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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Digital Camera

£273.09
£180.00 £93.09 cheaper than 3 days ago
Compact Camera 16MP 5x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
One industry award
Unacceptable noise level
Poor exposure control
77 Reviews + 1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
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Reviews

One Industry Award

This waterproof camera was given a "Recommended" award by websites PhotographyBlog.com who concluded that this camera was good.

Good Expert Reviews

Expert review website PhotographyBlog.com scored this camera 80 out of 100. It seems that experts are not that keen on this Olympus camera.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 122 owner reviews this camera has an overall owner rating of 88%. 51 reviewers (85% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 90% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. Most Stylus Tough TG-860 owners think it is one of the better cameras of this age and spec.

Good Brand

We checked 4,467 expert and owner reviews (including 212 verified purchases) for Olympus cameras and found that on average Olympus has good reviews. We also found that Olympus has good reviews specifically for its waterproof cameras. 88% of those that bought a Olympus digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Seven people who purchased the product concluded that it had good features. Pam Fergusson rated the product 5 stars and she wrote in her Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review on Amazon “I ordered this camera to replace my beloved Olympus 850 SW that died after getting water in it The TG860 is a great camera, some nice features”. Paul mentioned in his Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review on Amazon last year “Great pictures, waterproof and plenty of features”. R. Palmer mentioned two years ago “It has a decent number of features” in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 and gave the product a rating of 6 stars.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer said “Only thing it lacks (for me) is a full manual mode.”. Fictionfan mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 on Amazon “The downloadable instruction manual is better”.


Price

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Reasonably Priced

Eight Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners who purchased it thought it was good value for money. Tag said two years ago “Love it, nice price too” in their review of this digital camera. School Tech mentioned “Best value for a camera that can handle the mishaps of teenagers with superb quality photos”. Jonathan Lowes wrote “Good quality camera for the price and yes I would recommend it to anyone” and scored this digital camera 7 stars.

One person mentioned that the product was expensive. Woody_tng said “For what I am using it for though I feel it is overpriced” and rated the product 8 stars.

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Not Cheap

The cheapeast cameras of a comparable spec and age that we found costs £52 and the most expensive costs £274. We think that this digital camera looks expensive for a waterproof camera that has been around for more than a year.


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Released Over a Year Ago

This camera has been on the market since January 2016.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was noisy. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com in April last year “Noisy zoom on review sample” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review. Last year Kiran mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I found its low light performance horrendous (incredible noise levels at low light)”.

Noisy

Two Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was noisy. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com in April last year “Noisy zoom on review sample” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review.

Last year Kiran mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I found its low light performance horrendous (incredible noise levels at low light)”.

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Features Voice Recording

The Stylus Tough TG-860 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Stylus Tough TG-860 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Stylus Tough TG-860 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Stylus Tough TG-860 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Olympus digital camera). This Olympus camera also supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that have been available for more than a year.

A 640 x 480 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Ten Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers considered that the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 was compact. Woody_tng gave it a score of 7 stars and mentioned “This is a fun little compact” in their review of this digital camera. Thing No 1 said in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review “Good results on, in or u der the water -where you might not want to take your smartphone or sensitive compact”. Thing No 1 also wrote “Versatile family compact” in their review.

Six customers who bought the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 considered that it was heavy and bulky. Pam Fergusson said “It was also bigger and a lot heavier than my 850SW that had been well used” and rated it 6 stars. Yyy said “While pocket size, this sturdy camera feels heavier than most”. Hunter2 mentioned in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review “Great camera, left my bulky Nikon home”.

Two customers agreed that the product was good structurally. Two customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was a good size. Outdoor Mom said “A very good size for holding, still fits in a pocket” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review.

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owner wrote that it was lightweight.

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owner mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to carry around. Mike wrote “Great resolution on the pics and so easy to carry around, even when it's raining” in his Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review.

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Average Weight

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has a fairly typical weight (224 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera also have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Histogram

The Stylus Tough TG-860 features histogram, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus Tough TG-860 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras that were released more than a year ago also have an image stabilizer.

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16 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16 megapixels digital camera.

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Design

Has a Shock Resistant

The Stylus Tough TG-860 has a shock resistant. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also have a shock resistant.

