$5 Flat-Rate SHipping & FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS $100+
   $5 Flat-Rate SHipping & FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS $100+
   $5 Flat-Rate SHipping & FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS $100+


SKU# V104140RU000-410-base

Available colors:
  • 16 MP


  • F2.0


  • 50ft


  • Wi-Fi



sign up for tips & savings!


Tough TG-3


Strength and sophistication – two words that define the TG-3. This ultra-rugged camera’s super-bright f2.0 lens delivers superb image quality in the harshest conditions. Features like WiFi (remote camera operation, easy file sharing), time-interval shooting (similar to popular action cams), time-lapse movie (sunsets! starscapes!) and advanced GPS make the TG-3 Olympus’s most versatile outdoor camera ever.



Do friends sometimes doubt your stories about extreme adventures? They’ll believe you when they see the incredible images and videos you bring back with your TG-3 (or that you share instantly with built-in Wifi!). Its lifeproof construction takes whatever you can dish out – submersible to 15m/50 feet; functional in conditions as cold as -10°C/14°F; impact-resistant to 2.1m/7 feet; and crushproof to 100kgf/220 pounds of pressure.



The TG-3 is unique among outdoor cameras for its many accessories. Waterproof lens options include a fisheye converter that captures gorgeous wide-angle shots – even underwater – and a tele converter that increases zoom capability from 4x to nearly 7x. Also available are a new LED Light Guide for macro photography and colorful float straps, an underwater housing and sturdy cases.

Tough Gets Connected.

Product Overview


A Different Angle on Tough


The Fast and the Curious

Quick start-up and fast autofocus – courtesy of Olympus iHS and FAST AF technology – ensure you’re always ready to shoot. The TG-3 dials up the shutter speed for blur-free action images, thanks to its ultra-bright high-speed f2.0 lens. You can also reduce the ISO to shoot crisp, detailed images with minimal noise in low light, or use the Aperture priority mode to expand the focus range of the background.


Connect with Your Smart Devices

The TG-3’s built-in WiFi and the free Olympus Image Share app turn your smart device into a remote extension of your camera. You can operate the zoom, adjust settings and AF points, and trip the shutter. You can geotag photos and share files with the world. And you can apply custom signatures and stamps to your work.



More Ways to Capture the Action

Mount the TG-3 on your bike, kayak or surfboard. Set up Interval Shooting – camera start-up time and intervals between shots (both from 1 second to 24 hours). Snap up to 99 frames. Compile the images automatically into a time-lapse movie lasting up to 10 seconds (720p at 10 fps). Enjoy the oohs and aahs of your friends.



If you venture a little too far off the beaten path, your TG-3 can help. Its next-generation GPS accurately locates your position within 10 seconds. Landmark information can be displayed and recorded with every shot. The built-in e.Compass offers information on direction, latitude and longitude as well as elevation and water depth...in case you push the limits to the extreme. Pair the TG-3 with the OLYMPUS Image Track (OI.Track) smartphone app so you can transfer GPS logs and pictures from your camera to your smartphone.



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 light guide and you’ve got a complete portable macro set-up.




Down to 50 ft / 15 m


Up to 220 lbf / 100 kgf


Up to 7 ft / 2.1m


Down to 14°F / -10°C




Lens Aperture Range

Wide: f2.0, f2.8, f8.0


Tele: f4.9, f6.3, f18.0


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


Image Processor

TruePic VII

iHS (Intelligent High-Speed/High-Sensitivity) Equipped



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

The built-in Wireless LAN and free Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app enable you to:


1) Easily share files (JPEG/MOV) to iOS and Android mobile devices,


2) Geotag photos with GPS location information from iOS and Android mobile devices,


3) Remotely operate the zoom, activate the self-timer, adjust white balance and exposure (ISO, shutter speed, aperture), select the shooting and drive modes, select the AF area, and trip the shutter, all from an iOS and Android mobile device.


4) Apply custom signatures and Art Filters to photos taken and stamps to Photo Story photos.


