Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is a top-of-the-line, rugged, compact camera. It has many excellent and sought-after features including a bright lens and a high speed sensor. This camera also offers f2.0 maximum aperture, which will have many photographers flocking to try it out. This model of the Olympus Tough shows that designers were listening to former issues and have done a great job at addressing them, producing a wonderfully designed camera.

Advantages

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS has the fastest shooting performance in its class, which makes it perfect for clicking away at wildlife or capturing some great candids. The lens is also fast, and the camera comes with the capability to add on converter lenses for greater shooting options. It was also named “Tough” for a reason; it is freeze-, water-, shock-, dust-, and crush- proof.  It is the perfect travelling camera for those real-life adventures.

Disadvantages

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is overall a really good camera with very few flaws. The  few minor design issues are a proprietary charging cable and a GPS that may be difficult to turn off. Other than these minor flaws, there are not many negative things to say about this model.

Design

The TG-1 iHS l is one tough camera that can survive the elements. It is able to survive temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also be in water as deep as 40ft for up to an hour. It can handle up to 220 pounds of weight and can be dropped about seven feet without breaking. Although the camera has survived these tests, it doesn’t mean that it will survive your own personal tests. I wouldn’t purposefully put this camera through the ringer, but it is nice to know that it makes these claims if anything was to accidently happen. The introduction to the f2.0 lens is a big reason to upgrade or chose this model over other cameras out there. You lose light very quickly underwater, so having a large maximum aperture can increase the number of places you can have a photo shoot. You can also convert lenses for wider shots, or use the telephoto converter lens to extend the optical zoom from 4x to 6.8x. Both of these lenses can be used up to forty feet underwater. I also like the size of this camera. It is easy to grip even if your hands are wet. All the controls are too close together, though, so getting to know your buttons beforehand is a good idea.

Battery Life

The Olympus Tough Tg-1 iHS’s battery charges in the camera via USB through a proprietary multi-input jack requiring a special cable. Most other manufacturers have switched to Micro-USB, which is easier for charging one’s battery. Olympus also uses a new lithium battery that makes running the GPS better, but it continues to track your movement when you turn the camera off which can drain it quickly

Performance

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is a great performing model. It gives you lots of control with the Program mode including over the white balance, ISO, AF, exposure and metering. You can also create two custom profiles for frequently used settings. It also takes great photos for a rugged point and shoot camera. When at its lowest ISO settings it tends to seem a bit shadowy and pixelated when viewed at 100 percent. The results are best under ISO 400, unless you are doing a lot of enlarging or heavy cropping. The video quality is also great, especially for sharing online because it is similar to a high-end smartphone. This camera is also very fast and has strong burst shooting options. Olympus also includes 12 Magic Art filters like pin hole, watercolor, reflection and fragmented. Refection is a newer function which mirrors whatever is in the top half of the frame with the bottom. Fragmented is another new feature that allows you to split your picture into a group of smaller tiles. These new features allow you to experiment with your shots, giving them an entirely different effect than the original

Conclusion

Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is a very durable and solid camera. It has bold performance, takes great photos, provides high video quality and comes with many neat features.  It can also withstand the elements making it great for trips, underwater usage or any other adventures you might get up to.  That being said, if you are not big on adventure it also proves it toughness in every day situations by surviving falls, dunks, and the weight of being stepped on. It is a great camera for those who may be a bit clumsy, or who put their electronics through the ringer.

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Quick Specifications
ManufacturerOlympus
Part NumberTG-1 iHS
Resolution12 MP
Optical Sensor TypeBSI-CMOS
Image ProcessorTruePic VI
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