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Olympus TG-1 iHS Takes Tough to New Heights
by Allison Johnson -  5/7/2012

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is announced today, bringing features usually reserved for premium point-and-shoot cameras to the rugged compact form. A wide f/2.0 lens, high-resolution OLED display and a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor promise to Olympus TG1take this outdoorsy camera to the next level.

This Tough camera is extra tough – it’s waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to a 6.6 drop, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and crushproof to weight up to 220 pounds. On the softer side, a 12 megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor is coupled to a TruePic VI image processor. The TG-1 iHS will have a 4x optical zoom with a bright f/2.0 maximum aperture (f/4.9 at the telephoto end) and a 3.0-inch 610k-dot OLED monitor. Native ISO range will extend from 100 to 6400, and 1080p HD video is offered. Burst mode cranks up to 10 frames per second at full resolution and a 3 megapixel 60 fps makes slow-motion capture possible. The new Li90B rechargeable battery is rated up to 220 shots per charge, and there’s no RAW shooting option.

For those who would venture into digital zoom territory, the TG-1 offers an extended 8x Super-Resolution Zoom, claiming to double the camera’s zoom range without damaging image quality. There are other options – the TG-1 is compatible with Olympus TG1several converter lens accessories including a fisheye and a teleconverter (boosting zoom range from 4x up to 6.8x). An underwater housing is also available separately, capable of depths of 135 feet. And for macro or dim underwater conditions, an LED illuminator on the front of the camera will help shed a bit more light.

What would a modern travel camera be without GPS? The TG-1 keeps up with the competition by offering on-board GPS tracking and compass functions, allowing the shooter to log a route of photos taken on an excursion.

Pricing and Availability
The Olympus TG-1 iHS is scheduled to become available in June with a $399.99 estimated price.