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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 Digital Camera

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16MP 5x Feb 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Outdoor adventures spice up our lives and the TG-850 is the perfect camera for preserving the memories. A super-wide lens takes in more of the beauty. A sophisticated sensor/image processor combo... More
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One Industry Award

This camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com who thought that this Olympus camera was great.

Excellent Expert Reviews

Digital camera expert review site PhotographyBlog.com scored this Olympus camera 90%. This puts this waterproof camera in the top 7% of all the waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Good Owner Reviews

Stylus Tough TG-850 owners on average rated this digital camera 89%.

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”.

Olympus Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

On average Olympus waterproof cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras built by Olympus.

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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.

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.

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Stylus Tough TG-850 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Stylus Tough TG-850 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Stylus Tough TG-850 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Quite High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the cameras of a similar age and spec to the Stylus Tough TG-850 the motion JPEG frame rates range from 25fps to 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 48fps. At 60 frames per second, the Stylus Tough TG-850 has a fairly high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card sizes of waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850 range from 8GB to 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 24GB. With a maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes, the Stylus Tough TG-850's maximum memory card size is one of the largest amongst digital cameras of this age and type.

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Supports Eight ISO Sensitivitys

The Stylus Tough TG-850 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Olympus digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixels

The total megapixelss of waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850 range from 5MP to 21MP, and the average total megapixels is 15MP. With a total megapixels of 16.8 megapixels, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 has a fairly many total megapixels compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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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 typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Stylus Tough TG-850 has a greater number of power sources than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Olympus camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 21 millimeters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this age and type is 25mm.

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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 Capability

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 does not support video capability, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850 also do not support video capability.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Stylus Tough TG-850 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Stylus Tough TG-850 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

The Stylus Tough TG-850 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 does not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850. The average digital zoom of waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Stylus Tough TG-850 is 5.9x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

This camera has a still image resolution(s) of 3264 x 2448|2048 x 1536|640 x 480, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

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

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

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this waterproof camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

The Stylus Tough TG-850 has a fairly standard display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. 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

The Stylus Tough TG-850 has a pretty typical megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Stylus Tough TG-850 has a relatively average optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Stylus Tough TG-850.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Dustproof
Shock Resistant
Freezeproof
Crash Proof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display Aspect Ratio
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Wrist Strap Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus 123109, olympus oly1374, olympus v104150we000, olympus v104150su000
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