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Olympus Stylus TG-630 Review

Olympus Stylus TG-630 Review - The Olympus Stylus TG-630 is a tough camera that is waterproof to 5m, Daniel Bell reviews.

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Product : Olympus Stylus TG-630
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Olympus Stylus TG-630

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.

Olympus Stylus TG-630

Olympus Stylus TG-630 Features

The Olympus Stylus TG-630 is designed for use in the outdoors, it is waterproof to 5m, shockproof to 1.5m and freezeproof to -10°C. It has a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. There is sensor shift image stabilisation to help take the sharpest pictures possible, and the camera can record full resolution images at 5 fps.

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.

Olympus Stylus TG-630

Key Features

  • 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
Olympus Stylus TG-630

Olympus Stylus TG-630 Handling

The Olympus Stylus TG-630 has a mostly plastic body with a number of rubber dots on the front to aid grip. There is also a small groove on the top of the camera for your thumb to rest in. Also on the top is the on / off button, shutter release and zoom rocker. Buttons on the back include movie record, playback, menu and LED illuminator as well as a joystick used for cycling through the menus.

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.

Olympus Stylus TG-630

Olympus Stylus TG-630 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Olympus Stylus TG-630 Sample Photos


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


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


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


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 | 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


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 Money

The 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 £147.87Pentax WG-10 at £139.00 and Fujifilm FinePix XP60 at £174.65For 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.

Olympus Stylus TG-630 Verdict

The Olympus Stylus is good value for money if you want a waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof camera. It has a few other handy features, such as full 1080p HD video recording and 5 fps continuous shooting. Image quality is OK, particularly for sharing on the web. The body could do with some extra grip, there's next to none when compared to the Pentax WG-3.

 

Olympus Stylus TG-630 Pros

Full 1080p HD video recording
Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
5 fps continuous shooting
Good value for money
Focus speed is quick

Olympus Stylus TG-630 Cons

Not 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

ManufacturerOlympus
Lens
Max Aperturef/3.9 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent26mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)3968
Pixels (H)2976
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest4sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity125 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 1920x1080
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
CIPA RatingNo Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsLI-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
Dimensions
Weight167g
Width94.8mm
Height65.9mm
Depth21.9mm

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