LCD and Viewfinder
Olympus TG-820 iHS has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,030k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
TG-820 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-820 iHS can shoot continuously at max speed of 5 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec.
Unfortunately TG-820 iHS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Olympus TG-820 iHS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Olympus TG-820 iHS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Olympus TG-820 iHS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Olympus TG-820 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-820 iHS has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Olympus TG-820 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
You can connect TG-820 iHS to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Olympus TG-820 iHS is powered by LI-50B battery which provides a shooting life of 220 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 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 Waterproof Cameras
Olympus TG-4 with its 380shots is the model with longest battery life among Waterproof cameras. Check the comparison of Olympus TG-820 iHS vs Olympus TG-4 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Olympus TG-820 iHS Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Olympus TG-820 iHS is $249.99