Olympus has updated its rugged compact lineup with the Stylus Tough TG-870, a modest update to last year's model offering next-generation GPS and a brighter, higher-resolution screen. Still sporting a 16MP BSI CMOS chip and a 21-105mm equivalent zoom, the TG-870 provides a 920k-dot 180 degree flip-up LCD that claims to be 1.1x brighter than its predecessor's screen. While the Wi-Fi features are unchanged the GPS feature has enhanced, claiming positioning in under 10 seconds. Also new to this model is Live Composite mode as well as low light Nightscape Movie and Nightscape Mode options.

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 will be offered in April 2016 for $279.99. 

Press release:


CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 5, 2016 — Olympus adds to the versatility and creativity of its renowned Stylus Tough lineup with the new Stylus Tough TG-870, a premium rugged camera built to capture high-quality photos and video in the most challenging situations. This compact, take-anywhere camera is packed with features, including a class-leading ultra wide-angle 21mm (equivalent) lens with 5x optical zoom, allowing users the ability to effortlessly frame everything from dramatic landscapes to group shots. Together with its high-resolution 180-degree tilting LCD monitor, customizable front button, Sportcam Modes with full HD 1080/60p video, built-in Wi-Fi, next-generation GPS, and an ever-expanding wealth of expressive features, the Stylus Tough TG-870 is ready to capture stunning images anytime, in any environment.

In the tradition of the Olympus Tough series of rugged compact cameras, the Stylus Tough TG-870 is built to withstand extreme conditions: the camera is waterproof to depths of 50 feet (15 m), freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m), crushproof to 220 pounds of force (100 kgf) and dustproof. The 21mm–105mm (35mm equivalent) f3.5–5.7 zoom lens is the widest lens in the rugged compact category, perfect for ultra-wide group selfie shots. The TruePic™ VII image processor, the same found in Olympus’s award-winning OM-D series of interchangeable lens cameras, is paired with a 16.0 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor to capture incredibly clear images with sharp details and true-to-life colors, even underwater.

The Stylus Tough TG-870’s 180-degree tilting 920,000-dot high-resolution LCD monitor has double the resolution and is 1.1x brighter than that of its predecessor, enabling the user to see more detail while shooting outdoors or underwater. The customizable button on the front of the camera can be programmed for several functions, including shutter release, video recording, monitor boost, LED assist and Super Macro Mode. The TG-870 also detects the orientation in which it’s being held to assist the user in capturing the perfect selfie, point-of-view action video or over-under shot.

The free Olympus Image Share app synchronizes a user’s iOS or Android mobile device with the Stylus Tough TG-870 via the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi, enabling instant image and movie transfers and direct uploading to websites and social media. A live view of the camera’s lens appears on the smart device display. Users can control the camera remotely by touching the smart device display as if it were the camera itself. The next-generation GPS boasts fast positioning in under 10 seconds via three satellite systems and helps users track precisely where they are in the world. The Olympus Image Track (OI.Track) smartphone app allows users to update the camera’s GPS assist data and transfer GPS logs and images from the camera to a smartphone for simplified viewing and management. 

An impressive variety of shooting modes and 13 Art Filters, including 6 new filters (Vintage, Key Line, Watercolor, Light Tone, Cross Process and Gentle Sepia), help the user capture distinctive images. The Stylus Tough TG-870 is equipped with nighttime Live Composite Mode, which automatically combines the brightest areas of multiple images taken with interval shooting for dramatic photos of cityscapes, star trails and light painting. Sportcam Mode puts four video options right at the user’s fingertips. With 60p Movie, the camera captures full HD 1080p video at 60 frames per second (fps), with 720/60p and 480/60p options also available. With High-Speed Movie, the Stylus Tough TG-870 can record slow-motion video at 120 fps at 854x480 (16:9) or 640x480 (4:3) resolution, or 240 fps at 640x360 (16:9) or 480x360 (4:3) resolution. Time Lapse Movie compresses hours of action into a short movie, and Sport Burst allows photographers to capture sequential images with a shutter interval of 0.05 to 60 seconds. For video capture after dark, camera settings are automatically optimized for low light with Nightscape Movie or Nightscape Mode.

The Stylus Tough TG-870’s rugged construction can be further reinforced with the CSCH-124 Silicone Jacket, which shields the camera from surface damage. The CSCH-123 Tough Sport Holder supports hands-free photography and video recording, allowing users to attach the camera to backpack straps or a chest harness during intensive activities like rock climbing or snowboarding. The PT-057 Underwater Case or Housing lets users dive deeper, increasing the camera’s underwater capability to 147 feet (45 m), and the elective UFL-3 Underwater Strobe Flash facilitates genuine underwater flash photography. A second tripod base plate on the camera offers the added benefit of vertical mounting, and the F-5AC compact high-capacity AC adapter reduces charging time, getting users back to the action faster. 

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 will be available in April 2016 in Gunmetal Metallic, Metallic Green and Pure White for $279.99 (US) and $329.99 (CA).

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 specifications

Body type
Body typeUltracompact
Body materialAluminum
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
ISOAuto, 125-6400 (expands to 12800)
Boosted ISO (minimum)12800
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 apertureF3.5–5.7
  • 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 dots921,000
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
  • Portrait
  • ePortrait
  • Landscape
  • Interval shooting
  • Live composite
  • Handheld star light
  • Night scene
  • Night + portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & snow
  • Underwater snapshot
  • Underwater wide
  • Underwater macro
  • Backlight HDR
  • Self portrait
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
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included37MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedYes (waterproof to 15m/50ft, crushproof to 100kgf/220lbf, shockproof from 2.1m/7ft, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)
DurabilityWaterproof, Shockproof
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLi-50B lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)300
Weight (inc. batteries)221 g (0.49 lb / 7.80 oz)
Dimensions113 x 64 x 28 mm (4.45 x 2.52 x 1.1)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes