Center Valley, PA—Olympus expanded outdoor shooting and sharing capabilities in its flagship Stylus Tough TG-3, which boasts a high-speed 25–100mm equivalent f/2.0–4.9 lens, enhanced macro photography capabilities, GPS, 1080p Full HD video recording and built-in Wi-Fi.
The camera, available in red and black, is freezeproof to 14°F, waterproof to 50 feet, shockproof from a 7-foot drop, crushproof to 220 pounds and dustproof. It employs the same TruePic VII image processor of the OM-D series of interchangeable-lens cameras and a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor to capture images with minimal noise, even in low light.
The camera’s variable macro system includes the microscope mode to capture photos up to 10mm away, and at a focal length of 100mm, the lens magnifies subjects up to 6.9x and up to 13.8x using its super resolution zoom function. In addition, a new focus-stacking feature captures eight different shots continuously, while shifting the focus from the foreground to the background. It merges only those areas of each image that are in focus to produce a single photo with a focus that spans several centimeters. And underwater macro, a new scene mode, uses the TG-3’s macro capabilities to optimize the white balance, color saturation and contrast in underwater scenes.
Other features include: an ergonomic grip; large buttons; a 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot rear LCD monitor; a time-lapse movie function; interval shooting for automatic sequential shooting from 1 second to 24 hours with a maximum of 99 shots; art filters; and the photo story feature for added creativity.
Built-in Wi-Fi offers a simple setup; by scanning the QR code 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 mobile device and the TG-3 so that the camera’s live view is displayed on the phone. The camera can then be controlled remotely by touching the smartphone’s display, and users can send images directly to websites and social media.
Additionally, onboard GPS documents locations on the map and displays and records landmark information with every shot. A built-in manometer records elevation and water depth and displays a warning when the user approaches a depth of 50 feet, and an e-compass offers information on direction, latitude and longitude. $349.99. olympusamerica.com