Olympus just announced the mid-range STYLUS TOUGH TG-830 iHS and entry-level STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS digital cameras for active photographers. The rugged TG-830 iHS is waterproof (down to 33 feet), shockproof (from 6.6-foot drops), crushproof (up to 220 pounds), freezeproof (down to 14°F) and dustproof. It captures worry-free images in the most challenging environments with a 16-megapixel Back-Side Illuminated CMOS sensor and TruPic VI image processor.
Olympus iHS technology delivers with new high-speed shooting technology on the TG-830 iHS that captures High Speed video at 120 frames per second in 720p and 240 frames per second in HVGA along with High-Speed Sequential shooting of still images at the push of a button. Show off snowboarding stunts and other fast-moving action with slow-motion playback for that special touch. The TG-830 iHS, along with the STYLUS SH-50 iHS, another Olympus compact just announced, includes 60-frames-per-second HD recording, 60i Movie, for smoother images of moving subjects.
Adventurers may not have to leave one peak to capture the action on another, thanks to a 5x optical zoom and 10x super-resolution zoom. Never decide between a still image and a movie with Multi-Recording that captures full HD video and images simultaneously. Camera shake caused by trembling hands is counteracted by dual image stabilization that moves the CMOS sensor via a shift-type image stabilization mechanism to reduce image blur. Built-in GPS records and displays locations and landmark information with every image so remembering that special location for birding, hunting, fishing or going downhill is simple.
The Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS combines much of the technology of the TG-830 iHS in a new design at a budget-friendly price of under $200. The STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS combines spectacular iHS-driven image quality with Olympus’ tried-and-true waterproof (16ft), shockproof (5.5ft), freezeproof (14°F) and dustproof durability. Driven by a powerful TruePic VI image processor and Backlit-CMOS sensor, the TG-630 iHS captures vibrant stills even in tough lighting conditions, while the High-Speed Sequential Shooting provides frame-by-frame replay of all the action. 1080p Full HD Video, Dual Image Stabilization and advanced features like Backlit HDR, Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization and Hand-Held Starlight mean that this little guy is packed full of technology to deliver uncompromising image quality regardless of your surroundings.
Enhanced iAuto in both models automatically detects 34 different scenes like portrait, landscape, macro, and even Snow & Beach. Eleven Magic Art filters capture scenes with creative flair, and beauty make-up mode adds that extra hint of blush when needed.
Users can easily share their images on a big-screen HDTV in high definition using an optional HDMI cable or on their social networks using the Olympus Image Share smartphone application (via optional Toshiba FlashAir SDHC card or optional Eye-Fi Card).
Pricing and Availability (March 2013)
- Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-830 iHS → $279.99 (Available in Silver, Black, Red, and Blue)
- Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS → $199.99 (Available in White, Red, Black, and Blue)