Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 Waterproof Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 16MP 1/2.3' BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 21-105mm F3.5-5.7 equivalent lens with image stabilization (5x optical zoom)
  • Up to 7.1 fps
  • 1080/60p HD video (plus high speed mode up to 120fps at 640x480)
  • Waterproof down to 33' (10m)
  • Shockproof from 7' (2.1m)
  • Crushproof up to 220 pounds (100kgf)
  • Freezeproof down to 14° F (-10°C) and dustproof
  • 11 art filters, scene modes, and intervalometer
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory (Optional Toshiba Flash Air and Eye-Fi card compatible)

Product Description

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 is a rugged compact with a super wide angle 21-105mm zoom lens, a 16MP backlit CMOS sensor, and 1080/60p HD video. The LCD screen flips 180°, making self portraits easier, even underwater. The camera is waterproof down to 33 feet (10m), shockproof from seven feet (2.1m)*, crushproof up to 220 pounds (100kgf), freezeproof down to 14° F (-10°C) and dustproof. The TG-850 is capable of shooting up to 7.1 fps and includes a 99-frame built-in intervalometer shooting mode.


Body type
Body type Compact
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Processor TruePic VII
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 21–105 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F5.7
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (2x Super Resolution Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Screen type TFT LCD
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 1/2 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
Continuous drive 7 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 sec, 12 sec, Custom Self-Timer (1-30 sec start timer, 1-10 pictures, 1-3 sec interval))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format H.264, Motion JPEG
Videography notes High speed: 120 fps, 240 fps (640 x 480, 432 x 324)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage included 37MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Waterproof to 33ft/10m; Crushproof to 220lbf/100kgf; Shockproof to 7ft/2.1m; Freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C; Dustproof)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LI-50B lithium-ion battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 218 g (0.48 lb / 7.69 oz)
Dimensions 110 x 64 x 28 mm (4.33 x 2.52 x 1.09)
Other features
Timelapse recording Yes (1-99 frames, 0-60 min start timer, 10sec-60min interval time)
GPS None


User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Chao, Jul 31, 2014 GMT:
    Oly TG850 ultra wide is unique.

    Fantastic selfie camera. I am the family picture taker and rarely appear in any photos. With this camera, I can include the whole family and myself in a selfie with no tripod or stranger involved. This camera is also replaced my wide angle lens. It is so much more conventient than changing lenses and even more compact than a lens. The results are much better than I expected with a folded lens. The photos are crisp and not soft like my previous Sony waterproof camera. I hope someone produces a ...

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Questions & Answers


Snorkling and the beach; TG3 or TG850

I'm dropping in from M43 land because we are planning an extended vacation to Florida and plus a Bahamas cruise. Plan do some snorkeling in the Bahamas plus lots of beach and pool time. While my main travel camera will still be my E-M10, I want a waterproof backup for the water, the beach, and poolside. Looking for opinions for and against either of these cameras.

bs1946 asked
4 months ago


I just got a TG-3. Used it on a trip to Isla Mujeres, the camera is great. It has a extreme close up mode which is very useful. Check the pics out in this forum under Tg-3 Whale Sharks. It also has a wide angle lens(optional) that is very good. I like the GPS function.The only complaint is it does not shoot raw files. Continue Reading

tobyone answered
4 months ago

The shots were fantastic. Can I assume that whale sharks don't think people are tasty? Continue Reading

bs1946 answered
4 months ago

Olympus recalled my TG850 to correct faulty seal around mode dial. With proper care such as making sure battery compartment is closed with no debris on the rubber seal, it is good in the water. I am amazed how sharp the lens and jpgs are in the central main areas of all zoom ranges. There is significant corner falloff but that't tolerable in most situations and prints. As long as you keep ISO at 400 or less, good detail is maintained. The ultrawide results are fantastic and better than any add on lens with other compacts including the Panasonic W52 which I used on my LX5. It is the least bulky ultrawide angle solution possible. My main problem in using this camera is that on Auto ISO, no limit can be set so as a result whenever I need higher iso, I have to manually set iso to match my lighting to make sure it does not exceed 400. Continue Reading

Nathan Chao answered
23 days ago


Question for Olympus TG-850 owners

What would be your pros and cons about the Olympus TG-850? Thanks

hsantos asked
4 months ago


Probably the obvious features, like wide angle lens and tilt screen. :) Continue Reading

MiroM answered
4 months ago

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