November 13, 2014
I bought this camera just over a year ago to replace my Canon. I snowmobile in Canada and wanted something that could withstand the cold and take great pics and HD video out on my trips, as well as take a beating from 4 kids.
Sadly this camera was a big disappointment. First - it's broken after just 13 months (very little use) - after plugging into my computer it locks up and won't tun off or respond to any button functions. Of course the warranty is just 12 months. So I'm up the creek - Talk about Manufactured obsolescence!
Second it took poor pictures on the auto setting ( where I needed it too most) and has too many scenes to choose from on the scene setting ( where picture quality was better but who has 20 seconds for every picture to toggle through scene choices?)
Finally, I found the quality of the Video to be poor - even on its best setting. Pluses? It was tough and worked underwater and in the cold. It just didn't last or provide high quality pics or video. Can't recommend and am shocked at how many people here do.
June 19, 2014
I got this camera after I had a S/W series camera stolen from my apartment on Christmas Eve by a friend of a friend named 'Bear'. I LOVED my Olympus Stylus 770 SW and took it EVERYWHERE! It allowed me to take photos from places I otherwise wouldn't have been able to! I plan on taking this new Tough series camera all over the Highland Lakes and putting it to the test! So far, I am very impressed with the video options, new interface and the large number of features! Thanks Olympus for making a great product.
April 02, 2014
I purchased the TG-830 3/25/2014 at Boolchand's [5124 Dronningens Gade, St Thomas, USVI 00802] while on vacation as my other camera was becoming erratic.
After unpacking the camera, reading the instructions and charging the battery the shutter functioned erratically. The only way to take a still photo is to repeatedly push the shutter button until it took a photo.
Upon return to the continental USA, I looked for any software updates and tried to set up the GPS function. I use a MAC. I downloaded the MAC version of OLYMPUS A-GPS Utility but was still unable to activate GPS: message: unable to contact camera. SD card formatted for MS DOS (FAT 32). I called Olympus and described the shutter problem noted above. I was advised to send it back for repair. I mailed it 3/31.
March 30, 2014
As a jaded modern consumer, I assume most services and products I buy won't work as advertised. This Tough is a pleasant surprise. From sharks to family gatherings, this does it all and well. And, tough. Over the past couple of years, I've fallen down river banks with it, dropped it on rocks and used it in salt water for a month at a time, always expecting it to fall apart or just stop working. This could be the last camera I ever buy. OK, don't get a big head, Olympus. I'm sure some of your other products suck. This just isn't one of them.
March 06, 2014
I was deployed in Afghanistan and my job requires me to carry a small camera. The camera not only survived the deployment weather and dust, it was also run over by a Chevy 2500 truck. Blown up by an IED and dropped numerous times. In the end the camera still worked and was still waterproof. I am going to buy this brand for a long time. Hopefully it will last through my four girls...
February 28, 2014
I've only had this camera for about a week. It was purchased to replace Stylus 8010 that finally died after a rough life. I thought the 8010 was great, but this one is MUCH better.
February 27, 2014
I have had the camera a week. I have not had the opportunity to use it for the purpose I had intended which is underwater. All the water here is frozen right now. I will comment again when I get back from Maui in April.
So far, however, I like the little camera and if it is as tough as they say it is, I will be very happy.
Feels solid in my hands and I like that. For now, I will say four.
February 26, 2014
The camera takes great pictures. It fees sturdy like it would take a fall. I like that I can go out in freezing weather and take pictures. The instructions are easy to understand. I am happy I chose this camera.
February 25, 2014
This camera is a perfect choice for people who spend time outdoors. It is compact and rugged. The image quality is excellent. I fish and kayak a great deal. This camera has withstood all types of weather and the water shedding lens is great.
January 14, 2014
I recently had a seizure and damaged my right shoulder making my SLR photography impossible, I have to take pictures, I decided point & shoot was the answer as there is no such thing as a left handed camera this would be the easiest, so far, so good. 16MP was the big selling point for me. This will never replace my SLR, but is a definite asset.