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The TG-320 was announced in February 2012 as one of three new cameras in the updated Olympus Tough range, with this model being the cheapest. It is available in red and blue, priced at £139.00.
The TG-320 can also record videos at 720p HD. During recording you can use Magic Filters and optical zoom with stabilisation available to ensure steady videos.
- Waterproof to 3m
- Shockproof to 1.5m
- Freezeproof to -10°C
- 3.6x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-102mm)
- 14 megapixel sensor
- 720p HD movie recording and HDMI Control
- 2.7 inch 230,000 dot colour LCD screen
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- Magic Filter Movie and/or Stills
- iAuto and AF Tracking
- Face Detection and SAT
- 3D Photo Shooting Mode
- Beauty Mode
- Pet Detection Mode
- In-Camera Panorama
- Scene Modes
- Eye-Fi Card compatibility
- USB-Battery Charge
Olympus haven't provided a CIPA rating for the camera's battery but it was charged before testing and was not needed to be recharged. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.
|Shutter Response||0.2 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.75 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.8 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.25 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||1.9 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||2.7 seconds|
Sequential shooting records at full-sized 14 megapixel resolution, with high-speed shooting at 3 megapixels.
Olympus Tough TG-320 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/500 sec | f/4.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.3 | 18.2 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/6.3 | 18.2 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/10 sec | f/4.1 | 6.5 mm | ISO 80
Noise is minimal at the two lowest settings of ISO 80 and 100, with noise increasing steadily at ISO 200 and 400. Noise causes images to become soft at ISO 800, with ISO 1600 producing images with lots of noise, not ideal for large prints, but colour reproductions is still good, even at the higher ISO settings.
Olympus Tough TG-320 ISO test images
ISO80 | 1/8 sec | f/4.3 | 14.7 mm
ISO100 | 1/10 sec | f/4.3 | 14.7 mm
ISO200 | 1/20 sec | f/4.3 | 14.7 mm
ISO400 | 1/40 sec | f/4.3 | 14.7 mm
ISO800 | 1/80 sec | f/4.3 | 14.7 mm
ISO1600 | 1/160 sec | f/4.3 | 14.7 mm
Below are example images taken using some of the scene modes, as well as underwater. Portraits have good skin tones, there is some red-eye when using the flash.
Olympus Tough TG-320 Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/400 sec | f/4.5 | 5.0 mm | ISO 80
Underwater | 1/4 sec | f/4.1 | 6.5 mm | ISO 320
Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/4.3 | 14.7 mm | ISO 250
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/4.7 | 16.2 mm | ISO 500
The auto white-balance (AWB) setting takes an image with an orange cast under the incandescent lighting, with the respective preset taking a better picture. Under the fluorescent lighting, the AWB setting has a very slight magenta cast, with the fluorescent preset giving a much stronger magenta cast.
Olympus Tough TG-320 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.1 | 6.5 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/4.1 | 6.5 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.1 | 6.5 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset- fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/4.1 | 6.5 mm | ISO 100
There are a range of magic filters available to add creativity to both images and videos, although not all of them can be used for video recording.
Olympus Tough TG-320 Digital filters
Magic Filter - Drawing | 1/100 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 2500
Magic Filter - Fish Eye | 1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter - Pin Hole | 1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter - Pop Art | 1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter - Punk | 1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter - Soft Focus | 1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter - Sparkle | 1/8 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 200
Magic Filter - Watercolour | 1/50 sec | f/4.0 | 13.2 mm | ISO 2500
Video ModeBelow is a video shot at full 720p HD, the camera also allows the use of optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus Tough TG-320 is currently priced at £139.00 and is at the bottom of the Olympus Tough range which includes the TG-820 and TG-620. If you want the most waterproof and shockproof camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 ticks the box.
|Kodak Easyshare Sport C123||3m||-||-||£50.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-320||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£139.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£144.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£169.00|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP50||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£189.00|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 / (GPS)||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£204.00 / (219.00)|
|Olympus Tough TG-620||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£214.00|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.99|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP150 GPS||10m||2m||-10°C||£219.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-820||10m||2m||-10°C||£252.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£259.00|
|Sony Cyber-shot TX10||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£269.00|
|Nikon Coolpix AW100||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£294.95|
|Pentax Optio WG-2 / (GPS)||12m||1.5m||-10°C||£299.00 / (£339.00)|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4||12m||2m||-10°C||£329.00|
|Canon PowerShot D20||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£349.00|
TG-620 and TG-820, which have scored higher in our reviews.
Olympus Tough TG-320 ProsOne of the lowest price waterproof cameras
Freezeproof and shockproof
Olympus Tough TG-320 ConsLimited features
Only one lock on battery and card cover
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Olympus Tough TG-320 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/5.1|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 102mm|
|CCD pixels||14Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||LI-42B Lithium-Ion|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-42B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter,CB-USB6 USB Cable,CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable,Hand Strap,World Wide Warranty Card,Instruction Manual, [ib] Image Management Software|
|Olympus TG-320 14MP Tough Series Camera with 3.6x Optical Zoom (Red)||Amazon.com