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Olympus Tough TG-1 Digital Compact Camera Announced

Olympus Tough TG-1 Digital Compact Camera Announced - New Olympus TG-1 with f/2.0 super wide high-speed lens sets new benchmark in compact underwater photography.

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Olympus Tough TG-1 in Compact Cameras

Olympus TG-1-Side-1-(Large)

The TG-1 is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof camera that features an extra-wide f/2.0 aperture high-speed lens and new Olympus iHS technology (Intelligence, High Sensitivity and High Speed), GPS and e.compass, plus a colour-rich, high-contrast, anti-reflective 3-inch OLED display.

New waterproof fisheye and tele converter lenses can be used via an optional adapter and the three new shooting modes - Low Light, Super Sports and Super Macro – make recording movies and stills easier even in tricky conditions.

When you combine the TG-1's f/2.0 super-bright, high-speed lens with the TruePic VI image processor and 12 megapixel low-noise, high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, this lens makes it possible to shoot pictures that until now simply weren’t feasible with an all-weather ruggedised camera at this price.

The TG-1 also features the same FAST AF system technology found in Olympus’ PEN cameras, so in fast-action situations you have an excellent chance of getting your perfect Full HD movie or still.

The TG-1 is crushproof to a force of 100kg, waterproof to a depth of 12 metres, shockproof to a height of 2 metres and freezeproof to -10°C.


  • The Olympus Tough TG-1 comes in silver and costs £359.99 available from mid June 2012
  • The fisheye converter retails at £129.99
  • The tele converter  retails at £129.99
  • The converter adapter is available for £19.99
An additional housing will be available soon that will enable the TG-1 to be taken to a depth of 45m together with a powerful flash attachment to boost onboard illumination at depth.

Key features:


  • Crushproof to 100kg, waterproof to 12m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof to -10°C for worry-free use anytime anywhere
  • Sliding double lock mechanism and metal body for optimum protection of battery, card slots and ports
  • Hard glass lens barrier for extra-tough lens protection
  • Water-repellent and scratch resistant double seal technology
  • GPS & e.compass with unique three-sensor technology for orientation and key information at a glance
  • Improved TAP Control Mode for controlling the camera by tapping or tilting the body, ideal when wearing gloves
  • Built-in manometer for checking depth underwater
  • LED illuminator for lighting up underwater scenes or macro subjects

Image Quality

  • 4x wide optical zoom (35mm equiv: 25-100mm) for shooting flexibility
  • 12 Megapixel backlit CMOS sensor for high-resolution, superb-quality full-size movies, stills and prints
  • f/2.0-4.9 wide-aperture high-speed lens for dramatic shots with low depth of field or reduced blur in low light
  • Powerful TruePic VI image engine for faster recovery time and shutter release plus excellent image quality
  • iHS technologies for capturing exactly the shots you want irrespective of shooting conditions
  • Low Light Mode for sharper, more atmospheric shots in low light
  • Super Sports Mode for sharper sequential shots of fast-moving subjects
  • Super Macro Mode for stunning macros just 1cm from the lens
  • 1080p Full HD Movie with sound for capturing movies in the best image quality currently available in compact cameras
  • Multi-motion Movie IS for recording Full HD movies with reduced blur while walking
  • Dual Image Stabilisation for reducing blur with fast-moving shots
  • HDR Backlight Adjustment for ideal exposure when shooting against the light
  • Magic Filters for adding creative effects to HD movies and/or stills: Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Soft Focus, Fish Eye, Sparkle (photos only), Watercolour, Reflection, Miniature, Fragmented (photos only), Dramatic
  • Advanced Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking for easy setting and focussing
  • Face Detection and Advanced Shadow Adjustment Technology for capturing people’s faces just as you want them
  • Super-resolution Zoom for digitally extending the range of the optical zoom with virtually no loss of image quality
  • 3D photo shooting mode for striking stills
  • ISO 100 to 6400
  • Beauty Make-up Mode for hiding unwanted blemishes
  • Pet Detection Mode for automatically capturing dog’s or cat’s faces when they look at the camera
  • In-Camera Panorama for quick and easy panorama shots
  • Scene Mode for automatic settings that suit specific conditions, including Landscape, Night and i-Underwater Snapshot
Olympus TG-1-Back-(Large)

Storage & Sharing

  • 3.0 inch OLED (610,000 dots) display for improved playback and visibility during shooting with enhanced contrast, brightness and angle of view
  • SDHC and SDXC memory card compatible
  • Eye-Fi Card compatibility for automatic wireless uploading of images to a website or PC
  • Photo Surfing and [ib] software for browsing, organising and viewing images by person, place, location or event
  • HDMI technology for controlling your camera from one remote when it’s connected to HD equipment


  • Built-in flash
  • In-camera help guide
  • USB charging
For more information please visit the Olympus website.

Olympus Tough TG-1 Specifications

Max Aperturef/2 - f/4.9
35mm equivalent25mm - 100mm
Optical Zoom4x
Image Sensor
Pixels12Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)3968
Pixels (H)2976
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution610,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest1/4sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Spot
  • ESP Light Metering
ISO sensitivity100 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery
Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsLI-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

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
8 May 2012 9:22PM
Wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of these for some underwater shoots......

More in depth review please guys??......If you can get your hands on one.


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