Olympus Tough TG-1 review

June 23, 2012

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Olympus Tough TG-1

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

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.

  • Video: 1080p full HD movie and HDMI control, multi-motion movie IS
  • Memory Card: SD and Eye-Fi card compatibility
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets, 1 custom
  • Output Size: 3968x2976 pixels
  • LCD: 7.6cm/3in, 610,000-dot OLED Dual Image Stabilisation
  • Sensor: 12-million-pixel backlit CMOS
  • Exposure Modes: Low light, super sports, super macro, in-camera panorama
  • Weight: 230g (including battery and memory card)
  • Lens: 4x wide optical zoom (25-100mm) f/2 high-speed lens
  • File Format: JPEG and QuickTime
  • Dimensions: 111.5 x 66.5 x 29.1mm
  • Metering System: ESP, spot
  • RRP: £359.99
  • ISO: 100-6400

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