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Nice Design

Seven Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. R. Palmer mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon two years ago “A standard picture is pretty wise” and gave it a score of 7 stars. R. Palmer also said “It's waterproof to 15m, which suggests it's pretty safe for most people's purposes” in their review. R. Palmer also mentioned “The feature and performance of the camera are pretty good too” in their review.

Three customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was neat. R. Palmer said in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review on Amazon two years ago “However, when you get it in your hands, you can see it's actually quite a neat and tidy device” and rated it 7 stars. R. Palmer also wrote “It's still not quite to my tastes, butit is still pretty tidy looking and fits nicely in a pocket” in their review. Yyy gave the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 a rating of 7 stars and said “It has a flip-up LCD viewing screen and a front shutter button which enables neat selfies”.

Two people who bought the product agreed that it was rough. Another Weasley said “However, this is a camera designed for the rough outdoors so it has to be able to cope with that! The orange” . Two Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners who bought the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 agreed that it had a good case.

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it was ugly.

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Good At Resisting Water Ingress

Sixteen Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers mentioned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Photographyblog.com said “Waterproof to 15m Second shutter release (customisable Fn button” in their review of this digital camera. Photographyblog.com also said “Waterproof to 50 feet” in their review. Photographyblog.com also said “The Olympus TG-860 is a 16-megapixel compact camera that is waterproof to a depth of 15m, shockproof from 2.1m, freezeproof to -10 °C” in their review.

Sixteen Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers concluded that it was strong and durable. Woody_tng mentioned “The wide view is also very good ad I have dropped it a few times.”. Two years ago Birdman said on Bhphotovideo.com “This camera is marketed as a durable field camera”. R. Palmer said on Amazon “It looks a bit ugly, as if to make the point about how rugged it is, they've made it look really grim” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine people who purchased it considered that it was well made. Kevin O'keefe mentioned on Amazon two years ago “The dials and switchgear give good feedback and on the whole feel solid (apart from perhaps the zoom which was disappointingly a plastic rocker switch –” in his review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 and scored the product 6 stars. Jrae gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “The hinge is well built and doesn't seem flimsy at all- obviously it's more susceptible when in this configuration”. Chappers rated the product 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “There is something inherently reassuring about something that has been engineered to withstand knocks, bumps, scrapes” in their review of this digital camera.

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Waterproof

The Stylus Tough TG-860 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Average Waterproof Up to

With a waterproof up to of 15 meters, the Stylus Tough TG-860 has a relatively average waterproof up to compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Good Product Quality

Sixteen Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners who purchased it said that it was good quality. Annieb said “I specifically use this camera for snorkeling in the ocean, its lightweight, easy to use and has great picture quality” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review. R. Palmer scored it 9 stars and said “It is a good solid and high quality camera if you want a solid compact”. Thing No 1 wrote “Happy with the quality of images, fast focusing, use of use” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review and gave this digital camera a rating of 6 stars.

One person reckoned that this digital camera was inferior quality. Fly Fisher said “I have taken a few spills and this camera should keep me happy when it gets wet” and scored the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 7 stars.

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Dustproof

The Stylus Tough TG-860 is dustproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Easy to Use

Sixteen Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners concluded that this digital camera was easy to use. Photographyblog.com said “Ease of use” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review but despite that they scored the product 1 stars. R. Palmer mentioned “Not gonna lie, I'm vain enough to use it” and gave it an excellent review score. Wild Bill mentioned two years ago “I haven't tried that yet with the 860 The WiFi control is great, I really like that” and scored this digital camera 6 stars.

Ten Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers who reviewed the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Yyy gave the product a score of 6 stars and mentioned two years ago “The TG-860 has great on-screen menus and takes surprisingly good snapshots” in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860. Fictionfan gave the product a rating of 8 stars and wrote in the same month “I'd rather have to be a bit careful than have the annoyance of having to work out the best settings for each photo”. P. Dhinsa gave the product a rating of 7 stars and mentioned on Amazon “I didn't read the instructions at all and figured out how to take the photos and change the photo/video settings quite easily”.

Three Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Mike gave the product a rating of 7 stars and he wrote on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “I picked this camera up for things that I wasn't comfortable toting my DSLR to” in his Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review. Also two years ago Chappers mentioned in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review “The camera is comfortable to hold” and scored the product 7 stars. Mandynolan gave this digital camera a rating of 6 stars and said in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 on Amazon “The camera is light and nice to hold g”.

