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Olympus TG-310 Tough 14 MP Digital Camera 3.6x Wide Optical Zoom (28mm) 2.7 LCD (White) (Old Model) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Olympus TG-310 Tough 14 MP Digital Camera , 3.6x Wide Optical Zoom (28mm), 2.7" LCD,(White) (Old Model)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 168 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 6.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   average
Underwater4.3   average
Image4.2   average
Video4.0   average
Photo3.8   below average
Quality3.2   below average
Charging3.1   average
Battery2.7   below average
Button2.7   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"The only negative to it is that the battery doesn't last very long and takes a while to charge."
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"Battery SD card door is a bit flimsy and is the weak part of the overall design - use care here."
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"I was able to get about 10 good pictures then I turned it off because the battery was dying (my fault, I had forgotten to charge it since our last trip 2 weeks prior)."
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"We had no issues with any water leaks damaging the camera, battery or memory card."
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"Even when fully charged, battery life is disappointing."
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"Downsides:1) I do recommend buying a spare battery and charger for the camera."
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"Not only is it fine, but it still had a good charge on the battery."
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"I am ordering a replacement battery in the hopes that I'll be able to use the camera in the future, but it won't ever be waterproof again."
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"The battery life Is excellent, and its lightweight."
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"My old battery is shit from the water so I ordered new and all should be well! "
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"I have had this camera for around a year or more... and is nice, but the battery life is really really bad, last time I used it,was in one trip to the amusement park and it didnt survive half day..."
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Button

Button:
"is that the zoom and playback buttons are small, and when the camera is wet, the buttons are a little hard to use."
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"Shutter button is small and hard to use for those with large fingers."
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"Sometimes I need to check and change the setting... more so because i have inadvertently pushed the wrong part of the button array and have it in some unusable mode.... or in video or playback."
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"--- my original review ollows ---If it were truly waterproof, this would be a... fairly ordinary point-and-shoot digital camera, a bit slow to boot, a bit slow to record an image, a bit awkward to zoom (the buttons are hard to work and it tends to overshoot), a bit clumsy to change settings (you have to go through a lot of button presses to change things that would be a quick turn of a knob on another camera), and a bit less picture quality than you'd expect from 14 megapixels and 780p."
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"The separate movie button was nice (instead of switching to movie mode and pressing the shutter release button like on other cameras, you just press a record button on the back of the camera).Only downside was the sort of short battery life."
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"Downside: lengthy time between when you push the button and when the photo actually takes."
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"I love the multi-shot feature where you hold the button down and it takes continuous pictures."
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"The separate movie button was nice (instead of switching to movie mode and pressing the shutter release button like on other cameras, you just press a record button on the back of the camera).Only downside was the sort of short battery life."
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"Stand up to the reputation for ruggedness, and it is a satisfactory point and shoot pocket camera with one exception - the delay between button push and the picture being taken can sometimes be as great as a full second and a half."
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"Its nice to have the record button on the front rather than going into the options and selecting to record."
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"My son didn't ever drop the camera or bump it, but the camera was easy enough for him to push the shutter button and the screen large enough for him to see what pictures he was taking."
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Charging

Charging:
"He promptly lost the charger so was unable to use it for most of the trip."
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"I was able to get about 10 good pictures then I turned it off because the battery was dying (my fault, I had forgotten to charge it since our last trip 2 weeks prior)."
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"Since I'd previously had such a good warranty experience, I sent it back to Olympus but was bitterly disappointed this time, to see that they are going to charge me the full price of the camera."
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"Downsides:1) I do recommend buying a spare battery and charger for the camera."
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"I solved this problem by buying an external charger from eBay."
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"Easy to charge."
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"An additional charger would also be nice."
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"Not only is it fine, but it still had a good charge on the battery."
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"But if you aren't planning on going consecutive days without charging, this is hands down the best camera I've ever used."
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"It's a real shame, and also after I press the power button it takes around 5 to 7 sec to be ready and that's to much... in summary, really good pic quality, good video quality, but you'll have to keep on charging it every 4 hours of use and have it ready arround 10 sec before u plan to take the shot."
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Image

Image:
"--- my original review ollows ---If it were truly waterproof, this would be a... fairly ordinary point-and-shoot digital camera, a bit slow to boot, a bit slow to record an image, a bit awkward to zoom (the buttons are hard to work and it tends to overshoot), a bit clumsy to change settings (you have to go through a lot of button presses to change things that would be a quick turn of a knob on another camera), and a bit less picture quality than you'd expect from 14 megapixels and 780p."
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"Missed a lot of photo opportunities because of that."
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"Downside: lengthy time between when you push the button and when the photo actually takes."
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"We both love to take pics and sometimes in harsh conditions."
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"This camera takes good pictures, especially for the price, but the images could be better quality."
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"Was able to retrieve some of the pics on the memory card, but the camera is a loss."
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"Takes good pics."
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"It's a real shame, and also after I press the power button it takes around 5 to 7 sec to be ready and that's to much... in summary, really good pic quality, good video quality, but you'll have to keep on charging it every 4 hours of use and have it ready arround 10 sec before u plan to take the shot."
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Photo

