Olympus Tough TG-870 Review

Preview posted 01/05/2016 by William Chambers
Full review posted 03/31/2016 by Eric Butterfield

Quick Take
  • High image quality in bright light
  • Lots of effects and filters
  • Two programmable buttons
  • LCD hinges 180 degrees
  • 921k-dot LCD resolution
  • Good battery life in testing
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Two tripod mounts
  • Burst shooting at 16M is limited
  • 5x zoom is modest
  • Built-in flash is weak
  • Low-light performance is mediocre
  • Lens distorts near edges at wide angle
  • Does not offer RAW mode
  • In-camera editing is basic
Bottom Line
The TG-870 offers adventurous sports photographers a lot of features in a compact, rugged package; although burst shooting at full resolution could be better. Low-light performance also could be better. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Olympus continues to expand their "Tough" line of lifeproof digital cameras, with the TG-870 being their newest addition for 2016. The Tough TG-870 builds upon the TG-860 we tested in 2015, with a few new upgrades. Of these is the inclusion of a brighter 180 degree tilting LCD screen, expanded GPS functionality, and the addition of some new shooting models; like Nighttime Live Composite.

The TG-870 continues the use of a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor and 5x internal optical zoom lens (same as the TG-860), and it also shares the same lifeproof specifications. These include being waterproof down to 50 feet, shockproof from a 7 foot fall, freezeproof down to -10°C, and crushproof up to 220 pounds.

The TG-870 also continues to offer built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, however Olympus has enhanced the TG-870's GPS functionality with the camera now using both GLONASS and QZSS GPS satellites. Olympus notes this "next-generation" GPS system allows for faster positioning, in under 10 seconds.

Olympus Tough TG-870 Features:
  • Waterproof to 50 feet (15 m)
  • Freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C)
  • Shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m)
  • Crushproof to 220 pounds
  • 16-megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor
  • TruePic VII image processor
  • 3.0" 180-degree flip LCD display
  • 5x Optical Zoom
    • 21mm-105mm
    • f/3.5-5.7
  • Next-generation GPS uses both GLONASS and QZSS GPS satellites
  • OI Track App
    • transfer GPS logs and pictures to your smartphone or tablet
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    • Olympus Image Share App
      • Works with iOS or Android smartphones or tables
      • transfer images and movies
      • live view
      • remotely control the camera
  • Full HD 1080p HD Video Recording
    • 720p @ 60fps
    • High-Speed Movies
    • 120fps @ 854x480
    • 240fps @ 640x360
  • Time-Lapse Movie Mode
    • 0.5, 1, 3, 6, 12, 30-second intervals
  • Sport-Burst Mode
    • 0.05-60-second shutter intervals
  • Art Filters
  • New Nighttime Live Composite mode (borrowed from their OM-D line)
  • Optional PT-057 Underwater Case extends depth to 147 feet (45m)

The Olympus Tough TG-870 is available in gunmetal, gunmetal green, and pure white for a retail price of $279.99 (US). See our best price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

What's in the box?:

  • TG-870 Digital Camera
  • USB Cable (USB8)
  • LI-50B Battery
  • F-5AC Adapter
  • Camera Strap
  • Warranty
  • Set-Up Manual
  • Set-Up CD
  • Quick Start Guide

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