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.
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