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Olympus Tough TG-1 Digital Camera Review$399.99
Effects, Filters, and Scene modes
A typical set of scene modes are available, in addition to one of the best collection of in-camera filters and effects we've seen.
Durability is the main feature on the TG-1. It has class-leading durability ratings across the board. Read our Durability page for more.
The TG-1 comes with a GPS antenna for geo-tagging photos. For some adventurous photographers, it’s a must-have feature. They can map out their photos and figure out exactly where they took their favorite shots—and share that info with friends and other outdoor enthusiasts.
GPS works best in wide-open areas, but we could get it to sync with the satellite even in relatively dense urban settings. The GPS can be disabled entirely; used only while the camera is turned on; or with the GPS Logger activated, it pings the satellite every few minutes to track its movements. This last setting really kills the battery life, especially if left on overnight.
If GPS is a critical feature for you, the TG-1 works well, but the best in-camera GPS system we’ve seen is in the Panasonic TS4.
Manometer is a fancy word for altitude and pressure monitor. It can monitor your depth underwater, so that you don't accidentally dive beneath the maximum level for waterproofing. We didn't test this feature.
Fumbling with buttons can be difficult underwater. If you'd rather control the menus by tapping the top, bottom, and side of the camera, you have that option. Pretty cool.
The TG-1 has a removable, plastic lens ring, which opens up a slot for add-on converter lenses. Neither lens (a fish-eye converter, and teleconverter) is available just yet—Olympus estimates a July street date—but this is a very interesting concept for a fixed-lens tough cam, making it a mini-system of sorts. Let's hope that it's as cool in practice as it sounds on paper.