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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 Digital Camera

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16MP 5x Feb 2014
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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33 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The writer at PhotographyBlog.com concluded that this camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Excellent Expert Reviews

Digital camera expert review site PhotographyBlog.com scored this waterproof camera 90 out of 100. Camera experts think this Olympus digital camera is one of the very best cameras of a similar spec and age.

Good User Reviews

Based on 111 user reviews this Olympus digital camera has an average user rating of 89 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good screen. David Beckley mentioned on Amazon in October “The zoom button on the 810 was adjacent the screen so was easier to operate with your thumb” in his review of this digital camera. G. Horsham said in their review on Amazon “A cool screen that you can flip up so you can ensure that you are in the frame for that all important selfie”. Jcpc mentioned “The tiltable screen is helpful for getting shots from awkward angles” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Video Capture

Eight Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was good for video recording. Delfhill gave the product a very good rating and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The super-wide 21mm f3.5-5.7 is brilliant at capturing interior shots, video reproduction is highly realistic”. Delfhill also wrote “Video is a very strong point”. Delfhill also said “My only other main criticism is the video features being hidden within the menus”.

Good Quality Lens

A few people who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good lens. Delfhill wrote on Amazon “The lens is both good and bad” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a very good review score. Jcpc gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 on Amazon in October last year “It has an excellent specification especially the lens which zooms from ultra-wide to useful portrait (21 - 105 mm full-frame equivalent)”. Photographyblog.com scored it 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 on PhotographyBlog.com two years ago “Sharp, wide-angle lens”.

A few Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good autofocus. Thinker wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It is very good at focus at close quarters”. Photographyblog.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and said in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 “Fast autofocus”.

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. P. F. White mentioned in their review on Amazon two years ago “Zoom quality is very impressive” and gave it a very good rating.

One customer said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Mr Baz mentioned in his review on Amazon “+ Nice 5x zoom range 21mm-105mm equivalent (wider than many cameras) Image stabilisation works well+ Rugged build, feels extremely well built”.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few people concluded that it was able to produce good images. This year David Beckley said “My previous camera was a TG-810 which also produces great images with no problems”. Delfhill said in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review on Amazon “Makes for a good picture whilst everyone is laughing at themselves on the screen”. Helen E Martin mentioned on Amazon “Picture quality excellent” in her review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850.

Some people thought the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 had a good picture resolution. Delfhill mentioned “The flip around LCD screen is plenty bright enough for shooting in daylight, often a problem with other compacts”. Delfhill also wrote “There is also a really snazzy interval shooting option which is great to time-lapse parties”. Mr Baz mentioned two years ago “Crush proof evidently up to 100kg (I didn't try it though!)+ Nice macro 1cm allowing some very good close up shooting+ Snappy AF” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 reviewer said that it had a good image sensor. Delfhill said “The sensor struggles to reproduce vivid colours when hint of direct sunlight is involved”.

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Good Size

A few Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. C. Hawkes gave it a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “I have a number of compact cameras, including he exceptionally high-quality Canon G-12.”. C. Hawkes also said “At 21 mm, far wider than any compact I've owned, this is perfect for landscapes”. Mr Baz gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and he said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Good richness (without being over the top) This is a fun well built camera to take to the beach or places where you might risk damaging a normal compact”.

Some customers who reviewed the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 thought it was a good weight. P. F. White said “You don't need that ruggedness, you might want to consider other models that are lighter in weight and cheaper” and gave the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 a score of 5 stars.

One person who bought it concluded that it was a good body shape. One customer thought the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 was easy to carry around. In October Jim Smith wrote “Really impressed, as so easy to carry (it replaces a bridge camera”.

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 reviewer who bought it said that it was heavy and bulky. This year David Beckley mentioned in his Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review on Amazon “Com, I only use it snorkelling on holidays so not a heavy rugged user the camera has a good range of scene settings”.

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Easy to Use

Several Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. D. Thomas mentioned “Handy, easy to use” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review. Ian Gray mentioned last year “Think the turnable screen will be handy”. Jim Smith wrote on Amazon a few weeks ago “A Fuji HS10), so much quicker to use in practice (the Fuji seemed to take ages to focus” in his review of this digital camera and rated it as excellent.

A few customers said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. June Purvis wrote “Lovely camera to hold and use, easy to follow dials” in her Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review and rated it as excellent. Mr Baz scored it 80 out of 100 and he said “This is a very solid camera to hold with very strong metal body”.

Several people who bought it thought it was easy to use the menus. D. Thomas wrote last year “There's a useful range of settings for different scenes” in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850. Two years ago Delfhill said on Amazon “Menu functions are simple to navigate” in their review.

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Robust

Some customers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Delfhill mentioned “Great rugged camera” in their review of this digital camera. Delfhill also wrote “I've been looking for a rugged point and shoot compact for some time to replace my ageing day to day compact”. Delfhill also said “See how the latest technology from Olympus stands up to both standard and rugged compacts”.

Several people who reviewed it agreed that it was well made. Delfhill rated the product as very good and wrote on Amazon “The body feels solid in my hands”. Jim Smith wrote this month “I really do like a more solid camera too, as people pick things up, little fingers go onto the lens” in his Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review. Kerrygold71 mentioned “I'm very happy with it, i trust the brand and its very well made and can handle rain very well” in their review of this digital camera.

A few people who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Delfhill said on Amazon “It works amazingly under water”. Zoe Slf mentioned on Amazon “We've come back from holidays with some great underwater shots” in her Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review and gave the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 a very good review.

