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Olympus TG-1 Digital Camera

12MP 4x May 2012
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Taking Tough To The Extreme Even by the extremely high standards of Olympus category-defining TOUGH range of cameras, the new TG-1 TOUGH flagship takes remarkable pictures and boasts some... More
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30 Reasons For

Good Quality Pictures

Several Olympus TG-1 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images.

Several Olympus TG-1 owners concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com said “Speedy continuous shooting” in their review. Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Excellent macro shooting”.

Good Brand

On average Olympus waterproof cameras have good ratings as do all digital cameras manufactured by Olympus.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few people who purchased the Olympus TG-1 thought it had a good screen. Techmagnifier.com said “Good OLED screen” but they only gave the product a score of 2 stars.

Robust

Three Olympus TG-1 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it was strong and durable. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Compact rugged”. Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Rugged build and specs”.

A few Olympus TG-1 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Techmagnifier.com said “Solid kvalitet” in their review of this digital camera.

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Nice Design

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good design. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “With excellent photography results and comfortable design” . Techmagnifier.com also mentioned “Nice build and finish, good design and handling, pleasant OLED screen”.

One Olympus TG-1 reviewer said in their reviews that the product was good looking. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com said “Elegant display” in their review but despite that they gave the product a score of 40 out of 100.

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Good Quality Lens

Several Olympus TG-1 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good lens. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Fast 2.0 lens”. Techmagnifier.com also said “2.0 lens useful when camera decides to utilise its potential”.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good zoom. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Optical zoom should have been better” in their review of the Olympus TG-1.

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Good Product Quality

Three Olympus TG-1 reviewers concluded that this digital camera was good quality. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com said in their review of this digital camera “Great all, round image quality”. Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Inaccurate focusing, protective lens window smudges easily and can diminish image quality, image quality nothing special, bulky design, limited battery life (could have a bigger battery in this large”.

Easy to Use

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to handle. One person mentioned that the Olympus TG-1 was comfortable and easy to hold.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed the Olympus TG-1 thought it had good features. Three years ago expert review site Techmagnifier.com said “The Olympus Tough TG-1 Digital Camera Review suggests that it is comes with really enhanced features” in their review of the Olympus TG-1 but despite that they gave it a score of 2 stars.

Good Connectivity

One person mentioned in their reviews that it had gps. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com said “GPS, converter adapter is fun” although they only gave the Olympus TG-1 a rating of 2 stars.

Good Video Capture

One Olympus TG-1 owner who purchased it considered that it was good for video recording. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “Sound in video mode could be better” in their review of the Olympus TG-1 but even so they rated it 2 stars.

Quite Large Screen Size

The screen sizes of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the TG-1 range from 1.8" to 3.3", and the average screen size is 2.8". With a screen size of 3 inches, the Olympus TG-1 has a fairly large screen size compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the TG-1.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

Unlike most of the other cameras of this spec and age which do not have a GPS, the Olympus TG-1 has a GPS.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the TG-1, the Olympus TG-1 has an image stabiliser.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the TG-1, the Olympus TG-1 supports Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the TG-1, the Olympus TG-1 has a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Olympus TG-1 is waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also are waterproof.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

At 16 times zoom factor, the Olympus TG-1 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the TG-1. Across all the waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the TG-1 the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x, and the average digital zoom is 5.9x.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly High JPEG Frame Rate

The average JPEG frame rate of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the TG-1 is 41fps. At 60 frames per second, the Olympus TG-1 has a quite high JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Cameras of a similar spec and age to the TG-1 have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 0.7m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.15m. The Olympus TG-1 has a quite small closest focusing distance (only 0.01 meters) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Olympus TG-1 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras of this type and age. The white balance modes "Fluorescent H", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this Olympus camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Olympus TG-1 has a greater number of audio formats than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Olympus camera supports a PCM audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the TG-1.

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OLED Display

The Olympus TG-1 has a better display than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera has an OLED display, whereas most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have an LCD display. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

An OLED display is actually the best display across all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-1.

