Olympus TOUGH TG-1: Tough but not rough

By Naomi Mackay,

The trouble with a lot of our precious gadgets is that they’re just that – rather fragile, expensive and a worry when we take them out into the great outdoors.

But a camera is supposed to be taken out and about, so what do you do if you want to take great snaps, but are likely to be out in all weathers, at risk of dropping your snapper, or even likely to get it wet?

Olympus TG 1

The answer is to choose a model that is made to be treated roughly – a model such as the new TG-1 compact camera from Olympus.

This camera is as tough as Bruce Willis in Die Hard – it can survive being dunked in water up to 12 metres, dropped from a height of 2 metres, survive temperatures a low as -10C and being crushed by up to 100kg of force.

And if you want to try your hand at underwater photography, this is the camera to choose – a soon-to-be-available additional housing will enable users to take the camera to depths of up to 45m, while a powerful flash attachment will boost illumination at these kinds of depths.

The camera has a 12mp, high-sensitivity COS sensor and if you’re serious about your photography, there are waterproof lenses for you to use to get more creative. What underwater camera would be complete without a fisheye lens, for instance? This will let you grab wider, dynamic images, while a tele converter lens can increase the optical zoom ratio by 6.8x.

Other features of the Olympus TOUGH TG-1 include GPS and compass, manometer for checking depth underwater, and an LED illuminator for lighting up underwater scenes.

It also has Magic Filters for adding creative effects to both still images and HD movies, and a number of scene modes – including an all-important i-Underwater Snapshot.

The Olympus TOUGH TG-1 is available from mid-June and will cost £359.99; the Fisheye Lens is £129.99, the Tele Converter Lens, £129.99, and the Converter Adapter £19.99.