Olympus makes a minor upgrade to the already excellent TG-2 with the TG-3, expected on shelves in June 2014. The TG-3 keeps our favorite features about the TG-2, including a bright f2.0 lens and excellent macro mode for stunning close-ups, but adds wi-fi and four microscope modes for macro. While both are good improvements, you can still get solid images and save around $100 with the TG-2, if wi-fi doesn't interest you. With the 1/2.3 sensor and f2 lens, the TG-3 is the best rugged compact camera on the market right now. Though a tad pricer than some options, the lens sensor combo and macro capabilities offer excellent image quality.
Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.
Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.
While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.
Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.
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