Olympus TG-860 summary
Olympus TG-860 is Olympus's Waterproof camera originally launched on February of 2015. The camera houses a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The TG-860 is placed #16 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & overall #598 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.
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Olympus TG-860 family
The Olympus TG-860 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all previous and more recent models along with key specs.
Olympus TG-860 Gallery
You can view the TG-860 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus TG-860 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of pros and cons of the Olympus TG-860 based on factors that are oftentimes regarded as essential in a camera.
Olympus TG-860 Sensor specs
The Olympus TG-860 features the TruePic VII processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Olympus TG-860 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and delivers a native ISO range of 125 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so you have less margin for error.
The graphic below illustrates the TG-860's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The TG-860 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Olympus TG-860 dimensions
Olympus TG-860 weighs around 0.49 pounds (224 grams or 7.90 oz) & has exterior dimensions of 110mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.1"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 196 grams so the Olympus TG-860 is heavier compared to various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The following is a pic of the Olympus TG-860 with a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will highlight the button layout on the TG-860.
Olympus TG-860 Lens details
The TG-860 has a built in lens giving a focal range of 21-105mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not perfect nevertheless it could be very helpful in a few circumstances.
At it's widest 21mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.5 which is quite sluggish and not the best for low light events and you will find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also need to increase your ISO resulting in noisy pictures. For the long end, 105mm comes to f5.7 making it pretty sluggish and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.
Olympus TG-860 Connectivity
The TG-860 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send pictures and sometimes change settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
A few apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Olympus TG-860 Video details
The highest possible video quality in the Olympus TG-860 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in H.264 format. 1080p quality provides a good balance between quality versus file size but 1080p will not leave you with any room to crop. The body does not offer a microphone and headphone jack so you get zero control over the sound. It is probably best to have a look at a different camera in case you require decent sound for your video clips.
Olympus TG-860 Weather Sealing
Olympus TG-860 features environment proofing which makes it a good choice for use during tough places. This is especially useful any time you are unsure about the conditions you may face during outdoor photography.
Olympus TG-860 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus TG-860 is equipped with a 3" tilting display with a resolution of 460k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specs for Olympus TG-860 are below:
- ViewFinder None
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders can be quite helpful.
Olympus TG-860 Shutter details
Olympus TG-860 has the capability to shoot continuously at 7.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Olympus TG-860 Flash and Hot shoe details
Olympus TG-860 comes with just integrated flash lacking external flash support.
Olympus TG-860 Autofocus details
Olympus TG-860 comes with only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and precise compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which makes it handy for portraits.
It also boasts Tracking AF for objects on the move. Olympus TG-860 doesn't have manual focusing. Manual focusing ability is good during low light conditions or you want to have more accurate control on focus.
Olympus TG-860 Battery life
The battery life (Li-50B) in the Olympus TG-860 is designed to last for 300 pictures as per the CIPA measurements which is about the same as it's rivals. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 comes with the best (380) battery life within this kind of cameras.
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Olympus TG-860 for different types of photography
The following illustration indicates a outline of the Olympus TG-860 for different types of photography. To find out more, check out the specific section below.
Olympus TG-860 Portrait photography information
The Olympus TG-860 gets a score of 36 which is awful, and means the camera is just not very good for portrait images. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support and flexibility to use external lighting.
Olympus TG-860 Street photography advice
Coming in at a nice points total of 69, the Olympus TG-860 is a fine option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus TG-860 as a Sports photography camera
A reasonable sports photography rating of 49 means the Olympus TG-860 is relatively appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs great focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Olympus TG-860
Weight is pretty critical when choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Olympus TG-860 gets a very good 71 as a travel camera which is a good option to buy for your journeys.
Landscape photography with Olympus TG-860
For anyone planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most essential factor will be image quality. The Olympus TG-860 with it's decent score of 48 for a landscape camera is fairly appropriate compared to it's rivals.
Olympus TG-860 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a moving display screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Olympus TG-860 is just not very good for vlogging as it gets a awful rating of 33.
Olympus TG-860 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the TG-860, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the family of Waterproof.
The line graph followed below shows you an overview of the TG-860 versus it's highest ranking competitors suggested earlier.
These are various other cameras you may consider as alternate options. To look at a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.