Olympus TG-320: Minor update to rugged lifestyle camera


posted Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 2:58 AM EDT

Olympus' Tough TG-320 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Continuing Olympus' CES announcements, we have the Olympus TG-320.

Like its predecessor, last year's TG-310, the Olympus Tough TG-320 is both shockproof to five feet and freezeproof to 14°F / -10°C, not to mention waterproof to ten feet. The TG-320 still has a 14 megapixel image sensor, and includes true mechanical image stabilization. Also unchanges are the 28 - 102mm equivalent, 3.6x optical zoom lens, and 2.7-inch LCD display. Changes since last year's model are relatively few: a slightly lower list price at launch, the addition of dustproofing to the spec sheet, a new Sparkle Magic Filter function, and a slight 0.1fps reduction in burst speed to 0.6 fps accompanied by a huge increase in burst depth (200 vs. 2 full-res frames).

The Olympus TG-320 is priced at around US$200, and will ship in silver, white, blue, orange, and red versions. For more details on this model, read our Olympus TG-320 preview.

Olympus Tough TG-320
Olympus' Tough TG-320 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Olympus
Model Number North America: TG-320
Dimensions 3.8 x 2.5 x 0.9 in.
(96 x 63 x 23 mm)
Weight 5.5 oz (155 g)
Planned Price $180
Planned Availability February 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type CCD
1/2.3" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
14.50 megapixels (total)
14.00 megapixels (effective)
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions 4288 x 3216 (13.8 megapixels)
4288 x 2416 (10.4 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
1280 x 960 (1.2 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 0.6 frames per second for 200 frames
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.7 in. diagonal
230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom 10.0x max
Lens Type Olympus Lens, 10 Lenses in 8 Groups, 4 Aspherical Lenses
3.6x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 5.0 - 18.2mm (actual)
28 - 102mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.5 or 5.0 (wide) / f/5.1 or 7.1 (tele)
Focusing System CCD Contrast Detection: iESP, Spot AF, Face Detect, AF Tracking
Has AF assist lamp
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.8" - 20" (2 cm - 50 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto, High Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed 4 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent1, Underwater
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Off
Range: ISO 800: W:0.2m-4.3m; T:0.3m-2.8m
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 0.0EV
Scene Modes Scene Modes [Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fire Works, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Under Water Snapshot, Pet (Cat), Pet (Dog)], Magic Filters [Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water Color], In-Camera Panorama, PC Panorama, 3D Image Capture
Digital Zoom Up to 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2, 12, Pet auto-shutter seconds
Movie Format MP4 (MPEG-4) with audio
Recording Medium SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File Format JPEG, .MPO
Video High definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output), HDMI Type-D
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary LI-42B
Product Bundle
Software OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary LI-42B Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 19.5MB Internal
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Notes CCD-shift Image Stabilization, Waterproof (3m), Freezeproof (-10C), Shockproof (1.5m), Dustproof, 720p Videos, Magic Art Filters, 3D Image Capture. Available in blue or red.
More Photos
Olympus' Tough TG-320 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp. Click for a bigger picture!


Press Release

Worry-Free Images Of Life's Spontaneous Adventures Are Possible With The New Olympus Tough TG-320

Active Families Appreciate an Ultra Durable, Affordable Camera That Can Keep Up With Them

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 9, 2012 – Olympus adds to its TOUGH line of rugged digital cameras today with the new 14-megapixel, 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28-102mm equivalent*), Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof and Dustproof Olympus TG-320. Whether they're in the water or enjoying the snow, families and active consumers want an affordable camera they can trust to endure all of life's spontaneous moments and capture superior images anytime.

The rugged Olympus TG-320 is designed to take the hard knocks of everyday life, so you know that the memories it captures will be protected. It can handle five-foot drops to the hard ground, operate in freezing snowstorms (to 14 degrees Fahrenheit), and swim with fish (Waterproof to 10 feet) – lethal conditions for most other digital cameras. With Underwater HD Video, the TG-320 offers the reliability of the ideal vacation camera.

Throw the Olympus TG-320 in your backpack before heading out into the wild for the weekend; bring it along with your snorkeling gear to capture crisp, clear high-definition video of marine life at the touch of a button; even hand it off to the kids at family events to let them express their own unique vision. You won't have to worry about accidents spoiling the fun.

Add more dimension to your photographs by shooting dynamic 3D photos in any mode from macro to landscape, and even under water. Express your inner artist with the Olympus TG-320's in-camera Magic Art Filters that enable users to enhance and customize images as they're being captured.

When you're back from your adventures, the camera's HDMI Control makes playback a breeze. Simply connect the camera to an HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and use your HDTV's remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch.
* 35mm camera equivalent.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus TG-320 will be available in February and ships with a Camera Strap, USB Cable, USB-AC Adapter (F-2AC), Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-42B), Audio/Video Cable, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual and OLYMPUS [ib] Software CD-ROM and a Warranty Card.

Estimated Street Price: $179.99 (Available in red or blue)

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: www.getolympus.com.

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