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Olympus TG-820 - Sample Images: ISO Performance

Audley Jarvis

By Audley Jarvis


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Review Price £240.00

Olympus TG-820 ISO 100

At ISO 100 the Olympus TG-820 produces clean, noise-free images.

Olympus TG-820 ISO 200

ISO 200 is similarly free of noise with good shadow detail.

Olympus TG-820 ISO 400

At ISO 400 a hint of noise creeps in, but it's not to any great detriment of general image quality.

Olympus TG-820 ISO 800

ISO 800 is where noise becomes more visible, even at smaller image sizes.

Olympus TG-820 ISO 1600

ISO 1600 shows a marked softening and loss of detail as the TG-820's noise-reduction kicks in.

Olympus TG-820 ISO 3200

ISO 3200 sees a huge drop in image quality with shadow areas reduced to an indistinguishable blur.

Olympus TG-820 ISO 6400

You'll be able to get an image in very dim light at ISO 6400 but the image quality will be dreadful.

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April 3, 2012, 3:19 pm

Did you not test the video? Even though this device is more a photocamera, it also shoots Full HD Video. ANd for that, I would assume the autofocus is good enough to shoot video. Alas, I bought this cam due to its more than average imagequality. But the autofocus of the video is crap. It keeps focussing and it takes several seconds before it has focussed. But if you then move the camera to another object, or you are just following your daughter walking across the lane, it keeps refocussing because it does not know exactly what to focus on.

Maybe it's me and there's a setting which prevents this, so please tell me. But otherwise this cam is just to shoot photo's but is terrible for video.


June 7, 2012, 4:44 am

I agree with meanrat. I have not yet found a way to stop the autofocus in video mode having a mind of its own and periodically trying to refocus. I have this problem in good light with the camera resting on a surface taking a video of my daughter sat in a chair. My previous old digital camera fixed the focus when video mode was engaged - and believe it or not this produced better video's.

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