Shooting pics with one of those tough camera often meant sacrificing on features and quality in the name of survival. That hardly seems to be the case with Olympus’ just announced Tough TG-1 iHS.
Surprisingly, this camera is the toughest of the Tough series, which means it can dive to 40 feet, survive a fall from 6.6-feet, keep on ticking in temperatures as low as 14°F and undergo the force of a 220lb man. But that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the Tough TG-1 iSH point and shoot. In addition to a 12-megapixel shooter, super fast auto focus times, a 1/2000 shutter speed (slow mo), is a lens that can accomplish an aperture of F/2.0. Complementing all that wizardry is a 3-inch high resolution OLED, yes OLED, display that has 610k dots of goodness and the ability to be seen in direct sunlight. If that isn’t enough new fangledness (is that a real word?) Olympus has made sure that the TG-1 iHS is expandable by adding a converter ring, allowing photogs and amateur snappers to affix a waterproof Fisheye Converter Lens (4x optical zoom) and Teleconverter Lens for use on land or in water, which extends the TG-1′s reach to 6.8x. And yes, there is a GPS function.
Olympus plans to start selling the Tough TG-1 iHS this June for $399.99 in the color Titanium. The Fisheye converter and Teleconverter lens will sell for $119.99 and $109.99 respectively.