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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.
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).
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 TG-830 iHS||Olympus TG-630 iHS|
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456||3968 x 2976|
|Other resolutions||3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480||3968 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:h||4:3, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, High Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|White balance presets||5|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–140 mm|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.69″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Type D)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof, Crushproof)|
|Battery description||Lithium-ion rechargeable LI-50B battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||300||220|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||214 g (0.47 lb / 7.55 oz)||167 g (0.37 lb / 5.89 oz)|
|Dimensions||109 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″)|
|TG-830 iHS||TG-830 iHS|
|TG-630 iHS||TG-630 iHS|
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