Olympus TG-830 iHS Review

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Review posted 5/16/2013

Quick Take
Pros
  • Tough and waterproof features are nice to find in this price point
  • Camera has a well-built, sturdy feel
  • Very easy to use camera, including brief on-screen explanations of most features
  • Olympus recently dropped the price on the TG-830
  • Built-in LED helps with extreme low light and underwater photos
  • Small rubberized handgrip makes it easy to hold and use this camera
  • Lens housing is completely contained inside the camera
  • Mode dial is a helpful feature
  • Camera's two compartments include double-lock mechanisms to maintain water-tight seal
  • LCD is a high quality screen
  • Built-in GPS and e-compass are nice features to have in a tough camera designed to be used in harsh outdoor conditions
  • Shortcut menu makes it easy to change shooting modes
  • Camera offers full HD video mode and an HDMI port
Cons
  • 5x optical zoom lens is well below average in today's market
  • Very few manual controls
  • Button labels are tough to see because of lack of contrast in the text
  • Control buttons are too small to be used comfortably
  • Zoom switch is a little awkward to use versus a zoom ring
  • Some image softness near edges of photos
  • Auto white balance setting sometimes struggles with skin color in fluorescent lighting
  • Noise at higher ISO settings is quite noticeable
Bottom Line
The sturdy Olympus TG-830 iHS camera provides good protection against harsh photographic environmental conditions, but it's also a surprisingly good camera in terms of performance; especially compared to its similarly priced peers, both those with and without tough features. It includes advanced features like a built-in GPS and an LED. The biggest drawback for this camera is its very small 5x optical zoom lens. You won't be able to make extremely large prints with this camera, and its control buttons are too small to use comfortably, but if you can put up with these drawbacks, the TG-830 offers a very nice value in the tough camera marketplace. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Olympus' mid-range Tough Series camera for 2013 is the TG-830 iHS, situated between the entry-level TG-630 iHS and the flagship TG-2 iHS in terms of price, performance, and features. Waterproof down to 33ft, shockproof up to a 6.6ft fall, freezeproof down to 14°F, dustproof, and crushproof up to 220lbf, the TG-830 iHS features the same 16 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor and TruePix VI Image Processor as the recently announced SH-50 iHS. This means our tough camera can also shoot HD video at varying frame rates, including 1080/60i for standard video and 120 frames per second 720p for a slow motion effect.

An Enhanced iAuto mode chooses between 34 different scene modes (including Portrait, Landscape, Macro, and Snow & Beach) to give users optimal settings in multiple lighting conditions. The TG-830 iHS also boasts built-in GPS functionality so you can track the locations of all your photo adventures.

Olympus TG-830 iHS Features
  • Waterproof to 33ft (10M)
  • Shockproof to 6.6ft (2M)
  • Freezeproof to 14°F
  • Dustproof
  • Crushproof to 220lbf (100kfg)
  • 16MP BSI CMOS image sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 25mm wide angle
  • TruePix VI Image Processor
  • Full HD Video Recording (1080/60i)
    • 120 frames-per-second 720p High Speed Video
  • Multi-Motion Movie IS
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Enhanced iAuto Mode
    • Portrait
    • Landscape
    • Macro
    • Snow & Beach
  • GPS & eCompass
  • Hand-Held Starlight
  • HDR Backlight Adjustment
  • 11 Magic Art Filters
  • Smart Panorama
Available in blue, red, silver, or black, the Olympus TG-830 sports a street price of about $249.99 USD. See our lowest price button at the top right of this page for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • LI-50B Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • Strap
  • USB Cable CB-USB8
  • Set-Up Manual & Instruction CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Waterproof Insertion



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