Olympus TG-810 Review

Review posted 02/23/2012

Quick Take
  • Rugged body can withstand drops up to 6.6 feet, and can handle 220 lbs. of pressure
  • 5x wide-angle (28mm-140mm) optical zoom
  • Waterproof to 33 feet
  • Sensor-shift anti-shake
  • High light sensitivity to ISO 1600
  • Dedicated video button
  • Shoots high-definition video
  • Built-in GPS, compass and manometer
  • 3-inch high-resolution LCD screen
  • Eye-Fi compatible
  • Tiny controls can be difficult to use
  • Thick body feels cumbersome in a pocket
  • Photos taken in low light can look noisy
  • Easy to turn on camera by accident
  • GPS drains battery quickly
Bottom Line
The Tough TG-810 lives up to its name, being built like a tank, and performs well for everyday shooting. But it's clunky navigation, somewhat slow shutter response, and middling image quality in low light don't make it good fit if you don't absolutely need the extra ruggedness of the TG-810's body armor. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Olympus continues to add powerful "Lifeproof" cameras to their Tough line, with the TG-810 being one of latest additions in 2011. Like past models, the TG-810 is packed with their Tough features (Waterproof, Freezeproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, and Crushproof), making it an obvious choice for active users who like to explore the great outdoors.

The TG-810 boasts 14-megapixels of resolution, a 5x optical zoom lens, 3.0-inch LCD screen, and 720p HD video capture. They've also added their new 3D photo mode and built-in GPS system with Electric Compass and Manometer.

Olympus TG-810 key features:
  • Compact and Tough metal body
  • 14-megapixels of resolution
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Dual image stabilization (Sensor-shift and digital)
  • Waterproof to 33 feet underwater
  • Shockproof from up to a 6.6 foot fall
  • Crushproof up to 220 pounds of force
  • Freezeproof to 14 degree Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius)
  • Dustproof
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • Intelligent Auto
  • 8 Magic Filters, including three new modes: Watercolor, Sparkle, and Punk
  • 3D Still photo mode
  • Built-in LED illuminator
  • Built-in GPS system with Electronic Compass and Manometer
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (Eye-Fi compatible)
  • Li-ion battery (up to 220 shots)
The TG-810 is available now with an estimated street price of $399.99 US. Check our buy box below for the most current online pricing.

What's in the Box?:
  • TG-810 Digital Camera
  • USB Cable & Charger (F-2AC)
  • Instruction Manual & Software CD
  • Audio/Video Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B)
  • Warranty Card

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