This review is devoted to TG-820 iHS that Olympus has first introduced to the public in Feb 08, 2012. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 12.0 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 #19 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #472 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus TG-820 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus TG-820 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.
Olympus TG-820 iHS has the following external dimensions 101 x 101 x 26 mm (39.76 x 25.59 x 10.24″) with the weight of 206 g.
The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus TG-820 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 TG-820 iHS is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 26mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus TG-820 iHS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus TG-820 iHS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus TG-820 iHS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Olympus TG-820 iHS‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.
Olympus TG-820 iHS comes with TruePic VI processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Olympus TG-820 iHS has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Olympus TG-820 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 TG-820 iHS features a 12.0 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.
Olympus TG-820 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 TG-820 iHS with other standard sensor sizes.
Olympus TG-820 iHS is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,030k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Olympus TG-820 iHS are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, TG-820 iHS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, TG-820 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.
As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus TG-820 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 TG-820 iHS allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Olympus TG-820 iHS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Olympus TG-820 iHS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect TG-820 iHS to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus TG-820 iHS provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Olympus TG-820 iHS is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus TG-820 iHS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus TG-820 iHS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the TG-820 iHS to the average Waterproof camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-820 iHS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-820 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-820 iHS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 32. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-820 iHS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-820 iHS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-820 iHS can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-820 iHS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 43. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-820 iHS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Olympus TG-820 iHS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus TG-820 iHS can be called a 49 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.
|Announced||Feb 08, 2012|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,030k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Fill-in|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||3968 x 2976|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||101 x 65 x 26 mm|
|Battery Life||220 shots|
|Battery Type||220 shots|