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Olympus TG-860 Tough Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
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- Shockproof to 7 ft., Freeze proof to 14 degrees F, Crushproof to 220 LBF
- Focal length (equiv. 35mm)-21 ‑ 105mm, Sportcam mode (60p movies, High-Speed movies, Time-Lapse movies)
- 21mm Ultra-wide lens with 5x optical zoom & 180 degree tilting LCD
- Art Filters and in-camera sweep panorama capabilities, Built in Wi-Fi & GPS
- The waterproof feature is warranted to operate at depths up to 15 m (49.2 feet) for up to one hour.
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SDXC;;;|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Fill-in, Flash off, Red-eye reduction|
|ISO Range||125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto|
|Item Dimensions||2.5 x 1.1 x 4.3 inches|
|Item Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.5 grams|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||4 seconds|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||1,920 Pixels|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Memory Storage Capacity||37 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||21 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||1 second|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Video Capture Resolution|
|Viewfinder Type||flexible LCD|
|Water Resistance Level||Water Resistant|
The new TG-860 is the camera you’ll want to have along for every adventure. Its brawny exterior is built to withstand harsh weather and rough treatment, while its powerful mix of image processing power, creative flexibility, and up-to-the-minute connectivity – with built-in WiFi and GPS – make this camera the perfect choice for capturing action-packed photos and videos. Wherever you take the TG-860, share-worthy shots are sure to follow.
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Battery life was fine for taking a lot of shots. I took as many as 400 or so at a time and had no problems with battery life. The in-camera charging is a bit of a drag, but at least one can buy extra batteries if needed. Obviously, it would be hard to pop in a new battery with a wet camera. In practice I had to rinse the salt water off, let the camera dry a bit, and then leave it open to pull the card. That meant recharging was happening with a camera I had to let fully dry off anyway.
The underwater image quality was great, a bit better than my old Nikon AW100 underwater camera. The TG-8760 was much better above water. More importantly, the auto-focus was quick. My old Nikon was a hassle, but the TG-860 was quite quick and never a hassle.
For beach shots, where a phone will be a constant loss/theft anxiety, the TG-860 is a good choice. The flip screen was handy a few times, which is a few times more than I expected to need it. I do take kayak selfies, so the flip screen will help there.
The camera does feel pretty heavy, though I guess that's "tough." Importantly, the shot mode dial is a bit too easy to spin when shooting one-handed. I've had a problem like that with every underwater camera though.
This is a great camera if you want to take basic photos anywhere. I was hoping to not have to rely on my cellphone for kayaking and biking photos. I also paint on canvas using my photography and my phone has been perfect for that. So I'm disappointed. I did a lot of research before I bought it.
Pros - Incredibly sturdy and fairly easy to use. It is indeed waterproof and I think it is a good size. You can see it underwater and it works under water.
Cons - Maybe its me but it takes so so photos. I used both my cell (Samsung S5) and this camera at the same time on occasions to see if there was a difference. I believe there is. I can take on the fly sunrise shots at the beach with birds flying by (generis setting) and capture beautiful pictures with an airborn bird frozen mid flight. TG-860 The same picture with have far less color (programmed or in auto) and the birds are just a blurr. (I put both photos into the Olympus app on my computer so I could put them here.)
Bottom line if you just wantto capture a moment or even a video this camera will do especially in weather extremes or in the water. If you want to take really beautiful pictures on the fly, use your phone. You'll risk losing your phone however.
Pictures below are essentially a side by side comparison. The first is my Samsung Galaxy S5. The one on the right is this TG-860 camera. You get what you pay for I suppose.
UPDATE AUGUST 31, 2015
I must have been doing something wrong with my earlier pictures. I have taken a lot more pictures since my earlier review and I have to admit I'm getting better shots. I am also getting more comfortable with the settings but "auto" tends to wirk for most shots on the fly. So I am liking this camera more every time I use it. I often have it mounted on my kayak and I even filmed my first dolphins while kayaking. So if you are still tossing the coin on getting one of these, I feel comfortable suggesting you buy one. I convinced a kayak buddy to get one and she is a very good photographer and likes it as much as her fancy Nikon DSLR she paid several times more to take similar pictures. I suggest reading the instructions and figure out what works best for you. It also downloads using WiFi quite well. The last 4 pictures were taken within the last week mounted on a bobbing kayak using one hand. So hopefully you can makea better decision after reading this.