On February 7 2012, Olympus announced the TG-820 iHS rugged compact camera
, replacing the existing TG-810 model. The TG-820 features a 12 Megapixels BSI (Back-Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor, TruePic VI image processor (originally developed for DSLR cameras), a 28-140mm equivalent 5x optical zoom lens and 3-inch 1,030,000-dot anti-reflective scratch-proof HyperCrystal III LCD.
Same as the previous TG-810 model, the camera is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters), shockproof to 6.6 feet (2 meters), freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius) and crushproof to a weight of 220 pounds (100 kilograms). The new iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed) family of technologies comes with a quick autofocus and HDR Backlight Adjustment takes a collage of separate photos and blends them into one perfectly exposed image. There is also the Multi-Motion Movie IS (Image Stabilization) mode that records blur-free videos even when you're moving and the Enhanced iAuto that enables the camera to automatically detect 34 different scenes (portrait, landscape, macro, etc.) The Olympus Tough TG-820 iHS is listed for $299.99 in Silver, Black, and Blue colors. Here's the summary of review by ePhotoZine, giving the camera a rating of 4.5 out of 5:
"The Olympus Tough TG-820 produces images which are really well exposed with very pleasing colour reproduction. Detail is good a both ends of the lens, with some purple fringing in high contrast areas. There are three different modes for close-up shots, macro, super macro and super macro LED. In super macro mode the camera has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, allowing detailed close-up shots to be taken. There are examples below using the LED light. There's no noise at ISO 100, but it does start to appear at ISO 200 and more so at ISO 400. At ISO 800 noise is making the images slightly softer and again at ISO 1600. As you'd expect, noise continues to increase through ISO 3200 and 6400, but a usable image is still produced, particularly if you are resizing for web use, with colour reproduction remaining good throughout the ISO range. Landscape mode takes pictures with good blues and greens. Portraits have excellent skin tones and are free from red-eye. Sport mode has been used to gain a fast shutter speed to capture the movement of the water. The TG-820 takes a very impressive seamless panoramic picture. The auto white-balance (AWB) setting takes an image with a orange cast under the incandescent lighting, with the respective preset taking a better picture. Under the fluorescent lighting, the AWB setting has a very slight magenta cast, with the fluorescent preset giving a much stronger magenta cast.
The Olympus Tough TG-820 is currently priced at £252.00 and is at the top of the Olympus Tough range which includes the TG-620 and TG-320. If you want the most waterproof and shockproof camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 ticks the box. We have been impressed by cameras in the Tough range previously, such as the TG-610 which was featured packed with good image quality. The TG-820 does not disappoint, with the latest top of the range Tough camera building on previous results. There is now full 1080p HD video recording, a higher-resolution screen and an extended ISO range. There is very little to fault and some unique features, such as TAP control and LED macro, really make the Olympus Tough TG-820 stand out as an ideal camera for those who like to take pictures in extreme conditions."
Olympus TG-820 Sample Photos on Flickr
Olympus TG-820 Camera Reviews Roundup
|digitalcameraHQ - Jun 26 2012|
"Initial impressions of the TG-820's image quality are a bit mixed. Olympus has chosen to make the images pop, and in so doing has boosted contrast and sharpness to garish levels that spoil images. It's difficult to achieve "natural" looking photographs with the TG-820, with most appearing over processed and a bit fake. Blacks tend to block up unpl..." More »
|LetsGoDigital - Jun 03 2012|
"Generally, in outdoor cameras there is less attention to image quality. The robust cameras must be well protected from the elements, they must be indestructible and shoot fun everyday snapshots. With the new Olympus Tough TG-820, you no longer have to choose between robustness and image quality, this flagship is the first Olympus waterproof camera that is e..." More »
|Trusted Reviews - Mar 31 2012|
"Image quality is actually pretty good for a camera of this type, with the TG-820 able to deliver, on the whole, quite punchy images. Metering is generally quite accurate, with the option to switch between centre-weighted and full-screen balance (ESP). Used in iAuto mode the TG-820 delivers vibrant images with pleasing levels of colour, contrast and tonality..." More »
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Olympus TG-820 Camera Recent User Reviews
Surprisingly Good Underwater Photos and Video, But Badly Placed Video Button, Difficult Mode Switching, and Poor Battery Life, Not my real name guy - Mar 05 2014
3.75/5 Stars I bought an Olympus TG820 cheap used off eBay after reading the most recent group waterproof camera review roundup on dpreview.com (now affiliated with Amazon, Digital Photography Review is probably the best digital camera website on the internet) that rated the top-of-the-line Olympus TG-2 the highest. Basically the review said that the $400 TG-2 was about the only ca...
EXCELLENT, TC "TCM22" - Mar 04 2014
Had this camera for over a year and love it. I have taken it in salt and fresh water and still works perfectly....
Great underwater!, Benjamin Monroe - Feb 26 2014
This worked great for us taking underwater photos of rays near the beach and fish while we scuba dived for the first time in Australia. We have used it three times underwater so far without incident. We followed all of the instructions to keep it clean and sealed. The pictures look great and we were very pleased. Works great on the enhancement settings when shooting...
broken after a few months, Brittany vanschaick - Feb 25 2014
we bought this camera before a trip to the Bahamas and it took beautiful pictures. One day the screen stopped turning on and white lines flickered across it. we have had this camera for 6 months now and it does not work. luckily Olympus has a 1 year warranty and we are going to send it in for a repair....
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