Olympus TG-860 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” backlit CMOS sensor
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2000
  • Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.7
  • ISO range 125-6400
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Wide angle perspective (21mm 35mm equivalent)
  • 5 axis lens shift image stabilization
  • 7 fps burst mode (up to 7 shots)
  • Waterproof to 50 feet
  • Shockproof to 7 feet
  • Crushproof to 220 lbf
  • Freezeproof to 14 degrees F
  • Dustproof
  • 3” tilting LCD
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps
  • Wi-fi
  • GPS
  • Li-ion battery rated at 300 shots
  • Weighs 7.7 oz. (224g)
  • Release Date: 2015-02-04
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended


Olympus TG-860 designed for both action stills and video
The Olympus TG-860 may just be the right fit for those who can't decide between an action camera and a mountable video camera.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 1/7/2016

Hey! You should know that Olympus has released a newer version of this product: the Olympus TG-870 Tough.

Olympus's tough TG-800 line cameras are designed to be a bit more affordable than the highly ranked TG-2 and TG-3 options, while still offering waterproofing and durability. The TG-860 adds one big benefit over the older models--improved video.

Olympus has just introduced a new holder that allows cameras like the TG-860 to be worn attached to a chest harness or belt for POV shooting. That, along with the upgraded video may be enough to sway some buyers trying to decide between a tough camera and a mountable video camera. The TG-860 shoots in full HD, but now has a 60 fps frame rate over the previous model's 30 fps. Faster frame rates translate into smoother footage, so that 60 fps is nice to see for users who want to shoot action in the midst of the action.

The TG-860 also gets a little more durable with an underwater rating of 50 feet, where the older TG-850 is rated at just 33 feet. In fact, the TG-860 has the same durability ratings as the more advanced TG-3. While the camera is also shockproof to drops of seven feet, it is not scratch-resistant, so consumers should pick up a screen protector as well.

The TG-860 captures shots with a 1/2.3" sensor, the average size for a point-and-shoot. The lens is also average with a f3.5-5.7 maximum aperture--but keep in mind shooting underwater is not an average condition. Lenses with brighter apertures like the f/2 on the TG-3 will offer a significant improvement when shooting underwater or in low lighting.

The TG-860 also features a tilting LCD screen for composing shots at awkward angles. Both wi-fi and GPS are included too. Another perk is the wide angle perspective for capturing more of the scene in one shot.

The TG-860 isn't the best waterproof camera on the market right now, but offers a solid feature set for the price. Be sure to compare with the more advanced TG-3 before buying. The camera is available in orange, black and white for a $279.99 list price.


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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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