Olympus Tough TG-860 Mark Peters : February 14th 2015 - 09:50 CET
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 all-weather digital camera : True to the Tough name, the new TG-860 from Olympus cruised through lab tests that saw it dropped, frozen, squashed and submerged. Seals remained sealed, rivets remained riveted, pictures remained picture perfect. The Olympus TG-860 passed image-quality tests with flying colours. Most important of all, it sustained this quality with super wide-angle close-ups - thanks to the widest wide-angle lens available in the compact outdoor camera class. The 21-105mm 5x optical zoom lens makes it easy to capture the whole scene, especially with group selfies. Lesser lenses often exclude an ear, arm or even a whole person, and picture quality may deteriorate at wide-angle settings.
Olympus Tough TG-860
Combined with a 16-Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and powerful TruePic VII processor, the wide-angle lens ensures excellent-quality from corner to corner, even in fast-moving scenes and low light. What’s more, the Olympus Tough TG-860 digital camera automatically compensates for distortion that can otherwise spoil great stills (by making heads or facial features seem unnaturally big). The Olympus Tough TG-860 is Wi-Fi enabled, so you can put it down or mount it on a tripod (for portrait or landscape) and control it remotely using your smartphone and free Olympus OI.Share. In addition to simply releasing the shutter, you can have it shoot a sequence at preset intervals or set a self-timer - all on your smartphone screen. Of course, you can wirelessly upload the results from your phone to social media.
Full HD movie recording with the Tough TG-860
Wide angles aren’t just for stills. To generate cinematic widescreen video clips, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 camera comes with 5-axis hybrid image stabilisation and a new Sportcam Mode that automatically sets the aspect ratio to 16:9 so you don’t have to choose between your subject and the majestic panorama over their shoulder. Sportcam Mode offers a choice of three video formats: super-smooth movie in HD 1080 60p, high-speed movie (for playing back videos in slow motion) and time-lapse movie. For a sequence of spectacular fast-action still shots, Sport Burst Mode lets you set an interval between 0.05 seconds and one minute.
Olympus TG-860 Sport Holder
For surfers, bikers and other fast-action sports fans, two hands mostly aren’t an option for any kind of shot, let alone selfies. But with an optional Olympus Sport Holder, they can strap the Olympus TG-860 Stylus Tough camera securely to a sports harness or backpack strap and pull it tight to their body. To take a picture, it’s simply a question of hitting the face button with whichever hand is free. If you have more time, a quick-release spiral safety cord lets you pull the camera out of its harness without fear that you could lose it - even if an unexpected manoeuvre means you have to let go. As long as it goes where you go, the Tough will come safely through.
Olympus Tough accessories
• Olympus CSCH-123 Sport Holder
• Olympus PT-057 Underwater Case
• Olympus CSCH-124 Silicone Jacket
• Olympus CSCH-121 Soft Camera Case
• Olympus CHS-09 Floating Handstrap