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Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Point-and-Shoot Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is a rugged point-and-shoot camera that is waterproof to 40' deep, shockproof for a fall from up to 6.6', freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof for a weight up to 220 lbs. It's a good choice for outdoorsy folks who encounter much dust, sand or water, or those who are simply hard on small cameras.

For an adventure-proof point-and-shoot, the TG-1 iHS is relatively fast and should do reasonably well in low-light conditions. Olympus offers an optional fisheye converter lens ($120) for better wide-angle shots and a teleconverter lens ($110) to extend the optical zoom from 4X to nearly 7X; both require an adapter ($20) that also works with any 40.5mm camera filter.


(Prices as of 11/19/2012)
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Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$45 Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack (replacement charger $40)
$310 Underwater housing (to dive deeper than 40')
$60-$12011-piece accessories kit (extended replacement battery, ac/dc travel charger, 32GB high speed SD mem


DimensionsHeight: 2.5"
Width: 3.9"
Depth: 1"
Weight8.1 oz.
ColorsBlack, silver
Included in BoxRechargeable lithium-ion battery, A/C adapter, owner's manual
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels12 MP
Sensor1/2.3" backlit CMOS
(Typical point-and-shoot: 1/2.3" sensor ratio. Larger sensors: 1/1.7")
Monitor3" high-resolution OLED display (610k dots)
Video1080p full HD video recording
FlashBuilt-in flash (auto, red-eye reduction, fill-in, off) with a range of 7.9"-11.5" wide angle, 1.6'-8.2' telephoto
Zoom4X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom
(Basic point-and-shoots: 3X-10X optical zoom. Superzoom: 10X-40X+)
Photographic ValuesFocal length: 4.3mm-21.5mm (film equivalent 24mm-120mm)
Aperture: f2.0-f4.9
Shutter speed: 1/4 second - 1/2000 second; night scene 4 seconds
ISO: 100- 3200
Manual SettingsNone
Continuous Shooting5 frames per second in high-speed burst mode
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; about 350 shots per charge
Other FeaturesGPS and e.compass functions for geo-tagging photos
Up to 30 different automatic scene modes (night, sport, beach, snow, etc.)
12 special filter effects (pop art, pin hole, soft focus, watercolor, etc.)
Several protective coatings on OLED display viewer
Double-lock battery door
2-second or 12-second self-timer delay
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

What People Are Saying:

Critics call the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS a top contender in the rugged point-and-shoot market, one that can slip into a pocket but still survive the knocks and spills of everyday life or exotic travel. User reviews are primarily positive, saying it is easy to use, fast and creates good images in good in low light conditions, although a few find the small dials hard to use and the zoom range somewhat limited.
  • CNET: "The TG-1 iHS has some minor design issues, such as a proprietary charging cable, that might turn some buyers off. The bottom line: The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS combines a bright lens, a high-sensitivity, high-speed sensor, and some nice extras to make it a top rugged compact camera."
  • "The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is the new leading "lifeproof" camera on the market (as of 9/2012). It's upgraded image processor, sensor, lens and abilities perform as well if not better than you will find anywhere else."
  • [The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is] just as durable as the hardiest adventure-ready cameras, but stuffed with the brightest lens we've seen in the class. The hope is that it'll be the first tough-cam with serious photographic chops. In practice, the TG-1 is the most versatile camera in its class. It isn't perfect, but most folks in the market for an adventure-ready shooter should take a look."