Features & Controls

Olympus has included a new f/2.0 lens into the TG-1, allowing for more light and more shooting opportunities in low-light situations. This 4x optical zoom lens has a very wide 35mm equivalent of 25-100mm, allowing you to capture vast landscape and underwater scenes. Combining this lens with the larger 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor and contrast detection focus system that Olympus incorporated, gives the camera an overall low-light performance that is unmatched by any other "lifeproof" camera; or most compacts for that matter.

Focus Range:
  • Normal Mode: W/T: 0.6m-∞
  • Macro Mode: W: 0.15m-∞, T: 0.1m-∞
  • Super Macro Mode: 0.01m-0.6m (Standard only, Flash Off)

Here you can see a close-up of the built-in flash unit and LED focus assist light.The flash has a descent range of up to 18.37ft, at ISO 800. It operates in the basic Auto, On, Off and Red-Eye Reduction modes. Next to the flash, the LED lamp assists the camera in focusing on a subject in low-light. It can also be used as a fill light for video recording or a flashlight when the camera is turned off.

The top of the camera is very simple. On the left side you have the stereo built-in microphones, and on the right side are the power and shutter release buttons.

Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the TG-1's 3.0-inch, 610,000 dot OLED screen. This hi-res screen is great for checking focus, viewing your home movies and looking at all of the small details in an image. It is also great for the camera menus, which look great and are easy to navigate.


Controls on the back: At the top you have the zoom control buttons. Next is the dedicated Movie Record button on the left. To the right of it you will find the camera's mode dial. Directly under the video recording button you will find the payback button. Pressing the 4-way controller up changes the amount of info you see on the screen while shooting or viewing your images. Pressing down allows you to delete images in Playback mode. Pressing down or either direction in REC mode will take you to the quick menu. At the bottom you have the MENU button.


On the left side of the camera you will find your input/output ports, hidden behind the TG-1's waterproof door. This door has rubber seals to keep out water up to the specified depth. Inside you will find two ports, USB 2.0 on the bottom and a mini HDMI port for viewing your images and HD Movies on a HDTV on top.

Here you can see the lens ring cover removed from the front of the camera. This is were the lens adapter and additional lenses can be attached to add additional versatility to the camera.

This is the lens adapter and the two available conversion lenses. A fisheye lens has a max aperture of f/2.0 and is waterproof to 40ft. so you do not have to sacrifice brightness underwater. The telephoto adapter adds an additional 6.8x to the TG-1's optical zoom, getting you much closer to the action. This lens is also waterproof to 40ft.

Storing your captured images takes place on a SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory card. With the TG-1's burst and HD movie capabilities, we recommend using a minimum of a class 4 SD card. The camera is shown here with the PNY Pro Class 10 SDHC card that we used for all of its tests.

Powering the TG-1 is a 3.6V, 1270mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery. Olympus claims that this is enough power to capture approx. 300 images on a single charge. Also shown here is the USB power adapter that allows you to charge the battery in the camera by plugging it into any power outlet. This does make it a little more difficult to keep a second battery charged and on hand.

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