Olympus intros Tough TG-1 iHS: High-end waterproof with f2.0 lens

Olympus announces its new top-of-the-line rugged camera, with a bright f/2.0 lens and converter-lens compatibility.

(Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS image courtesy of Olympus

(Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS image courtesy of Olympus Imaging America.)

Though Olympus has been in the waterproof rugged camera business longer than most, its Tough series of shockproof, freezeproof, dustproof, and splashproof cameras has been eclipsed by newer entrants to the field from the likes of Panasonic and Sony. Well, it looks like Olympus is aiming to take things up a notch with its latest rugged model, the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS, announced today.

Not only does the new model sport an 25-100mm zoom lens that's brighter than that of any other rugged camera at the wide angle setting (f/2.0), but it also boasts higher end features than most, such as its high sensitivity backlit CMOS sensor (which the company wisely limits to 12 megapixels); 3-inch, 610,000-dot OLED display; and the same advanced autofocus system used in the Olympus PEN series of mirrorless interchangeable lens compact (ILCs) cameras.

Of course the camera is also super durable, being waterproof down to an impressive 40 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14°F, as well as able to withstand 220 pounds of pressure. Additionally, Olympus plans to offer a new underwater housing for the camera that further increases the waterproof rating to 135 feet. A built-in manometer records elevation and water depth, alerting you with a warning if you approach a 40-foot depth. There's also an LED illuminator light (in addition to the built-in flash) that is helpful for underwater closeups, or any other low-light macro shooting.

The camera also sports a converter ring that will accept a lens converter adapter, enabling you to add converter lenses such as a fish-eye or teleconverter lens (both waterproof to 40 feet as well).

Other features include:

  • Built-in GPS
  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 10x "Super-resolution" zoom
  • Shutter speeds of up to 1/2000
  • Burst-mode shooting up to 60 fps (3 megapixel) and slow-motion playback
  • 30 scene modes

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS will ship in July for $399.99 (in only one body color choice: silver).

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