Summary: And finally, Panorama Mode means you can sweep the TG-1 across the scene and it will knit your shots together into one panoramic photo. One thing is missing: The Olympus TG-1 can't shoot RAW files, like non-waterproof cameras at this price can. Like others in its class, the TG-1 has a USB jack to hook up to your computer and an HDMI jack to attach to an HDTV.
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
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.
Excerpt: Olympus' Tough series of lifeproof cameras has a new flagship for 2012, the TG-1 iHS. Not only is it the world's first lifeproof camera to incorporate an ultra-bright, high-speed f2.0 lens (as of April 23, 2012), but you're also going to get a 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor powered by Olympus' proprietary TruePic VI image processor. All of this means a super fast camera capable of taking incredibly detailed and life-like photographs.
Excerpt: The Olympus Tough TG-1 could be viewed as the culmination of Olympus's many years in Tough camera development. The model is not only lifeproof, but also features an advanced imaging specification...
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
Conclusion: Tough-cams have come a long way over the past few years, but they've been best used as specialty cameras for the outdoors. Days at the beach, adventures on a mountain, a weekend at the slopes—whatever, as long as it was outside, in bright light. The Olympus Tough TG-1 is a big deal because it's the first tough-cam that really tries to tackle low light situations with its fast f/2 maximum aperture. Image quality is great, with clean, crisp results through ISO 1600.