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Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS 16 MP Digital Camera (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Olympus Stylus TG-850 IHS 16 MP Digital Camera (Black)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 146 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 11.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Photo4.8   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Underwater4.3   average
Video4.3   average
Lens4.2   above average
Image4.1   average
Screen3.9   average
Price3.7   below average
Setting3.1   below average


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Image

Image:
"Very disappointed with photo quality."
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"The main drawback is image quality."
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"The pics are terrible."
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"It's a great point and shoot, easy to use, so durable, nice images."
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"I use this anytime, anywhere, takes great pics"
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"Highly recommend this camera for all your photo needs."
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"no manual control for shutter or aperture, image quality is best for digital display, battery life short, other features perform well."
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"Some softness or noise would be acceptable and much easier to deal with but there is no workaround for these over-processed images."
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Lens

Lens:
"Olympus told me they had removed the lens cover because there had been complaints of it becoming stuck over time."
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"Hate to lose out on the wide angle lens, but I'm not willing to take a chance on it again."
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"The wide angle lens is great for that purpose and the flip screen was (past tense) great."
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"The zoom lens takes fantastic clear pictures, action shots are clear."
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"It is waterproof to 33', shockproof to 7', crushproof to 220 lb, freezeproof to 14F, and dustproof.5x Optical Zoom LensWith a focal range that runs from 21-105mm in the 35mm format along with a maximum aperture of f 3.5-5.7, the lens on the TG-850 provides great image quality at shooting lengths from wide-angle to telephoto."
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"Very wide lens, which will distort some architectural photos, but for documentation, is great."
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"This one does not have a cover that closes on the lens and that is a good thing."
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Photo

Photo:
"Unfortunately this was a major disappointment especially on a trip where underwater photos would have really been special."
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"Shoots excellent photos and video and the selfie screen is pretty handy."
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"It was easy to take high quality photos with the autofocus."
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"Fortunately, we were able to take photos, but we couldn't review the photos we had taken or change the settings, after the first underwater use."
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"We also bought a selfie stick which also works great with this camera (there is a time delay setting so you can press the button and position yourself before it takes the picture).I have also recently experimented with the various camera settings that allow you to apply some great looking filters to your photos."
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Price

Price:
"Extremely disappointed as it continues costing us money to ship for warranty repair and Olympus Is doing nothing! "
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"As with all the Tough Cameras I've owned, the flash is somewhat feeble, so they are really not for indoor or night photographyConsequently I can't recommend the TG 850 because at this point I'm going to spend the money to get my older TG 610 repaired and get back a better camera."
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"Overall for the price, its hard to beat, lots of scene options, took beautiful interval shots, highly recommended for trips, maybe not as a primary camera for those really anal about picture quality or adjustments, but if you want a all in one camera for an active lifestyle its a great camera"
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"In doing our research, we found that ALL of the waterproof cameras in this price point had a small percentage of negative reviews regarding failing in water (10%-25% depending on brand), so I was careful to put it on a specific credit card that offers an extended warranty on my purchases."
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"great camera for price, dropped it once and it still works perfect"
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"Evidently, my experience is common, and repair would be throwing good money after bad."
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"If you're looking for a great quality camera with plenty of features (and a reasonable price), I would highly recommend giving this camera a try."
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"Well, I do have several inexpensive cameras that I own that I grab and take with me when I'm just out having fun, which is a whole lot different than work."
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"Pretty awesome camera for the price!"
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Quality

Quality:
"Very disappointed with photo quality."
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"The main drawback is image quality."
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"Our company purchases these for use in industrial environments and we have certainly found them to be durable and quality cameras."
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"It was easy to take high quality photos with the autofocus."
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"If you're looking for a great quality camera with plenty of features (and a reasonable price), I would highly recommend giving this camera a try."
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"no manual control for shutter or aperture, image quality is best for digital display, battery life short, other features perform well."
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"The video quality was great in my opinion at 1080 and 30fps when used on a tripod."
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Screen

