Olympus Tough TG-870 Mark Peters : April 1st 2016 - 07:00 CET
Olympus TG-870 Tough digital camera : Olympus introduces the Tough TG-870 outdoor adventure camera. The Olympus Tough TG-870 - Whatever the conditions: great photos, ready to share, anytime, anywhere - Sure, even the average phone takes ok images a lot of the time, but what about those times and places where your precious smartphone can’t handle the conditions? When you are having fun in the pool or hanging tough in the surf. When you’ve made it to the top of that massive climb to enjoy spectacular panoramic views, or spotted some colourful fish while snorkelling by the reef. Or when your bag is full of sand and gets thrown in the boot of the car. Can your smartphone handle that kind of situations?
These are the times the new Olympus TOUGH TG-870 comes into its own. Tough enough to go anywhere - waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kg, dustproof and freezeproof to -10°C, making it the perfect, hassle-free electronic log-book for all your adventures. TG-870 owners will benefit from Olympus OI.Share and OI.Track, with the ability to control the camera remotely via Wi-Fi from a smartphone and share geo-tagged images on social media - from virtually anywhere, without a computer. With the 3-inch, 180° tiltable flip-out LCD display, it’s easy for your travelling companion to frame that over/underwater shot. For hand-held selfies, the reassignable front-face button can be used as an alternative shutter release, enabling you to shoot one-handed with either hand.
Olympus Tough TG-870 features
The Olympus camera also boasts the widest wide-angle zoom lens currently available in the rugged and waterproof compact camera class (21-105mm). Not only that - it’s easier than ever to put yourself clearly in the picture too, thanks to a selfie-friendly design that features a tilting 3-inch, 920,000-dot screen and front face button as an alternative shutter release, backed by a 'Selfie Mode' that compensates for any edge-of-image distortion in wide-angle shots. Sports photographers will love its Sport Burst and other Sport Cam modes, capturing every bit of the action, while the camera’s enhanced range of Art Filters will appeal to the creative in you too.
Taking pictures with the TG-870
Isn’t it annoying when you are shooting outside in bright sunlight that makes the LCD screen hard to see? The Olympus TG-870 has thought of that, which is why it now features an LCD boost, with maximum brightness 2.6 times brighter than normal. The camera’s outstanding 5x optical zoom lens, combined with a 16 Megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor, powerful TruePic VII processor and iHS technology, ensures excellent quality from corner to corner, even in fast-moving scenes and low light. The new autofocus lock also means you have complete freedom of focus, including for Underwater modes (Snapshot, Wide 1 and Macro).
Olympus TG-870 video features
The Olympus TG-870 doesn’t just excel for stills - it’s great for widescreen video clips too. Sport Cam Mode automatically sets the aspect to 16:9, and offers three video formats, including time-lapse movie. When you are at the heart of the action yourself, the camera can be securely attached to a sports harness using an optional holder, with the front face button to start your video recording. But when the action is much slower, you can still capture that special moment - for instance, Time Lapse Movie can also be used for night scenes, with a shutter speed of up to 4 sec. The new Live Composite mode allows you to capture light trails, checking them in Live View for easier shooting.
Olympus Tough TG-870 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
• Olympus Tough adventure neoprene case
• Olympus Tough accessory adventure pack
Olympus TG-870 review & pricing
The Olympus Tough TG-870 price in Europe is set at €299,-. Retail prices vary from country to country. The Olympus Tough camera will come to Europe in April 2016 - perfect timing for the outdoor and summer holiday season. The All-weather compact camera will be available in white, black and green. Availability of optional accessories may differ depending on the country. Please visit the Olympus website in your country for more information. As soon as we receive a test sample, we will put this rugged camera to the test and publish a Olympus Tough TG-870 review, including a photo gallery with sample pictures.