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Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
42
Overall
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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 front
 
Olympus TG-820 iHS front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
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Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Key Specs

Olympus TG-860
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 224g - 110 x 64 x 28mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Successor is Olympus TG-870
Olympus TG-820 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 206g - 101 x 65 x 26mm
  • Launched February 2012
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Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS, both Waterproof cameras and both are manufactured by Olympus. There exists a substantial gap among the resolutions of the TG-860 (16MP) and TG-820 iHS (12MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The TG-860 was revealed 3 years later than the TG-820 iHS and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Olympus TG-860 being a Ultracompact camera and the Olympus TG-820 iHS being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a simple overview of how the TG-860 matches up against the TG-820 iHS in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus TG-860 over the Olympus TG-820 iHS

 TG-860 TG-820 iHS 
LaunchedFebruary 2015February 2012Fresher by 37 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-820 iHS over the Olympus TG-860

 TG-820 iHS TG-860 
Screen resolution1030k460kClearer screen (+570k dot)

Common features in the Olympus TG-860 and Olympus TG-820 iHS

 TG-860 TG-820 iHS 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lack of Touch friendly screen

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera often, you have to think about its weight and volume. The Olympus TG-860 features outside measurements of 110mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 224 grams (0.49 lbs) and the Olympus TG-820 iHS has sizing of 101mm x 65mm x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs).

Examine the Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS in our newest Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Below is a front view over all size comparison of the TG-860 versus the TG-820 iHS.

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the TG-860 and TG-820 iHS is 91 and 92 respectively.

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS top view buttons comparison

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizing only by checking out specs. The graphic here may give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the TG-860 and TG-820 iHS.

All in all, both of these cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can count on the Olympus TG-860 to show more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop shots way more aggressively. The younger TG-860 provides an edge in sensor tech.

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS sensor size comparison

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-860
Portrait photography with Olympus TG-820 iHS
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megapixel count good (16MP)
offers face detection autofocus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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features face detect focusing
manual focus not available
no manual mode
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Street photography advice
Olympus TG-820 iHS Street photography advice
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has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
61
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Olympus TG-860 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus TG-820 iHS as a Sports photography camera
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image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
weather proofing
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
34
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features tracking focus
environment proof
low fps (5.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (220 per charge)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Travel photography information
Olympus TG-820 iHS Travel photography information
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weather proofing
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (21mm)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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environment proof
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery life (220 CIPA)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus TG-860 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus TG-820 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
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fairly wide (21mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
weather proofing
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
manual focus not available
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
no manual mode
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
not so great battery life (220 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus TG-860 Vlogging features
Olympus TG-820 iHS Vlogging features
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fairly wide (21mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic socket
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rather wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
features face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have mic port
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Olympus TG-860 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus TG-860 and Olympus TG-820 iHS
 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860Olympus TG-820 iHS
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 Olympus TG-820 iHS
Type Waterproof Waterproof
Launched 2015-02-06 2012-02-08
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip TruePic VII TruePic VI
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 125 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 21-105mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-5.7 f/3.9-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 460k dot 1,030k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - HyperCrystal III TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 1600) 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Yes None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 224 grams (0.49 lbs) 206 grams (0.45 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 64 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1") 101 x 65 x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 300 photographs 220 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model Li-50B LI-50B
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $279 $500