism, and Tap control features make the camera more accessible to use. To prevent the picture blur due to camera shake and subject motion, the TG-310 features DUAL IS using a CCD-shift image stabilization mechanism and high-sensitivity image capturing, by an effect of up to 4 shutter speed stops.

HD movie (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264) recording
Extended smooth and beautiful HDTV (1280 x 720 pixels) movie recording is available, as movies are encoded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format.
When using any of SD/SDHC/SDXC/Eye-Fi*12 memory card, it is selectable to record to which card. When not using any memory cards, movie is to be recorded to internal memory. Movie recording can be manipulated by a dedicated movie REC button.

Magic Filters
The TG-310 features an expanded range of 8 Magic Filters, Pop, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Sketch, Soft Focus and Punk inherited from the previous model, and newly added Watercolor*13 and Sparkle*14. Furthermore, Magic Movies recordings are available in Pop, Pin Hole, Sketch Soft Focus, Punk and Watercolor delivering distinct look and artistic feel.

Watercolor: Enjoy transforming your images with a finish like that of watercolor paintings.
Sparkle: Enjoy photos with the luxurious feel created by the added twinkling lights.

3D Photo Shooting Function
You can shoot dynamic 3D photos in any mode from macro to landscape. Recreate a sense of depth like that of the original scene. You can then enjoy the full power of 3D images on compatible TV sets and computers. Simply select the 3D Photo in Shooting mode and then release the shutter and slide the camera sideways to easily get a 3D photo. During 3D Photo shooting, a 3D file and regular JPEG files are recorded at the same time. There are two modes to shoot 3D photos;

Auto mode: After taking the 1st image, pan the camera slowly to line up the on-screen image and the 2nd image will be shot automatically.

Manual mode: After taking the 1st image, pan the camera slowly to line up the on-screen image, and then press the shutter to capture the 2nd image manually.

First select 3D photo playback or ordinary playback, and then you can further enjoy the full power of 3D images by playing them back on 3D-compatible TV sets or computers. When playing them back on the camera display, 3D icon will be displayed on images in Single-frame playback and Thumbnail playback mode.

MP Format (Multi Picture Format)
This is a format standardized by CIPA to handle multiple images under a single image file. When you use the 3D Photo Shooting function, the images for the right and left eye are recorded in a single MP format file.

Pet Mode*15
The camera automatically detects dogs’ and cats’ faces. Selecting the [Pet Mode – Dog] or [Pet Mode – Cat] from the scene mode, the camera will quickly detect your pet’s face and automatically focus on it before shooting the photo. The camera will detect up to 10 faces of different dogs or cats.

Auto Release
The camera captures perfectly your pet’s cute expressions. Use the Auto Release function to have the camera automatically shoot the photo the moment the dog or cat who is the main subject turns to face the camera. You will never again miss your pet’s whimsical facial expressions.

Eye-Fi Card Compatible
Eye-Fi Cards are SDHC memory cards with built-in wireless LAN functionality. The images that you take can easily be uploaded wirelessly to your computer and to photo printing services and online albums, such as “ib on the net”.
*1 JIS/IEC protection class 8 (IPX8) equivalent (our in-house test condition)
*2 Under Olympus in-house test condition
*3 Number of recordable pictures is reduced in low temperatures
*4 Image stabilization effect varies depending on shooting conditions
*5 Effective pixels
*6 Image size is limited to 5M or smaller in Sketch, Soft Focus, Watercolor and Sparkle
*7 Recording time per session is limited to less than 29 minutes. Recording is terminated automatically when the file size reaches 4 GB.
*8 JIS/IEC protection class 6 (IPX6) equivalent (our in-house test condition)
*9 The 3D effect cannot be obtained in moving subject
*10 Image size is limited to 5M or smaller. Beauty Mode effect varies depending on shooting conditions.
*11 35mm camera equivalent
*12 The use of Eye-Fi cards is limited to the original country of purchase. Observe all the applicable laws of the country of use. Turn off the Eye-Fi setting or refrain altogether from using Eye-Fi cards inside airplanes or in other places where wireless communication is restricted or forbidden. Single files (images or movies) exceeding 2GB cannot be transferred wirelessly. Files recorded using the 3D shooting function (MP files) are supported only by the X2-Pro card. For any inquiries regarding Eye-Fi cards please contact the card’s manufacturer.
*13 Image size is limited to 5M or smaller
*14 Filter is not effective on LCD monitor
*15 The number of pets automatically detected is limited to 1 when Auto Shutter Release is set to ON, or up to 10 when it is set to OFF. Depending on the subject and shooting conditions the camera may not be able to correctly detect faces. In Pet mode, the flash and face detection of people’s faces cannot be used

Other Features
* Shadow Adjustment Technology that detects faces of subjects and optimizes focus and exposure accordingly
* Magic Filter effects for creative imaging and Beauty Mode to touch up human faces for more attractive results
* Scene Modes for one-touch shooting adjustment in difficult environments including dedicated underwater scenes as well as in standard conditions
* HDMI output control for operations including picture selection and frame-by-frame advancement using a TV’s remote control
* Face Detection AF with which the camera detects and focuses on human faces automatically
* iAUTO function that analyzes the current composition and optimizes camera settings automatically
* In-body panorama composition function that lets you shoot a panorama picture by simply panning the camera as guided
* USB battery charging enables the camera battery to be recharged from a PC while automatically storing and organizing recorded data in the PC
* AF Tracking to keep a moving subject in focus by tracking it automatically
* Photo-surfing allows you to search desired pictures according to recording keyword such as “date”, and “subject”.
* Hard glass barrier to protect the lens
* Compatible medias: SD/SDHC/SDXD/Eye-Fi memory cards

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