Best Waterproof Camera reviewers found another underwater digital camera that bears mentioning here on the blog. Speaking of tough cameras, the Olympus TG-1iHS Waterproof camera may be one of the best rugged cameras to date. This camera has some impressive specs. For example, it is being touted as being waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet, crushproof to 220 pounds, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and dustproof. Some of these specs are the same as other top shelf waterproof digital cameras or better.
Rain, extreme cold, mud, sand, and accidental drops even in the harshest of environments are not something adventure photography enthusiasts want to concern themselves about. With that being said, it seems as though Olympus answered the call for adventurists to be able to capture that perfect shot without having to worry about the well-being of their camera. Tried and true Olympus original Tough technology meets high image quality, making the TG-1 an indispensable companion on outdoor rigorous activities where you want to capture all the action.
Not only is the TG-1 tough, but it also has an amazing high-speed f2.0, 4x optical zoom lens, is full HD, has a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor (back illuminated), a TruePic VI image processor, a GPS, electronic compass, HDR mode, dual image stabilization, a 3-inch organic EL monitor, extra lenses, and much more. Wow, what a camera. But, can it really live up to the excitement and hype of its existence?
Technical Details of the Olympus TG-1iHS Waterproof Digital Camera
- 12 Megapixel BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS Sensor
- 3.0-Inch screen and 610k OLED
- Full HD 1980P Video with HDMI
- Multi-Motion Movie IS
- Waterproof (12m/40 ft for up to one hour), Shockproof (2m/6.6 ft) and Freezeproof (-10°C/14°F)
- Crushproof 220 pounds and dustproof
- 8x Super-Resolution Zoom
- F2.0 Hi-Speed Lens
- 4x Optical Zoom
- iHS Technology
- GPS & eCompass
- Internal memory 7.9MB
- Rechargeable battery
- Removable Media Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC
- Built-in 3D Capture
- Weight: 8.1 ounces
- Dimensions: 4.4×2.6×1.1 inches
Feature Details of the Olympus TG-1iHS
3.0″ OLED Monitor
This 3.0-inch high-resolution OLED display (610K dots) provides excellent visibility outdoors enabling users to compose the perfect shot even in direct sunlight. Several protective coatings help to prevent scratches and cut down on reflective glare from bright lights and sun.
High Speed, Ultra Bright F2.0 Lens
The TG-1 iHS is the world’s first rugged camera on the market to include an ultra-bright, high-speed f2.0 lens so you can capture scenes that were previously “impossible” with a point & shoot. This new lens strengthens the camera’s shooting capabilities making high-quality images and blazing fast shutter speeds possible even when a flash cannot be used or when shooting fast action or in low light.
A high-sensitivity, high-speed 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combines with a blazing fast, DSLR-quality TruePic VI image processor resulting in high-speed autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition, and 2x Super-Resolution Zoom to produce jaw-dropping images in locations that make even the most seasoned photographers cringe. This family of technologies conquers challenging shooting conditions with improved light condensing efficiency, less noise and quick response time – twice as fast as traditional cameras – for definitively unmatched image quality.
Designed specifically to keep up with life-on-the-go photography, the new Super Sport Mode combines high-speed autofocus with extra fast shutter speeds – up to 1/2000 – to freeze the action. Conveniently located on the dial, this mode captures 5 shots in a high-speed burst to ensure crisp shots of even the most extreme action sport settings.
Low Light Mode
Low Light Mode is perfect for capturing the mood of low-light indoor scenes, beautiful sunsets, or late night outdoor festivities without ruining the ambience with a bright flash. Forget about subject blurring or camera shake ruining the shot – Low Light Mode has you covered.
Full HD Video With HDMI Output & Control
With the TG-1 iHS, you can shoot 1080p Full HD videos (1920×1080 pixels) at 60 frames per second at the touch of button, allowing for slow-motion playback. Thanks to iHS Technology, your videos will get the VIP treatment with excellent color reproduction and faster processing speeds, while Multi-Motion IS compensates for user movement creating smoother videos. Linear PCM Recording, an audio technology pioneered by Olympus for professional voice recorders, records your videos with high-definition audio for optimal playback results. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.
High Speed Sequential Shooting
With 10fps high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence of images at the touch of a button. Even at 3MP, the frame rate increases to an astounding 60 shots per second.
Enhanced iAuto (Intelligent Auto)
In iAuto mode, the camera automatically detects the subject, lighting and situation to identify the scene you’re shooting – up to 30 different scenes including Night, Sport, Beach and Snow, Underwater Snapshot and Backlight HDR – and adjusts the settings for ideal results.
