Olympus has launched the first Tough camera to feature a tilting LCD screen.
The TG-850 is the first in its class to feature a 3inch tilting LCD. It has a newly developed 5x optical zoom lens, and is shock proof to 2.1 meters, waterproof to 10 meters and crushproof to 100kg, as well as being able to operate in temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade.
The ultra wide lens used, equivalent to 21-105mm, is the widest in the tough compact camera class, and the camera also features a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, for high resolution and excellent low light performance.
16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
5x optical zoom lens, 21-105mm equivalent
Lens-shift optical image stabilisation
3inch 460k dot tilting screen
Waterproof to 10m
Shockproof to 2.1m
Crushproof to 100kg
Freezeproof to -10C
Full HD video, 60p
The Olympus TG-850 will be available from March 2014, for £269.99. It comes in a choice of silver, black, or white.
From Olympus: TOUGH design
The TG-850 features a sporty and stylish design, incorporating soft surfaces and sharp lines, which combines with its tough performance to make it eminently adaptable. It’s a camera tough enough to go anywhere, whilst also offering the ease of handling you want when shooting street scenes. The 180° tiltable monitor is brilliant for “selfies”. And the camera is able to use an optional FlashAir card (with wireless LAN function) allowing to connect the camera to a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone or PC and view or import images from the FlashAir card.
TOUGH image quality
The elements in the lens configuration use new glass materials that can be made thinner and more compact, for a Super HR lens with a high refractive index. Optical performance is maintained even at wide-angle settings, while the camera’s iHS technologies enable shots to be captured in all shooting conditions (max. ISO 6400).
Camera shake is significantly reduced via a lens shift image stabilization mechanism, which also contributes to a more compact unit overall. The control incorporates the same lens shift technology found on D-SLR models. And the camera's 16 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor combines with the next-generation TruePic VII processor to get the very best out of the camera’s high-performance optics.
The TG-850 features Art Filters, including Pop Art and Soft Focus, allowing the user to get creative. It offers interval shooting (up to 99 frames, at a pre-set interval from 10 seconds to 60 minutes), and is also capable of producing smooth 60p Full HD movies or high-speed movies (HS120fps with resolution 640x480, or HS240fps with 320x240).
The LCD monitor quickly reproduces fast-moving scenes, and in combination with FAST AF and 7.1 fps sequential shooting, this makes the camera well suited to shooting fleeting subjects, particularly outdoors where its tough performance comes into its own.
Multi-purpose camera. A universal camera case in 3 colour options (red, blue, black), designed with rugged use in mind. Its thick 1.5 mm silicon material protects against shocks, while the outer mesh design facilitates draining. The karabiner and stopper are plastic, chosen with saltwater environments in mind, and the neoprene inlet is similarly well-suited for waterfront use.
For more information, take a look at the Olympus website