Olympus has announced the Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS, the next generation of the company's mid-range waterproof camera. The TG-850 has a super wide-angle 21-105mm 5x optical zoom lens and now includes a LCD screen that flips upward 180°. It's waterproof down to 33 feet (10m) and the 16-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor can shoot 1080/60p HD video. The TG-850 will be available in March and will come in silver, black or white. Estimated street price is $249.99.

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Tough Capabilities, Advanced Performance and New Features Including a 21mm Super Wide-Angle Lens and Flip LCD Capture the Great Outdoors from a Whole New Perspective 

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 29, 2014 — The Olympus Spring camera line-up includes the next-generation Olympus TOUGH®, the STYLUS® TG-850, an advanced rugged compact designed to expand outdoor shooting capabilities in the most challenging environments. The STYLUS TG-850’s super wide-angle 21-105mm 5x optical zoom lens — the widest lens of any rugged camera* — plus a 180° flip LCD monitor and shockproof*, waterproof, dustproof, crushproof and freezeproof construction, makes it the perfect companion for explorers looking to capture every angle of their adventures and users looking for a durable solution to everyday photography.

The TG-850’s super wide-angle zoom lens with redesigned lens configuration makes it thinner and more compact, yet able to maintain brilliant optical performance even at its widest angle. The high-performance optics are enhanced by the combination of a 16-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor and next-generation True-Pic VII processor to capture superb, noise-free images and Full HD 60p video no matter what the lighting or shooting conditions.

Its newly designed, sleek and stylish tough body features the large 3-inch, high-resolution 460,000-dot flip LCD, yet retains its rugged durability: waterproof down to 33 feet (10m), shockproof from seven feet (2.1m)*, crushproof up to 220 pounds (100kgf), freezeproof down to 14° F (-10°C)  and dustproof. The combination of the 180° flip LCD and the wide-angle lens make it particularly well suited to half underwater photography, self-portraits, and monitoring. When capturing semi-submerged shots, for instance, users can simply tilt the LCD 90° to eliminate the need to dip underwater. And for self-portraits, tilt the screen up to the full 180° and get the entire group and/or landscape into the shot. Paired with the adjustable self timer and 99-frame intervelometer, the TG-850 is a perfect companion for action shots – and video recording – when mounted on your bike, surf board or helmet.

The STYLUS TG-850 captures video with natural motion in new smooth 60p recording at 60 frames per second in full HD (1080) and high-speed recording (HS120fps with resolution of 640x480, or HS240fps with 320x240). The Multi-Motion Movie image stabilization compensates for blurring that occurs when shooting video while walking or panning across a scene.

The combination of the FAST AF, 7.1 fps sequential shooting, an enlarged grip for easy handling and a lens-shift image stabilization mechanism — the same technology found on interchangeable lens cameras — helps users to capture all the fleeting outdoor action in crisp detail. The STYLUS TG-850 expands the user’s creative potential with eleven Art Filters, several advanced shooting modes and interval shooting of up to 99 frames at preset intervals from 10 seconds to 60 minutes.

Users can easily share their images on their social networks using the Olympus Image Share smartphone app via the optional Toshiba FlashAir™ SDHC card.

*When the tilt LCD screen is closed.

U.S. pricing and availability

The Olympus STYLUS TG-850 will be available in March 2014.

Estimated Street Price: $249.99 (available in silver, black and white)

To find out more about the STYLUS TG-850, and for a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)21–105 mm
Optical zoom5×
Maximum apertureF3.5–5.7
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x Super Resolution Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Screen typeTFT LCD
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed1/2 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto (iAUTO)
  • Program Auto (P)
  • Super Macro
  • Scene Modes (18)
  • Art Filters (11)
  • Panorama
  • Hand-Held Starlight
  • e-Portrait
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Interval Shooting
  • Night Scene (up to 4 second exposure)
  • Night + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Self Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Under Water Snapshot
  • Under Water Wide 1
  • Under Water Wide 2
  • Under Water Macro
  • Backlight HDR
Built-in flashYes
Continuous drive7.1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 sec, 12 sec, Custom Self-Timer (1-30 sec start timer, 1-10 pictures, 1-3 sec interval))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
Videography notesHigh speed: 120 fps, 240 fps (640 x 480, 432 x 324)
Storage typesSD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage included37MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Environmentally sealedYes (Waterproof to 33ft/10m; Crushproof to 220lbf/100kgf; Shockproof to 7ft/2.1m; Freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C; Dustproof)
DurabilityWaterproof, Shockproof
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLI-50B lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)330
Weight (inc. batteries)218 g (0.48 lb / 7.69 oz)
Dimensions110 x 64 x 28 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.09)
Other features
Timelapse recordingYes (1-99 frames, 0-60 min start timer, 10sec-60min interval time)