On May 8 2012, Olympus announced its top of the line rugged, waterproof camera
with the new Olympus TG-1 iHS. This model is can support waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet, Freezeproof to 14°F and Crushproof to a weight of 220 pounds. This is the toughest Tough model to date from Olympus and it's an exceptionally high-speed performer with faster start-up time and quicker refresh rates. Olympus claimed it is the world's first high-speed bright f2.0 lens on a Tough camera with converter-lens compatibility.
The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS features a wide f/2.0 lens (f/4.9 at the telephoto end) , a 3.0-inch 610k-dot OLED display, a 12 Megapixels BSI CMOS sensor, TruePic VI image processor, native ISO range from 100 to 6400, and 1080p HD video. It supports burst mode up to 10 frames per second at full resolution and a 3 Megapixels 60 fps makes slow-motion capture. A converter ring allows addition of a lens converter adapter, waterproof Fisheye Converter Lens and Teleconverter Lens for use on land or in water. The Fisheye Converter Lens captures panoramic, wide-angle shots and the Teleconverter Lens extends the optical zoom from 4x to 6.8x for dramatic close-ups with professional-looking background blur. The Olympus TG-1 iHS is available $399.99. Here's the summary of review by Pocket-lint, giving the camera a rating of 3 out of 5:
"Waterproof cameras have to protect their precious innards, so protruding lenses aren't commonplace in any standalone models. This means the optics have to make best use of a confined space, but this is at the expense of image quality. For example, the TG-1's 25mm wide-angle setting is fine, but edge softness is apparent as are purple fringes from scenes with backlighting. The TG-1's 12-megapixel sensor can capture images from ISO 100-6400, but quality takes a dive from the mid-ISO settings. ISO 100 can capture acceptable images, but the aforementioned lens protector window must be absolutely clean and clear to avoid light-bouncing flare and inconsistent sharpness. Processing is rather crude, and fine detail areas often lack finesse. We struggled to get the camera to shoot upwards of ISO 800 (when set to auto) even in the darkest of conditions, though even at this setting colour is far more muted and detail lacks compared to the lower ISO shots. So while the camera will do just fine to capture images for online or small-scale use, its optical partnering and overprocessing make it nothing to write home about. Beyond standard stills there's a 1080p movie mode, 23 scene options and a batch of "magic filters" to spice up shots - whether pop art, pinhole, miniature or one of a handful of other settings. However, "P" (programme) is the most control a user has available to them, which can be rather limiting, particularly for more demanding users.
The Olympus Tough TG-1 does sell itself on the usual waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof features, but it comes up a little short as a standalone camera. The f/2.0 lens may sound great but the lack of aperture priority or manual control detracts from its use. Zoom performance is also slow, and while autofocus is quick it's often inaccurate, while image quality is nothing to write home about. Then there's the £300 price tag. Add the adapter and fisheye converter and you'll need to add another £150 to the bill. It's not a cheap option and there's not a whole lot here that sells itself above and beyond the cheaper models out there. We had high expectations from this flagship model, but instead we're flying the flag half-mast with an extra half star for its specialist users that will find some good from this camera."
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Olympus TG-1 Camera Reviews Roundup
|Photography BLOG - Mar 27 2013|
"The Olympus Tough TG-1 is one of the most advanced "tough" cameras in the market. Its remarkable rugged credentials - waterproof to 12m, crushproof to 100kg, freezeproof to -10 °C and capable of withstanding drops from a height of 2m - are paired with a traditional design, down to the inclusion of a conventional mode dial, and an excellent 25-100..." More »
|Steve's Digicam - Oct 30 2012|
"Our outdoor sample images show that the camera does an excellent job of capturing a lifelike image. We see good exposure for the subject and realistic colors, however, outside of the subject we did see a noticeable amount of overexposure in lighter areas such as clouds. We also noticed aberrations (purple fringing) in high contrast areas of several of our o..." More »
|Trusted Reviews - Sep 19 2012|
"In terms of continuous shooting the TG-1 is well equipped with a maximum burst speed of 5fps at full resolution, which will doubtless prove handy for the TG-1's target audience of extreme sports fans looking to get the perfect 'air' shot. Better still, we also found that the camera was able to continue shooting well beyond the claimed 25 consecutive frames..." More »
|Digital Camera Review - Aug 22 2012|
"So far, the TG1 is more than standing up to the rugged test. A little snorkeling and a lot of dust haven't bothered the camera one bit. Underwater white balance will help you get the vibrant blues you might be expecting to see in ocean photography. The TG1 had no trouble under the water, though keeping up with a school of frantic fish was something of a cha..." More »
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Olympus TG-1 Camera Recent User Reviews
Love it, Danyel Rogers - Dec 16 2013
I love this camera and I'm a photographer. I didn't want to take my expensive SLR on vacation. I can't say enough about this camera. I purchased the add on fisheye lens and it never comes off the camera....
We've got a leaker, Bernard Deren "b.deren" - Dec 15 2013
Not recommended. Bought before vacations and it started fogging on the inside in no time. I never even had a chance to take it snorkeling because of the storm, just taking pictures in and around the pool. Amazon processed a refund without a problem. Great Amazon service on poor quality product from Olympus....
We did manage to take some cool pictures and even get to use it on a ..., L. J. Cabrera "Leo Amazonholic" - Dec 12 2013
Absolute and utter disaster, I did plenty of research and I must admit I am bit of fan of this brand. When I first got the product I was very, I mean VERY excited, since we were travelling to Cancun in few weeks. We did manage to take some cool pictures and even get to use it on a swimming pool. But after this short plunge the next day it had some moisture inside and pic...
Practical, easy to carry around and very reliable, pablochee - Nov 29 2013
Incredible image quality. I use it when I snorkel and free diving. my last images were of a dive with my family with whale sharks. I was only fishing and always carry this camera because its small, practical and has all the functions of a high definition camera in the small and waterproof ready tough case....
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