Olympus TG-1 review

Tough compact with f/2.0 lens

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Compact, robust and burgeoning with features, the Olympus TG-1 has a lot to offer the adventurous photographer. Its fast f/2.0 lens is a real asset when it comes to low-light shooting, keeping shots sharp and noise-free when shooting under dim conditions – whether you're on dry land or underwater.

The camera's Tough credentials are certainly impressive, and offer a marked improvement over its predecessors – particularly with respect to the depth at which the model remains waterproof.

We liked

The Olympus TG-1's fast f/2.0 lens comes into its own when the lights go down, while the camera's robust body provides peace of mind when out in inclement conditions. Great colours, a good level of detail and accurately metered shots are also easily achievable.

We disliked

The GPS capabilities of this camera are useful. However, it really drains the battery if left to track when the camera's powered down. Options to turn this feature off are also initially difficult to locate in the menu system.

Final verdict

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No-nonsense styling and useful additions such as an AF-assist lamp and removable lens surround to enable the attachment of optional accessories add further to the Olympus TG-1's appeal, along with its easy-to-operate interface (including Tap Control) and the decent range of shooting modes on offer.

Olympus' Magic Art filters make it more than just a rugged camera for straightforward photography, offering additional scope to get creative with your shots. The range of filters on offer varies in their likelihood to have universal appeal, but we're particularly taken with the Pin Hole, Miniature and quirky Reflection options.

The Macro shooting capabilities of the Olympus TG-1 are also particularly noteworthy, with Olympus continuing to set the standard for close-up image capture with its compact cameras.

If you want a camera that you can rely on to take great shots under tricky conditions and put up with an unprecedented degree of punishment, the Olympus TG-1 is – in our opinion – one of the best in its class.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyTough
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameOlympus
DurabilityShock Proof, Freeze Proof, Crush Proof, Dust Proof, Scratch Proof
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG, MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)230 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution3968 x 2976
Display Screen TypeOLED
Height66.5 mm
Width111.5 mm
Depth29.1 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 18 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelTG-1
Product NameDigital Camera TG-1
Product LineTough
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberV104090SE000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

Even by the extremely high standards of Olympus' category-defining TOUGH range of cameras, the new TG-1 TOUGH flagship takes remarkable pictures - and boasts some remarkable features. First and foremost its superb, extra-wide aperture f2.0 high-speed lens that can capture excellent-quality images even in the permanent twilight found 12 metres underwater. Which is exactly where this camera is engineered to excel. The TG-1 is waterproof to 12m, shockproof to 2m, crushproof to 100kg and freezeproof to -10°C. For all-action risk-takers or reef-loving divers, it's peace of mind sealed in a stylish all-metal box. And what a box of high-tech innovations that is. For serious photographers, waterproof fisheye and tele converter lenses are available (via an optional adapter). There's Olympus' iHS (Intelligence, High Sensitivity and High Speed) technologies, plus a colour-rich, high-contrast, anti-reflective OLED display, GPS and e.compass and three new shooting modes: Low Light, Super Sports and Super Macro. It's an impressive package that puts rival compacts firmly in their place.

Package Contents
  • Digital Camera TG-1
  • LI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB6 USB Cable
  • CB-AVC3 Audio/Video cable
  • Hand Strap
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Instruction Manual
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty2 Year