Olympus TG-310 Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixels
  • 3.6x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle
  • Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization
  • 720p video
  • 2.7-inch LCD monitor
  • Waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-02-07
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus TG-310
14 megapixels; 3.6x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization; 720p video; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; Waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The TG-310 is Olympus' continuation of their popular TOUGH series. The TG-310 is appropriately indestructible: waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The 14 megapixel sensor and 3.6x optical zoom are more typical of a point-and-shoot, although the 3D photo-capture is not. It's sort of like a panorama-assist mode, where you'll have to take two side-by-side images to get the effect to work. Of course this will only be useful if you have a 3D-capable television or computer monitor. Otherwise, you can just ignore that mode. Otherwise, the TG-310 looks to be a reasonably priced, reasonably capable tough guy. Also see the TG-610, which has a longer zoom and is rated for deeper water.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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