Two customers said in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Jonathan Lowes mentioned in his review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 on Amazon “Very easy to set up with all the features that you need”. M. Thornton mentioned “Excellent camera easy to set up, hopefully will work well on holiday in the pool” .

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewer who purchased it said that it had a good experience. Mike wrote in his Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review “Best shopping experience ever” .

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Stylus Tough TG-860 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 100mm and 140mm. At only 105 millimeters, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Digital cameras of this age and type have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 21mm and 28mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 21 millimeters, the Stylus Tough TG-860 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Technical Details

Has a Self-Timer

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has a self-timer, as do most of the other digital cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Stylus Tough TG-860 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The Stylus Tough TG-860 has a wrist strap included, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

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Has an AC Adapter Included

The Stylus Tough TG-860 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Stylus Tough TG-860 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has an HDMI, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Memory

Very Small Internal Memory

The Stylus Tough TG-860 has a fairly small internal memory (only 37 megabytes) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than a year. Across all the waterproof cameras that are a similar age to this camera the internal memory range from 37MB to 96MB.

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Poor Exposure Control

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owner who bought the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 concluded that it did not have good exposure controls. Birdman mentioned in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review “The camera never immediately selects the exposure control, which of course is THE MOST common adjustment one makes when composing a shot”.

Good Screen

Fifteen Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owners who bought it reckoned that it had a good screen. Photographyblog.com mentioned “3 in 461k dot flipup screen”. Photographyblog.com also mentioned “180 adjustable screen” in their review. Photographyblog.com also mentioned “Comes with flip screen” in their review.

Good Lens

Six customers agreed that this digital camera had a good lens. Photographyblog.com said “21mm wide-angle lens” in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860. Thing No 1 scored the product 6 stars and said two years ago “The Flip screen, front shutter button and wide angle lens make it ideal for family selfies”. Chappers wrote in the same month “One of the highlights of this camera is the lens which has a 21mm focal length” in their review of this digital camera.

Four Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Photographyblog.com wrote “5axis stabilisation for video” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only scored the product 1 stars. Scottelly said in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 on Bhphotovideo.com “My Sony has in-body image stabilization, which works well.) B&H didn't have this camera in stock”. Scottelly also wrote “The image stabilization seems good too” in their review.

Four customers who bought the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 thought it had a good zoom. Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com “5x zoom with 21mm superwide angle” although they scored it 18.8 out of 100. Woody_tng mentioned in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 on Amazon “It is fast to start up and has a good zoom for the type”. Scottelly said two years ago “This camera has a zoom lens” in their Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review.

One person concluded that the product had a good autofocus.

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Good Video Capture

Nine Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers who reviewed the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 concluded that it was good for video recording. Islajim gave the product a score of 7 stars and said in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 “The 860 is replacing it and already we're delighted with the video and stills from this camera”. Scottelly said in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The movie mode works well (with video quality similar to a GoPro.” and gave the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 a rating of 7 stars. Laura G mentioned “The photos and videos all came out great” in her Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review.

Good Picture Resolution

Thirty-eight Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers who bought it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Phil wrote in his Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 review on Amazon “Since starting the review I have used it whilst kayaking and the pictures are good as is the video” and scored it 7 stars. Paulo Lagarelhos mentioned on Amazon “Excellent image quality”. R. Palmer wrote on Amazon “The other functions seem to have produced a decent quality of pictures and the trailed wide angle is good” in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860.

Four Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 reviewers agreed that the product had a good picture resolution. Photographyblog.com mentioned in April last year “Super Macro shooting mode” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they only gave the product a score of 1 stars. Wild Bill mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The resolution was better with the GoPro” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Another Weasley said on Amazon “It is a very versatile product and works well indoors shooting parties and outdoors in the mountains! Overall I am very impressed” in their review of this digital camera.

One Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good in low light.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Three customers mentioned that the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 had a good battery life. Phil gave the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 a rating of 8 stars and he mentioned “I SUSPECT using the GPS facility will use the battery quicker trial and error will tell”. Two years ago Perkins said in their review of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 “For sure get the extra battery and external charger”. Mikeb mentioned on Amazon “Battery life seems reasonable”.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus v104170we000
Barcodes 00050332189324, 00050332189348, 00050332189362, 04545350048501, 04545350048525, 04545350048549

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