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Olympus TG-1 iHS

Tough-style 12-megapixel waterproof digital camera with 4X optical zoom

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    With optional fisheye lens

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    With optional teleconverter lens

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by David Brown
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Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

The waterproof Olympus TG-1 iHS Tough compact digital camera

Take your camera for a dip

Wouldn't you like a camera tough enough to follow you everywhere? The Olympus TG-1 iHS is built for an active lifestyle that takes you far beyond the limits of ordinary digital cameras. Waterproof to depths of 40 feet, this rugged point-and-shoot is made for underwater shooting, whether it's snapshots of your kids in the pool or photos of fish while snorkeling in crystal blue waters. Need more light for that underwater close-up? The TG-1 has an LED illuminator to brighten up subjects below the surface. Four underwater shooting modes and a water-repellent lens
let you capture images as clear as if they were snapped on dry land.

Get great action shots

The tough TG-1 is not just for harsh conditions. Though protected against dust and dirt, cold temperatures and clumsy photographers, this camera has potent imaging power underneath its rugged exterior. The f/2.0 lens excels at shooting action shots, perfect for documenting your ski trip. Burst shooting lets you fire off 5 frames per second for a dazzling series of shots as your friend speeds by your vantage point. Record full 1080p HD video of your friend's wipeout, so you can play it in smooth slow motion back at the lodge. Even if you're on the mountain as the sun sets on those short winter days, the TG-1's bright lens ensures you can still capture fast action with enough light for detailed shots of your friends flying down the mountain.

The waterproof Olympus TG-1 iHS Tough compact digital camera

Add the optional Olympus TCON-T01 teleconverter
lens for increased zoom (adapter required).

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Track your adventures with on-board GPS

Want to keep track of all the various locales you've photographed? No problem. The TG-1's built-in GPS records location and landmark information with each photo you take, so you'll never be left wondering which lake you were swimming in when you took that great underwater shot. You can also record elevation levels and water depth, so you'll know exactly how high and how low you go. A warning notice alerts you when you're approaching depths of 40 feet, so you'll know to keep your camera from going too deep.

Expand your range with add-on lenses

As versatile as the TG-1 is, you can expand its capabilities even further. An optional adapter allows you to add Olympus's teleconverter or fisheye converter lenses, for more powerful zoom or more dramatic wide-angle shots. That's an impressive feature for any compact digital camera, especially a tough-style camera like this.

    Specifications:
    • 12-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
    • 3" OLED screen (610,000 dots)
    • 4X optical zoom (4X digital zoom)
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 25-100mm
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • waterproof to depths of 40 feet
    • f/2.0 lens for freezing fast action and low-light shooting
    • shockproof up to 6.6 feet
    • freezeproof to 14° F
    • crushproof for up to 220 lbs. of pressure
    • dustproof
    • built-in GPS records location and landmark information with photos
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
    • burst shooting mode fires off 5 frames per second for up to 25 shots at full resolution
    • 23 scene modes, including beauty mode for improved portraits and 4 underwater shooting modes
    • 12 Magic Art effects filters for unique stylized shots
    • expandable for use with optional lenses (lens adapter required)
    • sensor shift image stabilization minimizes blur from shaky hands
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface
    • micro HDMI output
    • includes lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
    • 4-9/16"W x 2-5/8"H x 1-3/16"D
    • weight (with battery): 8.1 oz.
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof Yes
    GPS-enabled Yes
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 25 - 100mm
    Optical Zoom 4x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Micro
    Memory
    Internal Memory Yes
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count 12
    Total Megapixels ---
    Image Stabilization Sensor Shift
    Highest Resolution 3968 x 2976
    HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080
    Dimensions
    Width (inches) 4-5/8
    Height (inches) 2-5/8
    Depth (inches) 1-1/4
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 8.1
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
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    What's in the box?

