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Olympus TG-1: Tough Cams Want to Snap Beautiful Photos Too

By // May 9, 2012 // Posted in Camera & Lens, Gear & Equipment

The Olympus TG-1 is the company’s latest rugged camera, the successor to last year’s TG-810. And though the rugged aspects of these cameras may have hit an innovative plateau, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to image quality. That’s why Olympus packed a lens with an F2.0 aperture into this durable 12-megapixel beast.

Considering most rugged cams have aperture value that only goes as low as F3.5, the TG-1 will presumably offer sharper images and better low light performance than the competition. Olympus also went and also added a conversion ring mechanism for filters, for fisheye and telephoto shots.

And as expected, this cam has the standard array of rugged features: waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and crushproof to 220 pounds. Plus it comes replete with 4X optical zoom, GPS, Full HD video recording, a 60 frames per second recording mode, a 10 frames per second burst mode, all powered by the same image processor found in cameras such as Olympus’ OM-D. The Olympus TG-1 is expected to arrive in mid-July for around $400. [Olympus]

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Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin

Jacqueline Tobin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rangefinder magazine and the author of Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight From 20 Top Photographers (Amphoto Books, 2009); and The Luminous Portrait (Amphoto Books, 2012). The second-generation native New Yorker cherishes her Sunday mornings hunkered down with The New York Times, fresh bagels and a great cup of coffee.

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