The Olympus Tough TG-320 is a robust digital camera. It is waterproof to 3m, shockproof to falls of 1.5m and freezeproof to -10 degrees centigrade. You can find digital cameras that are waterproof to greater depths , but the Tough TG-320 is a fair bit cheaper than most of those models.
Other features include 14 megapixels and a 3.6x zoom lens. You can shoot 720p High Definition Movies. For close up work the camera can focus from 2cm.
Compared with other robust digital cameras at this price point the Tough TG-320 has the following:
This is one of the cheaper robust digital cameras. As long as you are not looking for a digital camera to go diving with this camera does a good all round job and offers value for money.
Megapixels and Zoom
The Tough TG-320 has 14 megapixels and a 3.6x zoom. The focal length of the zoom is equivalent to 28 - 102mm in 35mm format.
You can use SD, SDHC and SDXC cards to store images. The Tough TG-320 is also compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards. These give you Wi-Fi compatibility with other devices.
To record High Definition Movies you will need to use SDHC or SDXC cards that are class 6 or higher.
The Tough TG-320 is waterproof to 3m, shockproof to falls of 1.5m and freezeproof to temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade.
A lithium ion battery is used to power the camera. As well as being able to recharge the battery using a wall socket you can also charge it by using a USB computer terminal. Olympus supplies the battery and all you need to charge it with the camera.
You can shoot 720p High Definition Movies. The maximum recording time for a HD movie is 29 minutes.
The LCD screen is 2.7 inches in size.
Olympus have provided the following scene modes: Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Night Scene, Night Scene with portrait, Sports, Indoor, Candle, Self-portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach and Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Pet (cat) and Pet (dog).
For close up shots the camera can focus from 2cm away from your subject.
Image Stabilisation has been built into the camera. This helps to guard against picture blur caused when the camera is not help perfectly steady when a picture is taken.
If you would like to add some special effects to your photos Olympus has equipped the camera with some Magic Filters. These are: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle and Water colour.
Picture Quality Summary
It is a case of some plus points and some negative points with the Tough TG-320. To start with the pictures look sharp. In most cases that sharpness is retained well as you move towards the edges of the photo. In addition the camera also manages to show good levels of detail in areas of light shade.
A couple of negative points are colours that look flat compared with other brands, plus a lack of detail showing in areas of photos where there is not a great deal of contrast.
Outdoor Scenic Shot 1
The first test shot shows some of the plus points covered in the summary. Looking at the brickwork on the building it is in sharp focus. As you move out towards the edges that sharpness continues to show. There is also plenty of detail showing in areas of light shade.
Outdoor Scenic Shot 2
As with the first test shot the Tough TG-320 manages to produce a sharply defined photo. This is an impressive effort as many cameras find it hard to produce a photo that remains sharp as you move out towards the edges.
Outdoor Scenic Shot 3
In this shot the lack of detail in areas of similar colour shows up. This is especially true with some of the smaller trees and also the roof tiles. This is something that can be noticed with other Olympus digital cameras too.
Sharpness levels are very good in this picture too. Focusing levels are retained well as you move out towards the edges of the shot. This shot also shows how green colours lack a bit of zest. This can be seen in the bushes that run along the front of the building.
Maybe this photo could have been a shade lighter. Apart from that there are no issues. Moving in close makes no difference to the sharpness of the shots and the skin tones take on a natural look.
Indoor Portrait With Flash
Providing you can get in quite close to your subject you should be able to fire off good quality portrait snapshots. The flash unit puts out just enough light to reach the hard to light areas such as the hair without washing out colour from the face.
Indoor Portrait Without Flash
The Tough TG-320 makes the most of the lighting that is available for this shot. It compares well against other models as it is able to show high levels of definition. You should be able to produce window lit portrait shots with this camera.
This camera is fine if you are looking to produce the occasional macro snapshot. It is able to focus close up on your subject and throw the background out of focus.
Colour is a matter of personal taste. So what I like to see in a picture and what you like to see may differ. When it comes to scenic shots with plenty of green the Tough TG-320 produces colours that look somewhat muted compared with those produced by other brands. There appears to be less difference with other colours, but greens do look toned down. To my eyes this can make pictures with a lot of green in them look a little dull.
The Tough TG-320 does well to keep noise levels under control in tricky areas such as light shade. This can be seen around the names of the boats in the first picture. As mentioned above the indoor portrait also controls noise well.
Olympus TG-820 Rating 83/100
There are a number of robust digital cameras with similar features and general qualities. The Olympus TG-820 is priced a little lower than most of its direct competitors, so if you are looking for a good quality, robust digital camera and you would like to keep a few pounds in your pocket then this camera could well be the one for you.
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Nikon Coolpix AW100 Rating 82/100
The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is up against some stiff competition. It does a decent job, has a good range of features and can handle plenty of different photo opportunities. It may not possess a knock out blow that marks it out as clearly better than its rivals, but it is good enough to make your shortlist if you are looking for a more advanced robust digital camera.
Read Review: Nikon Coolpix AW100 Review
Canon Powershot D10 Rating 82/100
The Powershot D10 has a distinctive, fun look that means it will not get mistaken for any other digital camera. It has a number of robust features and is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof to varying degrees. It takes a good snap and is well worth a close look.
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Review Date: August 2012
The Olympus Tough TG-320 offers quite a lot of features for the price. It is able to cope with most typical snapshot opportunities. It scores well for ease of use. All in all it is a good choice if you are looking for a digital camera with robust features and you would like one with a lower price tag.
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96.3 x 63.4 x 22.7mm
SD / SDHC / SDXC
Single Shot With Flash:
Five Shots With Flash:
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The position of the lens means that extra care is needed to keep fingers out of the way. The back of the camera is also quite busy, but there is room to squeeze in your thumb one way or another.
The flash unit is positioned more or less in the centre, near the top of the camera. This positioning means it is out the way of your fingers when taking a photo.
LCD Screen Quality
LCD screen quality is about the same as most digital cameras. As long as the screen is kept out of direct sunlight you should have no problems viewing it.
Turn on Time and Shutter Delay
It can take a long time for the camera to be ready to take the first picture after you turn it on. Once it is up and running the shutter delay times are about average.
Design and Build Quality
Waterproof cameras tend to look different to any other type of digital camera. That is true of the Tough TG-320. It has a large, rectangular lens in the top right hand corner as you look at the camera. The lens is integral. This means that it does not extend out from the camera body when you zoom in.
As you would expect for a digital camera with robust features it has a solid feel to it.
On the top of the camera are two buttons. One button is for turning the Tough TG-320 on and off. The other is for taking a picture. The zoom controls are on the back at the top. Beneath these are a button for shooting a movie, one for reviewing images, a button to display some help text and one to access the menu. Further controls are available to change the information displayed on the LCD screen, confirming a setting and deleting an image.