Olympus TG-810 14.0 Megapixel Waterproof Reviews Roundup

On March 2 2011, Olympus announced the Tough TG-810, the world's first 100kg crushproof camera. The TG-810 is shockproof and can withstand a 6.6-foot drop. It can also crushproof and can resist up to 220-pounds of crushing pressure. It is Freezeproof below freezing temperature (14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius) and dustproof. The Olympus TOUGH TG-810 features Dual Image Stabilization to cut the blur out of your photography, Wi-Fi compatibility for instant image sharing via an optional Eye-Fi Card, 3D still image capture in and out of the water.

The TG-810 comes with GPS and an Electronic Compass. The GPS on the camera automatically records your location while you're shooting so it remembers where you took a favorite photo. The Electronic Compass allows you to check your shooting direction in the field. The Olympus TOUGH TG-810 also offers a Manometer, which measures water and air pressure, enabling you to accurately monitor the depth or altitude of your images. The location, direction, depth and altitude are recorded when each image is taken, and the information is stored within each picture's digital file.

The Olympus TOUGH TG-810 comes in black and silver and it includes a Wrist Strap, WIN/Mac USB cable, Audio/Video Cable, Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery, Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual, software CD-ROM and Warranty Card. The estimated street price is $399.99.

Olympus TG-810 Sample Photos on Flickr



Olympus TG-810 Camera Reviews Roundup


Steve's Digicam - Feb 24 2012
"With 14-megapixels at its disposal, it is almost a foregone conclusion that this camera can capture high-quality images. And, in easy shooting conditions such as ample sunlight outdoors, this is certainly the case. However, indoor shots can be a mixed bag. For example, when taking pictures in a cafe in the late afternoon light, I found that photos taken wit..." More »
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User Review of the camera - Olympus TG-810

