Olympus launches Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS underwater camera

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Olympus has announced the Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS, the next generation of the company’s mid-range waterproof camera. The TG-850 has a super wide-angle 21-105mm 5x optical zoom lens and now includes a LCD screen that flips upward 180°. It’s waterproof down to 33 feet (10m) and the 16-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor can shoot 1080/60p HD video. The TG-850 will be available in March and will come in silver, black or white. Estimated street price is $249.99.

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Tough Capabilities, Advanced Performance and New Features Including a 21mm Super Wide-Angle Lens and Flip LCD Capture the Great Outdoors from a Whole New Perspective 

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 29, 2014 — The Olympus Spring camera line-up includes the next-generation Olympus TOUGH®, the STYLUS® TG-850, an advanced rugged compact designed to expand outdoor shooting capabilities in the most challenging environments. The STYLUS TG-850’s super wide-angle 21-105mm 5x optical zoom lens — the widest lens of any rugged camera* — plus a 180° flip LCD monitor and shockproof*, waterproof, dustproof, crushproof and freezeproof construction, makes it the perfect companion for explorers looking to capture every angle of their adventures and users looking for a durable solution to everyday photography.

The TG-850’s super wide-angle zoom lens with redesigned lens configuration makes it thinner and more compact, yet able to maintain brilliant optical performance even at its widest angle. The high-performance optics are enhanced by the combination of a 16-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor and next-generation True-Pic VII processor to capture superb, noise-free images and Full HD 60p video no matter what the lighting or shooting conditions.

Its newly designed, sleek and stylish tough body features the large 3-inch, high-resolution 460,000-dot flip LCD, yet retains its rugged durability: waterproof down to 33 feet (10m), shockproof from seven feet (2.1m)*, crushproof up to 220 pounds (100kgf), freezeproof down to 14° F (-10°C)  and dustproof. The combination of the 180° flip LCD and the wide-angle lens make it particularly well suited to half underwater photography, self-portraits, and monitoring. When capturing semi-submerged shots, for instance, users can simply tilt the LCD 90° to eliminate the need to dip underwater. And for self-portraits, tilt the screen up to the full 180° and get the entire group and/or landscape into the shot. Paired with the adjustable self timer and 99-frame intervelometer, the TG-850 is a perfect companion for action shots – and video recording – when mounted on your bike, surf board or helmet.

The STYLUS TG-850 captures video with natural motion in new smooth 60p recording at 60 frames per second in full HD (1080) and high-speed recording (HS120fps with resolution of 640×480, or HS240fps with 320×240). The Multi-Motion Movie image stabilization compensates for blurring that occurs when shooting video while walking or panning across a scene.

The combination of the FAST AF, 7.1 fps sequential shooting, an enlarged grip for easy handling and a lens-shift image stabilization mechanism — the same technology found on interchangeable lens cameras — helps users to capture all the fleeting outdoor action in crisp detail. The STYLUS TG-850 expands the user’s creative potential with eleven Art Filters, several advanced shooting modes and interval shooting of up to 99 frames at preset intervals from 10 seconds to 60 minutes.

Users can easily share their images on their social networks using the Olympus Image Share smartphone app via the optional Toshiba FlashAir™ SDHC card.

*When the tilt LCD screen is closed.

U.S. pricing and availability

The Olympus STYLUS TG-850 will be available in March 2014.

Estimated Street Price: $249.99 (available in silver, black and white)

To find out more about the STYLUS TG-850, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS specifications

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS



It is hard for anyone to compete with Go Pro in this category.


Sounded nice until… No GPS – no sale.

Where is my TG-3?


If it was not for crappy folded optics, had manual, and maybe RAW I would buy one…


Once more, yet another ‘tough’ camera without raw capabilities.

Why, oh why?


Because if you divide the tiny 1/2.3″ sensor into 16 million pieces, there are not more that 8 bits of information in them anyway. FYI, JPEG can store 12 pit per pixel (8 bit of luminance info + 16 bits of color info per 4-pixel group).


Why still no raw? 🙁 That’s about the only thing keeping me from buying any one of these little compact cameras. It’s been three years now that I’m waiting for any company to introduce raw to their underwater compact and still nothing…so disappointing


You can use Canon D20 with CHDK firmware. And set your worries free… 🙂


I’m with you, which is why I bought a Nikon 1 AW1.
Very rugged, shoots raw, has interchangeable lenses AND a larger sensor.


Thats sounds to me like: “S**t, it fell of under water”. Thats not good for me, i give my kids this little thing and my 3 year old kid is making photos on the beach. Try give AW1 to them and see what happens. But I agree, bigger sensor!!


The AW1 is pretty much the only alternative right now and it does look great, but I really do not wish to invest in ANOTHER ‘system’ with interchangable lenses (it’s more expensive and not compatible with the Canon & m4/3 systems I’m using atm). I’d just like something simple and relatively inexpensive to take with me to the beach/lake/boat and not have to worry if I jump in the water with it still in my pocket 😉


“I’d just like something simple and relatively inexpensive to take with me to the beach/lake/boat and not have to worry if I jump in the water with it still in my pocket ;)”

That’s my thinking.

‘went to a water park last summer. The kids in our gang decided to jump into the lazy river. My friends were trying to get shots from dry land . . . I just jumped into the lazy river with them and got close-up shots of the kids enjoying themselves.

Priceless memories captured. Only cost the price of one of these little waterproof cameras. LOL.

Do I miss RAW? Wish I had RAW for that? No. Not really.



1080/60p? Is this a joke? Do we have to buy their cheaper cameras to get the best of their video?
Meanwhile their m43 cameras are still featuring a codec and frame rates from the Middle Ages.


Smaller sensor means it is easier to do fast readout. Signals take a while to propagate over long wires.

(Footnote; intentionally slightly oversimplified)


Are those two screws on the front plate really holding anything?

Just for cosmetics, to emphasize the “tough” idea?


Same old crap they’ve been churning out for years. This underwater segment is still a joke other than the Nikon AW1. No RAW, tiny sensor, poor IQ even out of water, woefully slow lens, could have at least gone say f/2-2.8.


Well, TG-1 and TG-2 have f/2.


I am curious what they have up their sleeve for the successor of the TG-2.


I love the design!



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