Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera

Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera Price in Singapore, Features, and Other Info: The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is a rugged point and shoot camera for consumers who like to be in the outdoors, traveling, or doing different activities all the time. It is small enough to fit inside a pocket but looks less like the traditional rugged point and shoot cameras. The lens of the Tough TG-1 iHS is positioned right smack at the center of its front unlike the typical cameras whose lens are skewed in favor of a certain corner. Moreover, the lens has a fast 1/2 aperture that is geared towards the wind end. The TG-1 iHS also uses a 12-megapixel sensor and can be brought underwater as deep as 40 feet below seal level. It can shoot pictures at a rate of five frames per second, and also has GPS functionality, a favorite among the typical wanderlusts.

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS measures 2.5 x 3.9 x 1 inches and weighs at the heavier end at 7.8 ounces. In essence, for a smaller and lighter rugged camera, the user may look into other models and brands. Design-wise, and as mentioned, the TG-1 iHS deviates from the typical look of a rugged outdoor point and shoot camera by positioning its lens at the center rather than the top corner. In addition, the camera also has an atypical ability not found among its category of accepting 40.5 mm filters as well as conversion lens. These extensions can be mounted on the TG-1 iHS with the aid of a CLA-T01 adapter that costs an extra $20.

The lens of the Olympus Tough TG-1 his is capable of zooming in into the subject at 4x. It has a nice 25-100 mm 35mm equivalent field of view, which is wider than the typical 28-140 mm on other point and shoots. Also, the maximum aperture of f/2 is enough to let in light as much as four times compared to the typical f/3.9. This feature makes it possible to shoot at faster shutter speeds without increasing the ISO. The wide 25 mm field of view is also very ideal for underwater shots, where the refraction of the medium typically introduces a 1.33x crop factor. Camera compatible lens and teleconverters are also available as separate purchases from Olympus.

The bulk of the controls are located to the right of the Olympus Tough TG-1’s rear panel. These include a zoom rocker, video recording button, and a four-way controller. The camera also has a mode dial to change shooting settings, something that is typically excluded from standard rough point and shoots. There are an overlay menu to adjust ISO, Exposure Compensation, Drive mode, and some other common functions. The menu also gives access to the filters and scene modes.

At the back of the Olympus Tough TG-1 is a 3-inch display. The screen uses OLED technology rather than the more-common LCD to give a 610,000-dot resolution. Contrast and viewing angles are good and in fact nicer than those given by a standard LCD screen. This makes the camera ideal to bring even in bright and very sunny days.

Underwater rating is set to up to 40 feet as mentioned. The Olympus Tough TG-1 is also capable of surviving drops of up to 6.6 feet, withstand 220 pounds of pressure, and survive a temperature of as low as 14°F. There is also a dedicated housing for the camera, costing an additional $310, almost as much as the camera itself, to extend the underwater limit to as much as 135 feet if 40 feet isn’t deep enough. This means that the user can opt to take the camera even during diving expeditions. GPS functionality on the other hand is pretty impressive. The camera takes only about 40 seconds to lock onto a signal, and at the same time it can sync its electronic compass and built-in manometer.

Performance of Olympus Tough TG-1 is pretty impressive. It is fast to take pictures and starts in just a fraction of a second. Shutter lag is only 0.2 seconds, which means that it can produce five full quality frames in just one second. Burst speed of 100 shots at 3 megapixels is also available. There are few rough point and shoot cameras that have this ability. However, pictures lag a bit in terms of sharpness and higher ISO settings show more than the tolerable noise level. Video capture is also good with the footages having crisp, bright, and smooth rates. It can shoot QuickTime videos in 1080p60 or 720p60 formats.

Overall, the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS seems to be a rather promising competition against equivalent models of other brands.

Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 500.00

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