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TG-820 iHS

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  • 12MP


  • 5x


  • 3.0"

    1030K LCD

  • 1080p



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Adventure doesn’t stop because it gets dark. Or cold. Or wet. There are still awesome moments to be captured. It’s in less than ideal conditions where the 12MP Olympus Tough TG-820 iHS thrives. It has advanced technology to shoot crisp, clear photos — Full HD Videos in 1080p too — even when light is scarce. Use the 5x Optical Zoom and 10x Super-Resolution Zoom to get close to the action with amazing clarity. Constructed to be Waterproof, Freezeproof, Shockproof and Crushproof , this camera loves mixing it up with Mother Nature. Connect the TG-820 iHS to an HDTV and watch HD videos you shot with family and friends. The amazing go anywhere, shoot anything TG-820 iHS. Tough shooting conditions conquered.


iHS Technology

A powerful, DSLR–quality Image Processor and a cutting-edge BSI CMOS sensor come together to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance, blazing fast autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition and Super-Resolution Zoom.



The TG-820 iHS crushes the notion that cameras are easily damaged by water and humidity. The Olympus-original complete sealing system and double lock construction borrowed from Olympus’ long history of manufacturing underwater housings ensures that the TG-820 iHS is completely waterproof down to a new depth of 33ft. Even on land, the TG-820 iHS ensures that you’ll never miss an awesome shot just because of heavy rain or snow.


The shockproof structure of the TG-820 iHS ensures that your investment is protected. Carefully sandwiched between two protective frames, the lens and camera unit remain unfazed by bumps, drops, falls and other impacts. Even after repeated drops, critical camera components and functions like the lens, shutter, aperture and auto-focus remain safe. Drop, pick up, and keep on shooting.


The TG-820 iHS uses a double-layer construction, consisting of a tough yet lightweight polycarbonate resin and a metal frame. The crushproof construction ensures that your camera – and screen! – won’t break, even under 220lbs of pressure. No more cracked screens because you’ve left your camera in your back pocket or suitcase.


Keep shooting outdoors even in the winter. The TG-820 iHS is designed to keep operating at below freezing temperatures, safe from the two most common problems when shooting in cold weather: lens condensation and auto zoom malfunction. Hit the slopes, fire up your snowmobile, or break out the skates, because with the TG-820 iHS by your side, you’ll never miss those awesome wipe out moments.


Life gets dirty. Between dusty fields and muddy trails, sometimes your camera doesn’t stay as pristine as you’d like it to. But even in less-than-spotless environments, the fine protective sealing of the TG-820 iHS helps keep out dirt and debris allowing you to capture shot after shot even in the harshest environments.

Full HD Video with
Hdmi output & Control

A simple one-touch button allows you to record videos with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.

sequential shooting

Shoot like a pro. With high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence at the touch of a button. You’ll have so many great shots you won’t be able to share just one!

5x optical zoom,
10x super-resolution zoom

A 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens captures even more of your subject into each shot. The inter-folded lens does not protrude from the camera so it is further protected from harsh conditions.

Truepic™ VI Image

A TruePic VI Image Processor, first developed for professional SLRs, knows precisely how to deliver true-to-life color, the sharpest details, and less noise.

In-camera panorama

Captures three images and stitches them together to create one amazing panoramic picture by simply pressing the shutter button and slowly panning across a panoramic scene.



A powerful, DSLR-quality TruePic™ VI Image Processor and a cutting-edge BSI CMOS sensor come together to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance, blazing fast autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition and Super-Resolution Zoom. It’s Intelligent. It’s High Speed. It’s High Sensitivity. It’s iHS.


A revolutionary system of waterproof seals and gaskets keeps water out so you can take pictures as deep as 33 feet underwater.


Life can be tough, this camera is tougher. A rugged body and innovative shock-absorbing construction allows this camera to withstand a 6.6-foot drop, bump, or other mishap.


Boldly enter that winter wonderland without worrying about your camera. The TG-820 iHS is winterized to perform at below-freezing temperatures.


No case, no problem! With a rugged body and reinforced LCD, the TG-820 iHS withstands up to 220 pounds of pressure so your camera and images are always protected.


Don’t let a little wind and dust ruin your plans – or your camera! Take photos confidently in the driest conditions without worrying about destructive dirt and dust.


An amazing 12 million pixels in the High-Sensitivity, High-Speed BSI CMOS sensor deliver unmatched image quality with less noise and improved image detail, especially in low-light situations.


A 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens captures even more of your subject into each shot while Super Resolution Zoom doubles your optical zoom power and gets even closer to your subject without compromising image quality.


This super high-resolution 3.0 inch LCD features the highest concentration of dots on any point-and-shoot camera* enhancing outdoor visibility.

*As of January 1, 2012


A simple, one-touch button allows you to record videos with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.


Get twice as close. Double your optical zoom power and get even closer to your subjects without compromising image quality.


Shooting into backlight typically results in washed out, overly bright images. Backlight HDR Adjustment takes a collage of images at various exposure levels and blends them into one, perfectly exposed image.