An LCD display is the worst display across comparable types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Olympus TG-1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of a similar age and spec to the TG-1. In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the TG-1.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Two Power Sources

The number of power sources supported by the Olympus TG-1 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by digital cameras of this age and spec. The power source "DC" is also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

The minimum apertures of cameras of this age and type range from 2 to 8.5, and the average minimum aperture is 3.4. With a minimum aperture of only 2, the Olympus TG-1 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-1.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The Olympus TG-1 has a very short minimum focal length (only 4.5 millimeters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years. Across all the waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum focal lengths range from 4.5mm to 35mm, and the average minimum focal length is 26mm.

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17 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This Olympus digital camera received a rating of 40 out of 100 from digital camera expert review site techmagnifier.com. Experts don't rate this digital camera very highly.

Poor Battery Life

Some Olympus TG-1 reviewers thought the product did not have a good battery life. Techmagnifier.com mentioned “In, camera battery charging can be inconvenient”.

Not Good in Terms of Size

Some Olympus TG-1 owners reckoned that the Olympus TG-1 was not heavy and bulky. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com said “A bit chunky to handle and quite heavy” in their Olympus TG-1 review.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Olympus TG-1 does not support video recording. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the TG-1 also do not support video recording.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the TG-1, the Olympus TG-1 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Olympus TG-1 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the TG-1 are also not 3D compatible.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of cameras of this spec and age range from 5MP to 23MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP. The Olympus TG-1 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12 megapixels) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Heavy

The average weight of waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the TG-1 is 260g, and the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg. The Olympus TG-1 is one of the heavier digital cameras of this age and spec (230 grams) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of cameras of a similar age and spec to the TG-1 range from 4.7mm to 270mm. The Olympus TG-1 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (only 18 millimeters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Quite Small Internal Memory

When compared to other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the TG-1 that we have assessed the internal memory of, the Olympus TG-1's internal memory of only 7.9 megabytes is one of the smallest. Across all the digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the internal memory range from 7.9MB to 700MB, and the average internal memory is 86MB.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The Olympus TG-1 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras of a comparable type and age to the TG-1. The flash modes "Fill-in" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Features Two Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Olympus TG-1 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-1. The auto focus "Spot Auto Focus" is also featured on this Olympus camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Olympus TG-1 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the TG-1. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "DPOF 1.1" are also supported by this Olympus camera.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Olympus TG-1 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution which is higher than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This camera also have still image resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 3968 x 2232. The still image resolution of all cameras that were released around the same time as the TG-1 ranges from 480 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

Cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-1 have total megapixel counts of between 5MP and 24MP, and the average total megapixel count is 15MP. The Olympus TG-1 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 12.7 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

At only 4.9, the Olympus TG-1 has a fairly big maximum aperture compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the TG-1. The maximum apertures of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.7 to 38.

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Only 3968 X 2976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus TG-1 has a higher image resolution than most similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a 3968 x 2976 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the TG-1 the image resolution ranges from 3264 x 2448 pixels (worst) to 4608 x 3456 pixels (best).

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4 Other reasons to consider the Olympus TG-1

Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the TG-1 over four years ago.

SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Maximum Waterproof Depth

With a maximum waterproof depth of 12 meters, the Olympus TG-1 has a fairly standard maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus TG-1 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to the TG-1.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Maximum Freezeproof Temperature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Other Features

Expert Reviews

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18 April 2013

The Olympus Tough TG-1 Digital Camera Review tells that this camera is an average one. You will find many other advanced cameras from other brands within this budget. However, this one is...

Lightweight
Elegant display
Compact rugged
Fast 2 maximum aperture
Good OLED screen
Video quality is not so impressive
Optical zoom should have been better
Inconsistent metering issues
Optical accessories prohibitively priced
Exposure issues, optical accessories prohibitively priced

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers olympus tg1, olympus tg1i, olympus tg1ih, olympus tg1ihs, olympus v104090su000
Barcodes 00050332182189, 04545350039479
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