GPS & eCompass
With the GPS and e.compass functions on the TG-1 iHS, location and landmark information will be displayed and recorded along with the image. The TG-1 iHS is also equipped with a logging function so you can track the route taken from recorded images by using applications such as Google Earth and Picasa.
Mark your spot on the map with the built-in manometer. Records elevation & water depth and even displays a warning when the user approaches a depth of 40ft.
Automatic Underwater Balance
The Olympus TG-1 iHS boasts 4 different underwater scene modes — Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2 and Underwater Macro — each carefully calibrated to allow for optimal color balance, exposure and flash so you automatically get the best results. Beautiful underwater photos made simpler.
An LED Illuminator is like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting – great for underwater close-ups where light is scarce. The LED illuminator also works in conjunction with the flash to help illuminate your subject in low-light conditions.
Magic Art Filters
Express your creativity with 12 different special effects for your photos and HD videos. Olympus’ Magic Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new and unexpected moods ranging from the excited to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fisheye, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Dramatic and Fragmented. (Some effects apply only to still photos. Effects may reduce image size.)
Water-repellant Lens Coating
Never worry about water droplets obstructing your images thanks to the water-repellent lens coating that prevents water from remaining on the lens surface. And because it’s applied to the OLED monitor as well, users can compose shots while in the rain or while riding the waves.
Double Lock Durability
The TG-1iHS is equipped with a multi-directional, double-lock mechanism on the battery door designed to protect the inner compartments of the camera. This added feature protects the camera from accidental openings under water. It would be disappointing if the camera failed because the battery door accidentally came open.
- Camera looks great and feels sturdy
- Buttons well placed and easy to use
- Screen is big and can be seen from almost any viewing angle
- Camera supports add on lenses
- Fast and took better photos in low light than the CoolPix
- Sports button allows five quick photos at full resolution
- Very good photo and video quality
- Lens is centered on the camera; which makes it less difficult for your fingers to end up in your shots
- TG-1iHS has something no other model currently offers: a bright f2.0 maximum aperture
- No lens cover
- No camera case
- Some minor design issues: stereo microphone, located on the left side of the camera on top, making it easily covered with a finger when holding the camera
- Close facing of camera controls
- Proprietary charging cable
- GPS control is buried deep in the menu system, wouldn’t be so bad but it continues to track users movement when you turn the camera off
What are customers saying about the Olympus TG-1iHS Waterproof Camera:
Customer E. Slay states, “Finally a rugged/waterproof camera with no compromises! At long last I have what I consider to be the *PERFECT* rugged camera. The camera looks great and feels sturdy. It’s not oversized like the Canon, and not hollow-feeling like the Nikon. It just feels like a well-built machine. The battery case and charger ports are protected with doors that have TWO locks on them. The picture quality is fantastic. I have finally found what I’ve been looking for in a waterproof camera. Something I don’t have to baby that takes GREAT pictures without any of the sacrifices typically associated with “rugged” point-and-shoot cameras. I wholeheartedly recommend this camera with no reservations.” Review paraphrased. Click here to read the entire review.
Customer M. Bawa stated, “Great Outdoor, indoor, underwater camera. Scene selection is excellent; tap function is very functional, GPS works great. Pictures come out very sharp super clear. Cons, no Lens or camera cover, the microphones are blocked when holding the camera.” Review paraphrased. Click here to read entire review.
What’s In The Box
- Olympus TG-1iHS Waterproof Digital Camera
- AC Charger
- Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (Li-90B)
- USB Cable
- A/V Cable
- Wrist Strap
- Instruction Manual and Quick Start Guide
- ib Software CDs
Best Waterproof Camera reviewers found the Olympus TG-1iHS to be every bit of what the manufacturer intended it to be for adventure enthusiasts and capturing exciting memories. It appears the biggest selling point for this camera is the bright f2.0 maximum aperture. This is important because in many of the waterproof digital cameras one of the chief complaints is that image quality suffers in low light situations. This is not true with the TG-1iHS. Check out images from the TG-1 here. They are awesome because the colors are true to life and very detailed. This is all because of the new Olympus camera aperture.
The Olympus TG-1iHS is a new camera and a bit pricey. However, the fact remains that the reviews for it are always positive for the video recordings and photo image quality. The video recordings do not standout, but rival those of most point and shoot cameras. It’s the photographs that sell this camera and also the speed in which several photos can be taken at one time. Also, let’s not forget the “tough specs” waterproof, dustproof, crushproof and freezeproof that makes the TG-1iHS a serious contender for the best waterproof camera.
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