Conclusion: Tough digital cameras usually serve up second-rate photos and videos, but not the Olympus Tough TG-1 (*Est. $350). Reviews say it's a great point-and-shoot camera wrapped in a waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof package. "We've heard from countless readers over the years who want a family camera that can go anywhere and do everything without breaking.
Pros: Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof and dustproof, Vibrant photos and videos, even underwater, Speedy performance, Loaded with features
Cons: Can't shoot RAW files, Limited manual controls
Excerpt: For the extreme adventurer, the risk of snapping a few limbs is all part of the fun. Breaking a bone is one thing, but breaking your camera? Now that’s just downright scary. Capturing your stunts in all their insane glory requires a rough-and-ready camera like the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS ($400) , a well-armored, yet sleek shooter equipped to handle whatever hell you drag it through without sacrificing image quality.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: The TG-1 iHS has some minor design issues, such as a proprietary charging cable, that might turn some buyers off.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Excellent high ISO performance. Fast f/2 lens. Snappy performance. Accepts filters and conversion lenses. GPS and digital compass. Macro LED light.
Cons: Not the sharpest lens. No dedicated battery charger.
Conclusion: The TG-1 iHS has set the bar very high for itself, and we’re happy to say it just about reaches it. Tough cams are an increasingly popular breed, because consumers want versatility — and they deserve it. As compact systems become more and more advanced and thus expensive, we should be able to find something that can check multiple boxes, including being “lifeproof.” You can check that right off with the TG-1, thankfully, without sacrificing too much in other areas.
Pros: Attachment lens options, Quick, easy-to-use settings, Bright, clear display, F2.0 lens is a big help with low-light shooting
Cons: A better sensor and more manual controls are on the wish list, Button click could be harder
Excerpt: Olympus cameras are no strangers to unfriendly terrains. The Tough series of point-and-shoots have been snapping away in unforgiving weather conditions for years. Up 'til now, rugged cameras from every major manufacturer have been good at surviving the elements but have generally come up short in the image quality department.
Conclusion: The Olympus TG-1 is a solidly built do it all “Tough” camera and it would be easy to see its use in a number of active pursuits. Though at the end of the day it is one thing for the camera to be useable in these conditions it is another to walk away with quality images and video and on this point the TG-1 delivers. The TG-1's features speak for themselves with is generous 3” OLED screen and FULL HD video.
Conclusion: If you want a camera that you can rely on to take great shots under tricky conditions and put up with an unprecedented degree of punishment, the Olympus TG-1 is – in our opinion – one of the best in its class.