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Rugged gadgets are very popular with users who travel a lot and sometimes a necessity for clumsy users. They are more durable as they are designed for harsh and extreme conditions. Olympus has come up with a new point-and-shoot camera called Stylus Tough TG 870 which can survive some of the most common mishaps that can damage a camera.

Showcased at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas, the new camera can survive a fall from upto 7 feet and withstand cold upto -10 degree Celsius. It is also dust-proof, can endure being submerged in water upto 50 ft deep, and won’t snap if a 100 kg object or person falls over it.

It is not scratch-proof but Olympus has designed an optional jacket to protect it from scratches.

The camera comes with a 3-inch flexible LCD screen, which is a rarity in rugged cameras. You can tilt the screen upwards upto 180 degrees so you can look down rather than sit down to take shots of objects closer to ground. It has been designed in such a way that the display won’t break if the camera falls.

The Stylus Tough TG 870 comes with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with 5X optical zoom and optical image stabilisation to minimise shakes. It can capture videos in full HD (1920x1080p) resolution at 60 fps (frames per second). It can also shoot at 120 fps but at lower resolution (854x480). It comes with in-built Wi-Fi and can be connected to an Android smartphone or an iPhone.

The Stylus Tough TG 870 is likely to be released for buyers from April in the US at $279.99. It will be available in gunmetal, metallic green and white. Its predecessor Olympus Tough TG 860 is available in India at 17,990.

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