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Good Product Quality

Several people thought it was good quality. C. Hawkes gave the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 a score of 5 stars and said “And the image quality is excellent too throughout the 21-105mm range” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review. D. Thomas said “However, I plumped for the TG-850 after reading a well-informed review (jacked-up photgraphy magazine) saying that the image quality was conspicuously better on the TG-850 than the TG-860” in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850. G. Horsham said “High quality and fast” in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850.

Nice Design

Four Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was good looking. D. Thomas wrote on Amazon “Controls on the TG-850 are straightforward & largely intuitive if you already have experience of this level of camera, so it's pretty easy to set it up for what you want” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review. Thinker mentioned “Beautiful camera, very compact” and gave the product an excellent review. Thinker also said “Grip and is nice looking”.

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 owner wrote in their reviews that the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 was well designed. Photographyblog.com mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “Well designed, fullyfeatured and very durable compact camera for outdoor” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review.

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was neat. C. Hawkes said “The flip screen is a neat touch too - very useful especially for elevated shots” .

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Good Battery Life

A few people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Mr Baz mentioned “Only for about a second of shooting)+ Good battery life around 290 shots (above average for a camera of this type)Bad”. Thinker said in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 on Amazon “Make sure you buy a good card with plenty of room, video drains the battery faster” and rated the product 5 stars. Thinker also wrote “On normal pictures battery life is good”.

Good Brand

Olympus is one of the better rated camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Olympus also has good ratings for its waterproof cameras.

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Good Flash

Some people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good flash. In October this year Amazon Customer gave the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review “It seems to work best in bright sunshine with the flash on as the”. Ms. V. J. Taylor said on Amazon “Love how quick the shutter and flash are” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review and scored it 5 stars.

Reasonably Priced

Two customers considered that it was good value for money. Mr. Alan C. Rose rated it as very good and he wrote “Good value weatherproof camera that is well specified”. One customer reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. P. F. White mentioned in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review on Amazon two years ago “Was wearing out after a great deal of use”.

Good Technical Features

Several Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 reviewers considered that this digital camera had good features. Zoe Slf wrote “There are a good range of functions, which are easy to get to grips with” in her review and scored this digital camera very highly. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “Featuring an interesting array of features such as full proofing against water, being dropped” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 review.

Good Connectivity

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 reviewer who purchased the product considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. Steve mentioned “Only issue is the connectivity via flash card”. One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 owner who reviewed it wrote that it was wifi compatible.

Good Support

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had good technical guidance. Delfhill mentioned “Balance is very easy in manual mode, again a lot of manufacturers neglect this usability” in their review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Stylus Tough TG-850 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus Tough TG-850, the Stylus Tough TG-850 has an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Stylus Tough TG-850, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 has a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Stylus Tough TG-850 is waterproof, as are most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 is more than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This Olympus camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

Digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus Tough TG-850 have maximum memory card sizes of between 8GB and 130GB. The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 has a very large maximum memory card size (128 gigabytes) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Very High JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850 is 25fps, the highest is 60fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 37fps. When compared to other cameras of this spec and age that we have assessed, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850's JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second is one of the highest.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Stylus Tough TG-850 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera supports a PCM audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Stylus Tough TG-850 is more than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO speeds 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Supports One Power Source

The number of power sources supported by the Stylus Tough TG-850 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Cameras of a similar age and spec to the Stylus Tough TG-850 have minimum focal lengths of between 4.5mm and 35mm, and the average minimum focal length is 25mm. With a minimum focal length of only 21 millimeters, the Stylus Tough TG-850 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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9 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased this digital camera said that it was not noisy. Photographyblog.com wrote “Images on the noisy side” .

Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Stylus Tough TG-850, the Stylus Tough TG-850 does not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Stylus Tough TG-850 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have a GPS.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus Tough TG-850, the Stylus Tough TG-850 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Stylus Tough TG-850 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Stylus Tough TG-850 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Heavy

Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus Tough TG-850 have weights of between 36g and 1.4kg, and the average weight is 260g. The Stylus Tough TG-850 is one of the heavier digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus Tough TG-850 (218 grams) amongst cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Stylus Tough TG-850 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

This camera has a still image resolution of 3264 x 2448|2048 x 1536|640 x 480, which is the most frequently found still image resolution on similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 has a greater number of flash modes than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Olympus camera.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Olympus released the Stylus Tough TG-850.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16 megapixels, the Stylus Tough TG-850 has a fairly average megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Stylus Tough TG-850 has a fairly standard optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Dust-Resistant
Shock Resistant Case
Freezeproof
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Included Wrist Strap
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(1)
20 November 2014

PhotographyBlog.com

From the Tough stable of Olympus Stylus digital compact cameras, comes the TG-850. Featuring an interesting array of features such as full proofing against water, being dropped and cold snaps, a... Read more…

Sharp, wide-angle lens
Super Macro mode
Waterproof, shockproof design
Tilting rear display
Well manufactured
Lacks Wi-Fi and GPS
No dedicated charger included
Images on the noisy side
No touchscreen
WiFi

User Reviews

(39)
(Verified Purchase)

As a social photographer. Having a tough waterproof camera is a must! Selfie screen is amazing and essential for those group selfies (wide lens is a massive bonus) - drinks spilt on camera? no... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

I have tried this in the swimming pool & the pictures are good, close up ones are very clear. Normal everyday shots are very good. However, the digital zoom is rubbish, everything comes out... Read more…

Reviewed 13 June 2016 by Helen E Martin
(Verified Purchase)

Picture quality excellent...

(Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera purely for taking underwater snorkelling photos. It has been used once or twice a day for 10 days and had no issues with leakage (which had worried me from some reviews). It... Read more…

(Verified Purchase)

Bought for my wife to use, she is a technophobe, and she finds it really easy to use as the menu is very straightforward. Thank goodness!! Just waiting to see the first pictures.

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