Claimed to have the world’s first high-speed bright f2.0 lens, the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS camera is built to feature enhanced durability and good picture quality under a single roof. Just like most aspirants in the Tough series, this one is water-proof, shock-proof, freeze-proof, crush-proof and dust-proof, to a certain extent though.
Equipped with a 12MP backlit CMOS sensor that’s capable of rendering DSLR quality captures, the camera incorporates the TruePic VI image processor which proffers improved AF and Intelligent Auto. It comes with the new Super Sport mode that’s said to snap up 5 images in a burst through fast shutter speeds, while the Low Light setting enables taking stills in dull conditions like sunsets, late outdoor festivals and much more. In addition to these, photography buffs can hook it up with a converter adapter and add various lenses including the Fisheye converter lens which enables panoramic as well as wide-angle shots and the Teleconverter lens that delivers optical zoom of 4x to 6.8x.
According to the Japan-based optics manufacturer, the TG-1 iHS camera is water-proof up to 40 feet, shock-proof up to 6.6 feet, freeze-proof until 14°F and crush-proof up to a weight of 220 pounds. Both the aforementioned lenses are water-proof to a maximum of 40 feet, while the new Olympus PT-053 underwater housing should let it stay submerged to around 135 feet. Along with the 3-inch OLED display, the camera features 1080p full HD video recording and GPS capabilities.
The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS price amounts to $399.99 and it’s expected to hit availability status in June. The Fisheye converter and Teleconverter lenses can be ordered for $119.99 and $109.99, respectively, while the PT-050 underwater housing costs $309.99. The latter one is scheduled for launch this July.