  • 2014-02-06 08:00
    Don't waste your money, Diane Elliott
    I rarely bother to write reviews. However, I am so disappointed with my Olympus TG-810 that I am writing this one to hopefully save someone else the trouble. After 24 months and about 5 uses, I went to charge my camera prior to leaving for vacation. The camera wouldn't charge and the screen kept flicking on and off. I googled the issue and many other people had the same problem. I called the company and explained that my camera is barely used. They told me too bad, it's out of warranty. And for 1/2 the original price of the camera, I could send it in and they could "try" to repair it. Customer service is terrible and the product isn't worth it.
  • 2014-01-24 08:00
    I absolutely love this camera, Rebecca J. Santucci
    It takes great pictures and easy to use. I have now taken it to Maui 4 times and have gone snorkeling with it multiple times on each trip. I have never had any issues with it. I do make sure to clean it when I get back home with fresh water. The pictures taken underwater are really good is the sun is out. If there is a cloudy sky then the pictures are not as clear. I would purchase this camera again.
  • 2014-01-16 08:00
    tough but slow, Edward Boriso
    Yes the camera is tough. But the trade off is slow shutter speed. I knew this when it was bought but it seemed slower than I would expect. In the end we bought a cheaper and faster Canon at Target with an extended warranty. That ended up having a lens failure and Canon fully replaced it.
  • 2013-12-01 08:00
    Satisified, Momof2inFL
    PROS: quick to snap pics, has great lighting, hasn't broken with the many drops I have accidentally made with it, good under water at the water parks, and ocean.
    CONS: When zoomed in, it gets very blurry, and never focuses in.
  • 2013-11-25 08:00
    Very good camera, Amazon Customer
    Have had this camera for a couple years now - it's durable (can't begin to tell you how many times I've dropped it) and takes great day time pictures. It's very cool to be able to take pictures underwater in a pool or at the beach. The quality of the pictures greatly decreases in low light, but honestly, it's not meant for that purpose. Get a different camera for that.
  • 2013-11-25 08:00
    Very good camera, TripleB
    Have had this camera for a couple years now - it's durable (can't begin to tell you how many times I've dropped it) and takes great day time pictures. It's very cool to be able to take pictures underwater in a pool or at the beach. The quality of the pictures greatly decreases in low light, but honestly, it's not meant for that purpose. Get a different camera for that.
  • 2013-11-13 08:00
    I would highly recommend this camera as an addition to any traveler’s arsenal., M909
    I purchased this product in preparation for my honeymoon to Jamaica where we knew we would be spending a lot of time by the sand and water.
    Features - The camera has a lot of similar features you would find on any basic Point and Shoots but the waterproof and shock proof are what stand out. I tested it several times in normal conditions before we left and the picture quality was equal to other non-water proof cameras. We enjoyed using it in places that we would never use a real camera in fear of destroying the camera. I dropped it several times walking up a river falls, submerged it for long periods of time while snorkeling, and dove it down to near it's limits. The pictures turned out great both in and out of water. It was really a great asset to have on a trip where you spend most your time in the water or on the sand. We had no fears that the camera couldn’t handle what we gave it.
    I would highly recommend this camera as an addition to any traveler’s arsenal. We own several nice cameras but having this for your adventure and play time is well worth the price.
  • 2013-11-12 08:00
    Okay if you're looking for rugged, waterproof, Mary Bogaudo
    I like it for the water and beach and ruggedness but am not too impressed with the pictures. Maybe I just haven't learned how to adjust it yet?
  • 2013-11-08 08:00
    Good Camera!, Patrick West
    It has worked out well for my purposes. It takes a good picture of dark places and makes them very clear.
  • 2013-10-13 07:00
    I love Olympus cameras, Theresa Pelkey
    I love the durability of this camera, I have dropped it many times and it holds up. The rubber gaskets around all doors are trustworthy and give me assurance that no sand at the beach or water will damage it. I use this camera while I was in a waterfall in Puerto Rico and it worked wonders. I have had no problems, and the picture quality is great. It also has a bunch of settings to help you choose the best flash setting for different light conditions.
  • 2013-09-06 07:00
    Bad product, alain decoster
    this camera worked for 6 months and then stopped functioning for no apparent reasons.....I bought several of those Olympus cameras over the years and this was the last one.
  • 2013-08-27 07:00
    best camera ever, blake roundy
    i have had three of these now. i just keep getting these as they get nicer. great in the water and OOBER BULLET PROOF!!!
  • 2013-08-26 07:00
    It is ok, Ekaterina Puffini
    It is ok. It is VERY slow. It take 6 seconds to boot up and takes another 4 seconds after I take a picture. That is a pain hiking in the mountains - I liked my old olmpus much better. And once it got screwed up and did something horrible to the colors of a whole series of pictures. So I lost 30 mountain photos that I really wanted. But apart from that it works ok and takes pretty good pictures.
  • 2013-07-18 07:00
    Great!, Sharry Peabody
    This is a great camera. Fast shipping
    I used the camera on a trip to Curacao worked great on land and in the water .
  • 2013-07-12 07:00
    Takes decent pictures, no leaks., Clay Robinson
    I spent all of last summer taking mine to the pool, lake, river, and just playing with my son in the backyard sprinkler without any problems. This summer I got the chance to take it to the beach, I was a little worried it wouldn't hold up to the salt water, but it seems to have come through just fine, and I got tons of great pictures and videos while playing in the surf and swimming out to sand bars. I even came home with a twenty minute underwater video acidentally taken from a swim suit cargo pocket.
