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.
Summary: I bought this camera for the experience Olympus has in making "Tough" cameras and for the good specifications compared to competitor models. Initially I was impressed with the solid build, the waterproof seals and the picture quality. I took it on holiday to the beach to take underwater pictures but not only. I was very impressed of the first few photos and videos.
Summary: Nach all diesen positiven Lobgesängen über diese Kamera, muss ich doch noch all die jenigen warnen, die Wert auf ein vernünftiges Bild legen und nicht nur dem Fotoapparat in den Sand oder ins Wasser werfen wollen. 1. Bildqualität. Meine 6 jährige 8MP IXUS macht die besseren Bilder und Videos. Die 12MB der TG-1 sind angesichts der schlechten Optik, welche wahrscheinlich nicht mal 5MP auflösen kann, unbrauchbar. 2. Für viele ein Kaufargument die F2.0 Optik.
Summary: La qualita' costruttiva e' notevole. Ogni scomparto apribile e bloccato da una sicura. Obiettivo molto luminoso (f/2.0) ma non appena si zoomma il diaframma si chiude rapidamente e la luminosita' precipita. Per questo motivo gli iso salgono rapidamente a 500 - 640 ed inevitabilmente le foto diventano "rumorose". Il difetto principale rimane comunque la scarza nitidezza sui lati in grandangolo. Per di piu' il lato sinistro e' nettamente meno nitido di quello destro.