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Olympus Digital Camera TG-820 Blue (Old Model)

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  • 12 MP Cmos
  • Waterproof (33FT)
  • Shockproof (6.6 Ft)
  • Freezeproof (14 Deg)
  • 7 Frames per second shooting
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Technical Details

Color: Blue
  • Brand Name: Olympus
  • Model: TG-820 Blue
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
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Product Details

Color: Blue
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 2.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007E84I1S
  • Item model number: TG-820 Blue
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,179 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 27, 2012

Product Description

Color: Blue

From the Manufacturer


Adventure doesn’t stop because it gets dark. Or cold. Or wet. There are still awesome moments to be captured. It’s in less than ideal conditions where the 12MP Olympus Tough TG-820 iHS thrives. It has advanced technology to shoot crisp, clear photos — Full HD Videos in 1080p too — even when light is scarce. Use the 5x Optical Zoom and 10x Super-Resolution Zoom to get close to the action with amazing clarity. Constructed to be Waterproof, Freezeproof, Shockproof and Crushproof , this camera loves mixing it up with Mother Nature. Connect the TG-820 iHS to an HDTV and watch HD videos you shot with family and friends. The amazing go anywhere, shoot anything TG-820 iHS. Tough shooting conditions conquered.


A powerful, DSLR–quality Image Processor and a cutting-edge BSI CMOS sensor come together to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance, blazing fast autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition and Super-Resolution Zoom.


The TG-820 iHS crushes the notion that cameras are easily damaged by water and humidity. The Olympus-original complete sealing system and double lock construction borrowed from Olympus’ long history of manufacturing underwater housings ensures that the TG-820 iHS is completely waterproof down to a new depth of 33ft. Even on land, the TG-820 iHS ensures that you’ll never miss an awesome shot just because of heavy rain or snow.


The shockproof structure of the TG-820 iHS ensures that your investment is protected. Carefully sandwiched between two protective frames, the lens and camera unit remain unfazed by bumps, drops, falls and other impacts. Even after repeated drops, critical camera components and functions like the lens, shutter, aperture and auto-focus remain safe. Drop, pick up, and keep on shooting.


The TG-820 iHS uses a double-layer construction, consisting of a tough yet lightweight polycarbonate resin and a metal frame. The crushproof construction ensures that your camera – and screen! – won’t break, even under 220lbs of pressure. No more cracked screens because you’ve left your camera in your back pocket or suitcase.


Keep shooting outdoors even in the winter. The TG-820 iHS is designed to keep operating at below freezing temperatures, safe from the two most common problems when shooting in cold weather: lens condensation and auto zoom malfunction. Hit the slopes, fire up your snowmobile, or break out the skates, because with the TG-820 iHS by your side, you’ll never miss those awesome wipe out moments.


Life gets dirty. Between dusty fields and muddy trails, sometimes your camera doesn’t stay as pristine as you’d like it to. But even in less-than-spotless environments, the fine protective sealing of the TG-820 iHS helps keep out dirt and debris allowing you to capture shot after shot even in the harshest environments.


A simple one-touch button allows you to record videos with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.


Shoot like a pro. With high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence at the touch of a button. You’ll have so many great shots you won’t be able to share just one!


A 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens captures even more of your subject into each shot. The inter-folded lens does not protrude from the camera so it is further protected from harsh conditions.


A TruePic VI Image Processor, first developed for professional SLRs, knows precisely how to deliver true-to-life color, the sharpest details, and less noise.


Captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across a panoramic scene.

Product Description

Drop it, dunk it, splash it, freeze it, The TG-820 is built to keep up at 7 frames per second

