When the going gets rough, it is rather obvious that the tough get going – and Olympus subscribes to that school of thought with their latest addition, the Olympus Tough TG-820 compact digital camera. I clearly remember back in the days when owning a digital camera was considered to be a luxury item for the average man on the street, and Olympus was the only one in town to deliver a rugged digital camera – waterproof, even. While other imaging companies have caught up in this department, Olympus continues to forge new ground with their latest offering, the Tough TG-820.

It is their toughest shooter just yet, being waterproof up to 10 meters, is shockproof and also freezeproof. This 12-megapixel shooter comes with a backlit CMOS sensor and the powerful image processor that can be found in the Olympus PEN range, you know for sure that your images will turn out great right from the get go, never mind if you do not know anything else about digital photography.

Just how tough is it? It can withstand shocks against falls from as high as 2 meters, and will be able to dance around in the snow, although just make sure that the mercury does not drop below the -10°C mark. Apart from that, it is said to be crushproof with loads of up to 100kg. After all, since we know that you are going to embark on adventures with the Tough TG-820, Olympus has thoughtfully included Dual IS (Image Stabilization) that reduces picture blur due to camera shake and subject motion. Perfect when you are trying to grab a shot while tumbling down the hill.

Preserve those moments forever with Full HD recording capability, as movies are encoded in the MOV/H.264 format for smooth and efficient playback later on a HDTV. You are able to record movies using the dedicated movie REC button, and a multi-motion function for stabilizing the image will kick in whenever you shoot while you walk. To be even more artsy with your images, a dozen Magic Filters were thrown into the mix – they are Pop, Pin Hole, Fisheye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Watercolor, Sparkle, Miniature, Reflection and the two new kids on the block, Dramatic and Fragmented.

Definitely the shooter to consider if you love living out a rough-and-tumble lifestyle.

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