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Olympus Tough TG-820

alaTest has collected and analyzed 185 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the screen and image quality are overall positive. The usability and performance are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the shutter and features. There are some mixed opinions about the battery.

responsiveness, performance, usability, image quality, screen

features, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Tough TG-820 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 185 reviews)

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Olympus Tough TG-820


The very rugged Olympus Tough TG-820 is fast and capable of producing sharp images, but lacks the GPS functionality that is found in competing models.

Sharp lens. Very rugged design. Excellent rear LCD. 5x zoom range. Speedy performance

No GPS. So-so video quality. Must charge battery in camera

In terms of speed, the TG-820 is an impressive performer. It can start and shoot in 1.5 seconds, only makes you wait 0.2 second between photos, and records a very short 0.1-second shutter lag. The Canon PowerShot D20 ($349.99, 3.5 stars) is comparable...

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Olympus TG-820First Impressions Review


The Olympus TG-820 is a waterproof camera that both looks and feels like a tough-cam should. It doesn't have a flashy or gimmicky design, but instead looks much like last year's TG-810 camera from Olympus, albeit with a few minor alterations. The...

We like the Olympus TG-820 as a basic tough-cam. Its waterproof specs aren’t any better than the competition, but the camera’s sophisticated design means it has to be taken seriously. It’s got a very different aesthetic than Canon’s D20 waterproof...

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Olympus TG-820 iHS


Durable body waterproof to 33ft and drop-proof to 6.6ft ; Good detail and noise performance through ISO 800 and even 1600 ; Fast autofocus and operation

Over processed images look unnatural, even when viewed at smaller sizes ; Somewhat fiddly zoom and navigation joystick ; Terrible video quality and microphone


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Amazon review summary for Olympus Tough TG-820


alaTest has collected and analyzed 220 user reviews of Olympus Tough TG-820 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, image quality, performance, value for money, battery

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91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Olympus Tough TG-820 iHS (Silver) Waterproof/Shockproof 12MP 5x Wide-Angle 28-140mm Lens + Battery + 8BG Card + Flexible Gripping Tripod + Case + Card

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just happy


super service from new egg as always fast hands down best online store ever. Do not ever shop from ....

water proof shock proof accident prone girl friend proof

blue yuck

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Camera review


The camera takes frequent blurred pictures. It takes practice to pre-focus then shoot and even then it can blur. I have 5 people using them and we take about 2000 pictures a week. 10 to 60 percent are blurred depending on the camera and user. I love...

Durable without a doubt. I average 100 pictures a day. I have 5 people using the cameras. We ues them attics, crawlspaces, in pools etc. DURABLE


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Olympus Tough Camera


I wasn't that concerned with the low light/grainy pictures, it's not like it is a professional $1000 camera. This is a great point and shoot camera that has the durability we needed.

Love this camera. It was very durable and a lot of fun to take snorkling while on vacation. In general, pictures were great

Some zoomed in pictures in low light came out a little grainy

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well built, nice looking

not very sharp images, for $300 i expected better images,newegg has limeted replacement only on this so I'm stuck with it

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Multi use camera


Pictures where great. This was to replace an older camera. Its mutliple uses, like underwater and land, will inhance our picture taking.

Easy To Use ; Good Image Quality ; Good Image Stabilization ; Good in Low Light ; Great Zoom ; Nice Body Color

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Olympus TG-820


Good camera for travel to the beach, etc..

Easy To Use ; Fast/accurate auto-focus ; Good Image Quality

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:BOTH / Electronical / Optical Image Stabiliser / Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus LI-50 B
Battery Type:Olympus LI-50 B


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No