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Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 178 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and portability. The lens and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the glare and sensor. There are some less positive comments about the manual image adjustments and shutter.

responsiveness, performance, lens, portability, usability

features, shutter, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus TG-1 iHS Review


The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is the new leading "lifeproof" camera on the market (as of 9/2012). It's upgraded image processor, sensor, lens and abilities perform as well if not better than you will find anywhere else. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; f/2.0 lens allows for shooting in lower light situations ; Tough" features: Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof...

Purple Fringing/Chromatic Aberrations seen in most images ; Barrel Distortion at the Wide end of the zoom ; GPS can be a little off from actual location ; Adapter cover comes off the front of the camera easily ; High levels of noise, even at the mid...

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is the new leading "lifeproof" camera on the market (as of 9/2012). It's upgraded image processor, sensor, lens and abilities perform as well if not better than you will find anywhere else. Read more in our


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Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS


Most tough cams offer average image quality, have no manual controls, and are only used on the one snorkeling vacation you'll ever take. (We've harped on the momentary usability of these cameras before.) For all their amazing durability (“lifeproof!”),...

Attachment lens options ; Quick, easy-to-use settings ; Bright, clear display ; F2.0 lens is a big help with low-light shooting

A better sensor and more manual controls are on the wish list ; Button click could be harder

Looking for a tough cam? Then the TG-1 should be at the top of your list. It’s hard to justify many other comparably priced units which have fewer features and capabilities.

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Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS


Instead of producing just another really rugged camera (which it is), the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS has something no other model currently offers: a bright f2.0 maximum aperture.

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS is water-, dust-, freeze-, shock-, and crushproof; has fast shooting performance for its class; and has a fast lens with the capability to add on converter lenses for more shooting flexibility.

The TG-1 iHS has some minor design issues, such as a proprietary charging cable, that might turn some buyers off.

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS combines a bright lens, a high-sensitivity, high-speed sensor, and some nice extras to make it a top rugged compact camera.


Editor's Choice!

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Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS


The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS would be a very good camera even without a rugged design. Its go-anywhere design, GPS, fast f/2 lens, and impressive high ISO performance make it our Editors' Choice for rugged point-and-shoot cameras.

Excellent high ISO performance. Fast f/2 lens. Snappy performance. Accepts filters and conversion lenses. GPS and digital compass. Macro LED light

Not the sharpest lens. No dedicated battery charger

The TG-1 is an impressively speedy camera. It can start and shoot in just under a second, rattles off full-resolution photos at 5 frames per second, and records a short 0.2-second shutter lag. It can also capture 100-shot bursts of 3-megapixel photos...

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Olympus Tough TG-1


The TG-1 can shoot where the sun don't shine.

Right here, right now, the TG-1 leads the tough-cam pack.

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Olympus TG-1 iHS


The TG-1 iHS is the first waterproof camera that offers something to be excited about. Rather than focus solely on durability and neglect image quality as many underwater cameras do, the TG-1 offers a fast f2.0-4.9 4x lens that will make a real...

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"Great camera you can take anywhere!"


I don't think I am any rougher on this camera than I am on others that I own, and this is the only one I've ever had to send in to be repaired! Had I not purchased the extended warranty I would be a whole lot more frustrated about repairs, esp. since...

Takes great pictures, like having the option of a zoom lens attachment. Easy to use overall

I've had my camera since June 2012 & had to send it back 2x to be fixed. Both times Olympus fixed the camera & sent it back in a timely manner, however it was sent back with a hair inbetween the lens'! This time the function button came off the ba

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"Audio too poor to function as a video camera"


Would not recommend this camera, unimpressed and a waste of money. Do not buy

Has different functions to change the image

- Slow, laggy at times

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"Don't buy this camera video has horrible ticking noise!"


Buy any other camera - you'll be better off.

Takes nice pictures

Holy moley! You can't take video without a horrible ticking noise in the video. Trust me you can't fix it and Olympus won't take it back past the return date. The camera is not usable for video at all! They didn't even fix the TG 2.

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"Perfect, until it met sand"


Bought the camera for the family cruise to the Bahamas this week, and it was perfect until we got to the beach. Within the first hour, the shutter button started sticking, then all the other buttons did as well, sand that got in between them had dug...

Great features, great pictures

Raised or open buttons allow sand to get in and then they're stuck.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus LI-90 B
Battery Type:Olympus LI-90 B


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No