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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Review

Reviewed the waterproof, tough, compact Olympus Tough TG-860 camera with a unique selfie-screen and ultra wide-angle lens.

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The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 updates the TG-850, and adds built in Wi-Fi and GPS, and increases the waterproof rating down to 15 metres, whilst other features remain the same, including the ultra-wide angle 21mm equivalent 5x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, and a tilting 3inch screen. 

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Features

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The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 is waterproof to 15m, which is an increase over the 10m waterproof rating of the TG-850. Other tough ratings remain the same with a 2.1m drop proof rating, a 100kg crushproof rating, a -10 C freezeproof rating, and the camera is also dustproof. 

Additional new features include a side tripod socket, for vertical portraits, as well as a front selfie button to make it easier to press the shutter release button. 

The camera features a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and the lens is a 21mm equivalent wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens, giving a much wider view than you would normally get with a compact camera. The lens can focus on subjects just 1cm away from the front of the lens for impressive macro photography. 

Built in Wi-Fi and GPS are new additions to the camera, and using this you can connect to Olympus' O.I.Share app available for iOS and Android devices, to remotely control the camera as well as transfer images. 

Full HD video gives a 90-degree angle of view, at 60fps, with high-speed video options available including 240fps and 120fps, albeit at a reduced resolution. 5-axis Hybrid image stabilisation is active when recording videos for steady movie recording. 

With an intelligent Auto mode the camera is easy to use, and numerous Art filters let you create interesting effects. There are a number of scene modes, including interval shooting, and HDR (High Dynamic Range).

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Key Features

  • 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens, 21-105mm equivalent
  • 5-axis image stabilisation (Hybrid IS Movie)
  • 3inch 460k dot tilting screen 
  • 15m waterproof / 2.1m shockproof / 100kg crushproof / dustproof
  • Wi-Fi and GPS built-in
  • FullHD, 60fps, 90degrees 
  • 240/120fps high-speed video (at reduced resolution)
  • ISO125 - ISO6400
  • 7fps continuous shooting
  • 1cm macro mode
  • Art Filters / Smart Panoramic / Backlight HDR
  • Available in black, silver, orange

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Handling

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The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has slightly more rugged styling than the TG-850, with an improved handgrip at the front of the camera, along with a new front shutter release button, that is a two-stage button, meaning you can half-press for focus confirmation, then press all the way to take the photo. The front shutter release button and the rear video record buttons can also be customised to other settings including shutter release, video record, monitor boost, LED, super macro, as well as switching it off. 

The side of the camera where you can find GPS and Wi-Fi logos now also features a tripod socket for vertical shots, and you can also balance the camera on this flat edge. There are new sportcam settings to set the camera to continuously record, as well as set the camera to sleep mode, so that the display is switched off.

As you would expect with a tough camera, the build quality is very solid, with a metal and plastic camera body. The hinges on the tilting screen are also well made. The screen is bright and clear and can be seen even in bright sunny conditions, although a scratch resistant coating would have been nice to see.

The rear features a mode dial, as well as a four-way controller and record, playback and menu buttons. The OK button can be pressed to enter the quick menus, where you can set options without having to go into the full menu system. This makes it quick and easy to change settings, and there is built-in help for the menu system. The side of the camera features a dual locking latch, where the USB ports, memory card slot, and battery compartment lives. 

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Wi-Fi features - Built-in Wi-Fi gives the ability to use a smartphone for remote shutter release and setting up the connection is very easy as you simply need to scan a QR code on the camera screen using the O.I.Share app (available for iOS and Android). You can download and share images, apply art filters and other effects, as well as use the app to geotag images - in case you want to switch off GPS on the camera to save battery life. 

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 300 shots according to Olympus / CIPA test results, which is quite reasonable for a compact camera.

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