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The Olympus Stylus TG-630 was announced at CES in January 2013. It is a camera for the photographer who shoots in extreme conditions - it is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof. It is available in black, blue, red and white for around £128.00.
To make picture taking as easy as possible there is iAuto mode, which automatically adjusts the camera settings for the detected scene. There is also a number of scene modes, as well as beauty, super macro and panorama modes. To help take creative pictures there are 11 magic filters.
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with multi-motion movie IS to keep your videos steady even when handheld. The TG-630 can also record high-speed videos at 120 fps and 240 fps.
- 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- Sensor shift image stabilisation
- 3.0 inch 460k dot LCD screen
- Waterproof to 5m, shockproof to 1.5m and freezeproof to -10°C
- Full 1080p HD video recording with multi-motion movie IS
- ISO 100-6400
- 3cm minimum focusing distance
- 11 Magic filters
- Panorama mode
- 5 fps full resolution continuous shooting
- Available in black, blue, red and white
The rest of the rear of the camera is filled with the 3.0 inch screen which has a decent 460k dot resolution and is easy to see in varying light. The shooting settings are down the right hand side of the screen, with the available options listed dependent on the mode you are in. The rest of the settings are available via the menu button.
Battery life is rated at 270 shots according to CIPA test results. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||0.9 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.6 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.4 secs|
|Continuous Shooting - Sequential||5.4 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - Sequential (with flash)||1.0 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - High-speed 1||15.0 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - High-speed 2||60.0 fps|
The continuous sequential shooting modes both record in full 12 megapixel resolution, with high-speed 1 and 2 both restricted to 3 megapixels.
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Olympus Stylus TG-630 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 15.1 mm | ISO 100
Landscape | 1/100 sec | f/11.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Underwater | 1/20 sec | f/2.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 1600
Pet Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/3.6 | 11.0 mm | ISO 125
Sample Photos - The TG-630 takes well exposed images with good colour reproduction. Portraits have good skin tones and are free of red-eye when using the flash.
Olympus Stylus TG-630 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/100 sec | f/11.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/640 sec | f/5.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/640 sec | f/5.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/20 sec | f/4.7 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Images have a decent amount of detail in the centre, they're a little softer in the corners and there is some purple fringing. Detail is quite poor in the shadows. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm which allows for well detailed macro shots.
Olympus Stylus TG-630 ISO test images
1/10 sec | f/5.4 | 11.4 mm | ISO 100
1/20 sec | f/5.4 | 11.4 mm | ISO 200
1/30 sec | f/5.4 | 11.4 mm | ISO 400
1/80 sec | f/5.4 | 11.4 mm | ISO 800
1/125 sec | f/5.4 | 11.4 mm | ISO 1600
1/250 sec | f/5.4 | 11.4 mm | ISO 3200
1/500 sec | f/5.4 | 11.4 mm | ISO 6400
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is kept low at ISO 100, 200 and 400. At ISO 800 noise causes to become a little soft and softer still at ISO 1600. At little detail is lost at ISO 3200, image quality becomes poor at ISO 6400, with significant amount of detail lost.
Olympus Stylus TG-630 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.2 | 5.7 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/15 sec | f/4.2 | 5.7 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 5.7 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/4.2 | 5.7 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) has an orange cast, with the incandescent preset performing much better. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB takes a good image, the fluorescent preset has a magenta cast.
Panorama | 1/125 sec | f/11.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 160
Panorama mode - Panoramas have a decent amount of detail and are reasonably well stitched together.
Olympus Stylus TG-630 Digital filters
Magic Filter - Dramatic | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Fish Eye | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Fragmented | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Pin Hole | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Pop Art | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Punk | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Reflection | 1/40 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Soft Focus | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Sparkle | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Watercolour | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm | ISO 800
Dramatic | 1/100 sec | f/11.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Magic Filter Miniature | 1/250 sec | f/5.0 | 18.5 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - Above are examples of each of the 11 magic filters available on the TG-630.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Video quality is good, you can also use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus Tough TG-630 is available for £128.40. Other waterproof cameras include the Nikon Coolpix S31 at £94.79, Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 at £137.00, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT25 at £147.87, Pentax WG-10 at £139.00 and Fujifilm FinePix XP60 at £174.65. For more waterproof cameras, have a look at the Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Olympus Stylus TG-630 ProsFull 1080p HD video recording
Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
5 fps continuous shooting
Good value for money
Focus speed is quick
Olympus Stylus TG-630 ConsNot as much grip as some waterproof cameras
Images are soft in the corners
Not much detail in the shadows
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Olympus Stylus TG-630 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||12Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460k dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||125 - 6400|
|Video FPS||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB8 USB Cable, Hand Strap, World Wide Warranty Card, Instruction Manual, Olympus Viewer 3 Software CD-ROM|