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Olympus Tough TG-1 Hands-On Preview

We go hands-on with the new tough camera from Olympus, the premium TG-1 features optional fisheye and telephoto lens adapters.

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The Olympus Tough TG-1 is the first waterproof tough camera designed with an emphasis on premium image quality, with a bright f/2.0 wide angle 4x optical zoom lens, and 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, it is waterproof to 12 meters and shockproof to 2 meters. It also records full HD video, and can accept additional lens adapters that attach to the front of the camera, with Olympus offering a telephoto and fisheye adapters (shown below). The Olympus Tough TG-1 has an RRP of £359 and should be available shortly.

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Olympus Tough TG-1 ISO test images

Olympus Tough TG-1 Other sample images

Olympus Tough TG-1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

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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Photographs taken using the Olympus Tough TG-1

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Graham_Rainham Avatar
27 Jun 2012 2:01PM
I saw the new TG-1 last Thursday and was very impressed.

Having had a couple of mjus, as they were before they became "Toughs", as my "always with me" camera, I can attest to the ruggedness of them.

I will certianly be looking for a good excuse to upgrade from my mju1030SW, probably on the basis of the extra low light capability.
Just Jas Avatar
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21 26.4k 1 England
28 Jun 2012 12:32AM
Looks interesting. I don't need underwater capability (unless I accidently dunk it in the drink) but a tough, fully rain-proof digicam that can produce good pics tempts. Tongue

Imagine photographing a fish close up with the fish eye attachment! Smile

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