The Olympus Tough TG-830 is a camera designed for those photographers who have an active lifestyle and shoot in extreme conditions. It is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof. It can be purchased in red, blue, black and silver for around £220.
Olympus TG-830 Features
The Olympus TG-830 has a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and 5x optical zoom, which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. Super-resolution extends the zoom to 10x. There is sensor shift image stabilisation to help reduce blur and keep your images as sharp as possible.
Being a tough camera, it is waterproof to 10m, shockproof to 2.1m, freezeproof to -10°C and crushproof to 100kg. It also has GPS to geotag your images and an electronic compass to point you in the right direction. The TG-830 will also display more than 700,000 geographic and natural points of interest to discover.
To make picture taking as easy as possible there is iAuto mode, which adjusts the camera settings automatically for the detected scene. There are a range of scene modes, panorama mode and magic filters which includes dramatic and miniature.
Videos can be recorded in full 1080p HD or you can record high-speed videos at 120fps and view them in super-slow motion. You can even shoot full resolution pictures while recording full 1080p HD videos.
16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
Sensor shift image stabilisation
3.0 inch 460k dot HyperCrystal III LCD screen
Waterproof to 10m
Shockproof to 2.1m
Freezeproof to -10°C
Crushproof to 100kg
GPS electronic compass
Full 1080p HD video recording
ISO 125 - 6400
3cm minimum focusing distance
11.5 fps full resolution continuous shooting
Available in red, black, blue and silver
Olympus TG-830 Handling
The TG-830 has a solid metal body with a rubber grip on the front and a metal bar on the rear with helps you hold the camera as well as attached a hand strap. There are two openings, one for the battery and memory card and the other for cable connections. These are kept firmly in place with two locks on each, which will ensure no water is able to get in.
The TG-830 doesn't have any particularly unusual buttons, on top is the on / off switch, shutter release and video record button. On the rear you'll find two buttons to adjust the zoom, a mode dial, playback and menu buttons as well as a d-pad, which also give access to the flash and self-timer.
The menu system is easy to use, when shooting, the camera settings available are listed down the right hand side, you just need to use the d-pad to scroll through them.
There is no CIPA rating provided for the battery. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot without Flash
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous Shooting - Sequential 1
Continuous Shooting - Sequential 2
Continuous Shooting - High-Speed 1
Continuous Shooting - High-Speed 2
Both the sequential modes record at full 16 megapixel resolution, whereas the high-speed modes are restricted to just 3 megapixels.
Olympus TG-830 Performance
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Olympus TG-830 iHS Sample Photos
Sample Photos - Images are well exposed and have good colour reproduction. Portraits are free of red-eye although skin tones aren't impressive. Even underwater, images are sharp with good colours.
Olympus TG-830 iHS Lens test images
Lens Performance - Detail is good in the centre of the images, although they are softer around the edges and corners, but this is fairly typical of cameras with internal lenses. Purple fringing is kept to a minimum in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm, this allows for a decent macro shot to be taken.
Olympus TG-830 iHS ISO test images
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and 200, with a very slight loss in image quality at ISO 400. There is a further loss in detail at ISO 800 which causes the images to become a little soft. At ISO 1600 noise becomes significant, but at ISO 3200, image quality really suffers, with quite a substantial amount of detail lost. Image quality is very poor at ISO 6400, the two highest ISO settings are best avoided where possible.
Olympus TG-830 iHS White-balance test images
White Balance Performance - Under the fluorescent lights in our studio, the auto white balance (AWB) produces an image with a slight orange cast, with the incandescent preset performing much better. Under the fluorescent lights, the AWB performs perfectly, the fluorescent preset takes a picture with a very slight magenta cast.
Panorama | 1/400 sec | f/11.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 320
Panorama mode - Panoramas have a decent amount of detail and a well stitched together, with an even exposure throughout.
Olympus TG-830 iHS Digital filters
Digital Filters - To help take creative photos, the TG-830 comes with a range of magic filters, with examples of each above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good, you can also use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be found on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page.
If you're in the market for a waterproof camera, the TG-830 offers good value for money, it is one of the cheaper "tough" cameras going. It has an impressive set of features such as 11.5 fps continuous shooting, full 1080p HD video recording and GPS. Image quality is good and as well as being waterproof, it is shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof - great if you often go out shooting in extreme weather conditions.
The Olympus TG-830 has an impressive set of features and is good value for money.
Olympus TG-830 Pros
Good image quality
11.5 fps full resolution continuous shooting
Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof
Camera auto stitches panoramas
Very good value for money
Olympus TG-830 Cons
Image quality is poor at the higher ISO settings
Images are soft in the corners
Skin tones in portraits aren't great