Olympus Adds TG-1 iHS Tough Camera

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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 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.


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