The Olympus Tough TG-860 is another case of higher-end camera features trickling down to a more affordable model. The $280 rugged compact (£185, AU$360 converted) is waterproof to 50 feet (15m), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1m), crushproof up to 220 pounds (100kg), freezeproof to 14 degree Fahrenheit (-10C) and dustproof -- specs found on the $350 TG-3.
Also passed down to the TG-860 are Wi-Fi and GPS. Using the built-in wireless and the Olympus Image Share app available for iOS and Android, you can directly connect to your smartphone or tablet to view and transfer photos and movie clips as well as control the camera remotely using your mobile device's display.
Another Olympus app, OI Track, lets you update the camera's GPS assist data in addition to transferring GPS logs and pictures to your smartphone or tablet from the camera.
Taking advantage of the the TG-860's ultrawide-angle 21mm lens, Olympus added a Sportcam Mode that makes its video modes easily accessible. Those video options include time-lapse and high-speed movie capture and 1080p at 60fps. There's also a Sport-burst shooting mode, which gives you sequential shooting at intervals from 0.05 to 60 seconds. Complementing the Sportcam Mode is a shutter release on the front of the camera and a new mounting strap for attaching to a bag strap or belt for hands-free shooting.
The rest of the camera's features are similar to its predecessor, the TG-850. This includes the 460K-dot-resolution LCD that flips up 180 degrees so you can shoot low-angle pictures or from in front of the camera, again taking advantage of that extra shutter release up front (it's programmable, too, should you want it to do something else). A 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for better low-light results and a 5x f3.5-5.7 21-105mm lens round out the major specs.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 will be available in April in black, orange and white versions.