The Olympus TG – 620 iHS is one of the many rugged compact cameras Olympus is currently offering. Sporting the iHS badge, the TG – 620 performs well in many conditions and offers better image quality as well. Other Olympus cameras sporting the iHS badge is the high end TG – 1 iHS rugged compact camera and the TG – 820 iHS camera. What exactly makes the Olympus TG – 620 iHS unique among the other two? Take a look at what it has to offer down below.
Olympus TG – 620 iHS
Listed price: $249.99
NEW IHS TECHNOLOGY
A powerful, DSLR-quality TruePic™ VI Image Processor and a cutting-edge BSI CMOS sensor come together to dramatically improve image quality with spectacular low-light performance, blazing fast autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition and Super-Resolution Zoom. It’s Intelligent. It’s High Speed. It’s High Sensitivity. It’s iHS.
A revolutionary system of waterproof seals and gaskets keeps water out so you can take pictures as deep as 16 feet underwater.
Life can be tough, this camera is tougher. A rugged body and innovative shock-absorbing construction allows this camera to withstand a 5-foot drop, bump, or other mishap.
Boldly enter that winter wonderland without worrying about your camera. The TG-620 iHS is winterized to perform at below-freezing temperatures.
Don’t let a little wind and dust ruin your plans – or your camera! Take photos confidently in the driest conditions without worrying about destructive dirt and dust.
NEW 12 MEGAPIXEL BSI CMOS
An amazing 12 million pixels in the High-Sensitivity, High-Speed BSI CMOS sensor deliver unmatched image quality with less noise and improved image detail, especially in low-light situations.
5X WIDE-ANGLE OPTICAL ZOOM (28-140MM EQUIVALENT)
A 5x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom Lens captures even more of your subject into each shot. The inter-folded lens does not protrude from the camera so it is further protected from harsh conditions.
NEW 10X SUPER-RESOLUTION ZOOM
Get twice as close. Double your optical zoom power and get even closer to your subjects without compromising image quality.
3.0-INCH HIGH RESOLUTION LCD SCREEN
This huge 3″ LCD features an extra-wide viewing angle and anti-glare technology for easier composing and shooting even in direct, bright sunlight.
1080P FULL HD VIDEO WITH HDMI OUTPUT & HDMI CONTROL
A simple, one-touch button allows you to record videos with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.
NEW BACKLIGHT HDR
Shooting into backlight typically results in washed out, overly bright images. Backlight HDR Adjustment takes a collage of images at various exposure levels and blends them into one, perfectly exposed image.
NEW 5 FPS HIGH-SPEED SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING AT 12MP
Shoot like a pro. With 5fps high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence at the touch of a button. Still afraid you’ll miss the moment? At 3MP, the frame rate increases to an astounding 60 shots per second. You’ll have so many great shots, you won’t be able to share just one.
NEW TRUEPIC™ VI IMAGE PROCESSOR
A TruePic VI Image Processor, first developed for professional SLRs, knows precisely how to deliver true-to-life color, the sharpest details, and less noise.
DUAL IMAGE STABILIZATION
Dual Image Stabilization combines Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds to capture crisp, clear images in any situation.
ENHANCED INTELLIGENT AUTO
Automatically identifies the scene you’re shooting—up to 30 different scene including Portrait, Landscape, Night + Portrait, Macro or Sports—and adjusts the settings for ideal results.
BEAUTY MODE WITH MAKE-UP
Look like a star! Let the camera soften shadows and smooth wrinkles and blemishes on your subject’s face with Beauty Mode. Or, digitally apply enhancements to your portraits like eyeshadow, whitening teeth and lifting cheek bones with Beauty Make-Up mode.
MAGIC ART FILTERS – STILL & HD VIDEO
Express your creativity with up to 12 special effects for your photos & HD Videos. Olympus’ Magic Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new and unexpected moods ranging from the exciting to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Dramatic, and Fragmented. (Effects may reduce image size.)
3D IMAGE CAPTURE
Discover the depth of 3D stills to bring your memories to life! From macro shots to landscapes, Olympus’ 3D technology shoots two pictures and combines them into one image for a dramatic effect when viewed on a 3D device.
It seems that the main cue points when it comes to the TG – 620 iHS is that it is available in more lively colors specifically white, green, pink, blue and the generic black. Another thing that makes the TG – 620 iHS diffrent from its closely related brother the TG – 820 iHS is that the latter has better waterproofing (10 meters for the TG – 820 to 5 meters for the TG – 620) and offers crush proofing as well which is not exactly a let down. The TG – 620 iHS does not offer crushproofing. The LCD screen of the TG – 820 is better as well though particularly for daylight shooting.
Overall the TG – 820 is basically a strip down version of the TG – 820 Olympus rugged camera. If crushing your camera is not something that will likely happen and you dont need that particular feature and if you are not planning any sea or pool diving deeper than 5 meters with the camera, also you are in to save a bit more cash for the purchase, the TG – 620 would be easy to recommend. It has all the tidbits that when it comes to imaging and video features and is on par with the 820 iHS model when it comes to that part. If that is more important to you and you like the colors as well, grab the TG – 620 instead.
Soon to come, Olympus TG – 820 iHS review and Olympus TG – 620 iHS reviews.