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Olympus Tough TG-810 Is First Crushproof Camera

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Olympus Tough TG-810 Is First Crushproof Camera

Olympus obviously feels that some people who buy its cameras are not very careful with them and so they have unveiled the world’s first crushproof camera – the Tough TG-810.

Able to withstand 100kg of weight, the Tough TG-810 is the successor to the less rugged sounding mju-Tough 6020 which we saw last year. As well as being able to withstand the weight of an elephant calf, the Tough TG-810 is waterproof up to a depth of 10m, can handle a drop from a height of 2m and is also freezeproof – for all those trips to the Arctic circle. To augment its sturdy credentials, the Tough TG-810 has a metal lens barrier, sliding double lock mechanism, has water-repellent and scratch-resistant double seal technology and a built-in manometer for checking how far underwater you are.

The Tough TG-810 has a 14 megapixel sensor, 5x wide optical zoom (28-140mm), 720p HD video mode, TruePic III+ processor, ISO range of 80 to 1600 and a host of different shooting modes from Beauty to Pet Detection Mode. It has a 3in Super Precision HyperCrystal III LCD display, which claims to generate clearer images and reduces reflection even in direct sunlight. Storage is by way of an SD card slot, which supports both SDHC and SDXC. It also has HDMI technology for controlling your camera from one remote when it’s connected to HD equipment. Eye-Fi Card compatibility allows for wireless uploading o images to your PC.

The Tough TG-810 goes on sale here at the end of March with a price tag of £269.99 and will be available in black and silver.

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Martin Daler

March 2, 2011, 7:46 pm

"Able to withstand 100kg of pressure..."
How so? A kilogram is a unit of mass, not a unit of pressure.

PK Son

March 2, 2011, 8:11 pm

@Martin: Probably meant "Able to withstand a 100kg person sitting or pushing down on it," not very technical at all. As a physics major, I feel you, but laymen really don't care about mmHg, and don't even understand what it means...

as for the camera... why doesn't Olympus just make a camera that doesn't need a hatch... just make everything internal and they'll probably have some less mechanical problems to worry about..

Martin Daler

March 2, 2011, 9:08 pm

@PK I'd be happy with PSI or whatever unit of pressure people can relate to. I'm guessing that what has happened here is that a manufacturer's marketing claim has just been parroted without being understood. It can't have been understood, because it is nonsense. If they are just going to reprint manufacturer speil then at least don't claim authorship, but attribute it fully to the manufacturer. It should be clear whether we are reading editorial or advertising.


March 3, 2011, 12:02 am

This is quite handy because I know someone that ran over her Olympus "tough" camera with a 4x4 and it definitely broke.

Ertan Ozturk

March 3, 2011, 1:03 pm

the lens starts from f3.9, ISO goes up to 1600 and it's 14MP. I would expect terrible low light shooting performance, and it's interesting considering this is a camera for hard conditions (underwater, rain, etc..).


May 17, 2011, 6:31 am

I'm one of the unfortunate people who bought one of these cameras. What the reviews don't tell you is that the GPS etc a) don't function very well, if at all and b) when they are enabled they use phenomenal amounts of battery, even when the camera is switched off. So you get extremely short (less than a day) battery life for features that don't work (try 10 minutes to get a GPS fix). Even with the features disable battery life is still sort compared to previous Tough cameras (I've owned a few!)
Save your money and get a TG-610.

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