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Olympus Tough TG-310 Front Angled
We reviewed the Olympus Tough TG-610 in May 2011 and this camera is similar in many ways, the TG-310 having 3.6x optical zoom and only waterproof to 3m. The TG-610 came first in our recent Top 7 Cameras For Active Photographers, let's see if the TG-310 is also worthy of a place.
NB. Due to similarities parts of this review are taken from the Olympus Tough TG-610 review.
Olympus Tough TG-310 Front
Intelligent Auto Mode adjusts the camera's settings, focus and exposure automatically and when shooting underwater, there is also an underwater white-balance setting. Panoramics are stitched together in camera and the Advanced Face Detection focuses and is designed to expose up to 12 faces perfectly.
As commonly featured on Olympus compacts, the TG-310 has a range of Magic Filters such as Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish-eye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle and Watercolour. Pet Detection Mode will automatically take pictures of a dog or a cat when they look at the camera. Using Beauty Mode when shooting portraits will make faces appear brighter and smoother. Other features include Eye-Fi Card compatibility and 3D photo shooting mode.
The camera shoots videos at 720p HD with sound and optical zoom and the camera can be connected to a HD TV via a mini HDMI cable.
Olympus Tough TG-310 Top
- Waterproof to 3m
- Shockproof to 1.5m
- Freezeproof to -10°C
- 3.6x wide optical zoom (35mm equiv: 28-102mm)
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- Eye-Fi Card compatibility
- 3D photo shooting mode
- 14 megapixel sensor
- 720p HD movies and remote operation by HDMI control
- Automatic Underwater White Balance
- 2.7 inch 230,000 dot LCD screen
- In-camera panorama function
- Intelligent Auto Mode
- Advanced Face Detection
- AF tracking
- Magic Filters for images and HD movies
- LED illuminator to lighten up underwater or macro sceneries
- Pet Detection Mode
- Beauty Mode
- Battery charging via USB-cable
- In-camera manual
- TruePic III+ image processor
Olympus Tough TG-310 Rear
There is a dedicated video record button and a couple of buttons even have a function when the camera is switched off. When the play button is pressed you go straight to viewing your pictures and videos and the video button activates video recording.
On the rear of the camera is a 2.7 inch 230,000 dot LCD screen which is easy to view from extreme angles and varying light conditions, including underwater.
Continuous shooting mode shoots full size images at 0.5fps and High Speed mode which shoots at 3fps, although image size is limited to approximately 3 megapixels.
Olympus Tough TG-310 Battery
Olympus Tough TG-310 Lens test images
Wide-angle | 1/250 sec | f/4.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 18.2 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/250 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 6.5 mm | ISO 100
Noise is very minimal at both ISO80 and ISO100, with only a touch creeping in at ISO200. Noise increases through ISO400 and ISO800, but good sharp images are still produced. There is lots of noise at ISO1600 and images taken using this setting are likely to be best used for small size prints or for sharing on the web.
Olympus Tough TG-310 ISO test images
ISO 80 | 1/6 sec | f/4.4 | 8.9 mm
ISO 100 | 1/8 sec | f/4.4 | 8.9 mm
ISO 200 | 1/15 sec | f/4.4 | 8.9 mm
ISO 400 | 1/30 sec | f/4.4 | 8.9 mm
ISO 800 | 1/60 sec | f/4.4 | 8.9 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/125 sec | f/4.4 | 8.9 mm
The camera takes really good portrait pictures, although there is a slight touch of red-eye. Portraits look even better when using Beauty Shot mode, as this softens the skin and reduces the blemishes, although image size is reduced to just 5 megapixels.
Olympus Tough TG-310 Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/400 sec | f/4.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Landscape with building | 1/640 sec | f/4.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 200
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/4.7 | 16.2 mm | ISO 320
Auto white-balance performs well and under our studio lighting, it handles the fluorescent light much better than the fluorescent preset. Under the incandescent lighting, the AWB setting struggles a touch with the incandescent preset taking a better image.
Olympus Tough TG-310 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/8 sec | f/4.3 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/8 sec | f/4.3 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/4.3 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/4.3 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
Below are example images using each of the eight Magic Filters available.
Olympus Tough TG-310 Digital filters
Pop art | 1/5 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 200
Pin hole | 1/4 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 200
Fish eye | 1/5 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 200
Drawing | 1/50 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 2500
Soft focus | 1/5 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 200
Punk | 1/4 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 200
Sparkle | 1/4 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 200
Watercolour | 1/25 sec | f/5.1 | 18.2 mm | ISO 2500
Video ModeThe camera shoots videos at 720p HD with sound and optical zoom as well as being able to apply the magic filters to videos as well.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus Tough TG-310 costs £128.00. There are plenty of cameras on the market which are designed to be used in conditions normally considered unsuitable for a camera. At the cheaper end is the Fujifilm FinePix XP30, waterproof to 5m, shockproof to 1.5m and freezeproof to -10°C costing £123.00. At the higher end is the Ricoh G700SE, waterproof to 5m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof to -10°C costing £649.00. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 offers the best performance regarding water and shockproofness at 12m and 2m respectively, costing £248.99.
|Fujifilm FinePix XP30||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£123.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-310||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£128.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£149.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-610||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£179.95|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 / (GPS)||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£204.00 / (219.00)|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-810||10m||2m||-10°C||£218.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2||10m||2m||-10°C||£248.99|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£266.00|
|Sony Cyber-shot TX10||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£269.00|
TG-610 we have previously reviewed, but it is around £50 less.
|The Olympus Tough TG-310 takes great pictures and is good value for money.|
Olympus Tough TG-310 ProsWaterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
Good image quality
Good value for money
Olympus Tough TG-310 ConsNo unusual features like the TG-610 has
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
Olympus Tough TG-310 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/5.1|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 102mm|
|CCD pixels||14Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||2/3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||8.8mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||6.6mm|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||1/4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 1600|
|Video FPS||30, 15|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-42B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, Handstrap, World Wide Warranty Card, Instruction Manual, [ib] Image Management Software|