7 January 2016

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 ticks all the boxes

Two views of the Tough TG-870 showing the flipup screen.
Source: Olympus Imaging Singapore. The Tough TG-870 compact camera has a 180-degree flipup screen with a 2.6x brightness boost function for optimum daytime LCD visibility outdoors. 
Olympus has launched the Stylus Tough TG-870, a premium rugged camera built to capture high-quality photos and video in challenging situations. A new Autofocus-Lock function, automatic edge distortion compensation for flattering ultra-wide angle selfies, and a significantly smaller USB charger are the highlight improvements over its predecessor, the Tough TG-860.

This compact camera features an ultra-wide angle 21mm–105mm (35mm equivalent) f3.5–5.7 zoom lens, which Olympus says is the widest lens in the rugged compact category, ideal for group selfie shots. The camera has 5x optical zoom and a 920K-dot 180-degree tilting LCD monitor, customisable front button, as well as full HD 1080/60p video. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS support.

In the tradition of the Olympus Tough series of rugged compact cameras, the Stylus Tough TG-870 is built to withstand extreme conditions: the camera is waterproof to depths of 50' (15 m), freezeproof to -10℃, shockproof from 7' (2.1 m), crushproof to 100 kg of force and dustproof.

For the best image quality, Olympus has used the same type of high-performance glass optics that it uses in the Zuiko lens system for PEN and OM-D cameras. The TruePic VII image processor, also found in Olympus’ OM-D series of interchangeable lens cameras, is paired with a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor to capture clear images, sharp details and true-to-life colours, even underwater.

The Stylus Tough TG-870’s 180-degree tilting high-resolution LCD monitor has double the resolution and is 1.1x brighter than that of its predecessor, enabling the user to see more detail while shooting outdoors or underwater. The TG-870 also detects the orientation in which it is being held, to assist the user in capturing the perfect selfie, point-of-view action video, or over-under shot (Editor's note: split shots have part of the shot underwater and the remainder of the shot above water).

The free Olympus Image Share app synchronises a user’s iOS or Android mobile device with the Stylus Tough TG-870 via the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi, enabling instant image and movie transfers and direct uploading to websites and social media. A live view of the camera’s lens appears on the smart device display. Users can control the camera remotely by touching the smart device. The GPS feature boasts fast positioning in under 10 seconds via three satellite systems and helps users track precisely where they are in the world. The Olympus Image Track (OI.Track) smartphone app allows users to update the camera’s GPS assist data and transfer GPS logs and images from the camera to a smartphone for simplified viewing and management.

A variety of shooting modes and 13 Art Filters are available, including six new filters (Vintage, Key Line, Watercolor, Light Tone, Cross Process and Gentle Sepia). The Stylus Tough TG-870 is also equipped with night-time Live Composite Mode, which automatically combines the brightest areas of multiple images taken with interval shooting for photos of cityscapes, star trails and light painting. Sportcam Modes put four video options right at the user’s fingertips.

With 60p Movie, the camera captures full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second (fps), with 720/60p and 480/60p options also available. With High-Speed Movie, the Stylus Tough TG-870 can record slow-motion video at 120 fps at 854x480 (16:9) or 640x480 (4:3) resolution, or 240 fps at 640x360 (16:9) or 480x360 (4:3) resolution. Time Lapse Movie compresses hours of action into a short movie, and Sport Burst allows photographers to capture sequential images with a shutter interval of 0.05 to 60 seconds. For video capture after dark, camera settings are automatically optimised for low light with Nightscape Movie.

The Stylus Tough TG-870’s rugged construction can be further reinforced with the CSCH-124 Silicone Jacket, which shields the camera from surface damage. The CSCH-123 Sport Holder supports hands-free photography and video recording, allowing users to attach the camera to backpack straps or a chest harness during intensive activities like rock climbing or snowboarding. The PT-057 Underwater Case lets users go down to 147' (45 m), and the elective UFL-3 Underwater Flash facilitates genuine underwater flash photography. A second tripod base plate on the camera offers the added benefit of vertical mounting, and the F-5AC compact high-capacity AC adapter reduces charging time.


The camera will be available in February 2016 in white, green and black. Retail pricing will be announced later.

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