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Used it on a dive and thought the underwater photos were great! Used it hiking the AT during heavy rains & found it difficult to use. Read more ›
Not too bad ... a little fidgety ... and the quality of the photos is a…The underwater photos are great ... the "on land" photos are pretty good (could be better). Read more ›
It has tons of features and a great design. Picture quality is good and the menus are very intuitive. A great deal for the price. Read more ›
I got this for my wife for her birthday and she LOVES IT!! I don't think she's takin' it in to water but the picture quality is really good Read more ›
I have pictures of it all - the rain, the flood, the pool at the hotel where we stayed... and my favorite were the…The images were sharp, in and out of the water. The… Read more ›
Produced good underwater pictures and was fairly easy to use, although zoom toggle could be more accomodating. No problems during multiple underwater sessions in Hawaii. Read more ›
Simple to use. Great quality. Read more ›
Both video and still quality is superb and it stayed…Very easy to use, even underwater and I love the underwater / underwater macro setting & easy access video button. A… Read more ›
It works well and handles going through the shower/decon without problem. It has a fairly wide angle lens which is perfect for my uses. Only zoom is digital, so that could… Read more ›
I'm not going to claim any photography knowledge or prowess, but I take a…I love that this camera is so simple to use, with all kinds of options for image manipulation. I… Read more ›
This camera is solid so I feel safe leaving it in my purse or pocket and taking it with me wherever I go. It takes very good pictures and it is easy to use. Lots of cool… Read more ›
Very durable and easy to use, no problems so far and I use it in the woods in all weather conditions..will buy again! Read more ›
This is a fantastic camera for beach, pool, river and all outdoor activities, It has predetermined options that are excellent indoor too. I recommend buy it whit the… Read more ›
I would have give it 3 stars if it didn't die. My number one annoyance with this camera is that the controls / menu options are so easy to push by accident. So if I'm… Read more ›
the item was bought as a gift in…I know its good, cause I have an earlier model and a friend of mine has the same model price was excellent shipped and received on time Read more ›
This is a well designed camera. It has many functiond that are relatively easy to get to once one becomes familiar with the menu. Read more ›
This is a…I'm still figuring out all the stuff it can do but all the normal camera functions are easy enough you can take it out of the box and just start taking pics. T… Read more ›
I had this camera now for 2 weeks and use it almost every day and I just love it. The camera is very easy to use and the different settings are great. Couldn't have bought… Read more ›
If you want an excellent waterproof camera that takes true 1080p video then get a…I used one in Cancun for two weeks and the pictures and video quality were excellent. Read more ›
This has gone beyond what was expected. The pictures and videos are great and I went 55 ft deep with the camera. When I was that deep all of the buttons didn't respond… Read more ›
I just replaced my old SW770 with this and it is a great improvement. The HD video is incredible and the photos are vibrant. Having it use the same battery is quite a perk… Read more ›
The full HD videos are also fantastic - very clear with no blur noticeable to my (critical but not professionally trained) eye, even when recording a band on stage in a… Read more ›
3. Instant HD video - So easy just push the button and record. Video is high quality. Microphone is not the best but this is a point and shoot camera that takes takes video… Read more ›
Takes very nice videos and pictures...even underwater but is kind of heavy and big Read more ›
It's built like a tank so you can take it virtually…Battery life is excellent and can take a ton of pics before needing to recharge (depending on your settings of course). Read more ›
Could totally use the camera under water while snorkelling, take a lot of selfies, and its battery life is really good! I used the strap that came along with the camera and… Read more ›
So when you do use it under water, it'll do this…It'll even show a warning message to be sure to check the battery cover is locked well, before using uw (under water). Read more ›
Good battery life. Sometimes would get battery low, then wait a little bit and battery life is good, not sure what that is. Takes great pictures. Read more ›
3rd - The battery life is pretty awesome. I took over 200 pictures and videos each day of the vacation and by bedtime, the camera still had two bars of battery remaining. Read more ›
Very easy to use, quick, decent battery life. The most important detail is this camera is very durable, and can withstand drops and bangs here and there, and it still works… Read more ›
Color is wonderful. Pictures look great up to a point. Read more ›
I have used this camera for a little while now and can tell you it does a good job. Sharp and clear with rich colors. Photos are great. Read more ›
Although we have not used the underwater features to take pictures yet, my hubby did fall in the stream while…It does take BEAUTIFUL pictures....very clear, great color. Read more ›
Basically the review said that the $400 TG-2 was about the only camera that had decent colors without a blue-ish cast underwater, but also said that every camera in this… Read more ›
I have used Oympus point and shoot style cameras for years because they have…Olympus makes a tough camera that offers beautiful color reproduction, clarity and sharpness. Read more ›
This camera does take pretty good photos. The image is sharp and has good color saturation in all varieties of light. Some reviewers have mentioned that the camera overly… Read more ›
