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Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

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  • 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor with Full HD Video with HDMI, Multi-Motion Movie IS
  • Waterproof (12m/40 ft), Shockproof (2m/6.6 ft) and Freezeproof (-10°C/14°F)
  • 8x Super-Resolution Zoom and F2.0 Hi-Speed Lens and 4x Optical Zoom,Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.0 Inches
  • iHS Technology, Dual image stabilization
  • GPS & eCompass, Color : Dark silver
  • Crushproof 220 lbf.
  • 3.0-Inch screen and 610k OLED
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • DC in Jack
  • HD Compatible

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00803WNOK
  • Item model number: TG-1iHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,956 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 6, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

TG-1 Tough Camera Front

PRO IMAGE QUALITY FROM A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE

World's First f2.0 High-Speed Lens on a Tough Camera. Olympus' newest Tough model draws on their extensive history of creating rugged, durable cameras that take the worry out of life-on-the-go shooting. This revolutionary TOUGH model introduces the World's First Ultra-Bright, High-Speed f2.0 lens on a Tough camera allowing you to capture dramatically better images in low-light and fast action situations than any other rugged model currently on the market*. The combination of durability and outstanding image quality makes it possible to shoot in even the harshest of conditions. Just imagine: capture beautiful underwater scenes and aquatic life, snap photos of triumphant arrivals to dusk-lit peaks, record your ride down the rapids in dazzling 1080p Full HD Video. The possibilities are truly endless.*as of April 23rd, 2012

TG-1 Tough Camera Back

SUPERIOR OPTICS

HIGH-SPEED, ULTRA-BRIGHT F2.0 LENS

The TG-1 iHS is the world's first rugged camera on the market* to include an ultra-bright, high-speed f2.0 lens so you can capture scenes that were previously "impossible" with a point & shoot. This new lens strengthens the camera's shooting capabilities making high-quality images and blazing fast shutter speeds possible even when a flash cannot be used or when shooting fast action or in low light.

3.0" OLED MONITOR

This 3.0-inch high-resolution OLED display (610K dots) provides excellent visibility outdoors enabling you to compose the perfect shot even in direct sunlight. And several protective coatings help to prevent scratches and cut down on reflective glare from bright lights and sun. Awesome optics, both in camera and on screen.

UNMATCHED RUGGED DURABILITY

THE PROOF IS IN THE BUILD
Waterproof to 12m/ 40 ft
WATERPROOF TO 40FT.

The TG-1 iHS crushes the notion that cameras are easily damaged by water and humidity. The Olympus-original complete sealing system and double lock construction borrowed from Olympus' long history of manufacturing underwater housings ensures that the TG-1 iHS is completely waterproof down to a new depth of 40ft. Even on land, the TG-1 iHS ensures that you'll never miss an awesome shot just because of heavy rain or snow.

Shockproof to 2m/ 6.6 ft
SHOCKPROOF TO 6.6ft.

The shockproof structure of the TG-1 iHS ensures that your investment is protected. Carefully sandwiched between two protective frames, the lens and camera unit remain unfazed by bumps, drops, falls and other impacts. Even after repeated drops, critical camera components and functions like the lens, shutter, aperture and auto-focus remain safe. Drop, pick up, and keep on shooting.

Crushproof to 220 LBF.
CRUSHPROOF TO 220LBF.

The TG-1 iHS uses a double-layer construction, consisting of a tough yet lightweight polycarbonate resin and a metal frame. The crushproof construction ensures that your camera – and screen! – won't break, even under 220lbs of pressure. No more cracked screens because you've left your camera in your back pocket or suitcase.

Freezeproof
FREEZEPROOF TO 14F

Keep shooting outdoors even in the winter. The TG-1 iHS is designed to keep operating at below freezing temperatures, safe from the two most common problems when shooting in cold weather: lens condensation and auto zoom malfunction. Hit the slopes, fire up your snowmobile, or break out the skates, because with the TG-1 iHS by your side, you'll never miss those awesome wipe out moments.

Dustproof
DUSTPROOF

Life gets dirty. Between dusty fields and muddy trails, sometimes your camera doesn't stay as pristine as you'd like it to. But even in less-than-spotless environments, the fine protective sealing of the TG-1 iHS helps keep out dirt and debris allowing you to capture shot after shot even in the harshest environments.

