Olympus TG-610 Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixels
  • CCD sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle
  • Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization
  • 720p video
  • 3-inch LCD monitor
  • Waterproof to 16 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-03-20
  • Final Grade: 86 4.3 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus TG-610
14 megapixels; CCD sensor; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical (sensor-shift) image stabilization; 720p video; 3-inch LCD monitor; Waterproof to 16 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-610 is Olympus latest iteration of the TOUGH series, though the TOUGH moniker has been dropped in favor of a generic TG tag. The 610 is the tougher of Olympus' two TG models this year, and appropriately indestructible: waterproof to 16 feet, shockproof from 5 feet, and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The 14 megapixel sensor paired with a 5x optical zoom look great for capturing underwater moments, as does the 720p HD video and 3D image-capture capability (it's akin to panorama assist mode, and you can only see your results if you have a 3D TV or computer monitor -- or, you can just ignore the 3D mode altogether). The only differences between this and the less expensive TG-310 is longer zoom and the depth rating (the 310 can only go 10 feet underwater).

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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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