Olympus has announced the Tough Stylus TG-850, a rugged compact with 21-105 mm optical zoom lens (said to be the widest lens of any rugged camera), a 180° flip LCD monitor, and shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, crushproof, and freezeproof construction.
The redesigned lens configuration makes it thinner and more compact, yet able to maintain optical performance even at its widest angle. The high-performance optics are enhanced by the combination of a 16-megapixel back-lit CMOS sensor and next-generation True-Pic VII processor to capture noise-free images and Full HD 60p video.
Its newly designed, sleek and stylish tough body features a 3–inch flip LCD, yet retains its rugged durability: waterproof down to 33 feet (10 m), shockproof from seven feet (2.1 m), crushproof up to 220 pounds (100 kgf), freezeproof down to 14° F (-10°C), and dustproof.
Olympus notes the combination of the 180° flip LCD and the wide-angle lens make it particularly well suited to half underwater photography, self-portraits, and monitoring.
It has an adjustable self timer and 99-frame intervalometer.
The TG-850 captures video in new smooth 60p recording at 60 frames per second in full HD (1080) and high-speed recording (HS120fps with resolution of 640 x 480, or HS240fps with 320 x 240). The Multi-Motion Movie image stabilization compensates for blurring that occurs when shooting video while walking or panning across a scene.
Also part of the package are FAST AF, 7.1 fps sequential shooting, an enlarged grip for easy handling, and a lens-shift image stabilization mechanism, plus 11 Art Filters and several advanced shooting modes.
Users can share images on their social networks using the Olympus Image Share smartphone app via the optional Toshiba FlashAir SDHC card.
The Olympus Stylus TG-850 will be available in March in silver, black and white. Estimated street price: $249.99.