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Olympus Tough TG-870 adds more color

Create: 01/10/2016 - 15:11
Olympus Tough TG-870


  • 16-MP CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof to 50 feet and shockproof to 7 feet
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen flips upward for selfies

Was the Olympus Tough TG-860 tough enough?

Possibly not, because Olympus has announced the TG-870, which appears to be an incremental upgrade. In fact, the upgrade might be very subtle, because the specs for both models are identical in nearly every aspect.

That’s not a bad thing, because the TG-860 has a lot going for it.

In any case, here are the specs for the TG-870, which as mentioned are identical to the TG-860.

  • 16-MP backside illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 125-6,400
  • F/3.5-5.7 21-105mm full-frame equivalent zoom lens
  • Waterproof to 50 feet (15 meters)
  • Shockproof to 7 feet (2.1 meters)
  • 3.0-inch LCD that flips up 180º for selfies

Remember, the primary reason that someone buys a Tough cameras is for using it outdoors, whether it be for sports or industrial use. Olympus sells a number of straps, underwater housings, harnesses and coverings to further protect the camera for rugged use.

The TG-870 can record full HD 60p video, as well as time-lapse videos. For stills, it can shoot 2.5 frames per second at full resolution for up to 200 images or 7 frames in a single one-second burst.

There is wireless connectivity via built-in WiFi and GPS, and it supports Eye-Fi compatible cards.

The camera is 4.4 x 2.5 x 1.1 inches (112.9 x 64.1 x 27.6mm) and weighs 7.8 ounces (221 grams), which is 0.1 ounce (3 grams) lighter than the TG-860.

The camera is available in green, black and silver for US$279.99.

Because the two cameras share identical body dimensions, accessories for the TG-860 should be compatible with the TG-870. But check with Olympus before you make your purchase.

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Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.