GPS & Electronic Compass

GPS: Quickly locates position within 10 seconds and is more accurate than ever.


Location and landmark information can be viewed and geotagged to photos.


Electronic Compass: Displays information such as:


1) Latitude and longitude, 2) Atmospheric and water pressure, 3) Altitude and water depth, and 4) Date and time.



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 (640x480), High-Speed 240fps (432x324)


*When shooting 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


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


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


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


Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-92B)

Battery Life (CIPA DC-002)

380 shots; 120 minutes continuous video shooting


4.4” W x 2.6” H x 1.2” D (111.5mm W x 65.9mm H x 31.2mm D)


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



Review Summary for the TG-3






Do you own this product?

Please, tell us what you think about it. It helps us provide you with better products.

Please note that it may take up to 72 hours for your review to appear.

Customer Reviews of the TG-3

December 09, 2014


Awesome camera

I bought my camera in Orlando, its a red one. The first use was in Discovery Cove, and it works perfectly. I loved it.
The underwater function was a little difficult to match just because the environment was a artificial one, so, I had to make tests to find the perfect function. But we came home with good memories from our trip. Now I want to buy lenses to make my camera the perfect one. Compact, but with great functions that allow us to have best recordings ever. Thank you guys.

September 29, 2014


Ring around lens falls off too easily

Recently purchased for trip to Kodiak Island to flyfish for silver salmon. Apparently in the process of taking the camera in and out of my wader pocket to take pictures the metal ring around the lens unscrewed and came off. Fortunately fell into the pocket of the waders. After screwing it back on had to use electrical tape to keep it in place for the remainder of the trip. I feel this is a design error that needs to be addressed!!!

September 10, 2014


Fantastic Microscope Mode

I bought this camera rather blindly. I have a friend who loves his TG-2 as well as another friend with a Tough camera, but I've never owned an Olympus and wasn't quite sure what to expect.

PROS: As many others have stated, the microscope mode is my favorite part seeing as I'm a huge macro fan (pun intended). You can get incredibly close to your subject and the depth of field, color, and focus are fantastic. There's also a focus bracket so you can take multiple pictures in a high shooting mode, and the camera makes slight adjustments for each successive picture. Similarly, the focus stacking is a great feature to provide greater depth of field and focus. Pretty handy. The camera is also fantastic underwater. I noticed a lot of bubbles showing up in my pictures while scuba diving, which was distracting from the subject. But I was only able to use it for one dive so far so I'm sure it's a matter of adjustments on my end. Some of my pictures under water turned out beautifully. There are also a wide variety of artsy features with this camera, including b&w grainy, vivid color, pinhole, soft color, etc. Not only are these fun to play with, but they're perfect for those who may want the effect but without the post processing. It's a sturdy, solid, but not too heavy camera that feels good to hold. The 2.0 aperture is great, the autofocus is fast, and there is only a tiny lag between when you can take the next picture -- something I prefer for trying to photograph fast moving subjects. The GPS, compass, and depth meter are quite handy for going back through and looking at details of where your pictures were taken.

CONS: For as many features as this camera has, I'm surprised there are as few options as there are for controlling the aperture and shutter speed. There is an aperture priority mode, but there are only three apertures to choose from. There is no shutter priority, though you can tweak that a bit by playing in the night modes. For being the top of the Olympus Tough line, I would love to see a point-and-shoot with some more freedom in the manual controls. However, this is partly because I bought this camera to be my main travel camera versus my DSLR (not so good to flash around in, say, Honduras), so I'd love a camera that can go diving in the reefs, withstand getting banged around in transit, and also take manually controlled photos when I'm feeling artsy on the street. The only other minor complaint is that I can't erase photos by folder or date taken. I can either erase all of them, or I have to choose each one individually.

OVERALL: I've been very pleased with this camera, especially since I wasn't sure what to expect. Since getting my camera I have often gone out to the garden just looking for bugs so I can play with the microscope mode! It takes great, sharp, vibrantly colored photos. I'm really looking forward to having it for my upcoming trips!

