great pictures, bad video, waterproofing failed within 1 week.
A. Kim, Amazon
10 January 2013
Summary: good: the pictures were great, the colours really popped, and the detail was there. loved the fact that you could rapid fire shots continuously very quickly (like a manual burst but higher res). focus was also very quick. indoor shooting and in less light was not as great, but better than other cameras i've used. the camera felt solid, and looked slick. bad: video quality was terrible. the camera was always hunting for focus, in and out, blurry.
Summary: 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 themselves so far into the camera that I couldn't turn the camera off. My battery drained and when I tried to unlock the port cover it wouldn't open!
Pros: Great features, great pictures
Cons: Raised or open buttons allow sand to get in and then they're stuck.
Tried really hard for three weeks to like this camera
6 October 2012
Summary: I bought this camera because I was looking for a waterproof (not necessarily underwater) rugged point and shoot that took better pictures than a cellphone and would be useful as a general purpose camera as well as a camera that would stand up to the elements while kayaking. I specifically wanted a camera with a GPS to replace my existing Panasonic TS-2 because its lack of a GPS plus a clock with a lot of drift meant I was spending too much time in post-production...
great stills, terrible video sound, bad service from Olympus
25 September 2012
Summary: My TG-1 has a very annoying ticking sound in all the video's that I shot so far (even if I follow the advice from the manual to set the video sound to 'low'). I contacted Olympus, sent them sample vids and they refused the warranty claim because they consider this normal for this camera. Check out this samples to find out what Olympus thinks is "perfectly normal behaviour" for this camera: [...] [...
No raw mode, non-standard USB connector... and then...
Friedman Wagner-Dobler, Amazon
12 September 2012
Summary: By and large this is a great little camera. Deduct 1 star for lack of Raw mode. But seriously, who in their right minds would decide to put a non-standard USB connector on a digital camera? Who would throw away the opportunity to have a camera that you can charge with a ubiquitous micro-USB cable and deliberately, intentionally, and in cold blood put in a connector of pretty much the same size that's not compatible with either micro-USB or mini-USB cables, to connect to...
Summary: I've been using my Olympus TG-1iHS for a little over a month now. I love the land based shooting capablities, however I'm very disappointed with the "ruggedness" of this camera. After having the camera for a few days I hopped in the pool with it just to play around and took some great underwater shots and video, the following weekend I took it out body boarding with me in the surf and it died (no buttons except for the on/off button would function on the camera).
Summary: This camera is OK if you just want to put pix on the internet, email to your friends, or print small versions. But if you want a surf picture to hang on your wall, forget it. The fast, long burst is great, but it doesn't do any good if most of your pictures are soft and noisy, or coated with blue fog from condensation. Or you missed the subject because you couldn't see the LDC image. I bought it, used it, sent it back (thanks, Amazon for a fair return policy.
Pros: Very good burst rate, good auto WB and color. Design and menus are good. Good functionality overall.
Cons: Very poor IQ for any print over 8x10 or any major cropping. Erratic AF. LCD useless in bright sun; turns this camera into a "Point and Guess." Fogs up if you go from underwater to above water (as in surfing shots where you have to go under a lot of waves. Lens ring falls off easily. No RAW (makes it harder to fix bad image quality.)
Summary: Great stills, terrible video sound (in my sample) and poor service from Olympus
Pros: Great 2.0 lens, fast performance, very good image quality (esp. high iso and macro) for its class and nice, functional body design.
Cons: My TG-1 has a very annoying ticking sound in all the video's that I shot so far (even if I follow the advice from the manual to set the video sound to 'low'). I contacted Olympus, sent them sample vids and they refused the warranty claim because they consider this normal for this camera. Check out this samples to find out what Olympus thinks is "perfectly normal behaviour" for this camera:, http://youtu.be/jTEQZoTMX8o, http://youtu.be/MreW8vuBO3c, These vids were made...
Summary: I purchased this camera not because I want to swim with it nor abseil down a cliff. All I wanted was a camera that could taket a bit of rough and tumble on my travels or use if caught in a shower and give good results. So I thought this would be a good addition to my collection and handy for when I travel. The reviews of this camera on the web place it at the best waterproof/shockproof camera, with image quality ahead of similar offerings by Nikon and Lumix.
Summary: I purchased this camera because reviews showed it to be one of the better underwater cameras. However, I have found that the first two underwater settings do not produce good photos. The underwater macro is fine though. The sport setting actually works best for underwater photos! And then today I was in big trouble. I was asked to take photos for a preschool graduation indoors. Not one of the selections allows a fill-in flash.