Olympus Tough TG-810

Olympus Tough TG-810 Cape Town
Olympus Tough TG-810 Cape Town

Since I have seen people posting underwater shots of themselves, I have always wanted to get some shots of myself underwater. So when I got sent the Olympus Tough TG-810 to review, I knew where to take it.

Let’s dive into this review (get it?) The Olympus Tough TG-810 is a compact 14MP camera that is waterproof and shock proof. Yes you read that correctly. You can swim with the camera up to 10 metres (33 Feet) without the need of adding a waterproof case. If you do want to swim deeper, you can purchase a case that ads another 40 meters to the depth that you can swim too. I am sure you are bound to drop your camera at some stage. Don’t worry, Olympus have got you covered. The TG-810 is shockproof with a max drop of 6.6 feet. So you can drop the TG-810 and pick it up and carry on capturing the special moments.

For those who like the cold, the TG-810 is freeze proof down to 14°F/-10°C. So the TG-810 is the perfect camera for skiing, snowboarding, sledding and other winter fun.

You never know what situation your camera might land in. If someone happens to stand on your camera or something falls on it, normally you will need to buy a new one. But with the TG-810, there is no need to buy a new camera. The TG-810, with its rugged body is crushproof up to 100KG and also features a reinforced LCD so your camera and your awesome shots are always protected.

You know that feeling when you try to remember where you took a photo and you just can’t remember? Don’t worry about that happening as the TG-810 has GPS so you can record landmark data in your image and then even view the locations of your images on a map.

By just touching the record button, you can record 720p HD movies so there is no need to have a video camera to make those awesome home videos!

The TG-810 loves actions shots. To help make these shots crisp and clear, the TG810 features dual image stabilization which combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds so you can capture crisp, clear images even if the subject is moving.

We all love taking 3D photos. The TG-810 allows you to easily capture 3D images, even underwater. Now that is awesome.

What’s in the box?

In the box you get the following:

  • TG-810 Digital Camera
  • USB Cable & Charger (F-2AC)
  • Instruction Manual & Software CD
  • Audio/Video Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B)
  • Warranty Card


Now for some shots and videos that I took with the TG-810


Where to buy: Cameraland Cape Town


So if you are looking for a compact camera that won’t get damaged from the normal drops and knocks and that you can use near the pool without worrying about damaging it, the Tough TG-810 is the perfect camera for you. I really enjoyed the Tg-810 and hope to get myself one soon! Click here for more Sea Point Pavillion Diving Shots!

Specs from the Olympus website:


Shockproof 2m / 6.6ft
Waterproof 10m / 33ft
Freezeproof -10°C / 14°F
Crushproof 220lbf
Image Sensor 14 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.3″
Focal Length/Lens Configuration 5.0 – 25.0mm (28 – 140mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Zoom 5x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
Aperture Range f3.9 (W) / f5.9 (T)
Display 3.0″ LCD 920K dots
Hypercrystal III
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Range (from lens surface) Normal mode: W/T: 23.6″ – ∞ (0.6m – ∞)
Macro mode: Wide: 7.9″ – ∞ (0.2m – ∞); Tele: 19.7″ – ∞ (0.5m – ∞)
Super Macro mode: 1.2″ – 23.6″ (0.03m – 0.6m) (no flash)
Focus Mode iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF, AF Tracking
Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec. –1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)
ISO Sensitivity (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, High Auto, fixed: 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Exposure Metering Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering
White Balance Control Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1, and Underwater)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
Image File Format Still Image: JPEG
Movie: MP4
Number of Recorded Pixels 14MP (4,288 x 3216)
8MP (3,264 x 2,448)
5MP (2,560 x 1,920)
3MP (2,048 x 1,536)
2MP (1,600 x 1,200)
1MP (1,280 x 960)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9 (4,288 x 2,416)
Motion Blur Suppression Dual Image Stabilization
Shooting Modes 36 Shooting Modes;
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Panorama, Beauty Mode, Magic Filter, 3D, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. BEAUTY, 3. LANDSCAPE, 4. NIGHT SCENE. 5. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 6. SPORT, 7. INDOOR, 8. CANDLE, 9. SELF PORTRAIT, 10. SUNSET, 11. FIREWORKS, 12. CUISINE, 13. DOCUMENTS, 14. BEACH & SNOW, 15. UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT, 16. UNDERWATER WIDE 1, 17. UNDERWATER WIDE 2, 18. UNDERWATER MACRO, 19. PET(CAT), 20. PET (DOG), 21. SNOW), HD MovieMagic Filter(Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor)
Continuous Shooting High speed: 3.4 frames per second/ 7 images (3MP)
Normal speed: 0.7 frames per second/ 2 images (14MP)
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame Assist, Voice Recording
Movie Mode HD: 1280 x 720
VGA: 640 x 480
QVGA: 320 x 240
Image Processing TruePic™ III+
Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index Display (4×3, 6×5), Event, Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Protection, Histogram, Voice Playback, Photo SurfingMovie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame, Voice Playback
Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Beauty Fix, Resize, Cropping, Saturation
Flash Modes Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction
Flash Working Range Wide: 0.66ft (0.2m) – 11.5ft (3.5m) at ISO 800
Tele: 4.64 ft (0.5m) – 8.2ft (2.5m) at ISO 800
Self-Timer 12/2 Seconds/ Pet auto-shutter
Removable Media Card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output)
Auto-Connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA/7 with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA/7, Mac OS X 10.3 – 10.5
Power Source Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-50B)
F-2AC Adapter
Battery Life (CIPA DC-002) 220 Shots
Dimension 3.9″W x 2.5″H x 1.02″D
(100.2mm x 64.5mm x 26.0mm)
Weight 7.6oz (215g) without batteries and media card
Wireless Transfer Wi-Fi compatible via optional Eye-Fi™ SD memory card
3D Capture Yes
Date Time Stamp Yes


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