Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS Review

Overall 45
Imaging 11
Features 51
Size 86
Price 1

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 110 x 64 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 218 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Jan 29, 2014. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #6 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 45/100 and it takes a rank of #317 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g
  • Battery Life: 330 shots

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS With Other Cameras in Waterproof Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 28 mm (43.31 x 25.2 x 11.02″) with the weight of 218 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS has about an average thickness compared to other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 28mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS — 330 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS — 28 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS — 218 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS comes with TruePic VII processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS allows you to save files in H.264 and Motion JPEG formats.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS provides a shooting life of 330, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.

Compared to all models in the Waterproof category, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS offers the highest battery life that reaches 330 shots.

How Good is Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 33. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (110 x 64 x 28 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS can be called a 53 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (330 shots)
  • Small size (110 x 64 x 28 mm)

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 36. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (218 g)
  • Small size (110 x 64 x 28 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS can be called a 51 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS
Announced Jan 29, 2014
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 1/2 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4616 x 3464
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof Yes
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 218 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 64 x 28 mm
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type 330 shots
Battery Model LI-50B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage Slots 1

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