Olympus announced the Tough TG-820 iHS rugged digital camera with a new 12-megapixel BSI (Back-Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor and the TruePic VI image processor (originally developed for DSLR cameras) to dramatically improve low-light performance, speed up camera response time, enhance scene and subject recognition and double zoom magnification without losing image quality.
Olympus sets a new benchmark for Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Crushproof and Dustproof performance with superb image quality courtesy of the new iHS (Intelligent, High-Sensitivity and High-Speed) family of technologies. Advanced iHS technology ensures that even people with an action-packed lifestyle can capture brilliant photos and 1080p Full HD Videos, no matter how fast their subject is moving or how poor the lighting is.
iHS powers a number of new Olympus features that take all the work out of capturing difficult shots. A blazing quick autofocus and HDR Backlight Adjustment takes a collage of separate photos and blends them into one perfectly exposed image regardless of difficult lighting. Multi-Motion Movie IS (Image Stabilization) records virtually blur-free videos even when you're moving. The versatile lens on the Olympus Tough TG-820 iHS pulls out wide or zooms in twice as close with its 10x Super-Resolution Zoom that digitally extends the range of the optical zoom with nearly no loss of image quality. Capture beautiful images and videos effortlessly; Enhanced iAuto enables the camera to automatically detect 34 different scenes (portrait, landscape, macro, etc.)
While the new imaging technology delivers optimal results with fast-moving subjects, night scenes and other tricky shots, the Olympus Tough TG-820 iHS is also waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14°F and even crushproof to a weight of 220 pounds. It features a 5x wide-angle zoom lens (28 mm-140 mm) and 3.0-inch, 1,030,000-dot HyperCrystal III LCD that offers super high-resolution with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coatings for added protection and better visibility in bright and low light.
The camera's HDMI Control makes playback a breeze. Simply connect the camera to an HDTV with an optional HDMI cable and use your HDTV's remote to control playback functions and navigate the camera's menus from the comfort of your couch.
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The Olympus Tough TG-820 iHS will be available March 2012 for $299.99 in silver, black, and blue. It ships with a Wrist Strap, USB Cable, A/V Cable, USB-to-AC Adapter (F-2AC), Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B), Quick Start Guide, Instruction Manual on CD-ROM, a software CD-ROM featuring [ib] (Windows) and OLYMPUS Viewer 2 (Win/Mac), and a Warranty Card.