WATER-REPELLANT LENS COATING

Splash after splash, never worry about water droplets obstructing your images thanks to the water-repellent lens coating that prevents water from remaining on the lens surface. And because it's applied to the OLED monitor as well, composing shots in the rain or while riding the waves will be a breeze.

DOUBLE-LOCK DURABILITY

With all the care that is put in to protecting the inner workings of your camera, it would be a shame for the system to fail because the battery door opens unintentionally. Thanks to the multi-directional, double-lock mechanism, your camera is protected from accidental openings under water.

TG-1 Tough Camera Shockproof TG-1 Tough Camera Waterproof
iHS - Mountain Climbing

OUTSTANDING IMAGE QUALITY

IHS

A high-sensitivity, high-speed 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combines with a blazing fast, DSLR-quality TruePic VI image processor resulting in high-speed autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition, and 2x Super-Resolution Zoom to produce jaw-dropping images in locations that make even the most seasoned photographers cringe. This family of technologies conquers challenging shooting conditions with improved light condensing efficiency, less noise and quick response time – twice as fast as traditional cameras – for definitively unmatched image quality.

SUPER SPORT MODE

Designed specifically to keep up with life-on-the-go photography, the new Super Sport Mode combines high-speed autofocus with extra fast shutter speeds – up to 1/2000 – to freeze the action. Conveniently located on the dial, this mode captures 5 shots in a high-speed burst to ensure crisp shots of even the most extreme action sport settings.

LOW LIGHT MODE

Low Light Mode is perfect for capturing the mood of low-light indoor scenes, beautiful sunsets, or late night outdoor festivities without ruining the ambience with a bright flash. Forget about subject blurring or camera shake ruining the shot – Low Light Mode has you covered.

FULL HD VIDEO WITH HDMI OUTPUT & CONTROL

With the TG-1 iHS, you can shoot 1080p Full HD videos (1920x1080 pixels) at 60 frames per second at the touch of button, allowing for slow-motion playback. Thanks to iHS Technology, your videos will get the VIP treatment with excellent color reproduction and faster processing speeds, while Multi-Motion IS compensates for user movement creating smoother videos. Linear PCM Recording, an audio technology pioneered by Olympus for professional voice recorders, records your videos with high-definition audio for optimal playback results. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze.

TG-1 Lens
HIGH-SPEED SEQUENTIAL SHOOTING

Shoot like a pro! With 10fps high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence of images at the touch of a button. Still afraid you'll miss a moment? At 3MP, the frame rate increases to an astounding 60 shots per second. You'll have so many great shots, you won't be able to share just one!

ENHANCED IAUTO (INTELLIGENT AUTO)

In iAuto mode, the camera automatically detects the subject, lighting and situation to identify the scene you're shooting – up to 30 different scenes including Night, Sport, Beach and Snow, Underwater Snapshot and Backlight HDR – and adjusts the settings for ideal results. Leave it up to the TG-1 iHS to choose optimum settings so you can focus on capturing that amazing shot.

Lens Accessories

SYSTEM EXPANDABILITY

LENS ACCESSORIES THAT TAKE FUNCTIONALITY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.
FISHEYE CONVERTER LENS

Achieve panoramic wide-angle shots without sacrificing the brightness of the f2.0 lens. Even in darker underwater scenes down to 40ft., you can shoot wider, more dynamic images that beautifully reproduce underwater scenery. Waterproof to 40ft.

TELE CONVERTER LENS

Telephotography of 1.7x extends your optical zoom from 4x to nearly 7x. Get highly artistic shots that draw attention to the subject by blurring the background, and achieve higher shutter speeds while zooming in close on a subject on the move. Waterproof to 40ft.

LENS CONVERTER ADAPTER

Don't forget the adapter for your Fisheye or Tele Converter Lens! Already have a stash of favorite lens filters? The converter adapter can accommodate any 40.5mm filter.

UNDERWATER HOUSING

40 feet not deep enough for you? Dive to depths of 135 feet (45m) with the new Olympus PT-053 underwater housing, designed specifically for the TG-1 iHS. Featuring a large, responsive shutter button, precision zoom lever and a tight O-ring main seal with safety lock, the PT-053 allows divers, from beginner to dive master, to capture worry-free images of unique underwater scenes.

