Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.5-f5.7
  • 3” tilting LCD
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 second
  • 7 fps burst mode
  • 1080p HD video at 30 fps
  • SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards
  • Wi-fi
  • Waterproof to 33 feet
  • Crushproof to 220 pounds
  • Shockproof to 7 feet
  • Freeze proof to 14 degrees
  • Dustproof
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 330 shots
  • Release Date: 2014-02-12
  • Final Grade: 87 4.35 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS
The Olympus TG-850 is the first waterproof camera with a tilting LCD screen.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 3/18/2015

Hey! You should know that Olympus has released a newer version of this product: the Olympus TG-860.

Olympus has been one of our favorite manufacturers for rugged cameras. Now, they're the first ones to offer an all weather digital camera with a tilting LCD screen. The TG-850 utilizes a 16 megapixel 1/2.3" back-lit sensor, which is pretty good for the price and category. The lens is actually the widest in the rugged category as well, according to Olympus, at 21mm, so capturing entire scenes should be pretty easy. The TG-850 also has a nice 7 fps burst mode along with, of course, tough features like being waterproof to 33 feet. While the TG-850 looks to be a good camera for the price, it's older brother, the TG-2 is still the better option because of the brighter f2 lens, macro ring-style flash and more flexibility with two manual modes, although it sits at a higher price point.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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