Olympus TG-310 - Features

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis



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Within its tough outer casing the TG-310 employs a 1/2.3in CCD sensor with an effective resolution of 14-megapixels, backed up by the company’s TruePic III image processor.

Sensitivity stretches from ISO 80 to 1600, while continuous shooting is limited to 1.2fps at full resolution, or 3fps at a reduced resolution of 3-megapixels. The TG-310 is equipped with a 3.6x optical zoom that offers between 28-102mm in 35mm terms. Olympus TG-310 4

The default aspect ratio is 4:3 and resolution can be lowered from the maximum 14MP to a choice of 8MP, 5MP, 3MP, 2MP, 1MP and VGA. In addition, it’s also possible to record images in 16:9 in a choice of either high or low quality. The TG-310 is only able to record still images as JPEGs, for which it offers two levels of compression: Fine and Normal.

The TG-310 is very much in the mould of a point and shoot compact, and this is reflected by the camera’s three standard shooting modes: iAuto is the default fully automatic mode, backed up by 17 equally automated Scene modes. Program mode, meanwhile, does allow a small degree of user input in areas such as ISO, white balance and EV compensation.

That’s not to say that the TG-310 doesn’t have a couple of tricks up its sleeve. The TG-310’s most attention-grabbing feature is its ability to record 3D images in a dedicated 3D Photo shooting mode. While the 2.7in, 230k-dot LCD monitor on the back of the camera only displays in lowly 2D, we’re assured that 3D images can be viewed in full 3D on a compatible TV or monitor.

In keeping with the recent trend for digital effects filters, the TG-310 also comes with eight Magic Filters: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle and Watercolour. These can be used to give images and videos a bit of a twist. Rounding things off is a Panorama mode that allows you to take multiple images, which the camera will automatically stitch together. Olympus TG-310 3

Movies can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 1080 x 720p HD, although there are also options to downscale recordings to 640 x 480 VGA or 320 x 240 QVGA, depending on their end-use and/or the amount of free memory. Sound is recorded in mono and movies are stored as MPEG-4 files.

External connectivity stretches to a mini HDMI and mini USB 2.0 port. The former allows you to hook the camera up to a HDTV or similar, while the latter can be used for transferring files or for charging the battery. The TG-310 also supports the use of Eye-Fi memory cards that allow for the wireless transfer of images between the camera and a computer.


June 7, 2011, 7:44 pm

"Buttons are small and stiff" and "Panorama mode is rubbish" are Pros? LOL. Maybe. I don't really care about Panorama mode either. However, you may want to reconsider making those Cons. Somehow it makes more sense that way. :D

David Gilbert

June 7, 2011, 7:52 pm

Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed now.


April 13, 2012, 9:46 pm

Either I have very bad luck, or you folks don't really do much testing. This camera leaked the first time I had it in the water, ruining not only it but the battery and memory card. As did the Fuji XP I tried before it. I am careful with such things, follow all the instructions etc - but they leaked. So if there is no mention of this in your reviews - what am I supposed to think about all the other cameras you review?


June 25, 2012, 6:31 am

Worst camera ever, I bought it three and a half month ago I was surprised for the performance I only used for family photos and with friends (no extreme sport uses) yesterday the video stopped recording with audio and some times it says the battery is empty when it is not. The reseller told me they will send it to the manufacturer it will take four to six weeks and IT COULD BE CHARGES FOR REPAIR OMG!!!!. I will loose the next four to six weeks of my trip without could take any picture. Olympus post-sail service is terrible they say they could change your camera for a refurbished one or repair it, they never will change it for a new one. I highly recommend not to by this camera particularly if you want to do any sport.

Micky Do

November 21, 2012, 11:28 am

I have one, the first digital camera I have owned, and am pleased enough, especially considering the price I got it for (3,500 baht / £71 as the end of the line at the local supermarket). Yes the controls on the back are a bit stiff, but OK. Shutter lag is poor.... compared to the DSLR I have used recently, and the rangefinder film cameras I have previously owned. It is a good first digital camera, well used from in the sea (didn't leak) to taking photos of sports events (good enough to publish in the local newspaper). It won't be my last or only digital camera, but as one to throw in a bag and take anywhere (cycling, motorcycling) it works and will probably be with me for a while.


December 16, 2013, 10:52 pm

Santa bought it for my daughter & it just stopped working 18 months later. Not happy at all as they arent cheap. Was only in our pool twice & isnt wet inside. Stopped working on our 3 week outback holiday, daughter is devastated

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