Photo:
"Also, was great to sent to camp with our daughter (it is tough).The photos are good, but not great - but we have other cameras for when we don't need something tough or waterproof."
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"The downside of the camera is the quality of photos."
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"I have not yet tested this thing in any challenging conditions, all I've done is take photos and videos."
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"Very grainy for 720p, if my old Lumix was 10 10, then this would be no more than 3 10.The photos are acceptable if the conditions are right, but it's very disapointing that if I want to make acceptable quality videos, I need to use my bulky Camcorder."
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"I am having a little bit of a problem taking photos at night where there is a light in the background."
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"Easy to unload videos and photos."
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"Still takes amazing photos."
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"Good photos, can't say much about underwater, but nice to know it can get splashed."
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"The macro function is very good and the camera can take good photos at extremely close range (less than an inch) in super macro mode."
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"After a year It is still working without issues and you get good quality photos."
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Price

Price:
"Not the best performer in it's class or price range, but is capable of taking good photos in good light."
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"The flash is limited and generally ineffective, but this is not uncommon in this price range."
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"They're not the greatest, but for the money, this camera serves the purpose that we bought it for--allowing my son to take it with us on water outings."
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"This is an old camera but if you can get it at a good price it's worth it."
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"Well worth the money."
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"Overall, I'd recommend this camera based on the price and the quality, given its low price compared to other cameras."
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"This camera takes good pictures, especially for the price, but the images could be better quality."
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"For the price, this is a GREAT camera."
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Quality

Quality:
"Cons: not the best picture quality in it's class, struggles a bit in challenging light conditions."
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"Not the best cameras for taking high quality portraits, but its rugged build, overall dependable performance and compact simple design make up for it's shortcomings."
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"It work well under the water despite the quality of picture is not great."
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"However, as for regular pictures, I found that the quality wasn't too great."
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"it worked for a few months, the pictures were never a good quality."
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"That said, I expect a quality product, and I was disappointed after that first year."
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"Other than that, great pictures, color and quality!"
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"The picture quality is amazing; with the right settings on, it even looks professional."
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"Overall, I'd recommend this camera based on the price and the quality, given its low price compared to other cameras."
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"Conclusion: I use mine for fishing, when a quick point and shoot, durability and waterproofing override picture quality limitations."
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"Good value for the price and quality."
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Setting

Setting:
"Sometimes I need to check and change the setting... more so because i have inadvertently pushed the wrong part of the button array and have it in some unusable mode.... or in video or playback."
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"The picture quality is amazing; with the right settings on, it even looks professional."
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"Simple to use point and shoot automatic functions, with enough manual settings to satisfy most users."
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"It has many shooting modes to play around with and I think it's easy to navigate around the menu settings."
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"I love the face recognition & there are settings to recognize cats & dogs faces as well so you can get a good shot of them if you can keep their attention!"
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"I needed something that would be durable, something that could be dropped in case I was clumsy, something that could take pictures underwater as well as out of the water in case I saw something on the water's surface, easy to use-- I wasn't going to fiddle with settings, could take video in case sea lions wanted to play with me in the water, could go underwater at least 10 feet (even though I only float on the water's surface, I know that I'll be sticking my arm out with the camera so you have to account for some of that), and couldn't have external moving parts becuase I didn't want sand to get caught in the parts or chances for the moving parts to get bumped and broken."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"Took good pics (a little white noise, but you can't have everything) and great underwater vid."
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"The only thing that I would knock it for is that underwater the LCD screen is sometimes hard to see if it's bright out."
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"I was skeptical about this purchase because I read some reviews about the battery door opening accidentally while using and the camera getting ruined when using it underwater."
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"Good photos, can't say much about underwater, but nice to know it can get splashed."
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"it took amazing pictures, even underwater."
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"Went swimming I tried to take a few pictures underwater not even a few inches under and well it completely stop working."
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"Can't complain, I have to say you aren't going to get the underwater quality you may expect."
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"I bought this camera for my wife as we both love waterproof cameras and this camera is able to go underwater a little bit, awesome."
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Video

Video:
"Although it's not the best camera in the world and doesn't take the best pictures or videos in the world they are still good enough to crop and print out for a nice clear picture and this is SO WORTH it for the price considering some of the better cameras are over $250."
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"Extremely disappointed with the quality of the HD videos."
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"I have not yet tested this thing in any challenging conditions, all I've done is take photos and videos."
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"Very grainy for 720p, if my old Lumix was 10 10, then this would be no more than 3 10.The photos are acceptable if the conditions are right, but it's very disapointing that if I want to make acceptable quality videos, I need to use my bulky Camcorder."
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"On day 3 it started to malfunction and the screen was just glowing - no video or menus."
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"I used it several times in both still and video with acceptable, if not great results."
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"It is small and easy to use and takes good pictures and HD (720p) video."
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"Easy to unload videos and photos."
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"It does take videos and, as long as you know where the microphone is and don't accidently cover it with your thumb, the video feature is great as well."
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"And it gives good pictures and serviceable video, too."
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"Bought this when I went to Mexico, went snorkeling and para sailing with it and it took great pictures and videos above and below sea."
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