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

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Olympus Tough TG-1 review


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This image was taken using the camera’s super macro mode, enabling close focusing down to an impressive 1cm

Image quality is very good. Images are sharp and clean, although I feel that the camera applies too much compression, which can reduce the overall image quality even at the Fine setting. The super-resolution zoom produces good results, whereas the 16x zoom produces soft, mushy pixels.

HD movie capture is excellent, with three shooting modes: 1080p, 720p and VGA. Each generates smooth-playing video. The two macro settings produce great results and I really like the super macro with LED illumination. The camera has some difficulty with exposure – particularly when there’s plenty of white sky, which tends to be underexposed. The histogram and 3in OLED screen give sufficient information to allow the user to make any necessary compensation.

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