Olympus TG-810 Brief Review


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  • 14 megapixels
  • CCD sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle
  • Optical image stabilization
  • f/3.9 max aperture
  • 720p HD video
  • 3-inch LCD, 921k pixels
  • Waterproof to 33 feet
  • Shockproof to 6.6 feet
  • Freezeproof to 14F
  • Dustproof
  • Crushproof to 220 lbs.
  • Magic Art filters
  • Panorama mode
  • Built-in GPS and electronic compass
  • Release Date: 2011-04-15
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus TG-810
14 megapixels; CCD sensor; 5x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical image stabilization; f/3.9 max aperture; 720p HD video; 3-inch LCD, 921k pixels; Waterproof to 33 feet; Shockproof to 6.6 feet; Freezeproof to 14F; Dustproof; Crushproof to 220 lbs.; Magic Art filters; Panorama mode; Built-in GPS and electronic compass;
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The TG-810 is the latest in Olympus' lines of nearly indestructible cameras. Judging from its predecessors, the TG-810 won't be the prettiest camera out there, or even take the prettiest pictures, but we are pretty confident that it'll be the toughest one out there. Most of the toughness ratings are carried over from last year's Tough 8010: the 33-foot waterproofing, 6.6-foot shock rating, freezeproofing and dustproofing, through it's now able to withstand a mammoth 220lbs of pressure. Any user that's managed to lay off the milkshakes and hamburgers should be able to literally stand on the TG-810 (though we really, really don't recommend trying and finding out the hard way that we were wrong). We'd probably recommend different rugged cameras over the TG-810, but if you think you really need the toughest camera out there (you probably don't), this is it.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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