Underwater

EXTREME VERSATILITY

GPS & E.COMPASS

The ideal travel guide. With the GPS and e.compass functions on the TG-1 iHS, location and landmark information will be displayed and recorded along with the image. The TG-1 iHS is also equipped with a logging function so you can track the route taken from recorded images by using applications such as Google Earth and Picasa. And with the brand new LI-90 battery, you'll worry less about battery life and more about your next destination.

MANOMETER

Mark your spot on the map with the built-in manometer. Records elevation & water depth and even displays a warning when the user approaches a depth of 40ft.

AUTOMATIC UNDERWATER BALANCE

The Olympus TG-1 iHS boasts 4 different underwater scene modes -- Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2 and Underwater Macro -- each carefully calibrated to allow for optimal color balance, exposure and flash so you automatically get the best results. Beautiful underwater photos made simpler.

LED ILLUMINATOR

An LED Illuminator is like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting – great for underwater close-ups where light is scarce. The LED illuminator also works in conjunction with the flash to help illuminate your subject in low-light conditions.

MAGIC ART FILTERS

Express your creativity with 12 different special effects for your photos and HD videos. Olympus' Magic Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new and unexpected moods ranging from the excited to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fisheye, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Dramatic and Fragmented. (Some effects apply only to still photos. Effects may reduce image size).

Included Accessories :  A/V cable, USB cable, AC power adapter and Wrist strap

Product Description

12 Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor with Full HD Video with HDMI, Multi-Motion Movie IS Waterproof (12m/40 ft), Shockproof (2m/6.6 ft) and Freezeproof (-10C/14F) 8x Super-Resolution Zoom and F2.0 Hi-Speed Lens and 4x Optical Zoom iHS Technology GPS & eCompass Crushproof 220 lbf. 3.0-Inch screen and 610k OLED

