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Olympus Tough TG-320 review – Is it a worth buying camera?

Olympus Tough TG-320 Digital Camera Review

The best waterproof camera reviewers found the new Olympus Tough TG-320, which is an upgrade to the TG-310. Although, the cameras have the same features, what’s different in the TG-320. It offers the user 3D imagery that can view on a 3D enabled TV; the camera has in-camera panoramic ability and a faster shutter speed. But, some consumers believe the Olympus Tough TG-310 is still the better camera. Because of its continuous shooting mode when taking action-packed photos.

The Olympus Tough TG-320 has received an upgrade to its software. It makes it more versatile than the older model and is able to stay in step with the latest trends in waterproof cameras.

Besides, the software improvement. The TG-320 has the same 14MP resolution and 2.7-inch LCD display. It is built to be tough and users can take it about anywhere without worrying about it getting damaged. The TG-320 has a waterproof depth of 10 feet, shockproof at 5 feet, freezeproof down to 14°F, and sealed right to ensure that the camera is also dustproof.

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Any videos that you shoot will be HD at 720P and you can enjoy playback on an HD TV. The camera has 4x digital zoom and is powered by a rechargeable battery which Olympus reports is good for up to 300 shots.  If you’re looking for a camera without all the bells and whistles where you want to capture those special photo moments this could be the camera for you.

 

It does what it is advertised to do, the photos and video are not of professional quality. But are acceptable for recording events and family and friend’s photos. The Olympus Tough TG-320 is not the most powerful or durable waterproof camera available. But for many people, it will provide the right balance between picture quality and camera usefulness for the entire family.

Key Specifications

Release Year – 2012

Resolution – 14 MP

LCD Display Size – 2.7

Sensor – CCD

Zoom –   3.6x  Optical    4x – Digital Zoom

Waterproof Depth – 10 feet

Shockproof – 5 feet

Freezeproof – 14°F

Dustproof

Internal Memory – 19.5MB; 300 photos

Video Resolution – 720P

Power supply – Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

Memory Card – SD/SDHC/SDXC

Dimensions (WxHxD) – 3.79 x 2.50 x 0.89

Weight – 5.47 oz

Camera Color Choices – Blue and Red

What's in the box?

Olympus Tough TG-320 digital camera accessories includes USB Cable & Charger, Instruction Manual & Software CD, Audio/Video Cable, Wrist Strap, and Lithium-Ion Battery

Additional Features

Waterproof (10FT)

The TG-320 comes with a system of waterproof seals and gaskets designed to keep water out of the camera for use as deep as 10 feet underwater.

Shockproof (5FT)

A rugged body and shock-absorbing construction are designed to withstand a 5-foot drop, bump, or other mishaps.

3D Image Capture

The CCD image sensor captures detailed photos including 3D images and 720p high-def video even underwater. Olympus’ 3D technology shoots two pictures and combines them into one image for a dramatic effect when viewed on a 3D device.

HD Video with HDMI Output & Control

A one-touch designated video recording button allows users to record videos in high-definition. HDMI output and control allow for video playback on an HD television.

Easy To Use

The Tough TG-320 features a 2.7-inch LCD display screen which is put to good use. The menu appears on the screen and is extremely intuitive.

Panorama Mode

The Tough TG-320 has a panoramic setting that allows users to take two or three photos and merge them side by side for that perfect panoramic landscape.

One Touch HD Movie

The one-touch HD movie setting allows users to toggle from camera mode to video mode and back again at the touch of a button.

Dual Image Stabilization

Dual Image Stabilization helps with achieving fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation.

Intelligent Auto

Automatically identifies the scene you’re shooting — up to 30 different scene modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro, or Sports — and adjusts the settings for ideal results.

Beauty Mode

Beauty Mode takes beautiful portraits by softening shadows and smoothing wrinkles and blemishes on your subject’s face. Edits can also be made inside the camera after taking the picture.

Magic Art Filters

Express your creativity with up to 12 special effects for your photos & HD movies. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor, Miniature, Sparkle, Reflection, Dramatic, and Fragmented.

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Pros

The TG-320 is easy to use and the menu is not difficult to get through. Although some users expressed frustration because the camera does not come with a manual or users grew tired of having to review the menu when necessary via computer.

One Touch HD Movie button – dedicated video capture button is always ready to record.

Awesome for snorkeling, boating, and swimming.

The camera lives up to its “tough” name. The camera held up under being played with by the kids, being dropped a few times, and being handled in the sand all without an issue. The picture quality is good, but not great.

HD video is fantastic, much better quality than anticipated.

For the cost, a great value.

Tough features – Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof, and Freezeproof

Dual IS keeps images clear even while using a telephoto. It also includes Panorama Mode.

Cons

Durability

The Tough TG-320 is a sturdy and durable compact digital camera. Because of the water depth limitations, the camera’s waterproof feature is only really suitable for pool use and shallow swimming. Its waterproof capabilities extend to 10 feet depths and only for one hour at a time. The Tough TG-320 is also shockproof and won’t damage easily if handled roughly.

Battery Charger

One user suggests purchasing a separate charger and battery because the battery has to be in the camera while being charged. Each battery lasts about 1 .5 hours of underwater use.

Speed

It takes too long from the time the shutter button is pressed and when the photo is actually taken. The subject has moved by the time the shutter actually takes the photograph.  The camera is slow to focus, slow to shoot and slow to operate.

Zoom

When using the zoom, the photos are fuzzy.

Flash

When using the flash on low light shots, the subject has a tendency to be slightly faded out in the photo.

Screen

It can be difficult to see while underwater.

Poor battery life

Olympus claims the TG-320’s battery will allow users to capture up to 300 images on a charge. However, one reviewer of the camera stated only 118 images were captured and a few short videos before the battery died.

Is The Olympus Tough TG-320 Worth Buying?

I would say yes. Although the TG-320 is one of the Olympus tough cameras. Most users do not consider it tough because it has only minimal tough features such as the water depth for being waterproof. While ideal for a family day out, this is not the camera for extensive snorkeling or diving. You can do it, but be advised some consumers have reported camera failure after using it underwater at a depth of three feet.

If you need a camera to take rapid photos and do it. This may not be the camera for you. If you need a camera that is sturdy enough to deal with the exertions of an active day or for some fun in the pool, the Olympus Tough TG-320 could be the camera that fits your needs. 

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