Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 Review

Tackle your latest outdoor adventure with no fear by capturing it with the water, crush, shock, freeze, and dustproof black Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870. Also, the TG-870 introduces a host of new shooting features, including an LCD brightness boost, thirteen Art Filters, and the Live Composite mode, among others.

Ensuring versatility, TG-870 is equipped with a 5x optical zoom f/3.5-5.7 lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 21-105mm. This wider-than-average option provides the ability to capture exceptional vistas with ease. Complementing this lens’ reach, as well as aiding the camera’s use in low-light conditions, is a hybrid lens shift and digital image stabilization system, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake.

For image monitoring and review, as well as menu navigation, an advanced 3.0″ 920k-dot LCD screen is incorporated into the camera’s design. This screen is perfect for selfies and other odd angles with its 180° tilt features. Also, Monitor Boost can increase the brightness by 2.6x for viewing in bright light. Accessing the menu system reveals a host of different camera features and settings, including a built-in intervalometer, automated Time-Lapse movie creation, and the ability to utilize built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS.

Olympus PT-057 Underwater Housing for TG-850, TG-860, or TG-870

Dive to 147′ to capture photos and videos of sea life and environments with your TG-850, TG-860, or TG-870 digital camera in this Olympus PT-057 Underwater Housing. The bundled PFCA-01 Fiber Optic Cable Adapter features a built-in port for connecting an optional fiber-optic cable, which enables the attachment of optional external flash units. Mechanical controls afford access to all camera functions.

Construction Details

Depth rating: 147′. Made from durable, corrosion-resistant polycarbonate, which is translucent in the back to allow you to monitor the waterproof O-ring seal. Cold shoe mount on top for connection of optional lighting arms or other accessories.

  • Strobe Connection and Operation

The port positions the cable directly in front of the camera’s built-in flash, so that the optional external flash will fire when the camera’s flash does. Adapter also blocks camera’s built-in flash from illuminating your subject, in order to prevent backscatter, glare, and hard shadows. Adapter compatible with Olympus PTCB-E02 and Sea & Sea 50107 fiber-optic cables. Compatible strobes include the UFL-3.

  • Controls, Handling, and Operation

Designed for easy control operation even when wearing diving gloves. Button on the front can be used as shutter release. Included PFUD-057 LCD Hood blocks excess light for better visibility when viewing the camera’s monitor. Standard tripod mount permits connection of optional support tray, which would provide attachment points for lighting arms.



Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870

Body type
Body type Ultracompact
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor TruePic VII
ISO Auto, 125-6400 (expands to 12800)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 12800
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 21–105 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F3.5–5.7
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Manual focus No
Normal focus range 10 cm (3.94)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes (Display tilts upward 180 degrees)
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode No
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 4.00 m (at ISO 1600)
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator
Continuous drive 7.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes 5-axis (optical+digital) image stabilization
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 37MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes (waterproof to 15m/50ft, crushproof to 100kgf/220lbf, shockproof from 2.1m/7ft, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)
Durability Waterproof, Shockproof
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Li-50B lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 300
Weight (inc. batteries) 221 g (0.49 lb / 7.80 oz)
Dimensions 113 x 64 x 28 mm (4.45 x 2.52 x 1.1)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS Built-in
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