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Turns on very quickly. Image quality is great. The only one downside has been the poor quality of video... but I don't use it enough to let it bother me. Read more ›
Very pleased with quick start up and picture quality is excellent Read more ›
I was disappointed to learn that the GPS within the camera does not stamp/geo-reference the picture's location on the image, nor is it easy to obtain the spatial… Read more ›
It feels like a very strong camera (no, I haven't thrown in the lake or at the wall, lol ) And the pictures are beautiful considering it's a point & shoot with some… Read more ›
Stays true to its name and ideal for outdoor activities. Pictures are vivid and you won't have to worry about editing your shots. The additional features and effects are… Read more ›
So far I think it's a great camera. The outdoor photos are wonderful and sharp. I have not used it much indoors but the photos I have taken with it indoors are great too. Read more ›
This one has survived some pretty tough beatings with no damage…Aside from being dang near invincible, some of the settings are really fun to play with, just as a bonus. Read more ›
It is quite a bit bulkier though. Custom settings are awesome. Use them all the time. Read more ›
It has settings to take pictures in low light, great portraits, great landscape pictures (this setting enhances shades of green and blue to make nature pop) and all of the… Read more ›
Bought for a trip to Italy.…Takes a little getting used to moving through all the possible settings, but was great for indoor and people, buildings and art, day and night. Read more ›
I have no need for the underwater…The cameras automatic settings are very good with the minor exception that the auto flash setting has to be periodically reset. Read more ›
There are several manual features, and while a little gimmicky, the preset creative modes are actually fun (I thought I wouldn't like them, but they actually are pretty… Read more ›
The 25mm wide angle lens is nice albeit some obvious distortion at the edges. Buildings look nicely warped but human head are rather distorted. Read more ›
So wanted to keep this camera. As of 2012, it appears to be the only waterproof camera with a bright lens that takes photos instantly. Read more ›
as it is, i have returned it for a full refund, and will think about going back to the sony or panasonic…shame since the bright lens is something unique to this oly model. Read more ›
This camera actually seems like it has the hardware of a mid grade point and shoot and has a great lens. The pictures are very high quality and have low noise. Read more ›
The fast lens does an incredible job in low light conditions. The monopod to stabilize is key in low light to help eliminate camrea shake, but when you combine that with… Read more ›
Shot a PIX in a totally black outdoors with the flash,…Olympus is noted for their sharp lenses (I have an E-P3) and low light performance, didn't expect this good in a P&S. Read more ›
Great product and underwater pictures are fantastic. Video is good but nothing compared to my gopro. Still a great all around tool for the busy parent or sports enthusiast. Read more ›
This is an amazing camera! The pictures and video are clear, vibrant and just beautiful. I was a little worried about the smaller zoom, but its not an issue. Read more ›
It's a great buy. The quality of pictures and videos are amazing. Read more ›
in other hand even that the olympus olympus tg-1 ihs is only 12 megapixel the quality of the pictures is reallly good and the videos!!! the thing i like the most is that i… Read more ›
I purchased it the end of December 2012 and took it with me on a…It performed well in the water allowing me to get some very nice photos and videos of corral and fish. I… Read more ›
The camera has a great video ability with full 1080p resolution. But this really fills up the SD card fast. Read more ›
I bought this camera over a year and a half ago and take it into the water with me everyday and it is still going strong. It takes amazing photos and is easy to use. I've… Read more ›
The camera is very easy to use. Modes are easy to get to, however there are so many it can take you a moment to get from one mode to the other. Read more ›
The results make me look like a professional photographer. The camera is easy to use. The options are easy to use, easy to see the settings and navigate through them all. Read more ›
I like the camera and the features. Easy to use. Just make sure all doors are locked before submerging. Read more ›
Very impressed with this camera, the features are easy to use the picture quality is excellent. The camera feels good to hold, well built. Read more ›
We are casual picture takers cruising North American waters so being waterproof and…The photos are great quality and the camera is easy to use and easy to carry around. Read more ›
PLUSES: the doors are double-latched and have a really tight fit. The OLED screen is wonderful. The lens is typical good Oly quality. Read more ›
The screen is big (3") and, because it is OLED, it is visible from almost any viewing angle…With this being an "outdoorsy" camera, the benefits of this screen are great. Read more ›
This camera was MADE to dive. Buttons were smooth, LCD is crisp and clear, shutter is lightening fast, flash is great, and even the macro light and macro mode work well. No… Read more ›
I started loving this camera…The ultra bright f2 lens coupled with a beautiful oled screen with high resolution is the best combination for a point and shoot in my opinion. Read more ›
First of all the beautiful oled screen is a joy to look at when composing the shot. Colors pop out the screen, everything looks tack sharp. Read more ›
Sure you can turn off the option to display the photos you have taken,…- The screen likes to display "Check battery cover for foreign objects before using in water" a lot. Read more ›
His shots ended up very green, blurry, no detail with washed out colors. The TG-1 balanced for color changes underwater and the colors were amazingly true. I can't stress… Read more ›
