Olympus Tough TG-1 - Tough Camera, Easy Handling

Launch SRP: S$598

Performance & Sample Images


Unlike their DSLR and mirrorless camera cousins, Olympus' digital compacts aren’t exactly known for their autofocus speed, and the menu systems tend to be on the slower side of things. But the TG-1 doesn’t seem to suffer from a sluggish interface, and its bright F2.0 lens further helps beef up a fairly snappy AF system.

Resolution-wise, the numbers are quite average, with 1800LPH measured both horizontally and vertically. The TG-1’s image quality is generally good, with strong contrast, though there were times colors turned out pretty flat.

Noise starts to creep in at ISO200 but images stay useable all the way till ISO1600, after which they start to look soft and too many details are lost. We managed to test the TG-1’s underwater performance in a swimming pool, and found that the contrast and colors in its images are one of the best as far as rugged compacts go. The TG-1 did lose out marginally to the Canon PowerShot D20 in terms of underwater image quality.

f/2 at 25mm (35mm equivalent), 1/50 sec, ISO1600 (Images are useable all the way until ISO1600, provided you don't pixel peep.)


Sample Photos

These are sample photographs shot with the Olympus Tough TG-1. The photos have not been post-processed and are copyright to SPH Magazines. They are provided for your reference only and we ask that you do not reproduce them elsewhere. Click for the full-resolution images.

f/8 at 25mm (35mm equivalent), 1/320 sec, ISO100

f/8 at 25mm (35mm equivalent), 1/200 sec, ISO100

f/2 at 25mm (35mm equivalent), 1/15 sec, ISO200

f/2.8 at 25mm (35mm equivalent), 1/400 sec, ISO100 (This was taken underwater in the swimming pool.)

The Good
Fast F2.0 lens
Accepts converters and filters
Super rugged
Lots of scene modes and art filters
Shoots 1080p video
The Bad
Very small buttons
Colors occasionally flat or washed out
No manual modes

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