Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Digital Camera

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Digital Camera The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Digital Compact Camera is a versatile and most notably, ultra-strong digital camera. Updating the previous version. The TG-860 provides a waterproof depth rating down to 50' while keeping its shockproof ability to a drop down from 7', its 220lbf crushproof aptitude, an operating functionality down to 14°F and dustproof armor. In addition, the TG-860 now has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity and a new Front Face Button, which is also a customizable shutter button for easier selfies and other control options The camera is made in Orange, Black and White.

The TG-860 is made up of a 16MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor with a TruePic VII Image Processor for high resolution still photos and full 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second. ISO sensitivity runs up to 6400 and also offers a High ISO function that automatically sets ISO to diminish blur in poor lighting. In addition, an image stabilization system cuts down on the blur created by camera shake, which is clearly an advantage when using the camera during the rugged activities for which it was engineered. The 5x optical zoom lens delivers the 35mm focal length equivalence of 21-105mm wide-angle thru telephoto viewpoint and the 180° LCD flip display adjusts for easier low-angle photography and totally lifts up for effective composition when shooting selfies. For this logic, a secondary shutter release button is conveniently located on the front of the camera near the unmistakable and sturdy hand grip.

Built-in connectivity to Wi-Fi provides easy transfer of your photos to smart devices or computers while built-in GPS lets you establish and record the precise location where you took individual shot. Sportcam Mode offers controls that are perfect for acquiring fast-paced activities including Full HD video at 60 frames per second, super slow motion movie mode captures, time-lapse images and there's Sport Burst Shooting for quick sequential photography with interval shooting.

For improved control of specific types of photos, the TG-860 provides different settings for Selg Portrait mode, Sweep Panorama, Super Macro mode for extremely close-up, and Art Filters to provide creative touches to your pictures. Also, two image stabilization modes promote the shake reduction ability when tracking subjects on the move. In addition to its compact although robust physical form and first-rate optics, the camera's specialized features are tailored to capture the type of action images and group fun for which Olympus "tough" cameras are made.

Body type Ultracompact  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type BSI-CMOS  
Processor TruePic VII  
ISO Auto, auto high, 125-6400  
White balance presets 6  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 21105 mm  
Optical zoom 5  
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F5.7  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 10 cm (3.94)  
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT-LCD  
Live view Yes (Display tilts upward 180 degrees)  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 1600)  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator  
Continuous drive 7.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)  
Format MPEG-4, H.264  
Videography notes 5-axis (optical+digital) image stabilization  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 37MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)  
Microphone port No  
Headphone port No  
Wireless Built-In  
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed Yes (waterproof to 15m/50ft, crushproof to 100kgf/220lbf, shockproof from 2.1m/7ft, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Li-50B lithium-ion battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 300  
Weight (inc. batteries) 224 g (0.49 lb / 7.90 oz)  
Dimensions 130 x 64 x 28 mm (5.12 x 2.52 x 1.1)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5