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    • Digital camera (gray)
    • LI-90B Lithium-Ion battery (3.6V/1270mAh)
    • F-2AC-1B AC adapter (5V/500mA)
    • Adjustable neck strap
    • 62" A/V cable (with proprietary connector on one end and composite video and mono audio RCA plugs on the other end)
    • 54" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on the other end)
    • Olympus Setup CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Warranty card
    • Maintaining Water Resistance booklet

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    Features
    Recording Images

    Displaying and Editing Images

    Supplied Software

    Features

    Rugged Design: The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is a rugged camera, designed for adventurous photographers. The camera uses a durable double-layer polycarbonate resin construction with a metal frame, and is built to the following standards:

    • Shockproof: designed to withstand a 6.6-foot fall, drop or other mishap (MIL-STD-810F standard)
    • Waterproof: innovative waterproof seals and gaskets allow you to take underwater movies and pictures in the pool, lake, or ocean, up to 40-foot depths for one hour (IEC Standard Publication 529 IPX8)
    • Dustproof: dustproof to an IEC standard 529 IP6X
    • Crushproof: can withstand up to 220 pounds of pressure
    • Freezeproof: camera can withstand temperature extremes down to 14° F (MIL-STD-810F standard)

    Optics: The TG-1 iHS is equipped with an ultra-bright F2.0-4.9 lens to let you capture shots in low light or situations when a flash cannot be used. The 4x optical zoom lens has a focal length of 4.5-18.0mm (equivalent to 25-100mm in 35mm photography). Combined with the 4x digital zoom, the total zoom capability is 16x. The lens has a water-repellent coating that keeps water from remaining on the lens surface and affecting your photos.

    Optional Teleconverters: The TG-1 can be used with two optional conversion lenses: the TCON-T01 Tele converter, and the FCON-T01 Fisheye converter. The 1.7x TCON-T01 converter extends the camera's optical zoom to nearly 7x for better closeup shots. The 0.74x FCON-T01 converter lets you take wide-angle panoramic shots while maintaining the brightness of the F2.0 lens. Both conversion lenses require the CLA-T01 adapter, which provides a screw-on thread for mounting the converters to the camera. (The camera's lens ring must first be removed before attaching the adapter ring.)

    OLED Monitor: The camera is equipped with a 3.0" high-resolution OLED monitor with approximately 610,000 dots. The monitor features several protective coatings to reduce glare and to prevent scratches. The TG-1 offers a 5-level monitor brightness adjustment in the menu, and lets you temporarily brighten the monitor by holding the OK button for 2 seconds. Like the lens, the monitor has a water-repellent coating so you can compose your shots in wet conditions.

    iHS: iHS technology is a combination of the high-sensitivity, high-speed 1/2.3" 12MP backlit CMOS sensor and the exceptionally fast TruePic VI image processor. The result is fast auto focusing, an enhanced iAuto shooting mode that recognizes multiple scenes and subjects, and 2x Super Resolution Zoom that lets you zoom in farther than the optical zoom without degrading the image.

    GPS: The TG-1 has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver, which can record location information onto your photos and movies. Using applications such as Google Earth or Picasa, you can view the location of your photos on a map. The logging function lets you track the route taken on your adventure.

    Recording Media: The Olympus Tough TG-1 digital camera records still images or movies onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory Cards. For test images, or when the memory card becomes full, you can shoot a small number of images onto the camera's internal memory. Still images are recorded in JPEG format. Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with sound.

    Dual Image Stabilization: The camera combines Sensor-shift Image Stabilization with Digital Image Stabilization, so you can capture sharp, blur-free images, even if your subject is moving.

    Focusing Range: The focus range for the normal shooting mode is 2' to infinity. In the macro mode, the range is 0.5' to infinity (wide) and 0.3' to infinity (tele). Super Macro mode allows you to take shots as close as 0.03' to 2'.

    White Balance: The Tough TG-1 offers the following White Balance presets: Auto, Sunny Day, Cloudy Day, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light, and Underwater. You can also set and store a custom white balance based on an actual scene.

    LED Illuminator: The camera has a built-in LED illuminator that can assist in Auto Focusing, or illuminate the scene in closeup situations. It can be turned on or off manually in the menu, or set to automatically illuminate when the shutter button is pressed halfway. The LED illuminator lights the area from 2.8" to 7.9" from the lens.

    Flash: The camera's built-in flash operates in the following modes:

    • Flash Auto: The flash fires automatically in low light or backlight conditions.
    • Red-eye Reduction Flash: This emits pre-flashes for red-eye reduction.
    • Fill-in Flash: The flash fires regardless of the available light.
    • Remote Control/Slave: The camera can be used to control a compatible Olympus Wireless RC Flash (Remote Control), or a commercially-available slave flash (Slave)
    • Flash Off: The flash does not fire.

    Self-Timer: You can take pictures of yourself using the 12-second built-in self timer. The 2-second self-timer also aids in preventing camera shake.

    Power Requirements: The Tough TG-1 operates on an LI-90B rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. An AC adapter (F-2AC-1B) is supplied to charge the LI-90B in the camera or operate the camera on AC power. The camera can take up to approximately 350 photos with fully charged battery. Charging time is approximately 4 hours. The camera can also charge while it is connected to a computer via USB.

    Note: The LI-90B battery can be inserted in either direction. You must make sure the contacts line up properly before inserting the battery.

    Recording Images

    Resolution: Several recording settings are available for still pictures and video, requiring varying amounts of memory:

    • Still Pictures:
      • Image Size: 12M--3968 x 2976, 8M--3264 x 2448, 5M--2560 x 1920, 3M--2048 x 1536, 2M--1600 x 1200, 1M--1280 x 960, VGA--640 x 480, 16:9L--3968 x 2232, 16:9S--1920 x 1080
      • Compression: Fine or Normal
      • Audio: With sound or Without Sound
    • Video:
      • Image Size: 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480
      • Audio: With sound or Without Sound

    Shooting Modes: The rear-mounted Mode Dial lets you choose between several shooting modes:

    • Program: The camera automatically sets shutter speed and aperture, but allows you to make changes to a wide range of other settings, such as exposure compensation, white balance, etc.
    • iAuto: The camera automatically selects the optimal shooting mode for the scene.
    • Low Light: For taking pictures under low light without a tripod.
    • Super Sport: For shooting fast moving objects, such as sports.
    • Scene: Lets you select from the following pre-programmed settings: Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Night Scene, Night+Portrait, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1 and 2, Underwater Macro, Pet Mode-Cat, Pet Mode-Dog, Snow, Panorama, 3D Photo, and Backlight HDR.
    • Magic: Lets you add special effects, such as Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Drawing, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Reflection, Miniature, Fragmented, and Dramatic.
    • C1/C2: These modes are for saving custom settings

    Sequential Shooting: The camera can take one frame at a time, or a sequence of pictures at a time by holding down the shutter button. Normal speed sequential shooting takes pictures at approximately 5 frames per second. When set to Hi 1 or Hi 2, the images are captured at approximately 15 fps and 60 fps, but the image size is set to 3M (2048 x 1536) or lower, and the sensitivity is set to ISO Auto. During sequential shooting, the focus, exposure, and white balance are fixed when the first frame is shot.

    Sensitivity: The higher the ISO value, the greater the camera's light sensitivity and better its ability to shoot in low light. The Tough TG-1 can automatically set the camera's sensitivity according to the conditions around the subject. To minimize blur caused by a moving subject or camera movement, the camera can automatically use a higher sensitivity (compared to Auto). Manual settings include ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400 equivalents.

    AF Mode: There are three AF (auto focus) modes for selecting the focusing area:

    • Face/iESP: the camera determines the subject, even when not in the center. If a face is detected, the camera focuses on the face when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
    • Spot AF: focus detection based on the subject within the AF target mark
    • AF Tracking: The camera tracks the subject's movement automatically to focus on it continuously.

    Panorama: Using the included software it is possible to connect images with overlapping edges together into a single panoramic image. You can select "Auto" or "Manual" Panorama, which allows you to put up to 3 images together, or "PC" for up to 10 images to be linked together on your computer using the supplied software.

    Exposure Compensation: In some situations, you may get better results by adjusting the exposure slightly using exposure compensation. You can adjust from -2.0 to + 2.0 EV in 1/3 stop increments.

    Still Image Audio Recording: When activated, the camera's built-in microphone can be set to record four seconds of audio after the shutter button is released and the picture is taken. In the playback menu, you can add up to 4 seconds of audio to still pictures.

