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Questions :

Question :
What are the differences between the TG-870, TG-860 and TG-850?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:
  TG-870 TG-860 TG-850
Release Date February 2016 May 2015 March 2014
Effective Pixels 16 million pixels, 1/2.3, CMOS
Image Processor TruePicVII
Monitor 3.0 inches, 920,000 dots, TFT color LCD
Movable (the monitor can be tilted by 180 degrees)
3.0 inches, 460,000 dots, TFT color LCD
Movable (the monitor can be tilted by 180 degrees)
Zoom Optical Zoom: 5x, Super-Resolution Zoom: 2x
(Optical Zoom + Super-Resolution Zoom: 10x)
Digital Zoom: 4x
Focal Length 3.74 mm - 18.7 mm (21 mm - 105 mm in 35 mm photography)
Shooting Range Standard mode: 0.1 m - ∞, Super Macro mode: 0.01 m - 0.1 m
ISO Sensitivity AUTO, High AUTO, Manual: ISO 125 - 6400
Image Stabilization Lens Shift Image Stabilizer
Shooting Mode P (Program), iAUTO, Super Macro, ART (Art Filter), Panorama, Sportcam, Self Portrait, SCN (Scene) P (Program), iAUTO, Super Macro, ART (Art Filters), Panorama, Hand-Held Starlight, e Portrait, SCN (Scene)
Art Filter / Magic Filter 13 Art Filters:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage
7 Art Filters:
Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Dramatic Tone
Scene Mode 20 scene modes:
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Interval Shooting, Live Composite, Hand-Held Starlight, Night Scene, Night+Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro, Backlight HDR
19 scene modes:
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Interval Shooting, Hand-Held Starlight, Night Scene, Night+Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Sunset, Firework, Cuisine, Documents, Beach&Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro, Backlight HDR
18 scene modes:
Portrait, Landscape, Interval Shooting, Night Scene, Night+Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach&Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro, Backlight HDR
Picture Mode Vivid, Natural, Muted, Fish Eye, Sparkle, Reflection, Fragmented, Art filters
Interval Shooting Up to 99 frames
Image Size for Still Pictures
(When aspect ratio is 4:3)
16M (4608 x 3456), 8M (3200 x 2400), 3M (1920 x 1440)
VGA (640 x 480)
  • * Selectable from 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1 aspect ratio
Image size for Movies 1080 60P (1920 x 1080)
1080P (1920 x 1080)
720P (1280 x 720)
VGA (640 x 480)
HS 120fps (640 x 480)
HS 240fps (480 x 360)
  • * In Sportcam, 1080 60P, 720 60P and 480 60P are selectable
1080 60P (1920 x 1080)
1080P (1920 x 1080)
720P (1280 x 720)
VGA (640 x 480)
HS 120fps (640 x 480)
HS 240fps (432 x 324)
GPS, Logging Function, Electronic Compass GPS available (Also compatible with GLONASS and QZSS), Logging Function available Not available
Smartphone (Using smartphone application OI.Share and OI.Track) Built-in Wi-Fi available
OI.Share
Remote Control function, Import Photos, Add Geotag function, Easy Setup function
OI.Track
Update A-GPS data, Import GPS logging information, Easy Setup function
FlashAir card is required (Sold separately)
OI.Share
Import Photos
Memory SD / SDHC / SDXC cards (UHS-I compatible, 128 MB to 128 GB), Eye-Fi card SD / SDHC / SDXC cards (UHS-I compatible, (128 MB to 128 GB), Eye-Fi card, FlashAir
Internal Memory Approx. 37 MB
Battery / Number of shots per Charge Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery LI-50, Approx. 300 shots
Waterproof / Dustproof 15m waterproof / Dustproof available 10m waterproof / Dustproof available
Crushproof 2.1 m
Freezeproof -10℃
Underwater Housing PT-057 (sold separately)
Dimensions 112.9 mm (W) x 64.1 mm (H) x 27.6 mm (D) / 4.4" (W) x 2.5" (H) x 1.1" (D) 109.9 mm (W) x 64.1 mm (H) x 27.6 mm (D) / 4.3" (W) x 2.5" (H) x 1.1" (D)
Weight (Battery and Media Card Included) 221g 224g 218g
Color Green, White White, Orange White, Black
Refer to the Product Page  TG-870 TG-860 TG-850

Question :
What additional items are packaged with the camera?

