Olympus has refreshed its rugged compact series with the Stylus Tough TG-860. It offers a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and is capable of diving to greater depths than its predecessor, the TG-850 iHS, as it's waterproof to 15m/50ft (compared to 10m/33ft). It's also freezeproof to -10C/+14F, shockproof from 2.1m/7ft, and crushproof up to 100kgf/220lbf. The new model adds built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and a pair of customizable buttons, and keeps the 180-degree flip-up LCD for convenient underwater or mountain-top selfies. 

The TG-860 will retail for $279.99 starting in April. 


OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH® TG-860 CAPTURES SUPER-SHARP SELFIES IN RUGGED AND EXTREME CONDITIONS

Enhanced Rugged Performance, 180-Degree Flip LCD, Built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS, Full HD Video, Sportcam and Self-Portrait Modes, Ultra Wide-Angle 5x Zoom Lens

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 5, 2015 — Olympus brings an added degree of Tough functionality and photographic excellence to the renowned Stylus Tough lineup with the introduction of the ultra-rugged Stylus Tough TG-860. This tremendously powerful compact camera packs an ultra wide-angle 21mm lens with 5x optical zoom, allowing you to capture stunning landscapes and detailed portraits alike, along with offering improved video capture options, GPS with multiple satellite system support, built-in Wi-Fi, a variety of shooting modes and Art Filters for capturing and sharing expressive images directly from the camera. The camera features a 180-degree flip LCD for ease-of-use when capturing selfies. Two new customizable function buttons- one on the front and one on the back- allow for quick access to important functions like shutter release and boosting the brightness of the LCD screen. 

True to the Tough series of rugged compact cameras, the Stylus Tough TG-860 is built to withstand extreme conditions; the camera is waterproof to depths of 50 feet (15 m), freezeproof to 14°F (-10℃), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m)*1, crushproof to 220 pounds (100 kgf) and dustproof. The Stylus Tough TG-860’s 21mm-105mm (35mm equivalent) f3.5–5.7, ultra wide-angle lens combined with its TruePic™ VII image processor, the same found in Olympus’ award-winning OM-D® series of interchangeable lens cameras, and a 16.0-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor capture incredibly sharp images with minimal noise, even in dim light.

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 includes built-in Wi-Fi with an easy-to-use setup process and interface. An iOS® or Android® smartphone or tablet can be paired with the Stylus Tough TG-860 in just a few seconds by scanning the QR code displayed on the camera LCD. The free Olympus Image Share app synchronizes a user’s iOS® or Android mobile device with the Stylus Tough TG-860, enabling instant image and movie transfers, and a live view through the camera’s lens. You can also control the camera remotely by touching the smartphone or tablet’s display, as if it were the camera itself, and users can send selected images directly to websites and social media. For users who also want to track where in the world their adventures have taken them, the OI Track app allows users to update the camera’s GPS assist data, transfer GPS logs and pictures from the camera to your smartphone and manage them in albums.

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 is also an incredibly capable video camera. Sportcam Mode makes four video options immediately accessible to the user. The camera captures Full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second, with 720 60p and 480 60p options also available. Additionally, the Stylus Tough TG-860 can record High-Speed Movies at 120 frames per second at 854x480 (16:9) or 640x480 (4:3) or 240 frames per second at 640x360 (16:9) or 480x360 (4:3) resolution. A Time-Lapse Movie mode is also available, capturing images in 0.5, 1, 3, 6, 12 and 30-second intervals, while a Sport-Burst shooting mode allows photographers to capture sequential images with a shutter interval from 0.05 to 60 seconds.

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860’s metal construction contributes to the camera’s durability, letting you capture the shots you want even in the most unforgiving situations. A PT-057 Underwater Case expands the camera’s underwater capabilities to 147 feet (45 m), while an optional UFL-3 Underwater Flash enables true underwater flash photography. A CSCH-124 Silicone Jacket protects the camera from scratches on land, while a CSCH-123 Sport Holder allows you to attach the camera to a backpack or belt, enabling hands-free photography while participating in extreme sports.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 will be available in April 2015 in Black, Orange and White for $279.99.

To find out more about the Stylus Tough TG-860, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website at http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/tough/tg-860.html. 

*1 Shockproof when the flip LCD is closed.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 specifications

Price
MSRP$279
Body type
Body typeUltracompact
Body materialAluminum
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, auto high, 125-6400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)21–105 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF3.5
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range10 cm (3.94)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes (Display tilts upward 180 degrees)
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Scene modes
  • Night scene
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Super macro
  • Night + portrait
  • Interval shooting
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.00 m (at ISO 1600)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator
Drive modes
  • Program
  • iAuto
Continuous drive7.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes5-axis (optical+digital) image stabilization
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included37MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (waterproof to 15m/50ft, crushproof to 100kgf/220lbf, shockproof from 2.1m/7ft, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLi-50B lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)224 g (0.49 lb / 7.90 oz)
Dimensions130 x 64 x 28 mm (5.12 x 2.52 x 1.1)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone