Olympus Tough TG-1 HS Review

The Olympus Tough TG-1 HS camera is Olympus offering in the underwater camera segment. With stiff competition on all sides this camera boasts its own features and gimmicks that sets it apart from the competition. Olympus calls this particular digital camera segment the Tough Series because not only that they can perform underwater photo functions but survive just about anything else you can throw at it.

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Design and Usability     Image Quality and Performance     Video Capability     Features     Customer Reviews     Pros & Cons Final Thoughts

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Design and Usability


The camera looks and feels rugged all right and of course that is what this camera is all about.  Coming along with a TG-1 Tough Camera Waterproofrubberized grip for the right hand helps securing the camera firmly into your hands. The control dials are well laid out as well for ease of use.the lens is also located at the center which helps you get a good grip when taking photos on various extreme situations. With the usual proofing that comes along tough cameras, the Olympus Tough TG-1 HS has it all. The camera boasts a super sport mode that is very ideal for taking photos of the decisive moment or simply put it, be able to take photos of the underwater wildlife before they start fleeing at the sight of your presence. The camera has collection of scene modes that lets users be more creative in there photos.  What’s more is that the camera is capable of taking 60 frames per second at a 3 megapixel size setting to be able to capture just about anything. With build-in GPS and electronic compass, the camera can pretty much tag and log certain location points on where you took your photos  and have them up on Google earth. The camera also has a built in Altitude recorder and depth and sound alarm whenever you go deeper on your dive in relation to how deep the camera can handle.

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Image Quality and Performance


TG-1 Tough Camera BackWith a 12MP sensor at its heart with Backlit CMOS technology, the camera should perform well in well lighted conditions and be able to capture natural detail and color of objects.  The lens of the camera is very good as well coming in with an F2.0 lens which of course compliments the capabilities of the camera to shoot multiple frames per second. With a 8x zoom lens taking photos of underwater critters can be a whole lot fun an experience. With built in stabilization, users can have the assurance that there photos will not be blurry. In configuring the camera, a 3.0 high resolution OLED screen covers most of the backplate. The display is also excellent when previewing photos and videos.  When it comes to start up time, view the video at the review section HERE.

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Video Capability


The Olympus Tough TG-1 HS can take Full HD 1080p videos in MOV format at 60 frames per second. The image processor makes it possible to capture the most detail and color from the subjects you have in focus in you videos. Along with the image stabilization feature, one can be assured that the video wont be blurry.

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  • 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor with Full HD Video with HDMI, Multi-Motion Movie IS
  • Waterproof (12m/40 ft), Shockproof (2m/6.6 ft) and Freezeproof (-10°C/14°F)
  • 8x Super-Resolution Zoom and F2.0 Hi-Speed Lens and 4x Optical Zoom
  • iHS Technology
  • GPS & eCompass
  • Crushproof 220 lbf.
  • 3.0-Inch screen and 610k OLED
  • for other features click here

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Customer Reviews


I am so excited to be writing this review. At long last I have what I consider to be the *PERFECT* rugged camera.

First of all the beautiful oled screen is a joy to look at when composing the shot. Colors pop out the screen, everything looks tack sharp. The build quality is second to none, the ergonomics are pretty darn good. The picture quality is good for a point and shoot camera, however dont expect this to out perform image quality of the canon s100. I own the s100 and when you compare the quality canon has the edge on noise performance and sharpness. What i like about the olympus is the fact that it can go to places where my s100 cant.

I am a big fan of Olympus Cameras This is 5th olympus camera I have bot. I have the older film models still working. Now the TG-1 iHS PRO:
Scene selection is excellent, Magic filter is boon , Tap function is very functional , Wide angle photography ultimately made possible, eye-fi compatibility is great gift, GPS works great. Pictures come out very sharp super clear,
Some functions i have not used but will keep updating once i use them.

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Pros & Cons





  • OLED Screen
  • F2.0 Lens High speed lens, ensuring best image quality with less blur
  • burst shooting modes up to 60 frames per second at 3 megapixel
  • GPS enabled with Electronic compass
  • Rugged build with rubberized grips for a firm shooting grip
  • An array of filters to add style and fun into your photos





  • Expensive compared to its close rivals.

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Final Thoughts


The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS rugged camera is one of the best in the market to date. Offering a compelling blend of very useful features, most notably the features that provides the capability to shoot high speed videos and burst shooting. The F2.0 lens is more than a welcome addition being that the TG-1 IHS is the only one in the  market that sports such a gorgeous lens. The only fly in the ointment is the price which is a bit pricey for a compact rugged digital camera and in comparison to its competition. It is of course important though to take note that you’re getting some of the best camera features and specs on a rugged digital camera which is for us just about the only reason why you should not overlook the TG-1 iHS on your buying list.

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