The Olympus Tough TG-1 digital camera can survive any summer adventure with its 12 megapixel, waterproof, shockproof and dustproof design, full HD video recording and more for only $400. Matt Mira and Neal Brennan check it out on Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Olympus Tough TG-1 has similar specs to the Nikon CoolPix AW100 but with the added crush-proof and dust-proof features.
The digital camera is pretty light and weighs about half a pound.
The buttons are a little cramped on the back.
The doors for the battery and ports are rubber sealed to make sure no liquid or dust gets in.
The TG-1 is waterproof up to 40 feet, can be dropped up to six feet and can survive up to 220 lbs of pressure.
Even after these extreme conditions, the camera is not phased one bit.
That said, the ruggedness is pretty much on par with other rugged cameras we've tested.
There's not much more you can do to make it more rugged, short of an external housing.
Overall, it's as rugged as advertised.
The camera really sounds out in picture quality.
The lens has a maximum aperture of 2.0, which is the first for a rugged camera.
This basically means more life can come in and the result is some really good low light photography.
The ISO sensitivity is a lot higher than its competition, which helps with the low light as well.
The sensor is 12 megapixel, which is pretty low.
The lens has an adapter to add different lens attachments like telephoto or fisheye, which is another feature we haven't seen on rugged cameras.
All the lens attachments from Olympus feature the same ruggedness as the camera.
The camera has a really good shooting performance.
The time from turning on and your first shot is about 2 seconds.
After that, you get about one shot every second and just a hair longer for photos with flash.
While shooting burst mode, you can get 5 frames per second at full resolution.
If you down-res to 3 megapixels, you can shoot up to 60 fps.
The built-in GPS worked really well and is a great feature for cameras like this.
The downside is that it's buried a little bit in the settings so you can't easily access it.
The GPS stays on when you turn the camera off to keep tracking you.