September 01, 2014


Exceptional Macro Very Good Overall Image Quality

I wanted a tough, waterproof camera that had very good image quality and selected the Olympus TG-3 after reading many reviews. I took it on an outdoor weekend kayaking and took photos in full daylight and in near darkness (fireworks) and overall was very impressed with the results, especially the macro and super macro (microscope) modes which have the best close up results compared to all the other cameras I own with macro lenses or macro capabilities (dSLR, 4/3rds and large sensor compacts). It's able to focus quickly on very close subjects and the detail in the microscope mode is remarkable.

Since the lens is just a 4x zoom, it may not replace a travel zoom compact where you would get far more reach - but none of those types are tough cameras. Also the longest exposure time is 4seconds so although the 'Fireworks' scene mode works well with good results, if you need longer than 4 second exposure (useful in certain types of night photography) this model does not offer manual exposure or bulb mode.

Overall I'm keeping it for it's tough capability, detailed macro shots, overall very good image quality for a compact.

August 21, 2014


More advanced than you may think

I bought this camera elsewhere...I did receive the 30 dollar discount and then I used some perks points and got this camera for 250 dollars...some of the best money I ever spent on a camera. First of all...it fits in my pants pockets. I have read where some people think it is heavy...I don't even notice it in my pocket . And the images...even though they are jpegs, they are some of the nicest jpegs there are. I love the microscope mode...I usually am happiest with it on the single shot regular microscope mode...I mount the camera on a gorillapod...and boy can this camera get close...I used to have the light guide...but somewhere in use it fell off and I did not notice...it does come off rather easily...so my recommendation for that is if you are not shooting macro put the light guide away...I also find this camera very usable for street photography...its small size and the ability to make this camera shoot silently are 2 big pluses...My prefered method it to set the camera to aperture...ISO to 100 and I leave the lens zoomed in to its shortest distance...on a sunny day or partly cloudy day this yields really nice results...as the camera will set the shutter to anywhere from 1/2000th to 1/250th of a second. That slower end you may get some blur shots but that is not always a bad thing...another option if I decide on the fly I want to get a quick action image I just put it on scene and choose the sport setting...there are art filters as well and I love the pinhole effect...the flash is decent but you can also use the flash to trigger an off camera flash as well...and it is waterproof...I have not used it in a lake or pool...but I do go out and shoot in the rain on a regular schedule...so this thing has been wet and it works well. If you want a rugged little camera that will deliver big in the way of your images...this is a nice choice...I do not recommend anything over 400 ISO...gets a bit noisy in the dark areas but if you are not shooting moving object get a little gorillapod ...they weigh less than camera and it will give your camera a solid base.

July 22, 2014


Fun camera aside from video ticking

PROS: With accessories this is a really fun camera. The Macro Light Ring and the Fisheye Lens are must haves. It took sharp pictures and the auto image stacking was great. Super fast turning on so you're ready to snap pictures.
CONS: Heavy and a bit awkward with the Fisheye Lens attached. A HUGE negative for me was the ticking on videos. Did some research and it sounds like this may be the AF and only present on a certain % of Tough cameras.
SUMMARY: Alas the video ticking was enough for me to exchange the camera. I really wanted to love the TG-3 and would consider purchasing it again.

July 21, 2014



I bought (asked for it as a present for my 13th birthday and received it) my TG-3 as a secondary camera to my E-PM1 and as an upgrade from my old point and shoot. So far I love it! It takes great macros (macro photography is my favorite type of photography) as well as other photos. The built in WI-FI is also a nice touch. I would instantly recommend this camera to anyone looking for a rugged camera.

July 18, 2014


Too many features?

