Olympus TG-810

Olympus TG-810 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 215g - 100 x 65 x 26mm
  • Announced August 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Olympus TG-810 overview

Olympus TG-810 is Olympus's Waterproof digital camera originally revealed on August of 2011. It has a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4288 x 3216.

The TG-810 is rated #41 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and all around #845 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to check our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus TG-810 history

The Olympus TG-810 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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TG-810 vs TG-6
Olympus-Tough-TG-5 front thumbnailOlympus TG-5
TG-810 vs TG-5
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Olympus-Tough-TG-4 front thumbnailOlympus TG-4
TG-810 vs TG-4
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-860 front thumbnailOlympus TG-860
TG-810 vs TG-860
Olympus-Tough-TG-3 front thumbnailOlympus TG-3
TG-810 vs TG-3
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-850-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-850 iHS
TG-810 vs TG-850 iHS
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Olympus-Tough-TG-2-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-2 iHS
TG-810 vs TG-2 iHS
Olympus-TG-630-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-630 iHS
TG-810 vs TG-630 iHS
Olympus-TG-830-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-830 iHS
TG-810 vs TG-830 iHS
Olympus-Tough-TG-1-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-1 iHS
TG-810 vs TG-1 iHS
Olympus-TG-820-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-820 iHS
TG-810 vs TG-820 iHS
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Olympus-TG-320 front thumbnailOlympus TG-320
TG-810 vs TG-320
Olympus-TG-810 front thumbnailOlympus TG-81028-140mm
Olympus-TG-310 front thumbnailOlympus TG-310
TG-810 vs TG-310
Olympus-TG-610 front thumbnailOlympus TG-610
TG-810 vs TG-610
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-3000 front thumbnailOlympus Tough-3000
TG-810 vs Tough-3000

Olympus TG-810 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Olympus TG-810 based on aspects that are usually viewed as useful in a digital camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI port
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
environment sealing
good zoom range (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
has face detection autofocus
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking autofocus
pretty wide (28mm)
screen has good resolution (920 k dot)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
very good min ISO (80)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have external microphone port
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
lack of manual focus
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no manual exposure
no shutter priority mode
not so great battery (220 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
slow frames per second (1.0 fps)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
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Olympus TG-810 Sensor features

The Olympus TG-810 is powered by the TruePic III+ processor chip. The specification of the sensor on the Olympus TG-810 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4288 x 3216 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and has a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic below shows the TG-810's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The TG-810 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus TG-810 dimensions

Olympus TG-810 has a weight of 0.47 pounds (215g or 7.58 ounces) and the dimensions of the camera is 100mm x 65mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 1.0"). The weight of normal Waterproof camera is 195g and the Olympus TG-810 is weightier as compared to its competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Olympus TG-810 alongside a soda so you can have a sense of its size.

Olympus TG-810 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button design on the TG-810.

Olympus TG-810 topview buttons dials

Olympus TG-810 Lens features

The TG-810 includes a built-in lens offering a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't really great nevertheless it is going to be helpful in certain scenarios.

At it's widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f3.9 which is quite sluggish and not good in low light situations and you may struggle to capture good bokeh. You will likely also have to boost your ISO setting causing noisy shots. At the long end, 140mm comes at f5.9 which is very slow and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus TG-810 Connectivity

The TG-810 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily transfer images and in some cases alter camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Several apps also provide a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Olympus TG-810 Video features

The maximum video resolution on the Olympus TG-810 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You really should try to get a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The body doesn't feature a mic and headphone socket so you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to get an alternative camera in case you want decent sound in your videos.

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Olympus TG-810 Weather Sealing

Olympus TG-810 has environment sealing which makes it a very good candidate to use in tough climates. This can be particularly useful when you are unsure about the elements you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Olympus TG-810 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus TG-810 has a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 920k dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder details regarding Olympus TG-810 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very beneficial in bright outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Olympus TG-810 Shutter features

Olympus TG-810 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus TG-810 Flash and Hot shoe features

Olympus TG-810 boasts just built-in flash lacking external flash ability.

Olympus TG-810 Autofocusing features

Olympus TG-810 boasts only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detection which is handy for taking portraits of people.

It also has Tracking Auto Focus for objects that move. Olympus TG-810 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good in low light situations or you need more precise control on focus.

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Olympus TG-810 Battery life

The battery (LI-50B) for the Olympus TG-810 is made to last for 220 images with respect to the CIPA measurements making it lower in comparison with its rivals. The general Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has the highest possible (380) battery life in this category of cameras.

Following is a list of Waterproof cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Olympus TG-810 for varying types of photography

The following bar chart shows a analysis of the Olympus TG-810 for varying types of photography. To understand more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-810

The Olympus TG-810 gets a rating of 33 which is really bad, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portraits. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files in addition to the ability to use external flash.

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megapixel count decent (14MP)
provides face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Street photography with Olympus TG-810

Getting a above average rating of 61, the Olympus TG-810 is a fine option for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proof
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Olympus TG-810 as a Sports photography camera

A really bad sports photography points tally of 40 suggests the Olympus TG-810 is not really acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
weather proofing
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (220 per charge)
lack of phase detect auto focus

Olympus TG-810 Travel photography advice

Portability is pretty crucial when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Olympus TG-810 gets a very good 64 as a travelling camera which is a fine pick for your journeys.

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environment proof
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
not so great battery (220 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)

Olympus TG-810 as a Landscape photography camera

When you are planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus TG-810 and it's really bad score of 43 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable compared to its rivals.

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quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
weather proofing
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
no manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
not so great battery (220 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse function

Olympus TG-810 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating display, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Olympus TG-810 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a really bad score of 30.

Photography Glossary
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focus
slow max aperture (f3.9)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have mic jack

Olympus TG-810 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the TG-810, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the category of Waterproof.

The graph just below offers you an overview of the TG-810 versus it's highest ranked competitors mentioned previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may see as alternatives. To check out a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus TG-810
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
TruePic III+
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inch
Screen resolution
920k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Screen tech
TFT Hypercrystal III Color LCD
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
4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.20 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
215g (0.47 pounds)
Physical dimensions
100 x 65 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 1.0")
Battery life
220 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Launch pricing