Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 9
Features 56
Size 86
Price 100

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 110 x 64 x 28 mm
  • Weight: 224 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Summary

This review is devoted to Stylus Tough TG-860 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Feb 06, 2015. 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 CMOS sensor.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #20 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #475 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 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: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g

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-860 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-860. 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-860

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 28 mm (43.31 x 25.2 x 11.02″) with the weight of 224 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-860, 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-860 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-860 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-860 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-860 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 — 300 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 — 28 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 — 224 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860’s body is protected from water with its high-quality waterproof feature.

Unfortunately, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 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 CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860. However, if you are looking specifically for a Ultracompact 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-860 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-860 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-860 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 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-860 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-860 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Stylus Tough TG-860 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-860, 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-860 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 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-860 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-860 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Stylus Tough TG-860 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 provides a shooting life of 300, 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-860 offers the highest battery life that reaches 300 shots.

How Good is Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860’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-860’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Stylus Tough TG-860 to the average Waterproof camera.

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

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 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-860 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 37. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 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-860 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 can be called a 64 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)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (300 shots)
  • Small size (110 x 64 x 28 mm)

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 10. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (224 g)
  • Small size (110 x 64 x 28 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • 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-860 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 can be called a 62 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
  • Live View

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-860 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Stylus Tough TG-860
Announced Feb 06, 2015
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
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 4 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 Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 4
Flash Modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, LED illuminator
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type 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 4608 x 3456
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 No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
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 No
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof Yes
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 224 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 64 x 28 mm
Battery Life 300 shots
Battery Type 300 shots
Battery Model Li-50B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS 1
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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