Olympus Tough TG-1iHS Camera
Best Waterproof Camera reviewers found another underwater digital camera that bears mentioning here on the blog. Speaking of tough cameras, the Olympus Tough TG-1iHS Waterproof digital camera may be one of the best-rugged cameras to date. This camera has some impressive specs. For example, it is being touted as being waterproof to 40 feet. Shockproof to 6.6 feet, crushproof to 220 pounds, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and dustproof. Some of these specs are the same as other top-shelf waterproof digital cameras or better.
Rain, extreme cold, mud, sand, and accidental drops even in the harshest of environments. They are not something adventure photography enthusiasts want to concern themselves about.
It seems as though Olympus answered the call for adventurists to be able to capture that perfect shot without having to worry about the well-being of their camera.
Tried and true Olympus original Tough technology meets high image quality. Making the TG-1 an indispensable companion for outdoor rigorous activities where you want to capture all the action.
Not only is the TG-1 tough, but it also has an amazing high-speed f2.0, 4x optical zoom lens, full HD, and a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor. A TruePic VI image processor, a GPS, electronic compass, HDR mode, dual image stabilization, a 3-inch organic EL monitor, extra lenses, and much more. Wow, what a camera. But, can it live up to the excitement and hype of its existence?
12 Megapixel BSI with CMOS Sensor
3.0-Inch screen and 610k OLED
Full HD 1980P Video with HDMI
Multi-Motion Movie IS
Waterproof (12m/40ft for up to one hour), Shockproof (2m/6.6 ft) and Freezeproof (-10°C/14°F)
Crushproof 220 pounds and dustproof
8x Super-Resolution Zoom
F2.0 Hi-Speed Lens
4x Optical Zoom
GPS & eCompass
Internal memory 7.9MB
Removable Media Card – SD/SDHC/SDXC
Built-in 3D Capture
Weight – 8.1 ounces
Dimensions – 4.4×2.6×1.1 inches
What's in the box?
Olympus Tough TG-1iHS Waterproof Digital Camera includes AC Charger, Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (Li-90B), USB Cable, A/V Cable, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual and Quick Start Guide, and ib Software CDs.
3.0″ OLED Monitor
This 3.0-inch high-resolution OLED display (610K dots) provides excellent visibility outdoors enabling users to compose the perfect shot even in direct sunlight. Several protective coatings help to prevent scratches and cut down on reflective glare from bright lights and sun.
High Speed, Ultra Bright F2.0 Lens
The Olympus Tough TG-1iHS is the world’s first rugged camera on the market to include an ultra-bright, high-speed f2.0 lens so you can capture scenes that were previously “impossible” with a point & shoot. This new lens strengthens the camera’s shooting capabilities making high-quality images and blazing fast shutter speeds possible even when a flash cannot be used or when shooting fast action or in low light.
A high-sensitivity, high-speed 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combines with a blazing fast, DSLR-quality TruePic VI image processor resulting in high-speed autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition, and 2x Super-Resolution Zoom to produce jaw-dropping images in locations that make even the most seasoned photographers cringe.
This family of technologies conquers challenging shooting conditions with improved light condensing efficiency, less noise and quick response time – twice as fast as traditional cameras – for definitively unmatched image quality.
Designed specifically to keep up with life-on-the-go photography, the new Super Sport Mode combines high-speed autofocus with extra fast shutter speeds – up to 1/2000 – to freeze the action. Conveniently located on the dial, this mode captures 5 shots in a high-speed burst to ensure crisp shots of even the most extreme action sport settings.
Low Light Mode
Low Light Mode is perfect for capturing the mood of low-light indoor scenes, beautiful sunsets, or late night outdoor festivities without ruining the ambience with a bright flash. Forget about subject blurring or camera shake ruining the shot – Low Light Mode has you covered.
Full HD Video With HDMI Output & Control
With the Olympus Tough TG-1iHS, you can shoot 1080p Full HD videos (1920×1080 pixels) at 60 frames per second at the touch of button, allowing for slow-motion playback. Thanks to iHS Technology, your videos will get the VIP treatment with excellent color reproduction and faster processing speeds.
While Multi-Motion IS compensates for user movement creating smoother videos. Linear PCM Recording, an audio technology pioneered by Olympus for professional voice recorders, records your videos with high-definition audio for optimal playback results. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.
High Speed Sequential Shooting
With 10fps high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence of images at the touch of a button. Even at 3MP, the frame rate increases to an astounding 60 shots per second.
Enhanced iAuto (Intelligent Auto)
In iAuto mode, the camera automatically detects the subject, lighting and situation to identify the scene you’re shooting – up to 30 different scenes including Night, Sport, Beach and Snow, Underwater Snapshot and Backlight HDR – and adjusts the settings for ideal results.
GPS & eCompass
With the GPS and e.compass functions on the TG-1 iHS, location and landmark information will be displayed and recorded along with the image. The TG-1 iHS is also equipped with a logging function so you can track the route taken from recorded images by using applications such as Google Earth and Picasa.
Mark your spot on the map with the built-in manometer. Records elevation & water depth and even displays a warning when the user approaches a depth of 40ft.
Automatic Underwater Balance
The Olympus TG-1 iHS boasts 4 different underwater scene modes — Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2 and Underwater Macro — each carefully calibrated to allow for optimal color balance, exposure and flash so you automatically get the best results. Beautiful underwater photos made simpler.
An LED is like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting – great for underwater close-ups where light is scarce. The LED also works in conjunction with the flash to help to brighten your subject in low-light conditions.
Magic Art Filters
Express your creativity with 12 different special effects for your photos and HD videos. Olympus’ Magic Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new and unexpected moods ranging from the excited to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fisheye, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Dramatic and Fragmented. (Some effects apply only to still photos. Effects may reduce image size.)
Water-repellant Lens Coating
Never worry about water droplets obstructing your images thanks to the water-repellent lens coating that prevents water from remaining on the lens surface. And because it’s applied to the OLED monitor as well, users can compose shots while in the rain or while riding the waves.
Double Lock Durability
The TG-1iHS is equipped with a multi-directional, double-lock mechanism on the battery door designed to protect the inner compartments of the camera. This added feature protects the camera from accidental openings under water. It would be disappointing if the camera failed because the battery door accidentally came open.