Olympus TG-1 iHS Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom with 25mm f2.0 wide-angle
  • 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch 610,000 dot OLED screen
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • LED illuminator for macro photography
  • GPS tracker
  • Optional telephoto and fish-eye lens, waterproof housing
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-06-10
  • Final Grade: 89 B+

B+
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Olympus TG-1 iHS
12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor; 4x optical zoom with 25mm f2.0 wide-angle; 1080p HD video with stereo sound; Sensor-shift image stabilization; 3-inch 610,000 dot OLED screen; 10 fps continuous shooting; LED illuminator for macro photography; GPS tracker; Optional telephoto and fish-eye lens, waterproof housing; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The TG-1 iHS is the first waterproof camera that offers something to be excited about. Rather than focus solely on durability and neglect image quality as many underwater cameras do, the TG-1 offers a fast f2.0-4.9 4x lens that will make a real difference in underwater low-light conditions. This is such an obvious move that we're a little surprised nobody else has tried it till now. The camera is also tougher than most; the TG-1 is rated to be waterproof to 40 feet and drop-proof to 6.6. If that's not enough, Olympus will also be providing, at extra cost, an additional waterproof housing rated to 135 feet. These specifications, when paired with a backside-illuminated 12 megapixel sensor, autofocus borrowed from the PENs, LED illuminator for macro, OLED screen, and optional fisheye and telephoto conversion lenses, promise a new breed of tough. Reviews are glowing, noting very good image quality and excellent performance; this is the waterproof camera to get.

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