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Olympus Adds TG-1 iHS Tough Camera

5/08/2012 10:21:59 AM Eastern

Center Valley, Pa. - Olympus
introduced Tuesday the latest in its series of waterproof, shock-proof, freeze-proof,
crush-proof and dust-proof digital cameras -- the TG-1 iHS.

The Olympus TG-1 iHS ($400 suggested retail) Tough camera will ship in June.

The camera, which will ship in June at a $400 suggested retail,
will include a handful of accessories, including a fisheye converter lens
($120), a teleconverter lens ($110), an adapter ($20), and a 135-feet deep
underwater housing ($310). It is available in silver.

The camera's iHS system offers what Olympus said is the first high-speed
bright f2.0 lens on a Tough camera.

It is equipped with a 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, TruePic
VI image processor, Intelligent Auto control capability and an 8x
super-resolution zoom.

Other features include FullHD 1080p video capture, a 3-inch (610k-dot)
OLED display, and the FAST AF system technology found in Olympus Pen cameras.

Olympus has also added a coating to the lens element to prevent
water droplets from forming in the field of view.

The camera is said to be waterproof to a depth of 40 feet, shock-proof
for a drop from 6.6 feet, freeze-proof to 14 F degrees and even crush-proof to
a weight of 220 pounds.

A new Super Sport mode (dial setting) in the camera combines
high-speed autofocus with fast shutter speeds -- up to 1/2000 -- to freeze the
action. The mode captures five shots in a high-speed burst.

A Low Light mode renders perfectly exposed images in low-light
indoor settings, or in sunsets and late-night outdoor festivities without
resorting to the glare of a flash.

High-speed shooting is accommodated at up to 10 fps, while video
can be captured at up to 1080p FullHD or at 60 fps (3 megapixels), allowing for
slow-motion playback.

A Multi-Motion IS system compensates for user movement during
recording, creating smoother videos. Linear PCM recording, an audio technology
pioneered by Olympus for professional voice recorders, records videos with
high-definition audio for optimal playback results.

For expandability, the camera offers a converter ring to accept a
lens converter adapter, waterproof fisheye converter lens and teleconverter lens
for use on land or in water.

With the GPS and E.compass functions on the Olympus TG-1 iHS,
location and landmark information will be displayed and recorded along with
every image. The camera is also equipped with a logging function so you can track
the route taken from recorded images by using Google Earth and Picasa.