Answer:
The following items are bundled with the camera:

  • TG-870 camera
  • Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-50B)
  • USB-AC Adapter (F-5AC)
  • USB Cable (CB-USB8)
  • Strap
  • OLYMPUS Setup CD-ROM:OLYMPUS Viewer 3 software (Windows / Mac)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Card

Question :
What are the compression rates, and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Answer:

【 Still Pictures 】
The compression rate in Fine mode (shooting at high quality) is 1/4. The rate in Normal mode (shooting at normal quality) is 1/8.
When the aspect rate is 4:3.

  • * In default setting, the image size is 16M and the compression is Normal.

Image Size Compression Image Capacity without Sound File Size (Approx.)
37 MB
Internal
Memory
SD / SDHC / SDXC Card
4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
16M
(4608 x 3456)
Fine 4 460 941 1,896 3,856  8.9 MB
Normal 8 880 1,773 3,570 7,262  4.7 MB
8M
(3200 x 2400)
Fine 9 900 1,826 3,678 7,480  4.6 MB
Normal 16 1,630 3,282 6,610 13,445  2.5 MB
3M
(1920 x 1440)
Fine 27 2,740 5,521 11,118 22,612  1.5 MB
Normal 54 5,480 11,042 22,236 45,224  0.7 MB
VGA
(640 x 480)
Fine 198 20,110 40,488 81,533 165,821  0.2 MB
Normal 341 30,170 60,732 122,300 248,732  0.1 MB

【 Movies 】
  • * In default setting, the image size is 1080.
  • * HS movie shoots fast-moving subjects and play back in slow motion.

Image Size / Aspect Ratio Image Capacity
37 MB Internal Memory 4 GB SD / SDHC / SDXC Card
with Sound without Sound with Sound without Sound
1080 60P
(1920 x 1080 / 16:9)
9 sec. 9 sec. 18 min. 18 min.
1080
(1920 x 1080 / 16:9)
14 sec. 15 sec. 27 min. 29 min.
720 60P *
(1280 x 720 / 16:9)
17 sec. 18 sec. 32 min. 34 min.
720
(1280 x 720 / 16:9)
27 sec. 30 sec. 51 min. 57 min.
480 60P *
(854 x 480 / 16:9)
30 sec. 34 sec. 57 min. 64 min.
480 *
(854 x 480 / 16:9)
52 sec. 1 min. 6 sec. 100 min. 125 min.
VGA
(640 x 480 / 4:3)
1 min. 6 sec. 1 min. 28 sec. 125 min. 167 min.
HS120 *
(854 x 480 / 16:9)
- 17 sec. - 32 min.
HS120
(640 x 480 / 4:3)
- 23 sec. - 43 min.
HS240 *
(640 x 360 / 16:9)
- 15 sec. - 29 min.
HS240
(480 x 360 / 4:3)
- 17 sec. - 32 min.
  • * Available only in sportcam mode
In regards to the movie recording time:

In 1080 60P, 1080, 720 60P and 720 shooting mode, the camera automatically stops the recording when the file size reaches 4GB or recording time reaches 29 minutes.
In other shooting modes, the camera automatically stops the recording when the file size reaches 4GB.

Note:

The amount of storable still pictures and movie recording time is approximate and calculated based on capacity. The actual amounts will differ according to the shooting conditions and other figures.


Question :
What is Self Portrait mode?

Answer:
Self Portrait mode enables you to take pictures of yourself in appropriate settings by selecting a sub mode according to the shooting condition.
Rotate the mode dial to (Self Portrait). Select a sub mode of Self Portrait using the arrow pad and press the [OK] button.



TG-870 Self Portrait mode

Sub menu Description

Self Portrait
(Default setting)
Suitable for shooting self portraits.

e-Portrait
Smoothes out skin tones and texture in self portraits.
This mode is suitable when viewing images on a high definition TV.
The two images, before/after adjustment, are saved at once.

Hand-Held Starlight
Suitable for shooting self portraits at night scene. The flash can be used.

