Tough cameras from a variety of manufacturers have reached a certain plateau when it comes to their tough credentials, with nearly all featuring the same water-, shock-, dust-, freeze-proofness. Therefore it was only a matter of time before manufacturers turned to the image quality of these outdoor cameras, which is just what Olympus has done.
Last year the Olympus TG-810 was touted as being the world’s first crushproof camera, and it replacement, the TG-820 is making an equally bold claim – promising DSLR-like performance in a compact.
Front and back of the Olympus TG-820
The TG-820 features Olympus’ new iHS (Intelligence, High Sensitivity and High Speed) family of technologies which combine to produce "excellent images despite the lousy conditions outdoor lovers and extreme sports junkies often have to contend with when they’re using their cameras."
One part of these new technologies is the combination of a new 12 megapixel backlit CMOS and the TruePic VI processing engine – which is also to be found in the new Olympus OM-D. This combination promises to improve low-light shooting as well as speed up camera response.
The TG-820 will feature a 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom, a 3in, 1 million-dot LCD display, Full HD 1080p video recording, as well as being waterproof to 10m, shockproof from drops of 2m, freezeproof to -10ºC, and crushproof to 100kg.
Front and back of the Olympus TG-620
The second camera announced by Olympus is the TG-620 which features the same sensor, lens, Full HD video and iHS technologies as the TG-820, but is a little less ‘tough’ being waterproof to 5m, shockproof from 1.5m and freezeproof to -10ºC.
Another difference between the cameras is that the 3in LCD screen on the rear of the TG-620 has a resolution of just 460k dots. Both cameras however feature the TAP controls which let anyone wearing gloves to control certain features of the camera by simply tapping or tilting the camera.
Both cameras will be available in the UK in mid-February with the TG-820 costing £269.99 and the TG-620 costing £229.99.