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Olympus TG-860 Tough Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (White) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Olympus TG-860 Tough Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (White)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 160 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 2.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price5.0   above average
Wi-Fi5.0   exceptional
Photo4.7   above average
Underwater4.5   above average
Screen4.4   above average
Quality4.2   average
Video4.0   below average
Image3.9   average


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Battery

Battery:
"Battery life a big complaint in reviews too but I found it to be acceptable."
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"My last trip, even though I started out with a fully charged battery I missed some shots I wanted because the battery ran out of juice."
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"Obviously, it would be hard to pop in a new battery with a wet camera."
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"The battery life on these tough cameras is horrible; I mean less than a 1 2 hour or so of use with the Tough 6000And when it breaks Olympus will not provide a replacement part."
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"Also note that using GPS and WiFi will reduce the autonomy so it's a good idea to get a 2nd battery, just in case."
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"Battery seems to hold up well but like any other electronic device that if you set it directly under the sun battery dies faster."
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"Pretty tough and impermeable-- it has dual locks for the battery flash card hatch."
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"I have not tested the underwater rating yet but the dual lock release on the memory card battery compartment appears robust should prevent accidental opening ."
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"I took as many as 400 or so at a time and had no problems with battery life."
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Image

Image:
"Note: I did download Olympus' Digital Photo program; it helped a little but not good enough."
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"I never use a flash when I take her photo, because it makes her eyes look horrible, but a lot of the time, that means a sacrifice in quality."
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"At first I thought it was just me being a bit picky but the wife picked up the problem as well when I asked her to look at the pic."
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"Screen very difficult to see in bright sun, so it was hard to compose a photo."
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"Took great underwater pics!"
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"Image quality is good, video quality is also good, just don't expect miracles."
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"Images ara 4:3 but the screen is 16:9.16:9 maybe good for video recording but for photos is annoying as it limits the preview size."
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"I took it on a family trip to Oahu, and it performed very well for what I needed, which was a waterproof camera that was fun, took better pics than my iPhone, could wirelessly shoot photos to my iPad and iPhone, filmed fish underwater, and was easy to use."
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"Out in bright light this thing takes some nice images; colors are crisp and distinct."
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Lens

Lens:
"To take similar photos with my DSLR would require a lens change, and my iPhone would go dead trying to focus on things this camera found easily."
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"Exceptional value, combining an above average feature set (GPS, WiFi, Flipping LCD, 21mm wide lens and very durable) with an affordable price."
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"It's lightweight and easy to use for folks who are not into switching lenses etc.. Takes nice pictures even with an amateur pushing the buttons."
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"This is a great camera with a relatively wide lens for a point and shoot."
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"Great camera the only thing I didnt like was going from water to surface and the amount of time it took to get the lens clear so the picture wasn't blurry"
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"WATER RESISTANCE: After a lot of splashing and time in the water (some calm, some forceful - Class IV and V rapids), the lens stayed un-fogged and continued to take clear photos, and water droplets could be easily wiped away."
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Photo

Photo:
"Images ara 4:3 but the screen is 16:9.16:9 maybe good for video recording but for photos is annoying as it limits the preview size."
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"It almost ruined my trip and left me without any photos for the day."
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"I wish it was a better camera because I really liked the feel and construction but it just doesn't take photos I'd expect for the money and also stats for the camera."
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"Images ara 4:3 but the screen is 16:9.16:9 maybe good for video recording but for photos is annoying as it limits the preview size."
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"Great photos - easy to use"
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"Takes good photos."
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"I like the HD quality of the video and if you hold the camera still, it takes very good photos too."
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Price

Price:
"Exceptional value, combining an above average feature set (GPS, WiFi, Flipping LCD, 21mm wide lens and very durable) with an affordable price."
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"Overall, very happy with the purchase and I strogly recommend it if you want and affordable and reliable underwater all weather compact camera."
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"Purchased this from a camera shop, not Amazon, though price is pretty comparable."
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"Still, be aware that a good amount of the price you're charged is due to the ruggedness of the camera and not necessarily the ability to take fantastic pictures."
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Quality

