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The Tough TG-1 is the latest rugged digital compact camera from Olympus which has a 4x optical zoom f/2 lens which can also be used with special fisheye and tele converters. The converters are both priced at £129.99 with the camera priced at £309.00.
The TG-1 has iHS Technology with modes including Low Light, Super Sports and Super Macro. There is also a 3D Photo Shooting Mode, Beauty Make-up Mode, Pet Detection Mode, In-Camera Panoramas, Magic Filters, HDR Backlight Adjustment, Advanced iAuto and AF Tracking, Face Detection and Advanced SAT (Shadow Adjustment Technology).
The camera is also armed with some handy extras including Super-resolution Zoom, GPS & Electronic Compass, Tap Control, Manometer and LED Illuminator. Videos can be recorded at full 1080p HD Movie with HDMI Control and Multi-motion Movie IS, there is also stereo sound.
- 12 Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
- 4x optical zoom f/2.0 lens (35mm equiv: 25-100mm)
- Dual Image Stabilisation
- 3.0 inch 610,000 dot OLED screen
- Waterproof to 12m
- Shockproof to 2m
- Crushproof to 100kg
- GPS & Electronic Compass
- 1080p Full HD Movie and HDMI Control
- ISO 100-6400
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- HDR Backlight Adjustment
- In-Camera Panorama
- TruePic VI image processor
- iHS Technology
- Low Light Mode
- Super Sports Mode
- Super Macro Mode
- Multi-motion Movie IS
- Magic Filter Movie and/or Stills
- HDR Backlight Adjustment
- Advanced iAuto and AF Tracking
- Face Detection and Advanced SAT
- Super-resolution Zoom
- 3D Photo Shooting Mode
- Beauty Make-up Mode
- Pet Detection Mode
- Tap Control
- LED Illuminator
For those who have used recent Olympus compact cameras the menu system will feel very familiar, for those who haven't they are easy to get used to. The basic settings which can be adjusted in each mode are displayed down the right hand side of the screen and the d-pad is used to cycle through them. The 3 inch OLED screen is crisp and bright, even in low light conditions.
The battery doesn't have a CIPA rating, we were able to do all our testing on one charge (over 200 shots), although we did leave the GPS switched on after, which flattened the battery completely. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.
|Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.175 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.175 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||0.75 secs|
|Shot to Shot (without flash)||0.9 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.1 secs|
|Sequential Shooting||4.7 fps|
|High-speed 1||17.5 fps|
|High-speed 2||62 fps|
Sequential shooting records at full 12 megapixel resolution, with high-speed 1 and 2 limited to a maximum of 3 megapixels.
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Olympus Tough TG-1 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/3.8 | 11.8 mm | ISO 400
Landscape | 1/160 sec | f/8.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Drive | 1/500 sec | f/2.8 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Pet Mode - Dog | 1/400 sec | f/4.2 | 13.5 mm | ISO 1600
Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with really good colour reproduction. Portraits have good skin tones and are free of red-eye. Landscapes have excellent blues and greens. Pet mode automatically takes a picture when your pets face is detected.
Olympus Tough TG-1 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/125 sec | f/8.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/6.3 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Zoom | 1/320 sec | f/4.9 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
Super Macro | 1/10 sec | f/4.2 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - The lens doesn't protrude from the camera body, so is extremely small, this commonly is at the expensive of image quality. Detail is fairly good in the centre of the images but are much softer in the corners and there is evidence of purple fringing in contrasting areas. The lens can focus as close as 1cm which allows you to get close enough to take a good macro shot.
Olympus Tough TG-1 ISO test images
ISO100 | 1/13 sec | f/4.2 | 13.5 mm | ISO 100
ISO200 | 1/25 sec | f/4.2 | 13.5 mm
ISO400 | 1/50 sec | f/4.2 | 13.5 mm
ISO800 | 1/100 sec | f/4.2 | 13.5 mm
ISO1600 | 1/200 sec | f/4.2 | 13.5 mm
ISO3200 | 1/250 sec | f/5.6 | 13.5 mm
ISO6400 | 1/500 sec | f/5.6 | 13.5 mm
ISO Noise Performance - There is no noise at ISO 100, with a small amount appearing at ISO 200 and again at ISO 400. Noise at ISO 800 causes the image to become softer and a little more softer at ISO 1600. ISO 3200 sees quite a loss of detail which black dots appearing, which gets even worse at ISO 6400.
