- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- ISO 125 - 6400 (Boost to 12800)
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
- 221g - 113 x 64 x 28mm
- Launched January 2016
- Earlier Model is Olympus TG-860
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Olympus TG-870 overview
Olympus TG-870 is Olympus's Ultracompact camera originally launched on January of 2016. It has a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus launched this camera as a way to improve the previous Olympus TG-860 (Read Full Comparison)
The TG-870 places at #6 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all round #578 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your personal criteria.
Below is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Olympus TG-870 family
The Olympus TG-870 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed range below.
TG-870 vs TG-86021-105mm
Olympus TG-870 Gallery
You can see the TG-870 from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Olympus TG-870 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Olympus TG-870 based on things that are generally viewed as important in a camera.
Olympus TG-870 Sensor details
The Olympus TG-870 features the TruePic VII processor chip. The sensor spec on the Olympus TG-870 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 125 to 6400. This ISO can be extended digitally to a high of 12800. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below displays the TG-870's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The TG-870 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Olympus TG-870 dimensions
Olympus TG-870 weighs about 0.49 lb (221 gr / 7.80 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 gr and the Olympus TG-870 is weightier compared with its rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Below is a visual of the Olympus TG-870 alongside a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the TG-870.
Olympus TG-870 Lens specs
The TG-870 has a fixed lens and a focal range of 21-105mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be significant but it could be useful in a few scenarios.
At the widest 21mm, it has an aperture of f3.5 making it kind of slow and not the best for low light events and you will likely struggle to get good bokeh. You will likely also have to up the ISO setting causing noisy photographs. At the tele end, 105mm comes at f5.7 making it very sluggish and you might need to set slow shutter speeds.
Olympus TG-870 Connectivity
The TG-870 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can send photos and usually change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.
Many applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB socket.
Olympus TG-870 Video specs
The maximum video resolution on the Olympus TG-870 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution delivers a great balance between quality versus file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to downsample. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you get no control over the sound. It is probably best to take a look at a different camera in case you require better sound for your video clips.
Olympus TG-870 Weather Sealing
Olympus TG-870 has weather sealing making it a fantastic option for use during tough climates. This can be particularly beneficial in case you are unsure about the elements you may face during outdoor photography.
Olympus TG-870 Display and Viewfinder
The Olympus TG-870 has a 3 inch tilting display screen boasting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display screen is not a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder details for Olympus TG-870 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very useful during bright outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Olympus TG-870 Shutter specs
Olympus TG-870 has the ability to shoot continuously at 7.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Olympus TG-870 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Olympus TG-870 has only built-in flash lacking external flash ability.
Olympus TG-870 Autofocus specs
Olympus TG-870 has just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier & accurate compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which can be handy for portraits.
It also has Tracking AF for things that move. Olympus TG-870 does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be useful during low light conditions or you want more accurate depth of field control.
Olympus TG-870 Battery life
The battery (Li-50B) in the Olympus TG-870 is fashioned to last for 300 shots based on the CIPA standards which is above average for its category. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the highest possible (320) battery life within this class of cameras.
Following is a number of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:
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Olympus TG-870 for different kinds of photography
The following illustration provides a summation of the Olympus TG-870 for different kinds of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section below.
Olympus TG-870 Portrait photography info
The Olympus TG-870 receives a points total of 36 which is awful, meaning that it is just not good to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the capability to work with external flash.
Olympus TG-870 as a Street photography camera
With a above average score of 66, the Olympus TG-870 is a very decent option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Olympus TG-870 Sports photography details
A moderate sports photography score of 52 indicates the Olympus TG-870 is reasonably acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Olympus TG-870 Travel photography information
Weight is pretty critical when buying a camera for travel. All round, the Olympus TG-870 gets a above average 69 as a travelling camera which is a respectable choice to buy for your travels.
Olympus TG-870 Landscape photography highlights
In case you're planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus TG-870 with it's reasonable rating of 50 as a landscape camera is fairly appropriate amongst its competition.
Olympus TG-870 Vlogging factors
A vlogging camera preferably should offer a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Olympus TG-870 is just not good as a vlog camera as it gets a awful score of 32.
Olympus TG-870 Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the TG-870, below is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the class of Ultracompact.
The diagram just below will give you an overview of the TG-870 compared to it's top rated competitors mentioned above.
These are some more cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To review a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.