Olympus TG-1 iHS Brief Review


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  • 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom with 25mm f2.0 wide-angle
  • 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3-inch 610,000 dot OLED screen
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • LED illuminator for macro photography
  • GPS tracker
  • Optional telephoto and fish-eye lens, waterproof housing
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-06-10
  • Final Grade: 89 4.45 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus TG-1 iHS
12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor; 4x optical zoom with 25mm f2.0 wide-angle; 1080p HD video with stereo sound; Sensor-shift image stabilization; 3-inch 610,000 dot OLED screen; 10 fps continuous shooting; LED illuminator for macro photography; GPS tracker; Optional telephoto and fish-eye lens, waterproof housing; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The TG-1 iHS is the first waterproof camera that offers something to be excited about. Rather than focus solely on durability and neglect image quality as many underwater cameras do, the TG-1 offers a fast f2.0-4.9 4x lens that will make a real difference in underwater low-light conditions. This is such an obvious move that we're a little surprised nobody else has tried it till now. The camera is also tougher than most; the TG-1 is rated to be waterproof to 40 feet and drop-proof to 6.6. If that's not enough, Olympus will also be providing, at extra cost, an additional waterproof housing rated to 135 feet. These specifications, when paired with a backside-illuminated 12 megapixel sensor, autofocus borrowed from the PENs, LED illuminator for macro, OLED screen, and optional fisheye and telephoto conversion lenses, promise a new breed of tough. Reviews are glowing, noting very good image quality and excellent performance; this is the waterproof camera to get.

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Olympus Reviews

Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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