Adventure Nomad

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Olympus TG-1

The Olympus TG-1
The Olympus TG-1 rugged compact camera has caught my eye.  While I'm still more likely to use the Panasonic LX-7 when I need a compact camera, the Olympus TG-1 has the best specifications I've seen in a rugged compact camera:
  • 25mm-100mm focal length range (full frame equivalent)
  • f/2.0-f/4.9 f-stop 
  • waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, GPS, etc...
  • effective image stabilization 
The lens covers a useful 25mm to 100mm range, which translate into a moderate wide angle to moderate telephoto range.  This covers a range useful for scenic outdoor shots to portraits.

It starts of with a relatively bright aperture of f/2.0 at the 25mm end.  Great for maintaining the higher shutter speeds needed to freeze motion, and in low light.  At the 100mm end, it slows down to a rather "ho hum" f/4.9.

The full specifications are available here.

There are some genuinely useful accessories that you can buy for the TG-1 which include a 19mm waterproof wide angle lens, a 170mm waterproof telephoto lens, and a waterproof dive housing.
Conversion Lens Accessories for the TG-1
The TG-1 does not shoot RAW images and initial reports suggest that the out-of-camera JPEG image colors are a bit muted.  That's not necessarily bad thing.  I would rather have the colors toned down a bit rather than have them overcooked, that way, I can still boost the colors in a post production program on my home computer.  If the colors come out overcooked from the camera, detail will be lost that you cannot recover.

The Olympus TG-1 is available below from

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