The Good Bright and clear LCD screen. Decent image quality at low ISO levels. Incredibly rugged.
The Bad High ISO images are messy. HD video not as impressive as still images.
The Bottom Line Need a tough camera built like a tank, while withstanding the weight of one rolling over it? The TG-820 from Olympus will go almost anywhere you can imagine, and survive the journey.
Olympus Tough TG-820
Tough cameras are unlikely to win any beauty pageants, given their rugged, bulging construction — but the TG-820, in its cherry-red finish, certainly spices up the category. Featuring a sliding metal flap, which covers the 5x optical zoom lens, the front panel is utilitarian and industrial in appearance. The lens zooms internally, so no part of the element protrudes out from the camera's body.
Certainly, you can expect nothing less than total protection, given that the camera can withstand drops from up to 2 metres, is crush proof to 100 kilograms, waterproof to 10 metres and freeze proof to -10 degrees Celsius.
Other Olympus cameras in the same range as the TG-820 come with backlit-CMOS sensors, which this rugged version also shares; rounding out at 12 megapixels, with a native ISO range from 100 to 6400.
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