Olympus Tough TG-1 review

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Vincent Oliver tests the compact Olympus Tough TG-1 that takes great pictures and can withstand hard use

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The TG-1 is Olympus's flagship Tough camera. It is shockproof to 2m, crushproof to 100kg, waterproof to 12m and freezeproof to -10°C, which means it can be used for mountaineering, snorkelling or even walking on glaciers. The 12-million-pixel camera features an all-metal body construction with hard glass lens cover and feels robust enough to withstand years of hard use.

The 4.5-18mm (25-100mm equivalent) wide zoom lens has a maximum aperture of f/2-4.9, with the 4x optical zoom lens ideal for most situations, although I would prefer a slightly longer focal length. However, the camera also incorporates a digital zoom that increases the range to 8x (super resolution zoom) or 16x, with the zoom indicator on the monitor displaying which magnification is in use.