Backlight HDR
Suitable for shooting self portraits in contrasting scene.
This mode captures multiple images and merges them into one, properly exposed image.

Snapshot
Suitable for shooting seaside and pool self portraits.

The monitor rotates 180 degrees, so you can take self portrait pictures while viewing the monitor in the following ways:

  • Face the lens towards yourself and press the shutter button.
  • Face the lens towards yourself. Turn the camera upside down and press the face button.

Note:

Hold the camera firmly using the hand strap so that you do not drop your camera accidentally.


Question :
What is Sportcam mode?

Answer:
Sportcam mode enables you to take movies utilizing the wide angle performance of the camera and take sequential pictures (sequential or interval shooting).
Rotate the mode dial to SPORT (Sportcam mode). Select a Sportcam mode (sub mode1) and its image quality or interval (sub mode2) using the arrow pad.





TG-870 Sportcam mode

Sub mode 1 Sub mode 2 Description

Self Portrait
(Default setting)

1080 60p
(1920 x 1080)

720 60p
(1280 x 720)

480 60p
(854 x 480)

Shoots a smooth movie at 60 frames per second.

High-Speed Movie

HS120 (854 x 480)

HS240 (640 x 360)

Shoots a fast-moving subject and play back in slow motion.
In this slow motion movie, you can watch motion that is hardly visible to the naked eye.

Time Lapse Movie
0.5s / 1s / 3s / 6s / 12s / 30s Generate a movie by shooting successive images at longer interval. The movie, compressed a long time scene into a short movie, clarifies the change of the situation. The recording length is up to 24 hours.

Sport Burst
0.05s *1 / 0.4s * 2/ 1s *3 / 2s *3 / 5s / 10s / 30s / 60s Setting a shooting interval in the function menu allows you to shoot a series of frames (sequential or interval shooting). You can shoot up to 200 frames. (In [0.05s], you can shoot up to 60 frames).
  • *1 Shoots sequentially by the setting of .
  • *2 Shoots sequentially by the setting of .
  • *3 The interval may be longer depending on the shooting condition.


Shooting in Sportcam mode

  • The indicator lamp flashes during shooting.
  • If you set Repeat Rec in Sportcam setting to Yes, the camera automatically continues the next shooting when the first shooting is finished.
  • When the number of pictures or recording length reaches its limit, the camera automatically stops shooting without pressing the shutter button.
  • Pressing [OK] button before shooting fixes the focus distance (AF lock). Press the [OK] button again to cancel the AF lock.
  • When Shoot Photo is assigned under Button Function, pressing the assigned button takes pictures by an equivalent setting to SCN . To shoot a normal movie in , assign Rec. Movie to a button.


Settings for Sportcam

The settings for monitor display and recording in the following table can be changed. The settings are available only in Sportcam mode. Press the [MENU] button and select Sportcam Settings in (Settings Menu 3).

Sub menu 1 Sub menu 2 Description
Invert Image No Images are not inverted.
Yes (Default setting) When the camera is inverted, the top, bottom, left, right of the save images are also inverted.
If you shoot a movie with the camera inverted, the movie will not be upside-down.
Repeat Rec No (Default setting) The camera does not repeat the same shooting.
Yes When the first shooting is finished, the camera repeats the same shooting.
The camera continues shooting until you stop the shooting or the number of storable pictures or recording length reaches its limit.
The recording length is up to 99 hours or the number of storable picture is up to 20,000 shots.
Sleep Mode No (Default setting) The sleep mode is off.
Yes The camera enters sleep mode when you leave the camera unattended for approx. 30 seconds.
If the camera enters sleep mode during shooting, the shooting is not stopped. Any button operation cancels sleep mode. When you leave the camera during shooting, this function saves the buttery consumption.

Question :
What type of memory card can I use with this model?

Answer:
This model is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, including Eye-Fi cards.

Note:

To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( TG-Series )


Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

Answer:
You can find the manual online. You can either read it online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:

* Download Manuals


Question :
Where can I get my camera repaired or serviced?

Answer:
Please contact the Olympus authorized distributor or service center in your country.
See the OLYMPUS Authorized Distributors List to find the nearest distributor or service center.

* OLYMPUS Authorized Distributors List ( PDF )


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