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We recently took a look at the Olympus Tough TG-820, awarding it 4.5 out of five, which is priced at £252.00. The TG-620 is a cheaper version with fewer features and if your budget is tighter still, the TG-320 can be purchased for £139.00. The TG-620 is available in white, pink, blue, black and green for £214.00.
Of course, the TG-620 isn't called Tough for nothing. It’s waterproof to 5m, shockproof to 1.5m and freezeproof to -10°C. All this will help protect the camera components, which include the 5x optical zoom lens, a 35mm equivalent of 28 - 140mm.
The TG-620 can also record videos, at full 1080p HD. During recording you can use Magic Filters and optical zoom with stabilisation available to ensure steady videos.
- Waterproof to 5m
- Shockproof to 1.5m
- Freezeproof to -10°C
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 1080p full HD movie recording and HDMI control
- Multi-motion Movie IS
- iHS Technology
- 3 inch 460,000 dot HyperCrystal III LCD screen
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- Magic Filter Movie and/or Stills
- HDR Backlight Adjustment
- Advanced iAuto and AF Tracking
- Face Detection and Advanced SAT
- Super-resolution Zoom
- 3D Photo Shooting Mode
- Beauty Make-up Mode
- Pet Detection Mode
- In-Camera Panorama
- LED Illuminator
- Scene Modes
- Eye-Fi Card compatibility
- Photo surfing and [ib] software
- USB-Battery Charge
- Metal body
TG-820 it's obvious which is the toughest of the two. The TG-620 has a plastic body, with two separate compartments for the battery and memory card. Both of these have two locks which require pressing to open. The zoom rocker is placed on top of the camera alongside the shutter release. On the rear is a chunky OK button which acts as a D-pad and makes it easy to use the camera even with gloves on. There is also a metal plate which helps grip and is also used to attach a strap. The playback button allows viewing of your pictures and videos even when the camera is switched off, the ? button tells you the time and date as well. The rear of the camera also hosts a 3 inch, 460,000 dot LCD screen which is easy to view in all lighting conditions.
Olympus haven't provided a CIPA rating for the camera's battery but it was charged before testing and was not needed to be recharged. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average.
|Shutter Response||0.1 seconds|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.2 seconds|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.35 seconds|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.6 seconds|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||0.6 seconds|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.6 seconds|
Sequential shooting records at full-sized 12 megapixel resolution, with high-speed 1 and 2 shooting at 3 megapixels.
Olympus Tough TG-620 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/100 sec | f/11.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/100 sec | f/18.0 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/5.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/15 sec | f/4.7 | 6.6 mm | ISO 100
There's no noise at ISO 100, but it does start to appear at ISO 200 and more so at ISO 400. At ISO 800 noise is making the images slightly softer and again at ISO 1600. As you'd expect, noise continues to increase through ISO 3200 and 6400, but a usable image is still produced, particularly if you are resizing for web use, with colour reproduction remaining good throughout the ISO range.
Olympus Tough TG-620 ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/15 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm
ISO200 | 1/30 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm
ISO400 | 1/60 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm
ISO800 | 1/125 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm
ISO1600 | 1/250 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm
ISO3200 | 1/500 sec | f/4.6 | 16.1 mm
ISO6400 | 1/125 sec | f/13.0 | 16.1 mm
Landscape mode takes pictures with good blues and greens. Portraits have excellent skin tones and are free from red-eye. Sport mode has been used to gain a fast shutter speed to capture the movement of the water. The fourth image used the LED macro, with the final two images taken underwater.
Olympus Tough TG-620 Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/125 sec | f/11.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Olympus Tough Tg-620 Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.7 | 13.1 mm | ISO 400
Sport | 1/500 sec | f/4.8 | 17.2 mm | ISO 250
LED Macro | 1/160 sec | f/4.7 | 6.6 mm | ISO 640
Underwater | 1/10 sec | f/4.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 1000
LED Macro | 1/50 sec | f/4.7 | 6.6 mm | ISO 800
The auto white-balance (AWB) setting takes an image with an orange cast under the incandescent lighting, with the respective preset taking a better picture. Under the fluorescent lighting, the AWB setting has a very slight magenta cast, with the fluorescent preset giving a much stronger magenta cast.
Olympus Tough TG-620 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/4.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/4.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.4 sec | f/4.6 | 6.8 mm | ISO 100
There are a range of magic filters available to add creativity to both images and videos, although not all of them can be used for video recording.
Olympus Tough TG-620 Digital filters
Magic Filter - Dramatic | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Drawing | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Fish Eye | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Fragmented | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Pin Hole | 1/20 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Pop Art | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Punk | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Reflection | 1/20 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Soft Focus | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Sparkle | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Watercolour | 1/25 sec | f/5.9 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter - Dramatic | 1/640 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Video ModeBelow is a video shot at full 1080p HD, the camera also allows the use of optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus Tough TG-620 is currently priced at £214.00 and is in the middle of the Olympus Tough range which includes the TG-820 and TG-320. If you want the most waterproof and shockproof camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 ticks the box.
|Kodak Easyshare Sport C123||3m||-||-||£50.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-320||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£139.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£144.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£169.00|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP50||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£189.00|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 / (GPS)||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£204.00 / (219.00)|
|Olympus Tough TG-620||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£214.00|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.99|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP150 GPS||10m||2m||-10°C||£219.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-820||10m||2m||-10°C||£252.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£259.00|
|Sony Cyber-shot TX10||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£269.00|
|Nikon Coolpix AW100||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£294.95|
|Pentax Optio WG-2 / (GPS)||12m||1.5m||-10°C||£299.00 / (£339.00)|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4||12m||2m||-10°C||£329.00|
|Canon PowerShot D20||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£349.00|
TG-820, which has a metal body, is crushproof to 100Kg and shockproof to 2m. Other than that, the TG-620 is much the same, with excellent image quality, full 1080p HD video recording and fast high-speed shooting.
|The Olympus Tough TG-620 offers great image quality and will survive both underwater and in freezing conditions.|
Olympus Tough TG-620 ProsExcellent image quality
Built for extreme conditions
Full 1080p HD video recording
Fast continuous shooting modes
Olympus Tough TG-620 ConsLacks the metal body of the TG-820
AWB wayward under our studio lights
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Olympus Tough TG-620 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||12Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||460,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No Data|
|Battery Type||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-50B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, Hand Strap, World Wide Warranty Card, Image Management Software|