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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013

Editors' Choice 2013: Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS

Shoot high-quality pics with a rugged point-and-shoot.

by: The Backpacker Editors

Olympus Tough TG-1 (Genny Fullerton)
Olympus Tough TG-1 (Genny Fullerton)

Want a waterproof, rugged digicam? There are dozens to choose from. How about an all-conditions model that also takes great shots in all light conditions? There’s one: the GPS-enabled Tough TG-1. It wowed our testers with its 12-megapixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture lens—a first in this category—which helps it shine in low-light situations. “It produced vibrant, sharp shots that make other pocket-cam photos look amateur,” says one tester, who used it to capture camp scenes in Walls of Jerusalem National Park in Tasmania and snap action shots during the Grand to Grand Ultra stage race.

Strategically placed buttons put everything you need at your fingertips, menus are clear and intuitive, and a very cool feature called Tap Control makes the TG-1 great for gloved hands. “I could just tap the top, bottom, left, and right sides of the camera to navigate through a quick menu, giving me access to all the necessary controls without having to expose my hands to the cold,” says a tester. A removable ring around the lens allows you to screw on a telephoto lens, fisheye lens, or a filter adapter, which opens up possibilities typically reserved for DSLRs. $400; 8.2 oz.;

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Jul 30, 2013

Based on your review, I decided to further research this camera to replace my dated Pentax Optio WP that has served me faithfully for years, miles, and dusty trail conditions being packed in saddle bags and back packs (fits inside a pelican 1010). I have been VERY impressed with the picture quality, the LCD screen, timer, and etc., PLUS the GPS options. I ended up removing the lanyard boss and carving out a hole in one side of the pelican 1010 and it fits perfectly with a water/dust tight seal. Actually, today I processed some pictures I took and incorporated them into an ArcGIS 10.1 project I was working on. Bottom line...LOVE DIS CAMERA, so far...(will it be tough?)

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May 28, 2013

BTW, I rate this camera 5 stars.


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