Olympus TG-1 review

Tough compact with f/2.0 lens

Olympus TG-1
The new Olympus tough camera is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and freezeproof

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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

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.