Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Digital Camera

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Digital Camera

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Digital Camera will let you have a go at your latest outdoor adventure without hesitation by capturing it with the dustproof, crush, shock, freeze, and waterproof TG-870. In addition to being completely sealed from dust, the TG-870 is built to weather underwater dives up to 50' deep, drops from up to 7' high, temperatures down to 14°F, and pressure all the way to 220 lbf. While serving to protect on wide range of adventures, these features are also relevent to use in everyday situations. Also, the TG-870 heralds a host of new photography features, encompassing an LCD brightness expansion, thirteen Art Filters, and the Live Composite mode, along with others.

A 16MP BSI CMOS image sensor and TruePic VII image processor go hand in hand to create high-resolution imagery with conspicious poor-light sensitivity and quality. These two technologies are combined to form the Olympus' iHS technology, which serves to accomplish fast performance throughout the entire camera system, including a top ISO 6400 sensitivity and 7 frames per second shooting rate at full resolution. The sensor and image processor also allow recording full 1080p HD movies at 60p. Another feature is a Nightscape Movie Mode that additionally optimizes image quality during nighttime shoots.

Ensuring ambidexterity, TG-870 features a 5x optical zoom f/3.5-5.7 lens, providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length ratio of 21 thru 105mm. This wider-than-normal option provides the ability to acquire exceptional vistas with easiness. Complementing this lens' focal reach, as well as helping the camera's excel in low-light conditions, is a hybrid lens shift along with a digital image stabilization system, which helps to diminish the appearance of camera shake.

For monitoring and reviewing images , as well as navigating images, an advanced 3.0 inch 920k-dot LCD screen is made a pert of the camera's design. This screen is ideal for selfies and other unique angles with its 180° tilting feature. Also, Monitor Boost can enhance the brightness up to 2.6x for viewing the monitor in bright light. Taking a look at the menu system exposes a host of different camera settings and features, including a built-in intervalometer, automated Time-Lapse movie creation, along with the ability to use the built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS.

Tough Design

The TG-870 is designed to withstand a wide variety of conditions, ranging from harsh climates to everyday mishaps:

Waterproof to depths of 50' / 15m

Freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14F / -10C

Shockproof to falls from 7' / 2.1m high

Crushproof to withstand up to 220 lbf / 100kgf of pressure

Dustproof to protect the internal components of the camera

16MP BSI CMOS Sensor

A 16MP 1/2.3" backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and TruePic VII image processor work together to enable iHS (Intelligent High Speed) Technology, which benefits both the overall image quality and performance throughout the TG-870. The BSI design of the image sensor realizes notable sensitivity, up to ISO 6400, along with reduced noise levels to enhance image quality, especially in regard to working in difficult lighting conditions. The processing capabilities also afford a 7 fps shooting rate at full resolution, as well as 20 fps and 60 fps shooting rates at 3 megapixels.

5x Optical Zoom Lens

Covering ultra-wide angle to telephoto focal lengths, the compact TG-870 is equipped with a 5x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 21-105mm in 35mm terms. It offers a variable aperture of f/3.5-5.7 for work in a variety of conditions while keeping size down. Benefitting this versatile zoom range, a hybrid lens shift and digital image stabilization system helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld imagery.

Full HD Movie Recording

Full HD 1920 x 1080p video recording at 60 fps in the MOV/H.264 format is available for capturing your action-packed moments and sharing them with your friends. In addition to full HD 1080p, HD 720p recording is also available as well as 120 fps and 240 fps high-speed recording at reduced resolutions. A Nightscape Movie Mode is available for further optimizing image quality in low light.

3.0" 920k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor

Compose with ease in a range of tight situations with the tilting 3.0" monitor of the TG-870. It has a high resolution of 920k-dots and can tilt up to 180, perfect for selfies. Also, a Monitor Boost function is available to increase brightness by up to 2.6x, enabling clear viewing in bright conditions.

Live Composite

Live Composite is a mode that will automatically put together numerous exposures of a single scene in order to produce a single properly exposed image without losing highlights or shadows.

Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables seamless sharing of photos and movies from the camera to a linked mobile device for instant sharing online. Utilizing the Olympus Image Share app, you can also remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet, including the ability to zoom in or out, adjust exposure and focus, and release the shutter. Additionally, utilizing the location data from a mobile device, you can geotag your imagery for plotting to an interactive map using the included Olympus Viewer 3 software. Complementing the Wi-Fi connectivity, an integrated GPS module can quickly locate your position and also enables on-board geotagging and landmark-tagging capabilities.

Other Camera Features

In-camera time-lapse movies can be created using the interval shooting mode to produce HD 1080p videos.

Scene Modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Interval Shooting, Live Composite, Hand-Held Starlight, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro, and Backlight HDR.

Art Filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, and Vintage.

Picture Modes: Vivid, Natural, and Muted.

Language Support: English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese for Europe, German, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovak, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Korean, Simple Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Malay, Vietnamese, Portuguese for Brazil.

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MSRP $279
Body type
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, 125-6400 (expands to 12800)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 12800
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
  • 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 921,000
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) 221 g (0.49 lb / 7.80 oz)
Dimensions 113 x 64 x 28 mm (4.45 x 2.52 x 1.1)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Built-in



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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5