Olympus has announced their new STYLUS Tough TG-860 camera, designed for the sporty snappers amongst us.
When you’re hurtling downhill on a bike or skimming waves under a kite, you need an ultra-wide-angle lens to capture all of the action – especially if you only have one hand and one chance to get everything into your shot. That’s why Olympus fitted the new STYLUS Tough TG-860 with the widest wide-angle lens currently available in the compact camera class (21-105mm). And more than one shutter release button – so adrenalin junkies can shoot pin-sharp stills, distortion-free selfies and multi-format videos on the fly, glove on or off, with their right hand or left.
To free up one hand, a new Sport Holder can strap the camera firmly to a harness. What’s more, a tilting LCD makes it easy to frame selfies and other shots when you’re not in a position to look at the back of the camera. TG-860 owners can control their camera remotely via WiFi from a smartphone, and share geotagged images on social media using the Olympus OI.Share app – from virtually anywhere. The TG-860 certainly qualifies as a go-anywhere camera. It’s waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kg, dustproof and freeze proof to -10°C.
Wide angles aren’t just for stills. To generate cinematic widescreen video clips, the STYLUS Tough TG-860 comes with 5-axis hybrid image stabilisation and new Sportcam Mode that automatically sets the aspect ratio to 16:9 so you don’t have to choose between your subject and the majestic panorama over their shoulder. Sportcam Mode offers a choice of three video formats: super-smooth movie in HD 1080 60p, high-speed movie (for playing back videos in slow motion) and time-lapse movie. For a sequence of spectacular fast-action still shots, Sport Burst Mode lets you set an interval between 0.05 seconds and one minute.
For surfers, bikers and other fast-action sports fans, two hands mostly aren’t an option for any kind of shot, let alone selfies. But with an optional Olympus Sport Holder, they can strap the TG-860 securely to a sports harness or backpack strap and pull it tight to their body. To take a picture, it’s simply a question of hitting the face button with whichever hand is free. If you have more time, a quick-release spiral safety cord lets you pull the camera out of its harness without fear that you could lose it – even if an unexpected manoeuvre means you have to let go. As long as it goes where you go, the Tough will come safely through.
The Tough TG-860 is available from mid-March in white, orange and black for £269.99.
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