Screen:
"The problem is that I end up getting water in the flip screen which eventually ends up in the lens."
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"Screen gets scratched too easily, confusing to use"
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"cons: Sound - speakers aren't the greatest, occassionally on some scene settings you get a lot of random bubbles that appear on the screen, weird, but often went away when on auto setting or messing with program settings."
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"On the minus side, I couldn't see what I was doing really or change any settings and 1 2 through it stopped making the shutter noise and without an LCD screen couldn't tell what might be wrong."
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"Before buying this camera I compared it to the Fuji XP-200 (only had 1080i video, good but not great) the Sony TX-30 (touch screen only?"
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"Shoots excellent photos and video and the selfie screen is pretty handy."
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"The wide angle lens is great for that purpose and the flip screen was (past tense) great."
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"Great picture under water and your screen can move and you can take a selfie and see yourself the image in the exact moment in that you do It."
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"The screen that flips up to allow easy selfies is a very nice touch."
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"Nice camera, Tilting screen makes it easier to see in the sun."
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Setting

Setting:
"It is also surprising that none of the professional reviews mentioned this problem, only some softness at the corners at widest setting - it makes me wonder if anybody actually tests cameras or just repeats the manufacturer's blurb."
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"After connecting from the iphone wifi settings, the Olympus app worked first attempt."
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"cons: Sound - speakers aren't the greatest, occassionally on some scene settings you get a lot of random bubbles that appear on the screen, weird, but often went away when on auto setting or messing with program settings."
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"This is NOT a good camera, even with it's easy settings."
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"Beyond the sound, the videos were grainy and I could not alter settings to fix this and I gave it plenty of attempts to improve the video."
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"We also bought a selfie stick which also works great with this camera (there is a time delay setting so you can press the button and position yourself before it takes the picture).I have also recently experimented with the various camera settings that allow you to apply some great looking filters to your photos."
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"It takes great photos if you learn the different settings how to set things like the ISO and exposure."
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"The AWB colors were mostly accurate without over-saturation at the natural setting."
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"Underwater (outdoor, daytime) colors using the WB underwater setting were good."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"THen on day 3 of using it, the photos above water had a funky hue, and then when I used it underwater it completely leaked and was dead."
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"Unfortunately, when the functions returned it changed the mode I was using to a mode that didn't work as well for underwater pictures."
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"Unfortunately this was a major disappointment especially on a trip where underwater photos would have really been special."
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"Great little camera and takes good underwater pictures."
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"The camera takes good underwater photos and is strong (if you tolerate that after a bump it keeps going, not without a scratch or mark ... just keep going), but .... the flash honestly NEVER work !"
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"Underwater (outdoor, daytime) colors using the WB underwater setting were good."
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"Took some very nice underwater photos."
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"Took perfect underwater photos, still photos, moving photos, etc."
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Video

Video:
"Downside is that if you're taking video the device will not re-calculate exposure."
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"No water leaks, heavy, no SD card, battery light is suppose to light up orange when charging (I think my charger may be a bit on the defective side because sometime it likes an outlet and other times it doesn't), and video is good."
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"Beyond the sound, the videos were grainy and I could not alter settings to fix this and I gave it plenty of attempts to improve the video."
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"Before buying this camera I compared it to the Fuji XP-200 (only had 1080i video, good but not great) the Sony TX-30 (touch screen only?"
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"Shoots excellent photos and video and the selfie screen is pretty handy."
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"Took great video and pictures on land and under water."
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"I guess the more specialized GoPro cameras are the way to go if wanting the best action videos but roller coaster handheld videos using the TG-850 will capture the experience even if a bit shaky."
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"It seems most of the bad reviews were due to leaks.==Overall:Majority of photos and videos taken were good without much effort - maybe 10 percent were duds because of camera limitations and another 10 percent duds due to operator error."
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"Video sound was surprisingly good at reasonable loudness - Video of street bands did not overload mics and fairly stable level with acceptable highs and lows."
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