Olympus TG-850 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 218g - 110 x 64 x 28mm
  • Released January 2014
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Olympus TG-850 iHS overview

Olympus TG-850 iHS is Olympus's Waterproof camera originally released on January of 2014. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4616 x 3464.

The TG-850 iHS places at #19 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all-around #652 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus TG-850 iHS family

The Olympus TG-850 iHS is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed range below.

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Olympus-TG-320 front thumbnailOlympus TG-320
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Olympus-TG-310 front thumbnailOlympus TG-310
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Olympus TG-850 iHS Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Olympus TG-850 iHS based on factors that are typically viewed as necessary in a camera.

environment proofing
fairly wide (21mm)
good battery (330 CIPA)
good resolution (16MP)
good zoom range (21-105mm 5.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has HDMI out
has image stabilization (Optical)
nice screen size (3 inches)
screen tilts up and down
supports face detect autofocus
supports tracking focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
does not have headphone support
does not have microphone support
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual exposure
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual focus not available
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW support
pixelated screen (460 thousand dots)
slow at full zoom (f5.7)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Olympus TG-850 iHS Sensor specifications

The Olympus TG-850 iHS features the TruePic VII processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Olympus TG-850 iHS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4616 x 3464 pixels . The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and features a native ISO range of 125 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the TG-850 iHS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The TG-850 iHS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

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Olympus TG-850 iHS dimensions

Olympus TG-850 iHS weighs about 0.48 pounds (218 grams / 7.69 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 110mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Waterproof camera is 195 grams so the Olympus TG-850 iHS is weightier compared with other competitors.

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Listed below is a photo of the Olympus TG-850 iHS with a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button arrangement on the TG-850 iHS.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS topview buttons dials

Olympus TG-850 iHS Lens specifications

The TG-850 iHS features a fixed lens and a focal range of 21-105mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not at all exceptional nevertheless it could be handy in a few conditions.

At the widest 21mm, the lens features an aperture of f3.5 making it quite slow and not good for low light conditions and you will find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will likely also have to boost the ISO setting causing noisy files. For the tele end, 105mm comes at f5.7 which is quite slow and you might need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus TG-850 iHS Connectivity

The TG-850 iHS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send photos and in some cases alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even enable a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Olympus TG-850 iHS Video specifications

The maximum video resolution in the Olympus TG-850 iHS is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in H.264 and Motion JPEG format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance between quality and file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and headphone socket which means you have no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to look into a different camera should you need better sound for your video clips.

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Olympus TG-850 iHS Weather Sealing

Olympus TG-850 iHS has environment sealing which makes it a very good pick for use during tough environments. This is particularly handy whenever you are not sure about the elements you may face during outdoor photography.

Olympus TG-850 iHS Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus TG-850 iHS includes a 3 inch tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details for Olympus TG-850 iHS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really useful during bright outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Olympus TG-850 iHS Shutter specifications

Olympus TG-850 iHS has the ability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus TG-850 iHS Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus TG-850 iHS features only built in flash with no external flash ability.

Olympus TG-850 iHS Autofocus specifications

Olympus TG-850 iHS features just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & exact compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is handy for portraits.

It also has Tracking AF for moving subjects. Olympus TG-850 iHS doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing option is useful during low light scenarios or you require more exact focus control.

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Olympus TG-850 iHS Battery life

The battery (LI-50B) for the Olympus TG-850 iHS is made to last for 330 pictures as per the CIPA requirements which is above the usual ın comparison with its category. The general Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has the highest possible (380) battery life within this category of cameras.

Below is a number of Waterproof cameras that have the best battery life:

Olympus TG-850 iHS for different forms of photography

The following bar chart shows a overview of the Olympus TG-850 iHS for different forms of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-850 iHS

The Olympus TG-850 iHS has a score of 35 which is really bad, meaning that it is just not appropriate to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support plus the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Olympus TG-850 iHS Street photography details

With a above average points tally of 69, the Olympus TG-850 iHS is a fine pick for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Olympus TG-850 iHS as a Sports photography camera

A average sports photography points total of 51 suggests the Olympus TG-850 iHS is relatively appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
environment sealing
great battery power (330 per charge)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Olympus TG-850 iHS as a Travel photography camera

Size is pretty important in getting a travel camera. All round, the Olympus TG-850 iHS gets a nice 72 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent choice to take on your travels.

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great battery pack (330 shots)
weather proofing
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (21mm)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)

Landscape photography with Olympus TG-850 iHS

If you find yourself planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Olympus TG-850 iHS at it's decent score of 50 for a landscape camera is somewhat acceptable compared to it's competitors.

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decently wide (21mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
better than average battery (330 CIPA)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Olympus TG-850 iHS Vlogging features

A vlogging camera ought to come with a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Olympus TG-850 iHS is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a really bad score of 33.

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relatively wide (21mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of mic jack

Olympus TG-850 iHS Alternatives

If you need replacements to the TG-850 iHS, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the class of Waterproof.

The line graph listed below offers you a bird's eye view of the TG-850 iHS vs it's highest ranking competitors mentioned above.

Here are a few more cameras you may check out as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 iHS
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic VII
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Maximum resolution
4616 x 3464
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
21-105mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Display tech
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
1/2 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
7.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
218 gr (0.48 lb)
Physical dimensions
110 x 64 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1")
Battery life
330 photos
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 sec, 12 sec, Custom Self-Timer (1-30 sec start timer, 1-10 pictures, 1-3 sec interval))
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Card slots
Retail pricing