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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
Ilse Jurriën : June 20th 2014 - 11:00 CET
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OlympusOlympus Stylus TG-3 digital camera : Spectacular macros and pristine wide angles, in severe low-light conditions, and on long trips with no chance to free up internal storage … when regular compact cameras and smartphones reach their limits, Olympus’ Stylus Tough TG-3 comes into its own. The new flagship of Olympus’ ultra-rugged Tough range is ideal for anyone with a passion for outdoor sports and adventure and high-quality photographs. Its super-bright, large-aperture lens makes first-class shots possible even in poor light. The 1:2.0-4.9 wide, high-speed 25-100mm 4x optical zoom unit feeds the same TruePic VII image processor found in Olympus’ high-end OM-D E-M1 interchangeable lens camera.

Olympus TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
Legendary Japanese mountaineer Yuichiro Miura took the TG-3’s predecessor to the summit of Mount Everest in 2013, and one glance at the new camera’s riveted casing cements the Tough reputation for excellent build quality. It is shockproof to a height of 2.1 metres, crushproof to a weight of 100kg, freezeproof down to -10°C, dustproof and waterproof to a depth of 15m without a special underwater housing.

Stylus Tough TG-3

Macro mode on the Olympus Stylus TG-3
The Tough TG-3’s reassuring body protects some world-class imaging technology. For example, the first-ever macro mode to feature four settings in one. Advanced Super Macro Mode comprises Microscope Mode, Microscope control Mode, Focus Stacking Mode and Focus Bracketing Mode. Microscope Mode lets you magnify a subject more than 40x from as close as 1cm. So if it measures just 1mm in reality it can impressively appear as large as 44.4mm on the LCD. Focus Stacking Mode counteracts unintentional bokeh caused by a shallow depth of field. It automatically shoots multiple shots of a macro subject with different parts in focus, then merges them to a crisply focused image of publishable quality. The upshot is maximum creativity without a computer - which is just what you need when you’re miles from home.

TG-3

Compatibility with converters and macro accessories
One of the key disadvantages of smartphone cameras and strap-on camcorders is the limitation of storage for high-resolution images. Not to mention the lack of creative accessories that tends to result in generic shots with low-quality. One of the great advantages of Olympus’ Tough TG-3 is the pristine image quality it delivers, even in low light, plus compatibility with converters and macro accessories that let you shoot with a range of spectacular styles and effects. For example, the new ring-shaped LG-1 Macro Light Guide that screws directly onto the wide-aperture lens to illuminate macro subjects evenly from all sides. Or a Converter Lens Adapter and variety of converter lenses (fisheye, telephoto) that can be attached in severe conditions - including underwater - without the risk of damaging the camera. For shooting at greater depths, the PT-056 underwater casing protects your camera down to 45 metres.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus TG-3 equipped with WiFi
The inevitable result of all that creative versatility? The potential to capture a varied and original collection of high-quality, 16-Megapixel photographs and Full HD movies that you can upload to social media via WiFi, with the confidence of avoiding the ‘hall of shame’ reserved for the many substandard snapshots taken with average gear. WiFi also lets you remotely control the Tough TG-3 from a compatible smartphone, making it simple to get close-up shots of easily startled subjects like insects and other animals. You can release the shutter directly on your phone’s touchscreen and check the composition of selfies in inaccessible places where there’s no-one else around to help.

Olympus TG3

Olympus TG-3 Accessories
• Olympus LG-1 Macro Light Guide for illuminating macro subjects evenly and counteracting camera shadow for truly spectacular shots
• Olympus PT-056 underwater housing for capturing movies and stills at depths up to 45 metres
• Olympus CSCH-122 silicon jacket for protection from scratches
• Olympus FCON-T01 fisheye converter for wide-angle shots in severe (underwater) conditions
• Olympus TCON-T01 tele converter to capture far away motifs by extending the max. focus length from 100mm to 170mm without changing the aperture

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 price & availability
The Olympus Tough TG-3 is available in black or red from June 2014 for € 399,00.
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