The LCD screen is the best i've seen on a camera yet - easily viewable in bright sunlight and even underwater, crystal clear, and sharp. Read more ›
It is really built to withstand some harsh beating, and these controls aren't for…The screen brightness is surprisingly vivid, even in bright sunlight which is a lifesaver! Read more ›
Opening the box I was initially…It has a nice big and bright screen but it doesn't snap pics as quickly as the description stated which was a big selling point for me. T… Read more ›
And that is clearly seen on the 3" hypercrystal display of this device. Very beautiful screen. I still need to try the video, but I dont necessarily need this camera for that. Read more ›
Everything about this camera I like. Vivid, bright, sharp large screen. Quick response in startup and between shots. Read more ›
The LCD screen is great but I had some trouble seeing it when snorkeling and watching the video afterward on the camera screen was initially disappointing but when I… Read more ›
Very easy and intuitive menu, pictures are really amazing for such a compact camera, and it's really very solidly built. And the price was really good... Read more ›
Literally, I have not a single complaint about this camera and recommend it highly to my friends. Even this price is amazing for what you get. I got a 32gb class 10 SDHC to… Read more ›
Worked great so far. Picture quality is pretty good for the price Read more ›
I lost the little camera I carry with me skiing, mountain biking and hiking and bought this based on some…Great photos, fun artisitc setting, easy to use and great price. Read more ›
Most importantly, we did have fun time with the camera…Very nice camera with all those features at the decent price, definitely would recommend, especially for underwater. Read more ›
that are super easy to use. Great camera at a great price! Read more ›
I have dropped it a few times and its fine. The buttons are nicely placed. The only reason why I gave it a 4 star is because there is no adjustment on the wrist strap. Read more ›
Haven't had a malfunction with it yet; still works perfectly fine. The buttons are easy to use even with gloves on. The pictures are great, but then again this is from a… Read more ›
The HyperCrystal Viewer in the back makes looking through your photos easy, the…I haven't seen any issues with glare. the buttons are easy to maneuver and scroll with. I… Read more ›
Nice camera but a bit complicated to handle the settings, had use many on the past and this one dont like the way in handles the menu never can find what I want when I… Read more ›
I expected this camera to be rugged, durable and functional. What I didn't expect was the easily accessible controls, intuitive interface and quality filters. I bought this… Read more ›
No hunting or figuring it out. Screen is nice and big, buttons work easily with big or small fingers and hands. Read more ›
It has a good zoom, a quick touch, and it takes beautiful photos! Read more ›
I wanted to be able to take underwater pictures, but wasn't keen on one of…I was really thrilled at how well it worked, and how great the zoom and picture quality was. Read more ›
This is a great rugged point and shoot camera. It takes amazing close ups. and pretty good with full zoom. I would not throw away my DSLR camera but this is a fine… Read more ›
Light! Works well, good zoom. Very tough when dropped on the ground many times & still works. Read more ›
Great capabilities. Amazing zoom. Big viewing screen. Read more ›
I've had this camera for a few weeks and it's great. The shutter speed is super fast for a casual/novice like myself. I recommend getting a decent memory card too. Read more ›
The shutter speed is great, it takes very good pictures. I might not be happy if I were a professional photographer, but I'm just a regular person and am very happy. Read more ›
I am still not liking this camera:( The pictures are not very clear and the speed is not what I was expecting. The only part that I might like is that it's waterproof. Read more ›
The "beautify" feature makes me look awesome even without makeup, which every woman needs! Not impressed with the speed though, a bit slower than I would like. But… Read more ›
Maybe try the TG-1 or…Even though I really like the speed of the TG-820 I would definitly take the Canon D20 over it (if i could get one that the mic didn't fail on me). Read more ›
This works really nice underwater when some fish don't want to be photographed. Flash work really well underwater as well. We have not yet tested, purposely or accidental,… Read more ›
The panaromic feature does a decent job and is super easy to use. Flash is decent at close range and is useless at 5x zoom. Read more ›
Takes great photos and videos both indoors…Shot to shot recover time is incredible outdoors (no flash) and respectable indoors (flash charge time is around 1.5 seconds). Read more ›
1…The main one that is closest to usefull forces the flash (terible thing to do in most underwater shots), and if you disable the flash it is reenabled the next power cycle. Read more ›
She's…The 820 is very user friendly, the viewing screen is sharp,the flash is quick and so is the focusing, the controls are a little sensitive, but you get use to that. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Dukie564 on July 1, 2013
Color Name: Red Verified Purchase
Bought this camera on a whim before our honeymoon to the Caribbean. Both of us are avid photographers and normally use SLR cameras, but wanted something in the small point-and-shoot category, and something we didn't have to be afraid of dropping or getting wet, and that we could use underwater. This camera impressed us so much that we didn't take our SLR out of it's case a single time the entire trip! It held up to a week of constant use though sun, sand, water, and dust without a hitch, and not a single foggy or blurry photo. We took it snorkeling in up to 10 feet of water for hours at a time and it took fantastic photos with no issue during or afterwards. Drop it in the sand? Rinse it off in the ocean!