So I bought the camera, and love it! The low light handling and color capture are excellent. I tested out the camera on a canyoneering trip (i.e., bouncing off rocks,… Read more ›
The stereo…The camera does a very good job handling colors and handles the flash as well as any on-camera flash (which is horrible) in low light and good as a fill light. Read more ›
The pictures of the high peaks, snow fields and glaciers, sky, lakes, and trees are very rich in color and quality and generally handled the challenges of over/under… Read more ›
I got it to have a camera that I could take to the pool, and also so that I could take pictures of my niece's…Truly stunning images, crisp and colorful, even indoors. T… Read more ›
I do not use the video function unless I am using it in a water setting, but the picture is beautiful underwater, good color, good focusing, but the sound, like with all… Read more ›
I get several beeps upon power up and then it shuts off. The battery is good so I contacted Olympus to find they wanted another $129.00 to fix the charger analyzer. No way… Read more ›
It did show it had locked GPS…- Battery/charging: The battery is good but not great, and it has to be charged with a USB cable connected to the side of the camera. I… Read more ›
The HDR mode deals well with scenes having a wide range from light to dark. Battery life is good. This is an auto-everything camera with very little manual control, but the… Read more ›
This camera was all…The underwater shots were spectacular, the battery life (with the GPS off) was quite good and the speed from power on to our first shot was remarkable. Read more ›
(but keep it real, if you are having a hard time seeing it then so is the camera!) 3rd, it as a great battery life! i took at least 350 high resolution still shots on one… Read more ›
I have also been impressed with the battery life. I had no issues with the battery running out - my biggest issue with the old 8010. Read more ›
The dedicated movie button is also great and very convenient for immediately starting and stopping recording so you don't miss the moment while trying to switch between… Read more ›
This camera was MADE to dive. Buttons were smooth, LCD is crisp and clear, shutter is lightening fast, flash is great, and even the macro light and macro mode work well. No… Read more ›
I love this camera, the size is not…The on/off is quick with hardly no waiting, ---The special effects are useful --the layout of the button are easy and the video also!!! Read more ›
The buttons are well-placed, logical and were easy for me to use. Some are small, but they're located well so they're easy to push without pushing something else by accident. Read more ›
This camera is better. Great color balance, intuitive interfaces, good movie capabilities, not too heavy and kid proof. You might get the same basic qualities with a lower… Read more ›
It turns out, I also had sand in the…Some of the sand got jamed in the shutter button causing it to be permanently half pushed which made no other function buttons work. Read more ›
When shooting video the focus will "wander"…Sometimes when fully zoomed in it will lose focus completely and you have to zoom out a bit for it to lock on again. Read more ›
(Although you could go online, order a new camera from Amazon with…--Other users have noted that the TCON will create horrible vignetting unless almost fully zoomed. So… Read more ›
I'm not expecting DSLR quality, but when a 12mp P&S camera like the FZ150 can take outstanding pix at full zoom, one does hope that a 12mp underwater P&S would have some… Read more ›
The sports mode works well for my grand children in track meets…Even thought it has a very good zoom built in, I will be glad when the new longer range len is available. Read more ›
It is obvious that the canon has the edge when you crop the pictures because when fully zoomed in to the picture the olympus looks a bit smudgy vs the picture taken from… Read more ›
There's…Normally I don't like digital zoom but the on Super Zoom mode produced some good results for me without all the normal grain and such you find with digital zoom. Read more ›
I took another 200 shots or so. --Got some very nice and interesting shots over the water toward the shore, focus was good and as usual color was great. This is basically… Read more ›
This would be very difficult with a DSLR. The color saturation and focus was excellent as well. It has lots of modes to take the best pictures based on the situation. Read more ›
I own other Olympus cameras. I compared and bought the TG-1 for it's rugged construction, F2 lens, and very fast focus. I do not use it under water although it is suited… Read more ›
I haven't used it underwater yet, but it's easy to use, focuses great, and takes clear pics! Great for novices who want to take good pics easily! Read more ›
+macro, super macro, and super macro with LED light support +relatively fast auto focus and generally good auto "point and shoot" mode +LCD screen was fairly easy to see,… Read more ›
I do not use the video function unless I am using it in a water setting, but the picture is beautiful underwater, good color, good focusing, but the sound, like with all… Read more ›
I started loving this camera…The ultra bright f2 lens coupled with a beautiful oled screen with high resolution is the best combination for a point and shoot in my opinion. Read more ›
The waterproof doors on the Olympus appear to be more robust than those on my old…9) High-speed burst mode is impressive - 5 fps at full resolution, up to 60 fps at 3MP. Read more ›
And did I mention it's FAST? Five frames per second at full 12MP resolution with virtually NO shutter lag. That's impressive in a small point-and-shoot camera. Read more ›
--Burst shooting and, just as…With a class 10 card I got better than 5fps at full resolution, and I got 18 shots before the camera began to hiccup and slow down. After… Read more ›
The coolpix was not clean and sharp, but we have gotten some great pictures…I personally love the sports button which lets you shoot 5 quick pictures at full resolution. Read more ›

