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Olympus strengthens rugged range with Stylus Tough TG-830 and TG-630

By dpreview staff on Jan 8, 2013 at 03:00 GMT

Olympus has announced the TG-830 iHS and TG-630iHS, two new additions to the company's TOUGH series of travel-friendly waterproof compact cameras. The mid-range TG-830 iHS is waterproof to 10m (33 feet) and has a 5x optical zoom lens to go along with its 16MP back-side illuminated CMOS sensor. Video can be recorded in 1920 x 1080 resolution, with the option to capture high speed clips at 120 fps in 720 resolution mode, for slow motion playback. The entry-level TG-630 iHS is waterproof down to 5m (16 feet). Both models will be available in March in a range of colors.

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MORE TOUGH LOVE: TWO NEW OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH® IHS CAMERAS JOIN THE LINEUP

Explore the mountains with the STYLUS TOUGH TG-830 iHS or take a dip in the pool with the STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 7, 2013– The Olympus TOUGH line gets even tougher with the new mid-range STYLUS TOUGH TG-830 iHS and entry-level STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS. Active photographers who want an action-packed camera to help them capture brilliant stills and high-speed full 1080p HD video as proof of their rugged adventures will gravitate to the STYLUS TOUGH TG-830 iHS. The rugged TG-830 iHS is perfect for a mountain adventure where a waterproof (down to 33 feet), shockproof (from 6.6-foot drops), crushproof (up to 220 pounds), freezeproof (down to 14°F) and dustproof body can withstand the elements. As intelligent as it is durable, it captures worry-free images in the most challenging environments with a 16-megapixel Back-Side Illuminated CMOS sensor and TruPic VI™ image processor.

Action photography is all about speed. Olympus iHS technology delivers with new high-speed shooting technology on the TG-830 iHS that captures High Speed video at 120 frames per second in 720p and 240 frames per second in HVGA along with High-Speed Sequential shooting of still images at the push of a button. Show off snowboarding stunts and other fast-moving action with slow-motion playback for that special touch. The TG-830 iHS, along with the STYLUS SH-50® iHS, another Olympus compact announced today, includes 60-frames-per-second HD recording, 60i Movie, for smoother images of moving subjects.

Adventurers may not have to leave one peak to capture the action on another thanks to a 5x optical zoom and 10x super-resolution zoom. Never decide between a still image and a movie with Multi- Recording that captures full HD video and images simultaneously. Camera shake caused by trembling hands is counteracted by dual image stabilization that moves the CMOS sensor via a shift-type image stabilization mechanism to reduce image blur. Built-in GPS records and displays locations and landmark information with every image so remembering that special location for birding, hunting, fishing or going downhill is simple.

Also announced today, the Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS combines much of the technology of the TG-830 iHS in a new design at a budget-friendly price of under $200. The STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS combines spectacular iHS-driven image quality with Olympus’ tried-and-true waterproof (16ft), shockproof (5.5ft), freezeproof (14°F) and dustproof durability. Driven by a powerful TruePic VI™ image processor and Backlit-CMOS sensor, the TG-630 iHS captures vibrant stills even in tough lighting conditions, while the High-Speed Sequential Shooting provides frame-by-frame replay of all the action. 1080p Full HD Video, Dual Image Stabilization and advanced features like Backlit HDR, Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization and Hand-Held Starlight mean that this little guy is packed full of technology to deliver uncompromising image quality regardless of your surroundings.

Enhanced iAuto in both models automatically detects 34 different scenes like portrait, landscape, macro,  and even Snow & Beach. Eleven Magic Art filters capture scenes with creative flair, and beauty make-up mode adds that extra hint of blush when needed.

Users can easily share their images on a big-screen HDTV in high definition using an optional HDMI cable or on their social networks using the Olympus Image Share smartphone application (via optional Toshiba FlashAir™ SDHC card or optional Eye-Fi Card).

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-830 iHS will be available in March with an Estimated Street Price: $279.99 (Available in Silver, Black, Red, and Blue)

The Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS will also be available in March at an Estimated Street Price: $199.99 (Available in White, Red, Black, and Blue)

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: www.getolympus.com

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 iHS and TG-630 iHS specifications

 Olympus TG-830 iHSOlympus TG-630 iHS
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 34563968 x 2976
Other resolutions3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 4803968 x 2232, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels12 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image
ISOAuto, High Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–140 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF3.9 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Program Auto
Built-in flashYes
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
FormatH.264MPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type D)
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof, Crushproof)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-ion rechargeable LI-50B battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300220
Weight (inc. batteries)214 g (0.47 lb / 7.55 oz)167 g (0.37 lb / 5.89 oz)
Dimensions109 x 67 x 28 mm (4.29 x 2.64 x 1.1)98 x 66 x 22 mm (3.86 x 2.6 x 0.87)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSBuiltInNone

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Comments

Total comments: 3
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jan 8, 2013)

120 FPS with an F3.9 - F5.9 lens. I don't think so. This is a terrible combination for underwater images and videos.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 8, 2013)

I don't see real space for TG-830 between TG-630 and TG-2 now. Just a few more feet of depth underwater, for extra $80? Or I am missing something?

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eap_44
By eap_44 (Jan 8, 2013)

I don't see any difference between this model and the previous TG-820... am I missing anything?

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