Unless you’re shooting a still life, fast focus is key to getting good photos—as I found out after taking a cardfull of blurry snaps at a dance party over the weekend. And by its own admission, Olympus has been, er, not famous for the focus speed of digital SLR cameras and lenses. Olympus, famous for introducing technologies that competitors eventually copy, has developed several new tricks for the E3.
Given my experience over the weekend, I’d have been happy to get the lens in focus within the diameter of a human finger. Great to know the -- in depth from this blog.This will really help for my forward steps to be taken. From oceans to rocky trails, Olympus’ TG-870 survives in elements where most cameras won’t dare venture.
In bright light, image quality was quite good with accurate colors and sharpness and detail. The design of the 16-megapixel TG-870 is more sophisticated than rugged cameras of the past – less toy-like, more of a tank. Our review unit is dark gray and has exposed bolts on the front to enhance the rugged look (they’re just there for show). Along the slim top are stereo mics, power, and shutter buttons as well as a zoom toggle switch. The 3-inch LCD screen covers nearly the entire back, with a 920K-dot resolution – an improvement over the 460K-dot resolution in the TG-860, and even the TG-4 and TG-3.
You’ll find the camera, battery, AC adapter, USB cable, hand strap, quick-start guide, and setup CD. We took the camera out to the desert as well as a pool for a dunking, shooting a variety of subjects. The bright Arizona summer sunshine overpowered the LCD, even when brightness level is cranked all the way up. When we reviewed shots on the LCD, we were initially disappointed due to the aforementioned screen quality.
For places where you wouldn’t dare risk bringing a super expensive camera or smartphone, the TG-870 is perfect. One of the coolest features of the TG-870 – and any other tough camera – is the fact it’s waterproof, making it great for the pool or any other water-related activity that would kill a smartphone or traditional compact. The Wide 300 is a redesigned version of a previous Instax Wide camera, now using a retro design scheme similar to that of the Instax Mini 90. The Instax Wide film, as the name would suggest, is twice the size of regular Instax Mini film. In other Instax news, the Instax Mini 8 will come in two additional colors, raspberry and grape.


The 25mm fisheye lens ensures you will get a unforgettable cluster shots, with every and each person within the frame.
But the company claims its new E3 model is the world’s fastest—from 33 to 200 percent faster than any competitors.
It starts with the autofocus chip, featuring 11 cross-shaped sensors, for a total of 44 data points. A temperature sensor by the focusing chip allows the camera to determine how far the plastic mount has expanded or contracted, and adjust focus calculations accordingly. That’s why there’s still demand for rugged point-and-shoot cameras, so called because they can endure the harsh environments and abuse. The thing they all have in common is that they are “compromise” cameras—if you’re looking for a compact with superior image quality and extensive photo adjustments, the TG-870 and others of its kind are not for you.
On the right-hand grip is a red-dot “Face” button that lets you take selfies when using the tilt-screen LCD. There’s a small, recessed mode dial with Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Super Macro, Scene (19 options), 13 of Olympus’ cool art filters, Sportcam (turns the camera into an action cam, with quick access to four video settings), Panorama, and Self Portrait. Keeping the electronic innards dry is critical and Olympus makes sure you slide one switch and flip another to make sure it’s sealed. During testing there were times when the screen was difficult to view, forcing us to look at it from different angles. That thinking changed when we reviewed the stills on a 27-inch monitor – image quality was quite good with accurate colors and sharpness and detail that were a pleasure to see. We took the Stylus into a pool and shot a number of still-life images using one of the underwater scene settings. Fujifilm, the only big manufacturer that still makes instant film cameras and instant film, has been growing its Instax series to meet this renewed interest.
The Instax Mini 90, which has a double-exposure shooting mode, is now available in a brown-and-silver design.
Also, even though you are shooting from isolated, get as shut as you would like whereas maintaining best image quality with the 5x optical zoom.
Them’s fightin’ words in the pro arena, where photojournalists embrace or shun a brand based on split seconds. Olympus overlaid an identical set of sensors—creating a houndstooth pattern they call cross-lamination.
Instructions go to the new lenses which focus using “supersonic wave drive” motors that turn in increments as small as five microns—less than the diameter of a human red blood cell. Like Canon (whose Rebel XTI SLR I was using), Olympus doesn’t put a focusing lamp on the E3. Whether it’s the outdoorsman who wants to grab snaps and videos while trekking in the wild, or vacationers who just want to toss a camera around a pool, there’s still a valid need for this type of compact camera, even if demand in the overall point-and-shoot sector is declining.


That said, for environments where you wouldn’t dare risk bringing a super expensive camera or smartphone, the TG-870 perfect – to a point, which we’ll explain.
You can take it down 50 feet underwater, use it in temperatures that hit 14 degrees Fahrenheit, crush it with 220 pound-feet of pressure, and drop it from a height of 7 feet. And, although the 3-inch screen may be rated 920K dots, it’s not the sharpest we’ve tested.
Our test subject held its own until 400-800, but then became much more pixelated as the numbers increased with an overall softening and color shifts. The Mini 8 sells for $100, and the Mini 90 sells for $200; both will also be available in the spring of 2015.
So if one set can’t lock on an exceptionally dark or smooth surface, the other set may pick up. Olympus continues to be a major player in this field with its Tough series, and its latest for edition for 2016 is the TG-870 ($280). This non-extending glass has a 5x optical zoom with a 35mm range of a very wide 21mm to 105mm.
Now this was in bright sunlight, the expected place an outdoors camera is supposed to be used. You can dive into deeper water with the camera, but it gets darker the deeper you go, and, as mentioned, low light isn’t the camera’s strong point.
The camera is a mild evolution from the TG-860 – a camera (now discontinued) we beat the heck out of, but didn’t leave a scratch – and retains the same ruggedness as its predecessor. Interestingly, the Stylus has two tripod mounts, one in the classic spot on the bottom with a second on the left hand side to change orientation. It’s very helpful, as is the ability to customize the selfie button on the front and red-dot video button on the back.
In the right lighting conditions, the TG-870 is an able performer, but there are some drawbacks.
In other words, you’ll need outdoor light for best results and the flash for indoor subjects. For the types of activities we imagine people would use this camera for, abundant natural light shouldn’t be an issue.



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