Underwater Photography

Olympus Tough TG-3 announced

Olympus has just announced the release of the Tough TG-3 rugged camera. This impressive model is planned to be available around June for $349, and boasts some very cool features for underwater photographers.

It will be available for purchase around June with the PT-056 Housing.


Some of it’s best features for underwater use are:

  • Waterproof – Down to 50ft / 15m
  • Wide aperture – f/2.0
  • Super Macro Mode – Focuses from 1 cm / 0.4 in
  • Microscope mode – The TG-3 offers four macro modes: Microscope, Microscope Control (maximum 44.5x magnification from 1cm), Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking (multiple images are taken from foreground to background, and the areas in focus are automatically merged into one perfect shot). Add the new LED ring light and you’ve got a complete portable macro set-up.
  • Great accessories including Led Ring Light for good consistent lighting on Macro mode.
  • The PT-056 housing will allow you full control over the camera and extend your depth rating to 148 feet.

Scroll down to see full specs


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Full Specs of the Olympus Tough TG-3:

Waterproof Down to 50 ft / 15 m
Crushproof Up to 220 lbf / 100 kgf
Shockproof Up to 7 ft / 2.1m
Freezeproof Down to 14°F / -10°C
Dustproof Yes
Lens Aperture Range Wide: f2.0, f2.8, f8.0
Tele: f4.9, f6.3, f18.0
Zoom 4x Optical Zoom + 2x Super Resolution Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
Focal Length 4.5 – 18.0mm (35mm equivalent: 25 – 100mm)
Focus Range/Working Distance Wide/Tele: 3.9in/10cm to infinity;

Super Macro Mode: 0.4 in / 1 cm to infinity, focal length 30-100mm(equiv)

Image Sensor 16 Megapixel – BSI CMOS 1/2.3”
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift
Image Processor TruePic VII
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, AUTO, HIGH
White Balance Auto, One-touch, Cloudy, Sunny, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Underwater
Shutter Speed 1/2 – 1/2000 (Night Scene: Longest 4 sec)
Continuous Shooting 5fps / 100 images (16M); 15fps / 100 images (3M); 60fps / 100 images (3M)
Focus Mode Face Detection AF, AF Tracking, AF Lock
AF Illuminator Built-in AF Illuminator
Flash Modes Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off, LED
Wi-Fi Connectivity Yes
GPS & Electronic Compass Built in
Self-Timer 2 sec, 12 sec, Custom Self-Timer (1-30 sec start timer, 1-10 pictures, 1-3 sec interval)
Interval Shooting 1 sec – 24 hrs interval, Max 99 frames, 1 sec-24 hrs start timer
Video Mode 1080p, 720p, VGA, Time-Lapse Movie (720p),High-Speed 120fps (640×480), High-Speed 240fps (432×324)

*When shooting 1080 60p/1080p/720p movies, use SDHC class6 (speed class)/SDXC class6 or higher for best results.

Time-Lapse Movie Images obtained with the Interval Shooting mode can be compiled automatically in the camera into a Time Lapse Movie lasting up to 10 sec. Movie is recorded in 720p size at 10 fps.
Audio Recording Linear PCM
Shooting Modes Mode Dial: Intelligent Auto (iAUTO), Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Microscope, Scene Modes (22), Art Filters (11), Photo Story, Custom (C)Microscope Modes: 1. Microscope, 2. Focus Stacking, 3. Focus Bracketing, 4. Microscope Control

Scene Modes: 1. Portrait, 2. ePortrait, 3. Landscape, 4. Interval Shooting, 5. Hand-held Starlight,6. Night Scene, 7. Night + Portrait, 8. Sport, 9. Indoor, 10. Self Portrait, 11. Sunset, 12. Fireworks, 13. Cuisine, 14. Documents, 15. Beach & Snow, 16. Under Water Snapshot,17. Under Water Wide1, 18. Under Water Wide2, 19. Under Water Macro, 20. Snow,

21. Panorama, 22. Backlight HDR

Art Filters: 1. Pop Art, 2. Soft Focus, 3. Pale & Light Color, 4. Grainy Film, 5. Pin Hole, 6. Diorama, 7. Dramatic Tone, 8. Fish Eye, 9. Sparkle, 10. Reflection, 11. Fragmented

Picture Modes: Vivid, Natural, Muted

Panorama Allows you to intuitively pan the camera across the scene; standard and full 360° views are available.


Additional Features:

Rear Monitor Size (Aspect Ratio) 3.0” (3:2)
Rear Monitor Resolution and Type 460K Dots LCD
Image File Format Still Image: JPEG;

Video: MOV/H.264, AVI/Motion JPEG (High-Speed Movie, Time-Lapse Movie)

Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Resize, Crop, Red Eye Fix, Shadow Adjustment
Removable Media Card SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Internal Memory 36MB
Outer Connectors Multi-terminal (USB Connector, DC Jack, Audio/Video Output), HDMI Type D
Auto-Connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)

English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, German, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Malay, Vietnamese, Japanese
Battery Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-92B)
Battery Life (CIPA DC-002)  380 shots; 120 minutes continuous video shooting
Dimension  4.4” W x 2.6” H x 1.2” D (111.5mm W x 65.9mm H x 31.2mm D)
Weight  8.7oz (247g)
Box Contents TG-3 Digital Camera

Waterproof Instructions

Wrist Strap

LI-92B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery

USB Cable (CB-USB8)

AC Adapter (F-2AC)

Quick Start Guide

CD-ROM with Instruction Manual and Olympus Viewer 3 Software

Worldwide Warranty Card

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