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Olympus TG-1 Digital Camera

12MP 4x May 2012
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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28 Reasons For

Good Quality Pictures

Several people who bought the product agreed that it was able to produce good images.

Some people who bought the Olympus TG-1 wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Techmagnifier.com said three years ago “Speedy continuous shooting” in their Olympus TG-1 review however they scored the Olympus TG-1 2 stars. Techmagnifier.com also said “Excellent macro shooting”.

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Good Brand

Olympus waterproof cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Olympus is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Olympus TG-1 reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good screen. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com said “Good OLED screen” in their Olympus TG-1 review.

Robust

Three customers agreed that the product was strong and durable. Techmagnifier.com wrote “Compact rugged” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they gave the product a rating of 40 out of 100. Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Rugged build and specs”.

Several Olympus TG-1 owners agreed that the Olympus TG-1 was well made. Techmagnifier.com said in their review of the Olympus TG-1 “Solid kvalitet” but they rated the Olympus TG-1 2 stars.

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Nice Design

A few people who bought it considered that it was a good design. Techmagnifier.com said three years ago “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 who bought it reckoned that it was good looking. Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Elegant display”.

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Good Quality Lens

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

One Olympus TG-1 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it had a good zoom. Techmagnifier.com wrote in their Olympus TG-1 review “Optical zoom should have been better”.

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Good Product Quality

A few people who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Techmagnifier.com said three years ago “Great all, round image quality” yet they rated the product 40 out of 100. Techmagnifier.com also mentioned “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 Olympus TG-1 owner who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. One Olympus TG-1 reviewer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to handle.

Good Technical Features

One person who reviewed the product mentioned that it had good features. Expert website Techmagnifier.com wrote “The Olympus Tough TG-1 Digital Camera Review suggests that it is comes with really enhanced features” in their review of this digital camera yet they only rated this digital camera 40 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

One customer who purchased this digital camera thought it had gps. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com said in their review of the Olympus TG-1 “GPS, converter adapter is fun” however they rated this digital camera 40 out of 100.

Good Video Capture

One customer who purchased it thought it was good for video recording. Three years ago Techmagnifier.com wrote “Sound in video mode could be better” in their review however they gave it a rating of 2 stars.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-1 which do not support Full HD video, the Olympus TG-1 supports Full HD video.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of cameras of this spec and age is 1.8" and the largest is 7.7". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Olympus TG-1 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the TG-1.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

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

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Olympus TG-1 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Olympus TG-1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the TG-1 also have a built-in flash.

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Waterproof

The Olympus TG-1 is waterproof, as are most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the TG-1.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 16 times zoom factor, the Olympus TG-1 has a very big digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. Digital cameras of this spec and age have digital zooms of between 2x and 20x.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Fairly High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The motion JPEG frame rates of waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-1 range from 25fps to 240fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 48fps. At 60 frames per second, the Olympus TG-1 has a quite high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the TG-1 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.7m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.16m. The Olympus TG-1 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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OLED Display

The Olympus TG-1 has an OLED display which is better than most cameras of a similar type and age to it. Most digital cameras of this type and age 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.

This camera's display (OLED) is actually the best display across all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-1.

Across comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Olympus TG-1 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Olympus digital camera). 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the TG-1.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital 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 the most commonly found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Supports Two Power Source Types

The Olympus TG-1 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The power source type "DC" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the minimum aperture numbers range from 2 to 8.5, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4. At only 2, the Olympus TG-1 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the TG-1.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 4.5 millimeters, the Olympus TG-1 has a very short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras that were released around the same time as the TG-1 is 4.5mm and the longest is 35mm.

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18 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

This Olympus camera received a score of 40 out of 100 from expert review site techmagnifier.com. That puts this camera in the bottom 4% of all the digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Poor Battery Life

Some Olympus TG-1 owners thought this digital camera did not have a good battery life. Techmagnifier.com said “In, camera battery charging can be inconvenient” in their Olympus TG-1 review and scored the product 40 out of 100.

Not Good in Terms of Size

Some customers concluded that the Olympus TG-1 was not heavy and bulky. Techmagnifier.com said three years ago “A bit chunky to handle and quite heavy” in their review of this digital camera.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Olympus TG-1 does not support video capability, although keep in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the TG-1 also do not support video capability.

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Not 3D

The Olympus TG-1 is not 3D, although it is worth noting that most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago are also not 3D.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Olympus TG-1 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Olympus TG-1 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average optical zoom of digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the TG-1 is 4.7x.

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Quite Low Megapixel

Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have megapixels of between 5MP and 21MP, and the average megapixel is 14MP. With a megapixel of only 12 megapixels, the Olympus TG-1 has one of the lower megapixels amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Heavy

With a weight of 230 grams, the Olympus TG-1 is one of the heavier cameras of this age and spec amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the TG-1 have weights of between 36g and 1.4kg.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 4mm, the longest is 270mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 120mm. The Olympus TG-1 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 18 millimeters) 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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Quite Small Internal Memory

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the TG-1 the internal memorys range from 7.9MB to 700MB. At only 7.9 megabytes, the Olympus TG-1 has a very small internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the TG-1.

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Only 1280 X 960 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Olympus TG-1 has a 1280 x 960 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this type and age. In addition, this Olympus camera have still image resolution(s)s of 1600 x 1200, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 2560 x 1920 and 3264 x 2448 and 3968 x 2232. The best still image resolution of all waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the TG-1 is 4608 x 3456 and the worst is 480 x 480.

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Only Features Three Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Olympus TG-1 is more than most cameras of this age and type. This Olympus digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The flash modess "Fill-in" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has Five White Balances

The Olympus TG-1 has a greater number of white balance modes than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Olympus digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of a similar type and age to the TG-1. The white balances "Fluorescent H", "Sunny", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this 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 cameras of this type and age. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of a comparable age and type 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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Quite Few Total Megapixels

Cameras of a similar age and type to the TG-1 have total megapixelss of between 5MP and 21MP. The Olympus TG-1 has one of the less total megapixelss (only 12.7 megapixels) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 38. At only 4.9, the Olympus TG-1 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the TG-1.

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Only 3968 X 2976 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Olympus TG-1 has a 3968 x 2976 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

This camera's image resolution (3968 x 2976 pixels) is actually the worst image resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the TG-1.

Amongst comparable types of camera the best image resolution is 4608 x 3456 pixels.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Olympus TG-1

Released Over Four Years Ago

Olympus released the TG-1 over four years ago.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and spec to it. 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 Waterproof Up to

At 12 meters, the Olympus TG-1 has a fairly standard waterproof up to compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the TG-1.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Freezeproof Up to
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Saturation Adjustment
Electronic Compass
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Shock Proof
On/off Switch
Panorama
Trimming
Rotating

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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