Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS 16 MP Digital Camera (Black/Silver)
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- Tough performance; shockproof to 7 feet, waterproof to 33 feet; crushproof to 220 lbs, freezeproof to 14 degrees F
- Newly developed 21mm (equiv.), 5X zoom lens, the widest in the compact camera class
- The first Tough series camera equipped with a tilt LCD screen
- Art Filters
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|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 1.09 x 4.33 inches|
|Item Weight||0.48 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.5 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Water Resistance Level||Waterproof|
A secluded beach. A trip to the zoo. The kids trying out new snowboards. Active lifestyles generate great photo ops - and there"s no better camera for capturing these special moments than the new TG-850. It"s super-rugged and waterproof, yet stylish enough for less "extreme" pursuits - like documenting your daughter"s first lacrosse goal. The TG-850 has a super-sharp wide-angle lens, a 180-degree swivel LCD monitor (selfie alert!) and high-def video capability. Quite simply, it"s a terrific all-around camera.
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A WHOLE NEW ANGLE ON TOUGH.
A secluded beach. A trip to the zoo. The kids trying out new snowboards. Active lifestyles generate great photo ops – and there’s no better camera for capturing these special moments than the new TG-850. It’s super-rugged and waterproof, yet stylish enough for less “extreme” pursuits – like documenting your daughter’s first lacrosse goal. The TG-850 has a super-sharp wide-angle lens, a 180-degree swivel LCD monitor (selfie alert!) and high-def video capability. Quite simply, it’s a terrific all-around camera.
Waterproof, Shockproof, Crushproof, Freezeproof – Let’s Just Say It’s “Lifeproof”
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The World’s First Rugged Camera with a Swivel LCD
The Widest Lens of Any Rugged Camera
On Top of Everything Else…Pro-quality Video
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Capture a Series of Photos with Timed Interval Shooting
Express Your Creativity with Art Filters
Olympus iHS Technology – Faster and Smarter
Keep It Sharp with Dual Image Stabilization
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Update: One year later i took the 2nd camera on vacation and used underwater as it states it can be and guess what---- the camera quit working completely again. Again 6+ days left of vacation that couldn't be captured on camera because it is defective, faulty and a piece of junk. 2 cameras, 2 different vacations, 2 times the camera breaks and is unable to shoot the memorable parts of the trip. I WILL NEVER BUY AN OLYMPUS PRODUCT AGAIN----
This one does not have a cover that closes on the lens and that is a good thing. Per the manual, our previous camera required soaking and opening and closing the lens cover in clean water several times to make sure salt and debris did not dry and jam the mechanism. This one just takes a quick rinse in the sink to clean it off.
The lens is recessed which probably helps to protect it. However, this can trap a small air bubble when you put it under water. Just turn it so the lens is pointing at the sky to clear the bubble or it can distort your pictures. Keep a small lens cleaning cloth with you so you can clean water drops off the lens after it has been in the water. I use a microfiber cloth like you use to clean your glasses.
I contacted olympus and they told me that the camera was defective. I sent it back and they repaired without cost, but I paid for the shipping.
After 3 months of little use, I was taking some shoots in my home and it stops working, again, for no reason.
I'm tired of all the hustle this piece of trash have caused. This is not the only product of this brand that have failed. I'm disappointed with Olympus.
Attempting to pack light for a theme park trip, I took this camera (with Toshiba flashair 2 16gb card) and iPhone 4 with Olympus Image Share app installed. I could get through most of the day taking pictures, videos, reviewing shots while time permitted and occasional wifi transfers to phone before battery was done. Yes this camera does seem to eat through the battery especially with video use BUT I was using the camera a lot even though I may have only taken 75 photos and a few videos. I may get a second battery if planning another all day trip. Since wifi was set to off except for one or two photo transfers to cellphone I am going to assume that the Flashair was not responsible for battery consumption.
Did not attempt to "setup" the Flashair card so left the password at default and popped it in the camera. In the camera menu settings I set wifi to manual start and stop. After connecting from the iphone wifi settings, the Olympus app worked first attempt. It created an album OLYMPUS in the Photos app. I was quite pleased everything worked first try even though maybe not as convenient as with other cameras.
I bought a refurb hoping the seal issues were fixed but not planning any heavy use underwater. Just to test the seals during the return period I tried it under a foot of water for a short period of time while tilting lcd, turning dials, zooming and taking pictures. No problems. Really just wanted water splash proof so have not deep pool tested yet and may not tempt fate with this one. Floating strap is nice addition. It seems most of the bad reviews were due to leaks.
Majority of photos and videos taken were "good" without much effort - maybe 10 percent were duds because of camera limitations and another 10 percent duds due to operator error. Photos were very useable and were able to crop (a bit) for computer or 4x6 prints without much noticable noise. Pixel peepers will hate this camera but for normal snap-shot use very nice jpegs. The AWB colors were mostly accurate without over-saturation at the "natural" setting. The Adobe PS Express app was able to correct underexposed shadows and clean up glare on a few photos. Fastone Image Viewer software on the computer is also useful and good freeware. Many more features yet to try. I would have to say this is a fun camera.
I guess the more specialized GoPro cameras are the way to go if wanting the best action videos but roller coaster handheld videos using the TG-850 will capture the experience even if a bit shaky. And you don't have to worry about dropping your smartphone.
Wide wide angle - not concerned if some distortion or not perfectly clear on edges.
Image stabilization worked well at any zoom. Could get decent handheld night shots at 1/6 sec at wide zoom.
Wifi worked first try
Flip-up LCD along with wide angle lens and wrist strap made taking 4 person selfies easy even on roller coaster (only attempted when moving slowly at end of a ride).
Tilt LCD surprisingly useful for videos and ground level photos.
Fun with SCN and Art modes. "Dramatic" setting makes for some interesting photos but can do similar effects in Olympus App after transfer a photo to iPhone.
Underwater (outdoor, daytime) colors using the WB "underwater" setting were good.
Reasonably fast AF and capture. Much better than older iPhone.
Was able to disable AF assist light. Just had to remember to turn it back on for when needed in lower light.
Video sound was surprisingly good at reasonable loudness - Video of street bands did not overload mics and fairly stable level with acceptable highs and lows. May not be able to handle concert level sounds without automatically muting highs or distorting. Did not check for hiss in low sound levels yet.
==Wish was better (but since when do we get everything we want):
Not much exposure range - typical for p&s small chip cameras. Was able to edit darker shadows acceptably on a few photos.
No manual aperature and shutter settings but did have exp compensation setting when needed for a few photos.
Definitely not a low light camera. Can not capture moving subjects at dusk lighting without blur. However a creative photographer may be able to exploit this as a feature and make some interesting effects.
Noisy photos in lower light and in shadows. I expected some of this in SCN and Art modes but got more than expected in normal shooting. Guess the $350 Olympus with the better chip and lens will be the better choice if this is critical.
Aquarium (indoor, lower light) colors were good but noisy photos.
Clicking handling noise in videos - will have to be careful with this.
Tilt LCD that could flip down for holding camera overhead.
It will take some practice to get fill flash to work with bright background.
Thought I had read the 720 video would be 60fps but looked more like 30fps in some videos.
Panorama chops of what you would think would have been the last frame. Have to keep shooting past what you want to capture.
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