LCD and Viewfinder
Olympus TG-850 iHS has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 460k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
TG-850 iHS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Nikon Coolpix P7000 (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Olympus TG-850 iHS can shoot continuously at max speed of 7 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately TG-850 iHS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Olympus TG-850 iHS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Olympus TG-850 iHS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Olympus TG-850 iHS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p,30p fps and save in H.264 and Motion JPEG formats. Full HD resolution of Olympus TG-850 iHS will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
TG-850 iHS also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 fps for ultra slow motion videos. TG-850 iHS has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Olympus TG-850 iHS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon Coolpix P7000 or Olympus Stylus SH-1 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Thanks to the built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity feature, Olympus TG-850 iHS lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.
You can connect TG-850 iHS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Olympus TG-850 iHS is powered by LI-50B battery which provides a shooting life of 330 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 253 shots, Olympus TG-850 iHS has a good battery life for its class.
Battery Life Comparison in Waterproof Cameras
Olympus TG-4 with its 380shots is the model with longest battery life among Waterproof cameras. Check the comparison of Olympus TG-850 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Olympus TG-850 iHS Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Olympus TG-850 iHS is $249.99