Olympus Tough TG-3

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oly TG-3The flagship Stylus Tough TG-3 boasts a new level of performance for the series of rugged cameras, with a high-speed f/2.0-4.9 lens (25–100 equivalent), expanded macro photography capabilities, GPS, and built-in Wi-Fi for shooting and sharing brilliant images, as well as 1080p Full HD Video.

The camera is freezeproof to -10C (14°F), waterproof to 50 feet (15 m), shockproof from seven feet (2.1 m), crushproof to 220 pounds (100 kgf) and dustproof.

The lens, combined with its TruePic VII image processor, the same found in the OM-D series of interchangeable lens cameras, and a 16.0-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, captures images with minimal noise, even in low-light situations, says the company.

The TG-3 includes built-in Wi-Fi, and the setup is simple. By quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s LCD with a smart device, it syncs with the Wi-Fi network created by the camera. The free Olympus Image Share app synchronizes a user’s iOS or Android mobile device and the camera so the camera’s Live View is displayed on the phone. The camera can be fully controlled remotely by touching the Smartphone’s display, as if it were the camera itself, and users can send selected images directly to websites and social media.

Users can use the on-board GPS to document a memorable location on the map and display and record landmark information with every shot. The built-in manometer records elevation and water depth and displays a warning when the user approaches a depth of 50 feet. The e-compass offers information on direction, latitude and longitude.

The Variable Macro System includes the Microscope mode to capture photos up to 10 mm away from subjects, and at a focal length of 100 mm the lens magnifies subjects up to 6.9x and up to 13.8x with Super Resolution Zoom. With that power, a subject only 1 mm in size is magnified up to a maximum of approximately 44.4 mm when displayed on the rear LCD screen.

The new Focus Stacking function captures eight different shots continuously, while shifting the focus from the foreground to the background. It extracts and merges only those areas of each image that are in focus and produces a single photo with a focus that spans several centimeters. Focus bracketing is also available for post-processing.

Underwater Macro, a new Scene Mode option, uses the macro photo capabilities to optimize the white balance, colour saturation and contrast in underwater scenes.

The TG-3’s body features an ergonomic grip, large buttons and a 3-inch, high-resolution rear LCD monitor.

Its time-lapse movie function enables expanded creative capability for capturing everything from star trails to the sunrise and sunset. Use the interval shooting function for automatic sequential shooting from 1 second up to 24 hours with a maximum of 99 shots, extremely useful when the camera is mounted on a helmet, bike, kayak or surfboard.

Multiple Art Filters and the Photo Story feature add creativity to any shot.

The LG-1 LED Light Guide (sold separately) uses the camera’s built-in LED light to evenly illuminate a close-up subject. Optional system accessories include waterproof fisheye and tele converter lenses, an underwater protector, float straps, and multipurpose camera cases – all sold separately.

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 will be available in June in black or red.

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