Features & Controls

The internal lens on the Tough TG-810 has a 5x optical zoom, with a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. Keeping the lens within the body helps ensure it remains water-tight. When you turn the camera off, a lens cover slides over the glass to protect it.

The CCD Contrast Detection auto focus offers four modes: iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, and AF Tracking.

Focus range from lens surface (wide to telephoto) is as follows:
  • Normal mode: 23.6 inches to infinity
  • Macro mode: 7.9 inches - infinity (wide); 19.7 inches - infinity (telephoto)
  • Super Macro mode: 1.2 inch - 23.6 inches (no flash)
The shutter speed range is 1/4 second to 1/2000 second, with up to 4 seconds in Night Scene mode. There are two metering modes to choose from (Digital ESP Metering and Spot Metering), and the sensitivity range includes ISO Auto, High Auto, and fixed (80, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600) options.

To the left of the lens in the photo above you can see the TG-810's built-in flash unit. It offers settings for Auto (for low light and backlit subjects), Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, and Off. The working range of the flash is from 0.66 - 11.5 feet at ISO 800 (wide), and 4.64 - 8.2 feet at ISO 800 (telephoto).

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The high-resolution Hypercrystal III LCD displays 920k dots and measures 3.0 inches.

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Here we have the controls located on the rear of the camera. The small size of the zoom control (at top) makes it difficult to manipulate, particularly if you have a large thumb. Below the zoom is the dedicated Movie Record button, followed by three small buttons for Playback, Search, and Menu. All three are small and so close together that it can be difficult to press the intended button without resorting to pushing it with a fingernail. The Search button pulls up a menu with four search options: by purpose, for a solution, by situation, and by keyword. There is also an option to learn about the camera, which explains the functions of the camera, as well as 12 basic tutorials and 16 shooting tips.

The mini joystick (at bottom) is a handy way to navigate the menus; the icons are displayed vertically on the right side of the screen. However, pressing the joystick inward for OK is tricky and often leads to an unintended selection. Pressing 'Up' controls the amount of Info shown on the LCD screen, while 'Down' is used to delete files in playback.

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The Tough TG-810's battery compartment, SD Card slot and ports are protected from moisture by a double-lock mechanism and rubber seals. It is designed to be waterproof up to 33 feet deep.

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The battery, SD Card, USB port and HDMI port sit behind the waterproof side door. Above the battery and SD Card is an HDMI Type D terminal for viewing images and HD movies on an HDTV. Below is a multi-terminal for USB and audio/video output (an AV cable is included with the camera).

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The Lithium-Ion battery is charged with the included F-2AC adapter. Battery life is rated at 220 shots, but if you leave the built-in GPS turned on, you will likely get substantially less. The camera is Wi-Fi compatible if you insert an optional Eye-Fi SD memory card. The SD card slot accepts SD, SDHC, and SDXC type memory cards.

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