Another impressive thing about this camera is the sheer number of settings and photo modes. The filters are incredibly accurate and processing was super fast (INSTANT). Even processing for the panorama mode (which works great!) was completed in under 10 seconds. My wife loved the "pop art" and "dramatic" settings, and the FOUR underwater modes all worked perfectly.

Not sure what "Lucas Smith" is talking about with his review that talked about the battery life. Our battery easily lasted though each day (200-300 photos and video, 6+ hours a day) without dying a single time. The battery/SD card/charging port double lock was very easy to operate, and didn't let a single grain of sand or drop of water into the area the entire trip.

Construction is great - no loose or flimsy pieces, and when powered down a METAL door automatically slides over the lens to protect it from dirt and dust.

Focusing and firing is EXTREMELY fast. Almost instant - leaving plenty of time for multiple simultaneous shots of action filled activities.
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197 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Lucas Smith on July 19, 2012
Color Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I am trying to find a good waterproof camera for surfing/snorkling (I live in Hawaii :-) ). I got this because the sound recording on 2 Canon powershot d20's stoped working for me. I liked just about everything (other than the speed and strap placement of the d20), but obviously there is a problem with waterproofing as the sound stopped recording correctly on both of them after a snorkling trip.

Fast forward 2 weeks and now I have the Olymus tg-820 which I decided to try over the older Nikon AW100 and the significantly more expensive Olympus TG-1. I knew that people didn't think the Video recording was great on the TG-820, and that the battery life was subpar, but it looks like the best of the three options for my budget. The summary is that there are some good things about this camera, but again I either got unlucky (again) or there is a quality issue with the CMOS sensor as the image quality leaves a lot to be desired. Most of my comparisons are going to be between the D20 and the TG-820 as I have had hands on with both of them.

1) Very fast compared to Canon Powershot D20. The biggest improvment is the between shot time which is closer to .2 seconds vs 1 second on the d20. The burst mode is much better too!
2) Strap placement is much better
3) Battery/SD card door is double lock, but easier to use than the D20 which i almost broke a fingernail trying to open.
4) Construction appears a little better than the D20 (which had a couple rough edges on some of the frame pieces.
5) Lens cover - not sure if this is a pro or con. Helps keep lens cleaner in pocket, but another mechanical part to possibly fail.
6) More easily accessable Manual control options than the D20.
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By P. Probst on June 16, 2012
Color Name: Blue
I recently picked up the TG820 for my 9 YO daughter (her 3rd P&S camera) now that she has taken a fancy to photography. I purchased it at a local camera shop for no more than what it would have cost buying online. In doing my pre-purchase research I saw that Nikon offers a model with similar features that seems to be very popular right now. However, after previously buying my daughter the inexpensive (ie, less than $100) Nikon L22 and then the next iteration L24, I no longer have any confidence whatsoever in the quality of the components in the Nikon point & shoot cameras since the battery cover broke on each camera after minimal use. I believe that this is something Nikon had to be fully aware of before introducing the L24 as the problem appeared to be well documented in L22 reviews. After comparing the features of the Olympus TG820 to the Canon, Nikon, Pentax, & Sony rugged-type cameras, I liked what I saw in this model the best, including the fact that it does not have GPS and the picture taking lens has what appears to be a rugged automatic lens cover when the camera is switched off. I also don't expect to have problems with the double-locking, tight-sealing, metal-hinged battery cover.

Based on our limited experience, this camera takes wonderfully detailed, clear, quality snapshots with rich, satisfying colors. The LCD viewfinder is razor sharp. The macro feature is extremely good and has 2 different settings. Best of all, the camera has been so much fun to use. My daughter says it's "really cool". I've owned and used a number of P&S cameras (and DSLRs) and have not enjoyed any camera as much as I have this one. My daughter especially likes the 'fragmented' special effect and has taken some really brilliant, well composed shots using this feature.
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