Olympus Raises the Bar for Compact All-Weather Camera

Almost all camera manufacturers produce and promote some sort of weather-proof compact digital camera, but this little baby from Olympus seems to set itself far above the competition as a whole package.

With Olympus Tough TG-850 All-weather digital camera, the company has taken ruggedness to a complete new level. The 16 megapixel sensor produces incredibly sharp images under water, and it's safe to down as deep as 10 meters (33 feet).

It's exterior styling is done beautifully as well and houses a newly-developed 5x optical zoom lens (21-105mm) and a large 3-inch 460K dots with SLR like flip-out screen.  That will make composing shots so much easier in various situations.

That flip-out screen can tilt all the way up to 180 degrees, allowing you a easy sefile shots as well.

Back to its ruggedness, it is shock-proof to 2.1 meters, crushproof to 100 kg (220 lbs), and can operate easily in temperatures as low as -10°C.

The ultra wide angle lens (21mm) is the widest in the tough compact camera class.  In fact, that's one of the widest lens I have seen in a compact camera in this price range.

Behind the lens sits a 1/2.3-inch type, 16-megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor paired to a TruePic VII-branded image processor. Together, the pairing allows sensitivities from ISO 125 to 6400 equivalents. Olympus also includes an Auto ISO function, and a High mode of unstated sensitivity. Full-resolution burst shooting is possible at a fast 7.1 frames per second

It can handle video captures just as well with full 1080p/60p capability.  It supports an optional Flash Air card (with wireless LAN function) in case you want to connect the camera to a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone or tablet to view or import images effortlessly.

Check out the lowest price from the link below. The camera will be available on April 7, 2014, but you can preorder it now at a discounted price.

Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS 16 MP Digital Camera (Black) - $249 

Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver) - $249
Olympus Raises the Bar for Compact All-Weather Camera Reviewed by Brandon on 3/15/2014 Rating: 5

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