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The Olympus Tough TG-610 was announced in January 2011 building on the success of previous Tough models such as the Olympus Mju Tough 6020 and Olympus Mju Tough 8010. Available in black, silver, blue and red, the camera is currently available for £188.00.
Intelligent Auto Mode adjusts the camera's settings, focus and exposure automatically and when shooting underwater, there is also automatic white balance. Panoramics are stitched together in camera and the Advanced Face Detection focuses and exposes up to 12 faces perfectly.
With a minimum focus distance of just 3cm, it can be difficult to get good light onto your subject but the TG-610 has the answer with an LED illuminator which can also be used to light up underwater scenes.
As commonly featured on Olympus compacts, the TG-610 has a range of Magic Filters such as Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish-eye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle and Watercolour. Pet Detection Mode will automatically take pictures of a dog or a cat when they look at the camera. Using Beauty Mode when shooting portraits will make faces appear brighter and smoother.
Other features include TAP Control Menu for great convenience also when wearing gloves, Eye-Fi Card compatibility and 3D photo shooting mode.
The camera shoots videos at 720p HD with sound and optical zoom and the camera can be connected to a HD TV via a mini HDMI cable.
- Waterproof to 5m
- Shockproof to 1.5m
- Freezeproof to -10°C
- 5x wide optical zoom (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- TAP Control Menu
- Eye-Fi Card compatibility
- 3D photo shooting mode
- 14 megapixel sensor
- 720p HD movies and remote operation by HDMI control
- Automatic Underwater White Balance
- 3.0 inch 920,000 dot HyperCrystal III LCD screen
- In-camera panorama function
- Intelligent Auto Mode
- Advanced Face Detection
- AF tracking
- Magic Filters for images and HD movies
- LED illuminator to lighten up underwater or macro sceneries
- Pet Detection Mode
- Beauty Mode
- Battery charging via USB-cable
- In-camera manual
- TruePic III+ image processor
There is a dedicated video record button and a couple of buttons even have a function when the camera is switched off. When pressing the ? button the camera displays the time and date, when the play button is pressed you go straight to viewing your pictures and videos.
Thanks to the camera's TAP control you can control it by tapping either the side or the top to navigate through the camera's menus, making it easy to use when wearing gloves.
On the rear of the camera is a 3.0 inch 920,000 dot HyperCrystal III LCD screen which is easy to view from extreme angles and varying light conditions, including underwater.
Continuous shooting mode shoots full size images at 0.6fps and High Speed mode which shoots at 3.2fps, although image size is limited to approximately 3 megapixels.
|Wide-angle, ISO80, 1/400, f/3.9, 5mm (35mm equiv: 28mm)||Full optical zoom, ISO80, 1/250, f/5.9, 25mm (35mm equiv: 140mm)|
|Digital zoom, ISO100, 1/160, f/5.9, 25mm (35mm equiv: 140mm)||Macro, ISO160, 1/40, f/4.7, 7mm (35mm equiv: 37mm)|
Noise is very minimal at both ISO80 and ISO100, with only a touch creeping in at ISO200. Noise increases through ISO400 and ISO800, but good sharp images are still produced. There is lots of noise at ISO1600 and images taken using this setting are likely to be best used for small size prints or for sharing on the web.
The camera takes really good portrait pictures, although there is a touch of red-eye. Portraits look even better when using Beauty Shot mode, as this softens the skin and reduces the blemishes, although image size is reduced to just 5 megapixels.
|Portrait, ISO320, 1/50, f/4.8, 17mm (35mm equiv: 96mm)||Beauty shot, ISO320, 1/50, f/4.8, 17mm (35mm equiv: 96mm)|
The following images are examples using some of the scene modes available.
Auto white-balance performs well and under our studio lighting, it has handled the fluorescent light much better than the fluorescent preset. Under the incandescent lighting, the AWB setting has struggled a touch with the incandescent preset taking a better image.
Below are example images using each of the eight Magic Filters available.
|Pop art||Pin hole||Fish eye||Drawing|
Video ModeThe camera shoots videos at 720p HD with sound and optical zoom as well as being able to apply the magic filters to videos as well.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus Tough TG-610 costs £188.00. There are plenty of cameras on the market which are designed to be used in conditions normally considered unsuitable for a camera. At the cheaper end is the Fujifilm FinePix XP10, waterproof to 3m, shockproof to 1m and freezeproof to -10°C costing £99.00. At the higher end is the Ricoh G700SE, waterproof to 5m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof to -10°C costing £649.00. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 offers the best performance regarding water and shockproofness at 12m and 2m respectively, costing £248.99.
|Fujifilm FinePix XP10||3m||1m||-10°C||£99.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-310||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£138.99|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP30||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£139.99|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£149.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-610||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£188.00|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-810||10m||2m||-10°C||£224.99|
|Pentax Optio WG-1||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£239.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2||10m||2m||-10°C||£248.99|
|Sony Cyber-shot TX10||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£294.99|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£298.99|
|The Olympus Tough TG-610 offers bags of features, is extremely tough and reasonably priced.|
Olympus Tough TG-610: ProsWaterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
Good image quality
Good value for money
Quite heavy for a compact
Olympus Tough TG-610: Cons
|VALUE FOR MONEY|
|Optical zoom||5x optical zoom, 5 - 25mm, (35mm equiv: 28 - 140mm), f/3.9-5.9|
|Sensor size||1/2.3 inch|
|Max image size||4288 x 3216|
|Focusing system||TTL iESP auto focus with contrast detection|
|Focus points||iESP, Face Detection AF, Spot, AF Tracking|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO80 - 1600|
|Metering system||ESP light metering|
|Metering types||Spot metering|
|Exposure compensation||+/- 2 EV / 1/3 steps|
|Shutter speed range||1/2000 - 4 sec|
|Frames-per-second||3.0 fps / 200 frames (in 5MP mode)
0.6 fps / 200 frames (Full Image Size)
|Image stabilisation||Dual Image Stabilisation|
|Movie mode||720p HD|
|Monitor||3 inch LCD screen|
|Media type||SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory Card|
|Interface||USB 2.0, Mini HDMI|
|Power||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Box Contents||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery
F-2AC AC Adapter
CB-USB6 USB Cable
CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable
World Wide Warranty Card
[ib] Image Management Software
|Size||99.5 x 64.5 x 26.1mm|