New Olympus TG-1 iHS Camera is Tougher and Smarter


Olympus sent its Tough camera to finishing school, and the result is a camera as rugged as ever, but with some very smooth new moves. Like its predecessors, the new TG-1 iHS camera will stand up to pretty much any physical challenge—it’s waterproof to 40 feet (12.2 m), freeze proof to 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C), droppable from 6.6 feet (2 m), and able to withstand a weight of 220 pounds (99.8 kg) without breaking a sweat.

But sometimes, you need brains and brawn, and the TG-1 iHS has sophistication to spare. With a faster start-up time and quicker refresh rates, there’s never a lost moment. The very bright f/2.0 lens is the fastest on any Tough camera, helping you get images in low-light conditions (underwater, for instance) that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. New protective coatings on the lens cut glare and prevent water drops from forming on the lens, which can diminish image quality.

The TG-1 iHS also has FAST AF autofocus technology, imported from the Olympus PEN cameras, for nimble, rapid autofocus. The images you create with the high-speed 12MP CMOS backlit sensor and super-fast DSLR-quality TruePic VI image processor have the benefit of high-speed autofocus, improved Intelligent Auto settings for enhanced scene and subject recognition and a new 8x Super-resolution Zoom, which multiplies the optical zoom with minimal loss in image quality.

Reviewing images is a pleasure on the camera’s high-resolution 610K-dot 3-inch (7.6 cm) OLED display. A new Super Sport Mode combines high-speed autofocus with very fast shutter speeds, up to 1/2000 second, to freeze the action. Located on the dial for easy access, this mode captures five shots in a single high-speed burst to ensure crisp image quality even under the most extreme action sport conditions.

The TG-1 iHS also lets you shoot at a fast 10 frames per second and capture video in full high definition 1080p, or take advantage of 60 fps (3MP) shooting for smooth, slow-motion playback. Multi-Motion IS compensates for movement during handheld recording, producing smoother videos. Linear PCM Recording, an audio technology pioneered by Olympus for professional voice recorders, captures video with HD audio for optimal playback.

Built for versatility, the TG-1 iHS can accommodate an optional Fisheye converter lens and an optional Teleconverter lens (both waterproof to 40 feet). The teleconverter lens extends the camera’s 4x zoom lens to 6.8x for a full-frame equivalent 170mm telephoto—ideal for professional-looking close-ups with background blur. An optional CLA-T01 Conversion Lens Adapter is required in order to use either optional lens. A new optional Olympus PT-053 underwater housing, designed specifically for the TG-1 iHS, permits diving to depths of 135 feet (45 m), which is nearly 100 feet deeper than the camera can go without the housing. And the camera’s newly developed Li-90B Lithium Ion battery delivers approximately 220 shots on a single charge. Whether conditions are nice and easy or nice and rough, the TG-1 iHS delivers the goods.

Olympus TG-1 iHS
Resolution 12MP
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
Image Processing TruePic VI
File Formats Stills: JPEG; Video: MOV/H.264
Max Resolution 3968 x 2976
Image Stabilization Dual Image Stabilization
Lens 4.5-18.0mm (25 -100mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
Maximum Aperture  f/2.0 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Zoom 4x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
Focus System CMOS Contrast Detection
Focus Range Normal: W/T 2.0' (0.6 m) - infinity; Macro: W: 0.5' (0.15 m) - infinity; T: 0.3' (0.1 m) - infinity; Super Macro: 0.03 - 2.0' (0.01 - 0.6 m) (Standard only, Flash Off)
Focus Mode Face Detect AF, iESP Auto, Spot AF, AF Tracking 
Shutter Auto: 1/4-1/2000 (Night Scene: Longest 4 Sec.)
Burst Rate Approx. 5 fps / 25 images (12M); Approx. 15 fps / 100 images (3M); Approx. 60 fps / 100 images (3M)
Self-Timer 12/2 seconds/pet auto shutter
Built-In Flash Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in, OFF
Flash Working Range W: 0.7 - 11.5' (0.2 - 3.5 m) (ISO800); T: 1.6 - 8.2' (0.5 - 2.5 m) (ISO800) 
Memory Card Type SD/SDHC/SDXC Card (UHS class not supported) 
Video Recording 1080p, 720p, VGA 
Audio Recording Linear PCM Recording
Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame Assist, Voice Recording
Panorama In-Camera, PC (up to 10 frames)
Display Screen 3.0" (7.6 cm) (3:2) 610K-Dot OLED
Image Playback Stills: Single, Index-view (5x4), Event-view, Enlargement, Slide-show, Photo surfing; Video: Still/Frame-by-Frame, Fast Forward, Rewind, Voice Playback
Editing Stills: Resize, Crop, Red Eye Fix, Shadow Adjustment, Beauty Fix
Waterproof 40' (12.2 m)
Freezeproof 14° F (-10° C)
Shockproof Droppable from 6.6' (2.0 m)
Crushproof 220 lb (99.8 kg)
Connectivity Multi-Terminal (USB 2.0, DC Jack, Audio/Video Output), HDMI Type D 
Power—Battery Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery (Li90B); F-2AC (Included). F-3AC compatible
Battery Life 220 shots (CIPA DC-002)
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.0" (11.43 x 6.35 x 2.54 cm) (WxHxD)
Weight 0.49 lb (0.22 kg)
FCON-T01 Fisheye Converter Lens
Waterproof 40' (12.2 m)
Optical Zoom 6.8x (13.6x with Super-resolution Zoom on camera)
TCON-T01 Teleconverter Lens
Waterproof 40' (12.2 m)
Filter Thread 45mm 
CLA-T01 Conversion Lens Adapter
Waterproof 40' (12.2 m)