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01/07/2013

Olympus launches new Stylus Tough cameras at CES

TG-830_BLU_LEFTSkiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes this season might want to pay special attention to a couple new cameras launched by Olympus at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Two new models – the Stylus TG-830 iHS and the Styuls TG-630 iHS – made their debut in Las Vegas.

Obviously, these cameras are designed to take great shots with above-average 16-megapixel back-side illuminated CMOS sensors and their latest TruPic VI image processors.

But it's what's wrapping all that technology that makes these cameras stand out.

Both are able to withstand an array of abuse that the elements can throw their way whether you're carving down the slopes or hiking up a mountainside.

The TG-830 iHS can survive a tumble from 6.6-feet, or a dip 33 feet below the surface of water.

It can also handle the weight of an average adult – crushproof up to 220 lbs. Sorry Rob Ford – this camera isn't enough to support your weight.

And for those taking this camera with them to enjoy to the great Canadian outdoors – don't worry if you leave this outside with your snowboard on the porch overnight. Olympus says this camera can even shoot photos when the mercury dips down to -10 C.

High-speed video performance is said to be impressive on something this small – especially if you're capturing action and want to slow it down later. Record 240 fps in HVGA resolution, 120 fps in 720p HD or 60 fps 60i HD footage. A 5x optical zoom lens will help you narrow in on the action.

The TG-830 iHS is expected to sell for $279 in March. If you want to spend a little less and don't need your point-and-shoot camera to be as indestructible (though still hardy to the outdoors) then the TG-630 iHS is your next best bet, which is expected to cost just about $200.  

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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