Olympus Tough TG-850 review

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TG-850 can record full HD video at 60p frames per second. 30p is also available as are lower resolutions at 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480. There is an option to record slow motion videos at 120 or fps but these are available only at low resolutions – 640 x 480 and 432 x 324.

Video quality is surprisingly good, much better than photo quality. Videos are fluid and  seem to keep reasonable amount of details in them, even in darker cloudy weather. Also, at full HD video format sensor uses 16:9 ratio which does not use lens corners which are blurry.


If you read the review it is obvious what I’m going to say in conclusion. TG-850 is a camera with excellent build quality and unique tilt LCD which will make underwater selfies a joy. Sadly, image quality is not up to modern standards and this is one of the rare cameras which I would recommend not buying. 21mm wide angle looks great in specification list, but in reality the lens is to blurry and combined with way too aggressive noise reduction, you are left off with low quality images. At similar price, you could buy Nikon Coolpix AW120 (review coming soon); that one is also far from perfect but proved to be better performer than Olympus TG-850. The more expensive Olympus TG-3 also has visibly better image quality so if you’re in search of underwater camera, it is better to pay more for that one. Video recording from TG-850 is surprisingly good though; if you will record lots of it, TG-850 might be a good choice.


  • Build quality
  • Video recording quality
  • Slow motion video
  • Tilt-LCD


  • Lens quality on wide angle
  • Image quality and noise reduction


All samples straight out of camera:

ISO 125, F/3.5, 1/500

ISO 125, F/4.7, 1/800

ISO 125, F/3.5, 1/250

ISO 125, F/3.5, 1/400

ISO 125, F/3.5, 1/200

ISO 125, F/3.5, 1/60

ISO 125, F/3.5, 1/640

ISO 125, F/5.7, 1/800

ISO 125, F/3.5, 1/200

ISO 800, F/3.5, 1/20

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