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Olympus Revealed Its Rugged Compact Lineup With The Stylus Tough TG-870

US-based technology company, Olympus has unveiled its rugged compact lineup with the Stylus Tough TG-870, a modest update to last year’s model enabling next-generation GPS and a brighter, higher-resolution screen.

It offers some useful enhancements and upgrades, as well as some cosmetic changes. The rugged Olympus TG-870 is waterproof down to 50 feet (15m), shockproof from 7 feet, crushproof up to 220 pounds, freezeproof down to 14° F and dustproof; all identical ratings to its predecessor.

Still sporting a 16MP BSI CMOS chip and a 21-105mm equivalent zoom, the TG-870 provides a 920k-dot 180° flip-up LCD that claims to be 1.1x brighter than its predecessor’s screen. While the Wi-Fi features are unchanged the GPS feature has increased, claiming positioning in under 10 seconds. Also new to this model is Live Composite mode as well as low and Nightscape Mode options light Nightscape Movie.

And it still features a rare (for a rugged camera) hinged LCD like it’s predecessor, but the 3″ screen resolution has been doubled from 460K to 920K-dots, and Olympus says brightness has also been enhanced by about ten percent, for improved visibility in sunlight and underwater.

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Olympus kept the similar ultra-wide 21-105mm equivalent 5x zoom lens with a maximum aperture range of f/3.5-5.7, and the optical image stabilization (OIS) system designed to reduce blur due to camera shake. Coupled to the lens is a 16-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type, backside-illuminated image sensor CMOS paired with a TruePic VII-branded processor — the same setup as in the Olympus TG-860. From this pairing, users get the same sensitivity range of ISO 125 to 6400.

Priced at about US$280, which is the same list price as it’s predecessor at introduction, the Olympus TG-870 is set to ship from April this year. Color schemes available will be Gunmetal Metallic, Metallic Green or Pure White instead of orange, black or white.