Quality:
"I did not try it out in advance of my trip and it was not until I was on the trip, using it that I found that the picture quality is really not great."
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"Picture quality is really not great!"
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"Underwater picture quality isn't that great..."
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"I never use a flash when I take her photo, because it makes her eyes look horrible, but a lot of the time, that means a sacrifice in quality."
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"I haven't used it in the water yet but the picture quality is much better than myiphone and it takes great selfies"
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"Image quality is good, video quality is also good, just don't expect miracles."
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"The camera worked great underwater & I got great pictures (I was only able to test the picture quality from about 4' underwater)."
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"I'd certainly like to see a lot better quality and durability for the price."
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Screen

Screen:
"We also have kodak play sport which we,found annoying to operate...buttons and screen VERY small diff to see what if you are video ing or taking pic!"
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"Screen very difficult to see in bright sun, so it was hard to compose a photo."
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"I just wanted a replacement LCD screen because it broke after being dropped (not so shockproof after all) and they refused to sell me one and refused to give me the part number."
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"The moveable screen is great for angles and the super wode screen is useful to campute more on a single picture"
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"Images ara 4:3 but the screen is 16:9.16:9 maybe good for video recording but for photos is annoying as it limits the preview size."
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"Another feature I like about this camera is the selfie screen...you can flip the display screen up so you can take amazing selfies of yourself...this was a great feature for taking underwater selfies."
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"When I would take pictures, the picture would look clear & in focus on the display screen but after the picture was taken, it looked blurry on the display screen (this made me really nervous that all of my pictures on this trip would be blurry)...however, when I got home & uploaded them to my computer, the pictures looked great!"
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Setting

Setting:
"If you are filming in the wind or a loud setting it would go unnoticed, but in many circumstances it can be heard and is annoying on playback."
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"Pressing the play button twice seems to fix it-Can't force the flash off in some settings-iAuto setting often selected the wrong sceneOverall the camera takes good pictures, and it served me well on vacation."
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"Gave it two stars because the macro setting is awesome for this camera and we took some really great insect pictures."
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"It has so many different options and settings that you always get a beautiful picture!"
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"I am still messing with the perfect indoor setting to use, b c a lot of my indoor shots are coming out either too dark or with a red haze, but I think some of that might be user error."
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"The underwater setting took amazing video of fish."
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"I can take on the fly sunrise shots at the beach with birds flying by (generis setting) and capture beautiful pictures with an airborn bird frozen mid flight."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"Used it underwater and took some good pictures unfortunately the fish probably heard I was out there because there wasn't a lot of fish out there."
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"Underwater picture quality isn't that great..."
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"I've had a problem like that with every underwater camera though."
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"Took great underwater pics!"
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"Overall, very happy with the purchase and I strogly recommend it if you want and affordable and reliable underwater all weather compact camera."
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"Took it on our honeymoon and got tons of great pictures underwater while snorkeling."
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"The camera worked great underwater & I got great pictures (I was only able to test the picture quality from about 4' underwater)."
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Video

Video:
"Images ara 4:3 but the screen is 16:9.16:9 maybe good for video recording but for photos is annoying as it limits the preview size."
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"The PQ if decent, but I've tried 2 of these and they both have the same problem with video."
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"nice camera but video button too small and hard to press"
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"Some people have complained that they could hear the zoom in videos but I used this on a weeklong kayaking expedition and that was never an issue."
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"The videos have not been analyzed in great detail, but they are good enough for me at this moment."
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"Image quality is good, video quality is also good, just don't expect miracles."
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"Images ara 4:3 but the screen is 16:9.16:9 maybe good for video recording but for photos is annoying as it limits the preview size."
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"The PQ if decent, but I've tried 2 of these and they both have the same problem with video."
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"Great camera takes nice videos as well"
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"The videos turned out good too."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"I love the design and wifi function."
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"The WiFi option is amazing, I don't use my phone camera much anymore as this takes way better pictures and I can upload them to my phone on seconds."
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"Also note that using GPS and WiFi will reduce the autonomy so it's a good idea to get a 2nd battery, just in case."
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"Exceptional value, combining an above average feature set (GPS, WiFi, Flipping LCD, 21mm wide lens and very durable) with an affordable price."
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"Wifi connection between camera and phone or iPad was pretty seamless."
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