    Displaying and Editing Images

    Image Playback: Once still images or movies have been captured, the camera gives you several options for playing them back:

    • Manual Playback: view images manually one-by-one
    • Slide Show: play still images back as a slide show. You can select to include all, or images from a single event, or in a specific collection created with PC software. You can choose from five types of background music and three types of transitions.
    • Photo Surfing: images are searched and related images are selected for playback as a group
    • Index View: For viewing multiple images at once, you can create an index display of 12 or 30 frames.

    Outputs: The Tough TG-1 is equipped with an HDMI Micro Connector (Type D) for connecting the camera to an HDMI-equipped HDTV. The output can be set to 1080i, 720p, or 480p. If the connected HDTV is compatible with HDMI Control, you can set the camera to be controlled by the TV's remote control. The camera also has a proprietary multi-function jack used as an audio/video output (with the supplied composite video/mono audio cable) or a USB port (with the supplied USB cable).

    Editing Pictures: If a picture you have taken turns out less-than-perfect, you can edit it using one of the following:

    • Image Size: You can save a high-resolution image as a separate image with a smaller size to use in e-mail attachments or other applications. You can choose 640 x 480 or 320 x 240.
    • Cropping: You can zoom in using the cropping frame, and create a new image.
    • Adding Sound: You can add up to 4 seconds of audio to an existing image using the built-in microphone.
    • Beauty Fix: The camera can make corrections to the subject's skin and/or eyes.
    • Shadow Adjust: You can brighten areas that are dark due to backlighting of other reasons
    • Redeye Fix: Red-eyes caused by flash shooting can be retouched.
    • Landmark: You can change the landmark information recorded on images when they were shot using the GPS Landmark function.
    • Rotate: You can rotate the image to the proper orientation.

    Erasing/Protecting Images: Unwanted images can be erased one at a time or all at once. You can protect important images to avoid accidentally erasing them. Once an image is protected, it cannot be erased during a single-frame erase or all-frame erase function. Protected images are erased when the memory is reformatted.

    PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

    Print Reservation: Applying Print Reservation (Print Order) to your pictures allows you to take the memory card to a DPOF-compatible photo lab for printing, or print them on a DPOF-compatible printer at home, without using a computer. DPOF is the Digital Print Order Format and allows you to add information to your picture files such as which pictures to print, the number of prints desired, add the date and time to each image, etc.

    Supplied Software

    Supplied Software: The Tough TG-1 comes with Olympus Viewer 2 and [ib] software on CD-ROM. The disc also includes a full Camera Instruction Manual. The software is compatible with the following Operating Systems:

    • Viewer 2:
      • Windows XP (SP2 or later)
      • Windows Vista
      • Windows 7
      • Mac OS X v10.4.11-v10.7
    • [ib]
      • Windows XP (SP2 or later)
      • Windows Vista
      • Windows 7

    Mass Storage Device: When the camera is used as a Mass Storage device, you can connect it to computers running the following operating systems:

    • Windows XP Home Edition/Professional (SP1 or later)
    • Windows Vista
    • Windows 7
    • Mac OS X v10.3 or later
     
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    Written By Gary, Kansas on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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    We bought this camera for a Caribbean trip. Overall it performed very well. I love the underwater pictures and movies it took. We had no problems with it. The HDR mode was nice and enhanced some pictures but changing modes is not something my wife is always comfortable with for getting the best shot. The auto mode worked reasonably well though.
    Pros:
    Great underwater performance and general point and shoot capabilities.
    Cons:
    The panoramic mode does not really work for anything relatively close in your field of vision (like a beach).
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    4 out of 5

    nice design

    Written By Karl, Vermont on Wednesday, January 09, 2013
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    I had a previous version of this camera which lasted almost ten years. The water seals appear to be vastly improved on this model even though it took ten years for the older model's seals to leak. The automatic features are great with many (probably seldom to be used) photo effects. Although image stabilization is almost a requirement now, it is worth noting that it does work great. I also like that you no longer have to take the battery out to recharge. This will surely extend the life of the seal on that port.
    Pros:
    Nice package for the active and uncoordinated. (like me)
    Cons:
    A bit on the heavy side for a camera of this size.
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