I love having a waterproof camera; it’s great to be able to take it to the beach, or anywhere for that matter, and not have to worry about protecting it for the elements.
There is mounting pressure for point-and-shoot cameras to up their game; this is because our smartphone cameras are getting more powerful. Olympus have certainly done just that with this new offering; the TG-1 comes with f2.0 lens which will perform great in low light situations, perfect for underwater photos and movies.
The Tough TG-1 is the first rugged waterproof camera to offer this bright lens. The camera will come with a new 1/2.3-inch 12MP backlit CMOS sensor, Olympus state this will provide DSLR-like image quality. We look forward to testing just how close to ‘DSLR-Like’ in the summertime.
The TG-1 uses TruPic VI image processing, also known as iHS technology. It will be excellent for sports shots, with up to 10 frames per second at full resolution continuous burst mode. This camera has a 4X optical zoom and 8X digital zoom.
Videos will be great quality; the TG-1 comes with 1080p full HD (1920×1080 pixels). It will be compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC cards and has both USB and HDMI ports.
The camera also comes with built-in GPS which provides geo-tagging, and e.compass function for route tracking, these features are compatible with Google earth and Picasa.
My old tough camera can go down 33 feet; this new Tough TG-1 will be capable of withstanding the pressure up to 40 feet. It will also be shock / drop proof up to a height of 6.6 feet. This tough little fella will also be crush proof up to 100kg.
I’ve used my old Olympus Tough on many snowboard holidays and it works perfectly in cold conditions, they state down to 14°F (-10°C), I’ve used mine at -24°C in the past.
My old Olympus Tough has a LCD display which does the job; but it’s not the most impressive screen. This new puppy comes with an OLED display with (610K dots); the dots have been reduced from the previous LCD model; however I’m betting this screen is going to preform really well; Olympus say it’s now easier to see the screen clearly in direct sunlight.
The TG-1 iHS comes with a brand-new LI-90 Li-Ion battery, allowing for around 220 images to be shot between charges.
There will also be two lens expandability options; the first will be a Fisheye converter lens, and a Teleconverter lens. The Fisheye lens will allow you to capture panoramic and wide-angle shots without affecting the brightness.
The Teleconverter lens will extend your optical zoom from the standard 4X to 6.8X. Both lenses are waterproof up to 40 feet.If you’re a diver and want to go a bit deeper, there will be housing (Olympus PT-053 underwater housing) available which will enable you to dive in depths of up to 135 feet.