    It's not super easy to take great indoor photos with this without blurring, but I was able to figure out the manual controls and turn up the settings that make photos grainier but completely eliminates blur. The grainy photos are not acceptable as artsy shots, but they look fine printed out in relatively small size or viewed on facebook. Outdoor pictures look great, I usually just leave the camera on auto mode for those, using the manual settings when indoors to eliminate or greatly reduce blur.
    One tip: Go ahead and order a floating camera strap so you don't have to worry about dropping it.
  • 2013-07-12 07:00
    Takes decent pictures, no leaks., Clay Robinson
    I spent all of last summer taking mine to the pool, lake, river, and just playing with my son in the backyard sprinkler without any problems. This summer I got the chance to take it to the beach, I was a little worried it wouldn't hold up to the salt water, but it seems to have come through just fine, and I got tons of great pictures and videos while playing in the surf and swimming out to sand bars. I even came home with a twenty minute underwater video acidentally taken from a swim suit cargo pocket.
    It's not super easy to take great indoor photos with this without blurring, but I was able to figure out the manual controls and turn up the settings that make photos grainier but completely eliminates blur. The grainy photos are not acceptable as artsy shots, but they look fine printed out in relatively small size or viewed on facebook. Outdoor pictures look great, I usually just leave the camera on auto mode for those, using the manual settings when indoors to eliminate or greatly reduce blur.
    One tip: Go ahead and order a floating camera strap so you don't have to worry about dropping it.
  • 2013-07-01 07:00
    Olympus cameras are not totally waterproof, B. Cianflone
    I do a lot of kayaking and spend much time on the water, so I thought it was time to buy a waterproof camera. Before, I would have an SLR camera in a totally waterproof Pelican box (that I got on Amazon) and it worked great but that got bulky on long trips. I saved my money, and got the Olympus TG-810.
    Let me warn you: After using this camera once and following all the instructions but getting water on it, I could see moisture inside it after I got home. After three days, the motor stopped working. I called Olympus, and I was told that that happens with this type of camera which is why it is no longer sold and even Walmart took it off of its shelves. That is always a huge hint: If Walmart clears its stores of an item in a flurry, that is a big warning to all.
    I was told that when this happens with this type of camera, when you try to charge it the lens cover will open and close, and the computer will not recognized the camera when connected via a USB stick. It is a defect with the camera.
    Stay away from this Olympus camera. Get a Sony or Nikon.
    If you have one, I wish you the best of luck. If held at a specific angle and water gets on it some will enter. Olympus knows this. There are web sites devoted to Olympus problems with their waterproof cameras that are not really waterproof.
  • 2013-07-01 07:00
    Olympus cameras are not totally waterproof, B. Cianflone
    I do a lot of kayaking and spend much time on the water, so I thought it was time to buy a waterproof camera. Before, I would have an SLR camera in a totally waterproof Pelican box (that I got on Amazon) and it worked great but that got bulky on long trips. I saved my money, and got the Olympus TG-810.
    Let me warn you: After using this camera once and following all the instructions but getting water on it, I could see moisture inside it after I got home. After three days, the motor stopped working. I called Olympus, and I was told that that happens with this type of camera which is why it is no longer sold and even Walmart took it off of its shelves. That is always a huge hint: If Walmart clears its stores of an item in a flurry, that is a big warning to all.
    I was told that when this happens with this type of camera, when you try to charge it the lens cover will open and close, and the computer will not recognized the camera when connected via a USB stick. It is a defect with the camera.
    Stay away from this Olympus camera. Get a Sony or Nikon.
    If you have one, I wish you the best of luck. If held at a specific angle and water gets on it some will enter. Olympus knows this. There are web sites devoted to Olympus problems with their waterproof cameras that are not really waterproof.
  • 2013-06-30 07:00
    Good for What it Says; Just Don't Push the Limits, kimber
    I've actually had this camera for 2 years.
    Intuitive interface; auto worked great.
    I go caving, and it worked great there too with crystal clear pictures.
    In the case of fog from so many warm bodies breathing, I had to manually increase the iso, but auto usually worked just fine.
    I dropped it many, many times. In Hawaii, I dropped it 5 ft. onto lava rock. Dented in the front, but it just kept on working.
    It finally died in Jamaica. It dropped into 15' water when I went to throw my fins into the boat, but it still worked fine.
    We were at a plane wreck, and I had forgotten my submersible camera. So I used this one. It actually worked great *85* feet down. There was an air bubble in the screen that came out during my safety stop. It worked for a few mores hours, and then never again. I can't get it to turn on. Tried a brand new battery. Nothing. Oh well. At least I got some good pictures @ the plane.
  • 2013-06-30 07:00
    Good for What it Says; Just Don't Push the Limits, kimber
    I've actually had this camera for 2 years.
    Intuitive interface; auto worked great.
    I go caving, and it worked great there too with crystal clear pictures.
    In the case of fog from so many warm bodies breathing, I had to manually increase the iso, but auto usually worked just fine.
    I dropped it many, many times. In Hawaii, I dropped it 5 ft. onto lava rock. Dented in the front, but it just kept on working.
    It finally died in Jamaica. It dropped into 15' water when I went to throw my fins into the boat, but it still worked fine.
    We were at a plane wreck, and I had forgotten my submersible camera. So I used this one. It actually worked great *85* feet down. There was an air bubble in the screen that came out during my safety stop. It worked for a few mores hours, and then never again. I can't get it to turn on. Tried a brand new battery. Nothing. Oh well. At least I got some good pictures @ the plane.