Olympus TG-830 iHS

 
Olympus TG-830 iHS front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 109 x 67 x 28mm
  • Released January 2013
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
40
Overall
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Olympus TG-830 iHS summary

Olympus TG-830 iHS is Olympus's Waterproof camera initially launched on January of 2013. It has got a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The TG-830 iHS is placed #26 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & over all #684 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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Olympus TG-830 iHS family

The Olympus TG-830 iHS has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can see all earlier and new models along with main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Tough-TG-6 front thumbnailOlympus TG-6
TG-830 iHS vs TG-6
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2019
Olympus-Tough-TG-5 front thumbnailOlympus TG-5
TG-830 iHS vs TG-5
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2017
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Olympus-Tough-TG-4 front thumbnailOlympus TG-4
TG-830 iHS vs TG-4
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2015
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-860 front thumbnailOlympus TG-860
TG-830 iHS vs TG-860
21-105mm
F3.5-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2015
Olympus-Tough-TG-3 front thumbnailOlympus TG-3
TG-830 iHS vs TG-3
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-850-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-850 iHS
TG-830 iHS vs TG-850 iHS
21-105mm
F3.5-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Olympus-Tough-TG-2-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-2 iHS
TG-830 iHS vs TG-2 iHS
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-TG-630-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-630 iHS
TG-830 iHS vs TG-630 iHS
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-TG-830-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-830 iHS28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-Tough-TG-1-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-1 iHS
TG-830 iHS vs TG-1 iHS
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-TG-820-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-820 iHS
TG-830 iHS vs TG-820 iHS
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Olympus-TG-320 front thumbnailOlympus TG-320
TG-830 iHS vs TG-320
28-102mm
F3.5-5.1
14MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-TG-810 front thumbnailOlympus TG-810
TG-830 iHS vs TG-810
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-TG-310 front thumbnailOlympus TG-310
TG-830 iHS vs TG-310
28-102mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-TG-610 front thumbnailOlympus TG-610
TG-830 iHS vs TG-610
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-3000 front thumbnailOlympus Tough-3000
TG-830 iHS vs Tough-3000
28-102mm
F3.5-5.1
12MP1/2.3"2010

Olympus TG-830 iHS Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Olympus TG-830 iHS based on criterias which are typically regarded as crucial in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
good megapixels (16MP)
good minimum ISO (100)
good zoom range (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has built in flash
has HDMI support
offers face detect autofocus
offers tracking focus
relatively wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have microphone jack
doesn't have Timelapse recording
external flash not possible
focusing manually not possible
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not possible
no aperture priority mode
pixelated screen (460 thousand dot)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
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Olympus TG-830 iHS Sensor information

The dimension of the sensor on the Olympus TG-830 iHS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the TG-830 iHS's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The TG-830 iHS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus TG-830 iHS dimensions

Olympus TG-830 iHS is 0.47 pounds (214 grams / 7.55 oz) & has exterior measurements of 109mm x 67mm x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 196 grams and the Olympus TG-830 iHS is similar as compared to various competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Olympus TG-830 iHS next to a soda so you can get a feel for its size.

Olympus TG-830 iHS dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button arrangement on the TG-830 iHS.

Olympus TG-830 iHS topview buttons dials

Olympus TG-830 iHS Lens information

The TG-830 iHS is equipped with a built-in lens with a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be significant but it might be very helpful in certain circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.9 and that is very sluggish and not great for low light circumstances and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You would also need to increase your ISO which causes noisy pictures. With the long end, 140mm comes at f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you might have to set slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus TG-830 iHS Connectivity

The TG-830 iHS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to transfer pictures and in some cases change settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Olympus TG-830 iHS Video information

The highest possible video resolution on the Olympus TG-830 iHS is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance in quality and file size but 1080p will not leave you with any room to downsample. The body does not offer a microphone and / or headphone jack so you have got zero control over the audio. It is probably best to buy a different model if you need decent audio for your video clips.

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Olympus TG-830 iHS Weather Sealing

Olympus TG-830 iHS provides environment proofing which makes it a good candidate for use in rough places. This can be particularly handy in case you are uncertain about the elements you might face in outdoor photography.

Olympus TG-830 iHS Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus TG-830 iHS has got a 3 inch fixed display with a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Olympus TG-830 iHS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are rather helpful.

Olympus TG-830 iHS Shutter information

The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus TG-830 iHS Flash and Hot shoe information

Olympus TG-830 iHS comes with just integrated flash without external flash support.

Olympus TG-830 iHS Autofocus information

Olympus TG-830 iHS comes with only Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & accurate than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which makes it helpful for people photography.

It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Olympus TG-830 iHS does not have manual focus. Manual focus can be good in low light occasions or you require more precise focus control.

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Olympus TG-830 iHS Battery life

The battery life (LI-50B) for the Olympus TG-830 iHS is designed to last for 300 images with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is similar to it's competitors. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 has got the best (380) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a collection of Waterproof cameras with the strongest battery life:

Olympus TG-830 iHS for specific styles of photography

The following bar chart displays a summary of the Olympus TG-830 iHS for specific styles of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Olympus TG-830 iHS as a Portrait photography camera

The Olympus TG-830 iHS gets a rating of 36 which is lousy, and means the camera is just not appropriate to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the flexibility to utilize external flash.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
supports face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Olympus TG-830 iHS Street photography advice

With a very good rating of 62, the Olympus TG-830 iHS is a respectable fit to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Olympus TG-830 iHS Sports photography details

A reasonable sports photography points total of 49 indicates the Olympus TG-830 iHS is somewhat adequate for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count good (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Olympus TG-830 iHS Travel photography advice

Portability is very critical in selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Olympus TG-830 iHS gets a nice 67 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable pick to purchase for your journeys.

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environment proofing
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)

Olympus TG-830 iHS Landscape photography advice

For anybody looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Olympus TG-830 iHS with it's decent rating of 46 as a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate compared to it's rivals.

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rather wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
lack of manual mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording

Olympus TG-830 iHS Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should really have a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Olympus TG-830 iHS is just not appropriate for vlogging as it receives a lousy score of 33.

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fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not have selfie friendly display
missing mic port

Olympus TG-830 iHS Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the TG-830 iHS, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Waterproof.

The chart underneath gives you an overview of the TG-830 iHS vs it's top rated competitors mentioned above.

There are more cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To go through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Olympus
Model
Olympus TG-830 iHS
Class
Waterproof
Released
2013-01-08
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.9-5.9
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Display resolution
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
214 gr (0.47 lbs)
Physical dimensions
109 x 67 x 28mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
300 shots
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
LI-50B
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
One
Retail cost
$0