Shoot like a pro. With 5fps high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence at the touch of a button. Still afraid you’ll miss the moment? At 3MP, the frame rate increases to an astounding 60 shots per second. You’ll have so many great shots, you won’t be able to share just one.


A TruePic VI Image Processor, first developed for professional SLRs, knows precisely how to deliver true-to-life color, the sharpest details, and less noise.


Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation.


Automatically identifies the scene you’re shooting—up to 30 different scene including Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro or Sports—and adjusts the settings for ideal results.


Look like a star! Let the camera soften shadows and smooth wrinkles and blemishes on your subject’s face with Beauty Mode. Or, digitally apply enhancements to your portraits like eyeshadow, whitening teeth and lifting cheek bones with Beauty Make-Up mode.


Express your creativity with up to 12 special effects for your photos & HD Videos. Olympus' Magic Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new and unexpected moods ranging from the exciting to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Dramatic, Sparkle, and Fragmented. (Effects may reduce image size.)


Discover the depth of 3D stills to bring your memories to life! From macro shots to landscapes, Olympus’ 3D technology shoots two pictures and combines them into one image for a dramatic effect when viewed on a 3D device.

Shockproof 6.6 ft (2 m)
Waterproof 33 ft (10 m)
Freezeproof 14°F (-10°C)
Crushproof 220 lbF (100 kgF)
Image Sensor 12 Megapixel - CMOS, 1/2.3
Focal Length/Lens Configuration 5.0-25.0mm (28-140mmequivalent in 35mm photography)
Zoom 5x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
Aperture Range f3.9 (W) - 5.9 (T)
Display HyperCrystal III 3.0" LCD 1030K Dots
Focus System CMOS Contrast Detection
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/4-1/2000 (Night Scene: Longest 4 Sec)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, AUTO, HIGH
Exposure Metering Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering
White Balance Control Auto, One-Touch, Presets (Overcast, Sunlight, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, Underwater)
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (Step: 1/3 EV)
Image File Format Still Image: Single, Index-view (5x4), Event-view, Enlargement, Slide-show, Photo surfing
Number of Recorded Pixels 12M (3968 x 2976)
8M (3264 x 2448)
5M (2560 x 1920)
3M (2048 x 1536)
2M (1600 x 1200)
1M (1280 x 960)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9 L (3968 x 2232)
16:9 S (1920 x 1080)
Panorama In-Camera Panorama (Card), PC Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with ib software)
Continuous Shooting Approx. 5 fps / 25 images (12M)
Approx. 15 fps / 100 images (3M)
Approx. 60 fps / 100 images (3M)
Movie Mode 1080p: 1920 x 1080, 30 fps, 16:9
720p: 1280 x 720, 30 fps, 16:9
VGA: 640 x 480, 30 fps, 4:3
Image Processing TruePic VI
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index-view (5x4), Event-view, Enlargement, Slide-show, Photo surfing

Video Playback: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Voice Playback
Flash Built-in
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in, OFF
Flash Working Range W:0.2m-3.5m(ISO800)
Self-Timer 12/2seconds/pet auto shutter
Memory 46.8 MB internal memory
Removable Media Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, DC Jack, Audio/Video Output), HDMI Type D
Power Source Included: Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery (Li-50B), USB-to-AC Adapter (F-2AC);
Optional: USB-to-AC Adapter (F-3AC) Compatible.
Dimension 4.0 in. W x 2.6 in. H x 1.0 in. D (101.4 mm x 65.2 mm x 25.9 mm)
Weight 7.3 oz. (206 g)
Wireless Transfer Wi-Fi compatible with optional Eye-Fi card
3D Capture Still images
AF Illuminator No
Date Time Stamp In camera or via software

Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.

Tough TG-820 iHS Package Contents

  • TG-820 iHS Digital Camera
  • USB Cable & Charger (F-2AC)
  • Instruction Manual & Software CD
  • Audio/Video Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B)
  • Warranty Card

Landmark data for Japan is provided by Shobunsha Publications, Inc. and landmark data for the other countries is provided by NAVTEQ.


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March 14, 2014


Love this camera

I have had this camera for almost 2 years now and it is by far my favorite that I have ever owned. I originally got it for the beach and pool. Having two young boys I didn't want to risk my more expensive SLR getting damaged trying to chase after them. Took wonderful clear pictures both under and out of water. I also took pictures in the snow and it was great. This little camera is my go to even over my more pricey camera. It has withstood both my clumsiness while hiking and my toddler finding and playing with it several times. I have recommended this camera to everyone I know and will continue to do so.

December 04, 2013



I am 70 yrs old and have had a lot of cameras in my life, let me tell you this is the best most efficient camera I have ever owned. It is the only camera I feel comfortable in letting my grand children use, it is a real value in today's market place, you won;t go wrong with Olympus.

July 08, 2013


Great camera

A great camera at a great price. I've had and have several small pocket cameras so I've got something to compare to. My Leica was my favorite, but this Olumpus now gets the nod. The picture quality on this camera is terriffic. Used it in the mountains at the beach at motorcycle rallies and it's worked for 98% of the conditions.
Highly reccommended. My SLR just stays in the camera case!

