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Olympus TG-310 review

Audley Jarvis

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Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Pros

  • Tough build
  • Digital filter effects
  • Capable of good image quality

Cons

  • Poor LCD monitor
  • Buttons are small and stiff
  • Panorama mode is rubbish

Key Features

  • 14-megapixels
  • 3.6x optical zoom (28-102mm)
  • Waterproof to 3m
  • Shockproof to 1.5m
  • Freezeproof to -10°C
  • 3D mode & digital effects filters
  • Manufacturer: Olympus
  • Review Price: £150.00

Olympus has played a leading role in establishing the ruggedised compact market, first with its SW series and more recently with its ‘Tough’ range of waterproof, shockproof, freeze-proof, dust-proof and generally bombproof compacts.

The Olympus TG-310 is the latest in the line and sits below its equally new stablemate, the TG-610, as the budget option for thrill-seekers and adventurers looking for a compact camera that can keep up with their lifestyle and survive to tell the tale.

Waterproof to three metres, shockproof to 1.5 metres, and freeze-proof to -15°C, the Olympus TG-310 is very much the kid brother of the Olympus Tough range, with its more expensive siblings able to out-perform it not only in terms of features, but also in terms of toughness. Olympus TG-310 6

The TG-610 (£190), for example, is waterproof down to five metres, while the range-topping TG-810 (£240) can dive to 10-metres. Still, if you’re just looking for something to go snorkelling with then the TG-310 remains more than adequate.

Direct competitors to the TG-310 include the Fujifilm XP30 which offers built-in GPS, and the Samsung WP10 which offers waterproofing to three meters.

How well does the TG-310 square up to these? Is it a case of all mouth and no trousers, or is it a genuinely tough little cookie with something extra to offer. Lets take a closer look and find out.

dbeckrify

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.

siamdave

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?

Rundun

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.

charlibubs

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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