Olympus Tough TG-1 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/2.9 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/2.9 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/2.9 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/2.9 | 7.9 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lighting the AWB preset takes an image with a slight orange cast, with the incandescent preset taking the better picture. The AWB preset performs really well under the fluorescent lights, with the fluorescent preset having a magenta cast.
Olympus Tough TG-1 Scene modes
Super Sport | 1/800 sec | f/4.9 | 18.0 mm | ISO 200
Documents | 1/60 sec | f/4.2 | 13.5 mm | ISO 1600
Low Light | 1/30 sec | f/2.0 | 4.5 mm | ISO 1000
Underwater | 1/40 sec | f/3.2 | 5.1 mm | ISO 800
Above are a number of images taken using a number of the scene modes available on the TG-1. We tried taking panoramas but there some stitching issues, something which is disappointing.
Olympus Tough TG-1 Digital filters
Magic Filter Dramatic | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Drawing | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Fish Eye | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Fragmented | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Miniature | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Pin Hole | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Pop Art | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Punk | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Reflection | 1/40 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Soft Focus | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Sparkle | 1/30 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 800
Magic Filter Watercolor | 1/25 sec | f/4.7 | 16.5 mm | ISO 1000
Magic Filter Dramatic | 1/160 sec | f/9.0 | 5.1 mm | ISO 100
Magic Filter Miniature | 1/250 sec | f/6.3 | 18.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - As you'd expect to find on an Olympus compact camera, there are twelve magic filters available to help you take unique and creative pictures, examples of each are above.
Video - Below is a video shot at full 1080p with use of the optical zoom during recording included. Stabilisation is also available when shooting videos.
Value For MoneyThe Olympus Tough TG-1 is one of the most expensive rugged cameras, available for £309.00, but is one of the most feature packed.
|Kodak Easyshare Sport C123||3m||-||-||£50.00|
|Nikon Coolpix S30||3m||0.8m||-||£84.99|
|Olympus Tough TG-320||3m||1.5m||-10°C||£119.00|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP50||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£129.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£149.00|
|Pentax Optio WG-1 / (GPS)||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£164.00 / (199.00)|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP150 GPS||10m||2m||-10°C||£189.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-620||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£199.00|
|Canon PowerShot D10||10m||1.2m||-10°C||£214.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-820||10m||2m||-10°C||£229.00|
|Nikon Coolpix AW100||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£229.99|
|Pentax Optio WG-2 / (GPS)||12m||1.5m||-10°C||£229.00 / (£269.00)|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||12m||2m||-10°C||£254.00|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4||12m||2m||-10°C||£299.00|
|Sony Cyber-shot TX20||5m||1.5m||-10°C||£299.00|
|Canon PowerShot D20||10m||1.5m||-10°C||£309.00|
|Olympus Tough TG-1||12m||2m||-10°C||£309.00|
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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|The Olympus Tough TG-1 is a feature-packed camera for photographer with a very active lifestyle.|
Olympus Tough TG-1 ProsExtremely rugged
GPS & Electronic Compass
Good amount of rubber grip
Bright f/2.0 lens
Solid, metal body
Images have excellent colour reproduction
Olympus Tough TG-1 ConsPanorama images don't stitch together very well
Zoom range is quite limited
Extra accessories are expensive
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Olympus Tough TG-1 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2 - f/4.9|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 100mm|
|CCD pixels||12Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||610,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||1/4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 6400|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||LI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery|
|CIPA Rating||No Data|
|Box Contents||LI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery, F-2AC AC Adapter, CB-USB6 USB Cable, CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable, Hand Strap, World Wide Warranty Card, Image Management Software|