I recently purchased this camera and there are so many different options for taking pictures that it almost seems like overkill. Some of them seem to be designed for a professional more so than someone who wants something that they can easily use on the go. Maybe someday I'll want to take a picture that looks like a diorama, just not today. I figured out my preferred settings and I'll probably just leave it there. I haven't really tried to fully utilize the Microscope function yet, but I can see where that may be very nice to have. I played with it a little and it did take some very clear close-ups of a chunk of pyrite. I haven't used it in the water, yet. I'm not planning on testing gravity with it either. I have been able to take some very good pictures of Hummingbirds using my preferred settings even though they are a notoriously hard subject. Good clear images on the "Fine" setting. One bad thing that I did discover is when playing back video you can clearly hear the zoom moving back and forth in the audio. It's rather loud when shooting in quiet surroundings, like when taking video of Hummingbirds. I also found it impossible to install the strap that was included the way that they show in the directions. A little creative thought and you can install it though. The battery took a long time (5+ hrs) to initially charge, but I think proper planning in the future will make that a non-issue. I also bought the silicon case and I have no issues pushing covered buttons. Overall, I think it'll be a great camera for years to come.

July 18, 2014


Awesome Outdoor Camera

This is a great camera! I have used it in many different scenarios. I will explain briefly my findings with each: The macro mode is phenomenal! Absolutely amazing for a camera at this price. My DSLR with a 18mm-140mm zoom lens can't get the same results. In the specs it says that you can focus on something that is 10mm away from the lens glass... It's true! This is a very sturdy camera. The build is incredible and feels like it can withstand anything I will need to put it through. The 2.0 maximum aperture lens works wonderfully. I love how it creates that depth of field. The GPS finds my location fast, and I like being able to see the elevation I am at, and the digital compass. It's GPS functions are very complete and advanced. The camera itself looks great! It looks mean and ready to be put to the test. I can't wait to bring it on my adventure trips high up in the mountains into waterfalls and then down to sea level in the ocean. Like all reviews say, this camera doesn't do well with low light, but no camera this size does. High ISOs on this camera can be grainy, but generally a camera like this isn't used at night. It does have options for fireworks which is a slower shutter speed. I have taken several videos under water, in the sink, and out of water. The 1080p video quality looks great on my TV. The lens does make sound on the video when zooming, but that is alright since the lens is positioned right next to the microphone... It's hard to eliminate that noise from ANY camera this size. The flash is kind of harsh in low light. The pictures don't come out great with the flash, but then again, no camera this size really does that well. I would recommend investing in the LED Guide Light ($40) that would be a much better light source for brightening up things up close. The seals on this camera are much more reliable than other "Tough" models have been. This one doesn't make me worry about a hatch accidentally opening up under water. The buttons are laid out well, and they are easy to push and use. I love having the zoom controls on top next to the shutter button. The red camera color is deep looks great! I love all of the automatic and manual options. They really put a lot into this camera to make it affordable and yet keep it as in my opinion, the best weather proof camera for the price. It's a very impressive camera and I can't wait to use it for years to come. I don't have to worry about taking this camera on any adventure that I may be on. This one is a winner! I highly recommend it!

July 16, 2014


Great features but with awkward controls

PROS: Olympus did a great job with this camera. I love the new features like Wi-Fi, full sized and faster HDR, and time lapse movie mode. I was a huge fan of the TG-1 and TG-2, so I've been anticipating this product release for a long time. The images are sharper with new sensor. And it seems the flash may be a bit brighter (I'll have to check the guide number in the documentation to see how much more powerful it actually got.) The new optional Macro Light Ring is great for close focus shots, even underwater (not tested in poor visibility conditions yet).

CONS: The power button is a bit smaller and harder to activate for man-sized hands. My biggest disappointment is with the Wide/Tele toggle switch. When the switch was on the back you were able to see all of the controls for the camera at once. Not only is it harder to see now that its on the top the switch itself is small and hard to move with man-sized fingers.

SUMMARY: The TG-3 is a great camera with some very impressive features. Except for the Wide/Tele control button the camera is easy to use and operate. I have more fun using this camera than my OM-D E-M1. This camera is a MUST HAVE for underwater photographers who want to take stunning photos without spending $4k. I can't imagine how they'll top this one!

Write Your Own Review of the TG-3

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register