Olympus TOUGH 3000 Brief Review


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  • 12 megapixels
  • 3.6x optical/5x digital zoom
  • Waterproof (10 ft), shockproof (5 ft), and freezeproof (14 F)
  • 2.7-inch LCD display
  • Dual image stabilization
  • 720p HD video mode
  • 1 GB internal memory
  • captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-04-01
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus TOUGH 3000
12 megapixels; 3.6x optical/5x digital zoom; Waterproof (10 ft), shockproof (5 ft), and freezeproof (14 F); 2.7-inch LCD display; Dual image stabilization; 720p HD video mode; 1 GB internal memory; captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery;
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The TOUGH 3000 is the latest "ruggedized" camera from Olympus. In the slew of cameras released for outdoorsy types last year, we thought that the TOUGH 8000 was probably the best of the bunch, so we expected good things from this newest iteration.  With such a low price tag the 3000 is a good buy if you need rugged, but it looks like image quality and usability suffer.

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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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