Cameras and Electronics
The Go-Anywhere Olympus
By Leo Jakobson
June 23, 2014
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One of the best reasons to get a new digital camera these days is the new breed of point-and-shoot that can go anywhere you can, matching toughness of a modern, active outdoor lifestyle.
Released in March, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 digital camera fits this mold well. Waterproof to 33 feet, crushproof to 220 pounds, shockproof from a seven-foot drop, freeze proof to 14 degrees, and dustproof, it can more than stand up to the hard use of even the most athletic of your incentive recipients.
The TG-850 features a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, super wide-angle 21-105mm lens with 5x optical zoom, and Olympus’ TruePic VIII image processor for sharp, stunning images and full 1080p high definition video at 60 frames per second, regardless of the lighting or shooting conditions. The 3-inch, high-resolution LCD monitor swivels 180 degrees .
Image stabilization is another key feature for a camera in this segment, and the TG-850 features a lens-shift image stabilization mechanism, as well as Multi-Motion Movie image stabilization to compensate for the blurring that occurs when shooting video while walking or panning across a scene.
Among the accessories Olympus sells is a $19.99 floating foam arm strap in five fashion colors, which tells you something about how it’s intended to be used. The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 itself retails for $249.99, and is available from Rymax Marketing Services