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561 of 573 people found the following review helpful By Eric Romaine TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2012
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(Note regarding video: There has been some talk about how fast the start-up time is, so I uploaded a video so you can see for yourself. Pretty impressive!)

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I am so excited to be writing this review. At long last I have what I consider to be the *PERFECT* rugged camera.

Before I begin my review, here's my background:

I'm a wedding photographer by trade, so I have some pretty good experience-based insight about cameras (although more so with DLSR's) AND I have owned two other waterproof cameras. My first was the Canon D10 and I loved the new freedom it gave me to go underwater but it was huge and ugly (like a big bubble). I used this for years until it Nikon came out with their new Nikon COOLPIX AW100. This "upgrade" was actually a HUGE mistake as I found it more like a "downgrade" in many ways. Perhaps I'll write a review of the Nikon someday, but I'll mention some comparisons between the two below. To add perspective on that, I sold the Nikon at a loss and waited and studied the competition. Once the new Canon D20 came out, I was about to press `buy' when I saw an article on this Olympus. I ended up waiting a few more weeks for this bad-boy to release and I am SO GLAD I did.

Construction:

The camera looks great and feels sturdy. It's not oversized like the Canon, and not hollow-feeling like the Nikon. It just feels like a well-built machine, and this "feel" is important to me.

The lens is in the center! This is another one of the standout features of this camera. This allows you to hold it from both sides for even steadier shots. The other cameras lenses were off to the far left. Not only is that hard for lefties, but it makes them much harder to hold successfully with both hands (without blocking something).
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By meppel07 on July 9, 2012
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:

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These vids were made with one shot AF, IS off, and I can also confirm that this has nothing to do with the sound of the optical zoom (which is hardly noticeable in this camera).

Olympus says this sound is a consequence of waterproofing the camera, but they wouldn't tell me why other waterproof camera's apparently don't have this problem.

It's a real shame Olympus will not warrant this, because the rest of the camera is really good: great 2.0 lens, fast performance, very good image quality (esp. high iso and macro) for its class and nice, functional body design.

You might get lucky with your sample (or maybe not so unlucky as I was,) but be warned that Olympus will not grant any warranty claims if you end up with video sound like this.
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Chris Nichols on June 28, 2012
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As a current owner of the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 for the past several years, I have experienced all the great, and not so great, things about owning a rugged camera. The Tough 6000 is most certainly a tough little thing. It has survived many many lake and ocean swims, including long snorkeling trips and pool days, a Vegas bachelor party where it was dropped several times on the ground and had beer poured on it, been on multi-day snow skiing trips in sub zero temperatures, and even survived for over 20 minutes in the blazing heat of the clothes dryer when I forgot it in my shorts pocket (which also means it survived the wash cycle prior to the dryer!). While its toughness is certainly excellent, there are some things it needs improvement on. Start up speed, speed between taking pictures, shutter lag, difficulty in finding focus in low light, poor quality in low light, non-HD video, and xD picture cards were all things on my wish list for improvement. Thankfully, the new TG-1 iHS has resolved all those problems, which I will detail below.

- Start up speed: Using a stopwatch, I consistently was able to hold down the shutter button while pressing the power button and get the camera to take a picture in around 1.5 seconds while in Program mode. This is way faster than the Tough 6000 could ever manage and find it quite satisfactory.

- Speed between taking pictures: There really is no lag between taking pictures anymore. The camera will take pictures as fast as you can repeatedly press the shutter button. In the dedicated Sport mode the results are even more impressive. At full 12MP, the camera is taking about 10 frames per second, but if you knock the image size down to 3MP it will capture an insane number of pictures per second.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kailua Steve on July 8, 2012
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My previous WP camera was a Pansonic which took great video but the images really suffered from pixel packing and over processing. I bought this Oly primarily for its fast, quality lens. Despite its small sensor, I'd hoped that the lens would keep the images decent in low-light situations which are common for this type of camera.
It seems to work as described. I bought a fast SD card and the camera is very fast with it. I'm not particularly interested in all of the trick "filters" and GPS (I have one), but I did test the auto-stitch panoramas and they were all without artifacts. The fact that the camera is so fast allows taking three images quickly, so that the scene has little time to change between images.

With my other cameras, I typically underexpose my images and shoot raw so that the skies aren't blown out. In preliminary shooting with this camera, it seems like the default values are as good as one can get with these JPGs.

PLUSES: the doors are double-latched and have a really tight fit. The OLED screen is wonderful. The lens is typical good Oly quality.

MINUSES: Because of the large screen, the controls are a little too tightly packed for my fat digits, but I prefer this large screen to having wider spaced controls and a smaller screen. The only real complaint I have is the cheesy in-camera charger. Oly makes an external charger that one can currently only buy on eBay ($40!) but this seems pretty lame in a top-of-the-line model when $100 cameras have the convenience of external chargers. Also, the one-of-a-kind charging connector to the camera requires you to keep yet /another/ special USB cable for each USB device.
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