Here is a camera you don't need to treat with kid gloves. Shockproof, waterproof and freeze proof, the TG-320 will not only withstand the kind of accidental punishment that would finish off lesser rivals; it's also great value too. So now anyone can afford worry free photography with the Olympus TOUGH range.
As well as a rugged exterior and bodywork, the Olympus TOUGH TG-320 offers all the features one would expect from a latest generation digital camera. This includes a 14 megapixel resolution capable of delivering poster sized photo realistic prints, the ability to capture HD movies, plus a versatile lens protected by a hard glass barrier that is nevertheless capable of taking in everything from wide angle landscapes to extreme close ups. Add in 3D shooting underwater, Olympus' creative Magic Filters digital effects, plus the ability to download and share photos wirelessly via Eye-Fi card and you'll see that the Olympus TOUGH TG-320 is not only accident proofed, it's future proofed too!
What's more, the icing on the cake is that this exceptional versatility and protection also comes at an exceptionally affordable price.
Packed with ingenious technology hard to find elsewhere in such a fantastic value package, this is a camera that can take the abuse you throw at it – and still come back for more.
The Olympus TOUGH TG-320 can survive being dropped onto a rock from a height of 1.5 metres or into a pool that's three metres deep. It can also be left outside in chilling temperatures as low as -10° Celsius and still be ready for action when you turn it on.
A sophisticated system of double seals protect the inner casing, while a double lock mechanism prevents anyone accidentally opening the card slots, output ports and battery compartment when underwater.
The precision 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom, offering an equivalent focal range to 28-102mm in 35mm film terms, is also protected: this time by a hard glass barrier.
Olympus was the first manufacturer to introduce a super rugged range of digital compacts and that expertise means that not only is the Olympus TOUGH TG-320 a natural born survivor, it is also one clever cookie.
While the 2.7-inch scratch resistant LCD screen is not touch sensitive because that would make it difficult to operate with wet hands or while wearing gloves, it is easy to view in bright sunlight. It also offers up Dual Image Stabilisation (Dual IS) to reduce the risk of blur when shooting without flash in lower light or trying to capture fast moving subjects.
Further aids to taking great pictures include a stunning new 3D underwater mode, intelligent Auto mode (i-Auto), plus AF tracking that locks on to target to ensure that moving subjects remain sharply in focus no matter where they may move about the frame.
Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the TG-320 utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality. What's more, six of these filters can be used when recording video as well as shooting stills.
Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus and new additions Sparkle and Watercolour.
No matter what the subject the 3.6x wide optical zoom, equivalent to 28-102mm in 35mm film terms, provides the scope for both precision and flexibility, while the 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot resolution colour LCD allows for accurate shot composition and crystal clear playback.
The Olympus TOUGH TG-320 additionally incorporates all the comprehensive features you would expect to find on an Olympus digital camera.
These include Face Detection for perfect people pictures, Pet Detection, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), AF Tracking, Shadow Adjustment Technology. Add in a TruePic III+ processor for idea colour reproduction and low noise, Scene Mode, plus Beauty Mode for hiding unwanted blemishes, ISO80 to ISO1600 light sensitivity, built-in flash and in-camera panorama for quick and easy panorama shots and you have a versatile tool at your disposal.
Providing two fold protection, this function is a combination of Optical Image Stabilisation using a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor detects camera movement and adjusts the CCD accordingly, and Digital Image Stabilisation where the camera automatically increases ISO sensitivity to allow shorter shutter speeds. Both of these help to avoid image blur caused by camera shake or by fast-moving objects.
The Olympus range is now enhanced by optional 3D shooting mode, lending images a striking sense of depth, from close up macro shots to expansive landscapes. This mode captures two shots from two different angles to create shots that can be viewed on a 3D compatible display.
Taking a great picture with the TG-320 is as easy as pointing and shooting, thanks to i-Auto mode. This compares common scenes and subjects with on board settings and automatically selects the most appropriate to deliver stunning results that optimize the impact of said subject.
In the TG-320's High Def movie mode the camera captures video using the advanced Motion JPEG movie compression format at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels for excellent quality video with sound.
Thanks to [ib] software images can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event.
The TG-320 further takes the worry out of photography and offers almost unlimited memory expansion possibilities by providing compatibility with SDHC and SDXC removable media cards, as well as Eye-Fi card compatibility for automatic wireless upload – thereby making the camera as ‘future proof' as possible.
Connect the camera to a computer and let the battery charge while you save and organise your images.
The Olympus TOUGH TG-320 features an in-camera help guide so that even the least experienced family members can rapidly get to grips with the best of what the camera has to offer.
The Olympus TOUGH TG-320 is available in blue or red.
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