The TG-860 uses a 16-Megapixel BSI CMOS imaging sensor paired with the TruePic VII image processor to capture and process images. They work together to cut out noise and increase the overall image quality, especially in lower-light situations.
The internal 5x optical zoom lens allows you the freedom to zoom while the camera stays waterproof. A 35mm equivalent of 21-105mm is great for vast landscapes and group shots, while still allowing you zoom in closer to distant objects. The TG-860 also features lens-shift image stabilization to help keep your images sharp while on the go.
Assisting with your low-light shooting is the small built-in flash unit and LED light. Operating in Auto, Red-eye and forced on/off, you have options for any situation. The camera also have the ability to control a wireless flash unit. The LED light is available for both macro and video shooting.
On top of the camera you will only find the bare minimum necessities as far as camera controls go. The power button, shutter release and zoom control are shown from left to right. You can also see the slightly larger grip on the right side of the camera, giving you a better grip and more control over the camera.
Composing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 460,000-dot Flip LCD screen. This screen is bright and adjustable, allowing you to see it in any lighting conditions. Its ability to flip a full 180° takes all the guess work out of taking "selfies", allowing you to compose them accurately and with ease.
Controls on Back: At the top, the controls start with the dedicated video recording button that is on the right side of the thumb grip. Under that you will find the mode dial which gives you quick and easy access to all of the camera's shooting modes. Next is the playback button and 4-way controller. The 4-way controller allows you to navigate the menu systems as well as acting as a shortcut to the INFO, flash and burst/timer settings. Finally at the bottom you have the MENU button.
On the right side of the camera you will find the input/output ports hidden under a waterproof door. On top is the high speed USB port, which is used to transfer images from the camera as well as to charge it. On the bottom is the HDMI output that allows you to connect to any HDTV with an optional HDMI cable to view your images and videos. Between the two ports are the SD card slot and the battery slot.
Shown here with the camera is the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera. The camera will accept any SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory card to store its images. In this image you also get a good look at the rubber gasket that seals the camera and stops water from coming in.
Powering the TG-860 is a 3.7V, 925mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery (LI-50B). This battery is capable of providing up to 300 shots on a single charge. The adapter shown above allows you to charge the battery while it is still inside the camera via a USB cable, which makes the camera easy to travel with. It also makes it just a little harder to keep a spare battery charged and on hand though.