June 03, 2013

Shark Girl

Best waterproof like this I've seen!

I got this camera as a Christmas gift for my trips to Belize and the Galapagos this year.

Compared to other "tough" and waterproof cameras I've seen and had others on my trips use, this one never gets condensation in the lens, and I've never had issues with water drops in the screen like, which I've seen happen to friends as well.
Also, I lost this camera on a rough wet landing in a Zodiac and one of my friends found it two hours later. I ran some fresh water over it and soaked it to get some of the sand out of cracks and the camera worked 5 minutes later after being rolled around in the tidal zone and getting covered in sand. There were multiple people on these trips with different brands of waterproof cameras that failed to work and left them hanging, because their camera broke.
I drop and break everything, but this camera holds up great and takes beautiful pictures and video. I especially love that I don't have to change to the video function but just need to hit the record button at the top right of the screen.

Everyone was super jealous and impressed with my camera on both trips, and I always get compliments on the great pictures it takes underwater.

May 29, 2013


Excellent Camera at great price


I bought this Camera on Ebay for $165. My primary reason to buy this camera was to shoot under water.

I tried in our swimming pool on a sunny day with very clear water. The photo quality was awesomely good. i even shot video's under water and all of them were with an excellent quality. I was more than happy to see the quality. Surprisingly the lens were not keeping the water droplets on it, which could have disturbed the photo quality.

The normal day photography is also very good, i tried almost all the modes with different light shades and the camera always pleased me with great results.

I tried taking snap in pitch dark room and when i see the picture i couldn't believe that the room was pitch dark. the flash does the right job although its complete dark. All the objects in that 15 X 15 feet room was clearly visible.

Zoom option works very well in video mode too. Panorama mode does a descent job, it does have a 3D picture mode, but not yet tried it. The multiple shot works well. I tried clicking the shoot button in picture mode repeatedly and i got all the shots clicked.

Super resolution zoom which is 10X. At this zoom level the colors gets distorted, also it needs great control on your hand while taking a picture at this zoom level. Although this a is common problem in all entry level digital camera's but a little shake while clicking button blurs the entire pic.

Another major problem i found is related to autofocus, at time i felt that if i am already in zoomed in mode, the camera doesn't automatically focus if i change the angle. I had to zoom out and zoom in again to get focus set correctly.

I have yet not understood the tap feature, although i tried to set is through menu, but couldn't use is. Although this feature is not commonly used, but sill feels bad not to know about it.

Overall, I am extremely happy about the underwater and normal quality of this camera. I definitely recommend this product.


May 28, 2013

Yachta Yachta

So far it is a Great Little Camera

I got this to take with me out on the boat and perhaps the kayak so that I would not be freaking out or ruining the very expensive camera I usually "lug" around. I have already cracked one of my expensive camera's by it flopping around in a bouncing boat (and had to replace same) and believe that my new one is not really liking the humidity that comes along with our Southern Florida summer heat. I used this my TG-820 for the first time this memorial weekend on the boat and felt the camera was perfect for the job!! I want to take it in the water someday soon, and may review again at that time. I bit scared tho...... I have had a waterproof camera (Milnolta) about 25 years ago that did not last too long after I tried it. That was back in the film days....

December 25, 2012


olympus tough

I had this camara bought for me on a ship to alaska I love it the pic's are awesome and my friends used it snorking in alaska they love it also..two thumbs up from me ..

July 26, 2012


Really great camera!!!!!!

I took a long time researching a waterproof camera.
After reading many reviews the Olympus TG-820 seemed like a good buy. I used it on a small island vacation and was very happy with my purchase.

I would definately recommend it to anyone.

July 25, 2012


A Fine All-Weather Camera with One Caveat

This camera is a replacement for the TG-610, which was pickpocketed on a trip. I liked that camera. But the TG-820 is even better. HD video and much better performance in low light and indoor situations, even without flash. I waited until I had put it through the ringer before writing this review. I have now used it while kayaking in the rain around icebergs and glaciers in Alaska and snorkeling in Hawaii. The picture quality has generally been excellent. The camera performed flawlessly under water during extended snorkeling trips. My caveat is that the lens fogged up on the inside one day while kayaking in Alaska, resulting in some missed shots of humpback whales. The snorkeling came after that. As there were no issues during snorkeling, I'm thinking it had something to do with the temperature in Alaska and not a failure of the water proof feature. Assuming the fogged lens does not become a recurring issue, I would highly recommend this camera for a very wide range of picture-taking situations. There is really very little sacrifice in image quality for the waterproof and other "tough" features.

July 24, 2012


Better than expected

Our last cam. was ruined by dust that worked its way into the lenz that had to come out and in every time you used it! I just got back from a mission trip, was not only able to take GREAT pictures(some underwater!) and vidio but the battery lasts a long time! There is truly not enough room for me say how pleased I am with this camera! Great Job & Thanks!!! B.H.

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