Olympus has revealed its new flagship rugged compact camera, the Stylus Tough TG-3, which replaces the Stylus Tough TG-2 unveiled at CES 2013.
There is still enough room on the market for rugged compacts. Pentax and Olympus are refreshing their line-ups on a regular basis. Now it is time for the latter to make an announcement, which consists of the new Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3.
Olympus announces Stylus Tough TG-3 ruggedized compact camera
Photographers who will use this as a regular camera will have access to a specs sheet containing a 16-megapixel BSI-CMOS image sensor, a 35mm equivalent lens of 25-100mm with a maximum aperture of f/2-4.9, TruePic VII image processor, and a 3-inch 460K-dot LCD screen.
This device sports built-in GPS, WiFi, electronic compass, maximum ISO sensitivity of 6,400, maximum shutter speed of 1/2000th of a second, continuous shooting mode of 5fps, integrated flash, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, USB 2.0, and a microHDMI port.
The Olympus Tough TG-3 measures 112 x 66 x 31mm / 4.41 x 2.6 x 1.22-inches and weighs 247 grams / 8.71 ounces.
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 withstands almost anything you can throw at it
The technical specs are present in lots of compact cameras, so they might not be as impressive as one would hope. However, the fun begins now. Olympus Tough TG-3 is freezeproof, waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, and dustproof.
The new compact camera can withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius / 14 degrees Fahrenheit, depths down to 15 meters / 50 feet, drops from 2.1 meters / 7 feet, and a force of 100 kgf / 220 pounds. In other words, it is an open invitation to adventurers.
The integrated WiFi, GPS, and other functions provide extended control and information
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 rugged camera also knows some cool tricks. Using the WiFi connection, the iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users can take control over their shooter. With the help of a mobile device, users can transfer photos and videos or even remotely control the camera.
The GPS functionality is there to record the location of where a photo has been captured, while an integrated manometer will also record the elevation and the water depth, respectively. Furthermore, it will warn users when they approach the 50 feet depth limit.
The aforementioned electronic compass has an important role, too, as it displays the latitude, longitude, and direction.
Olympus’ new flagship rugged camera is pretty good at capturing macro photos
The Japanese company has added a Variable Macro System to its new flagship rugged camera. It offers a Microscope mode that allows the device to focus on subjects located at a distance of only one centimeter using a focal length of 100mm.
Adding the 2x digital zoom on top of the 4x optical zoom, means that a 1mm object is magnified to about 44.4mm, revealing details that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Another interesting feature is called Focus Stacking. The Tough TG-3 will capture eight continuous shots while shifting the focus with each shot. At the end, it creates a single photo with everything completely in focus.
Olympus will release the Stylus Tough TG-3 in June 2014. The compact camera will be available in red and black colors for a price of $349.99.
The company will also launch several accessories for the device, such as tough cases and a silicone jacket.
To top it all off, Olympus is offering an external LED ring light for macro photography. It can be attached to the lens to evenly illuminate close-up subjects, but it will cost $59.99.