Olympus Tough TG-1 Review

March 2, 2013
Olympus Tough TG-1
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
75
Photo Quality
4
Hardware
7
Usability
4
Versatility
8
Video Quality
8
Value
4

The Good

  • Toughest camera tested
  • Glare-resistant OLED screen
  • Rubberized grips make it easy to handle underwater
  • Supports additional lens attachments
  • Settings for almost every conceivable situation
  • Mode dial makes switching settings easy

The Bad

  • Slow focus in video mode
  • No battery level indicator
  • Slow zoom in camera mode
  • Photos were dim in snow mode
  • Coloring seemed a little off
THE VERDICT

The TG1 put up with a beating and looked almost new at the end of the test period. It sported a host of settings and features, images tended to have some color and brightness issues.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof 12-megapixel pocket camera with full HD video recording, GPS capabilities and lens expansion options

FULL REVIEW

Ease of Use
The wide range of options and settings make the camera difficult to use right out of the box, but spending some time with the manual eases new users into the various modes.  Dial makes it easy to swap settings with gloves on.

Features/Settings
23 scene modes (including cat and dog portrait) and a dozen still photo/video features make it easy to optimize the camera for whatever you’re doing. GPS feature records where photos are taken, and manometer records depth/elevation.

Image & Video
The images tended to come out a bit dim, and the colors seemed off. Video recording is clear, with excellent slow motion modes. It sports clear, steady video with stereo sound. However, the mic is located at the top of the camera, making it easy to block with a finger.

Durability
During the 2012 Men’s Health Urbanathlon in San Francisco, I dropped the TG-1 on concrete, slid it under parked cars, and dunked it in water. Double-locking access flaps made it all but impossible to jar the flaps open, and I stacked three 45-pound weights on it without any damage, save for a few scratches on the body and OLED screen.

Value
At $400, the camera is on the high end of average for tough cameras.

Specs
12.0 megapixels
3-inch OLED
Full HD video (1080p @30fps)
iHS Dual Image Stabilization
Built-in GPS
Waterproof to 40 feet
Shockproof up to 6.6 feet
Freezeproof to 14F
Crushproof to 220 LBF

 


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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$400.00
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