Olympus TG-1 iHS rugged digital camera : 2012's best waterproof camera ?

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Yep, the Olympus TG-1 iHS should be the best waterproof camera of th eyear. To achieve that, Olympus has packed a full bundle of the best technologies in a waterproof camera casing that remains compact and should ensure the highest image quality of all waterproof cameras… (till we see a mirrorless waterproof camera announced). It is quite tough (TOUGH is the old name of Olympus underwater cameras range, now contracted to give “TG”) and will dive as deep as 40ft / 12m, will resist a 6.6ft / 2m high fall equivalent shock and still work under freezing temperatures. This high-end waterproof digital camera will differ from competition thanks to its higher-than-usual technical specs. Here they are in a few bullet points :

 

  • Baside Illuminated CMOs sensor of 12-megapixel
  • TruePic VI image processor
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 4x fast zoom lens : 25-100mm f/2.0-4.9 with supermacro mode at 1cm away from the subject.
  • FAST AF focusing engine appeared on Olympus Pen mirorless cameras (that really is fast, indeed)
  • 1080p movie recording with active stabilization mode for steadier image when walking while filming.
  • OLED technology display : 3″ / 610,000 dots
  • GPS sensor with compass
  • Optional fisheye and tele converters
  • HDMI-CEC output + audio/video USB 2.0 port that can load battery

To put it in a nutshell, Olympus must have unveiled the best underwater rugged digital camera of the year with the TG-1 iHS. The counterpart of this expected to be high performance is the price of this waterproof camera : the Olympus TG-1 iHS will be available in June for $399, £359, euro 449.

The OLympus TG-1 iHS rugged camera
The Olympus TG1-iHS is Olympus

 

The OLympus TG-1 iHS waterproof camera
The TG-1 iHS by Olympus is the only rugged underwater digital camera on th emarket with an OLED screen and a fast lens.