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Being extra rugged is one thing; being intelligent with it is something else. The new Olympus TOUGH TG-820 will give your photography the edge, courtesy of a camera that pushes technology to its limits. And as you’d expect, to contend with the worst of all weathers, it’s still waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof and crush proof into the bargain.
As with all the latest generation Olympus compacts, the TG-820 features the triple punch ‘iHS’ family of technologies: intelligence, High Sensitivity and High Speed. These harness the combined power of a 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and TruePic VI image processor, originally developed for digital SLRs (DSLRs).
Even when faced with tricky conditions, a dramatically improved low light performance is the result, along with a swifter performance and enhanced scene and subject recognition. Add to this: better results with fast moving subjects and when shooting night scenes. In short the TG-820 proves to be as sensitive as it is tough.
Olympus was the first ever manufacturer to deliver super tough compact cameras. Active sports fans and the butter-fingered alike will be able to capture those otherwise unachievable high-resolution photos and Full HD videos thanks to a camera that self-protects its high precision components to provide peace of mind. As well as being ideal for inclement conditions, the TG-820 is crushproof to a weight of 100kg.
So utilise the TG-820’s precision 5x wide optical zoom which provides the 35m equivalent of a 28mm-140mm focal range to stay wide or get in close, plus the high visibility scratch resistant, extremely high 1,030,000 dot resolution HyperCrystal III LCD, 3-inches in size. There’s also a Super resolution Zoom option for extending the lens’ core range with virtually no loss in picture quality.
Furthermore for those aspiring free divers the TG-820 is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, shockproofed against drops from a height of two metres and freeze proof down to -10°C. In addition, with water repellant and scratch resistant double seal technology, there is a sliding double lock mechanism for optimum protection of the battery, card slots and ports, plus a metal lens barrier for extra tough lens protection. Add it all up and this is a camera that’s as ideal for going on piste as it is lounging by the pool.
Toughened qualities aside, what’s new on the TG-820 this time around is iHS technology which, with its high sensitivity yet low noise capabilities, takes the work out of capturing high quality imagery. Now even those with a fast-paced, action packed lifestyle can expect to not only to have their camera remain in one piece, but also to deliver best ever images to be proud of, whether shooting stills or Full HD video.
To make doubly sure of the TG-820 delivering excellent images, it also features blazingly quick auto focus plus HDR Backlight Adjustment. Very useful for when you’re shooting against the light and want to avoid a silhouette effect, this feature shoots a collage of photos that are then blended into one perfectly exposed image.
For those who want to record their hi-jinks on video, Multi-Motion Movie IS (image stabilisation) affords blur free results even when the person recording is also in motion.
Just to make the TG-820 even easier to use with slippery fingers or when wearing gloves, this Olympus comes with clever Tap Control Mode, which allows the LCD to be operated purely by tapping or tilting the casing.
There’s also a built-in manometer so users don’t literally get out of their depth when shooting underwater, along with a built in LED illuminator for lighting up underwater scenes or close up subjects.
No matter what the subject the 5x wide optical zoom, equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm film terms, provides the scope for both precision and flexibility, while that 3-inch, high 1,030,000 dot resolution back screen allows for accurate shot composition and crystal clear playback.
Like the other Olympus TOUGH camera in the current range in the new TG-620, the TG-820 additionally incorporates all the comprehensive features you would expect to find on an Olympus digital camera.
These include Face Detection for perfect people pictures, Pet Detection, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), AF Tracking, Shadow Adjustment Technology. Add in a new generation TruePic VI processor for idea colour reproduction and low noise, Scene Mode, plus Beauty Mode for hiding unwanted blemishes, ISO80 to ISO6400 light sensitivity, built-in flash and in-camera panorama for quick and easy panorama shots and you have a versatile tool at your disposal.
Providing two fold protection, this function is a combination of Optical Image Stabilisation using a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor detects camera movement and adjusts the sensor accordingly, and Digital Image Stabilisation where the camera automatically increases ISO sensitivity to allow shorter shutter speeds. Both of these help to avoid image blur caused by camera shake or by fast-moving objects.
The Olympus range is now enhanced by a 3D shooting mode, lending images a striking sense of depth, from close up macro shots to expansive landscapes. This mode captures two shots from two different angles to create shots that can be viewed on a 3D compatible display.
Taking a great picture with the TG-820 is as easy as pointing and shooting, thanks to i-Auto mode. This compares common scenes and subjects with on board settings and automatically selects the most appropriate to deliver stunning results that optimize the impact of said subject.
In the TG-820’s Full HD 1080p movie mode the camera captures video in the best quality currently available on a compact camera, with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels for superbly smooth video with sound.
Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the TG-820 utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality. What’s more, most of the filters can be used when recording video as well as shooting stills.
Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Sparkle, Watercolour plus new additions Reflection, Miniature, Fragmented and Dramatic.
Thanks to [ib] software images can be browsed, organized, and viewed by person, place, location or event.
Connectivity is also enhanced by the Olympus TOUGH TG-820 being compatible with Eye-Fi media cards, enabling automatic wireless downloading of pictures, straight to your desktop, and facilitating photo sharing. Of course the camera is also compatible with regular SDHC and SDXC media cards.
Connect the camera to a computer and let the battery charge while you save and organise your images.
I bought this camera because I lost one previously by an accident with water. I read the product information and it not only a 5 m water resistance was described, but also a 6 feet... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carlos J Hernangomez de Alvaro
I work as a caving canoeing and expedition instructor oh and i scuba dive a little too. So imagine mud, water, cold, then sand over and over. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Adam Evans
I got this camera just before I left to go travelling for a year. I got it ON my birthday 2013, and it was INCREDIBLE. Such a decent camera. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lala434
I love this camera. Bought it to replace my old olympus tough and it is amazing! Zoom is great, quality is good, waterproof which is perfect for me, it is the perfect holiday... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Browneyedgirlcjw
Turned up really quickly. Camera great, but heavy. I've Only just bought it, so haven't tested everything, but seems good.Published 9 months ago by Alison
was well pleased with this item, was a lot cheaper than any where else, i have had it for a while now works like a dream,Published 10 months ago by Mark
It's a good camera, but feel the build quality should be a little bit better. My main complaint is that the toggle button is not very precise to use, and therefore it's not very... Read morePublished 10 months ago by HSC