LCD and Viewfinder
Olympus TG-870 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
TG-870 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Nikon Coolpix P7000 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Olympus TG-870 can shoot continuously at max speed of 7.0 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately TG-870 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Olympus TG-870 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Olympus TG-870 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Olympus TG-870, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Olympus TG-870 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-870 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Olympus TG-870 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Thanks to the built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity feature, Olympus TG-870 lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our TG-870. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect TG-870 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Olympus TG-870 is powered by Li-50B battery which provides a shooting life of 300 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 253 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Ultracompact Cameras
Nikon L32 with its 320shots is the model with longest battery life among Ultracompact cameras. Check the comparison of Olympus TG-870 vs Nikon L32 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Olympus TG-870 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Olympus TG-870 is $279.99