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

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Olympus Tough TG-1 review


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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.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Verdict
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