back to Logo usat smarthome 3d00d0583dd95af3f7ce8dd6c5b121640f13c9e2513cef3241fb16a5d3f4960d
Tested by experts 06d9a64036647e73500f0390c533b110047acb1d8dfcda07834106364a611f86
  • Best of Year 2012
  • Editors' Choice

Olympus Tough TG-1 Digital Camera Review

Olympus brings a bright lens to the tough-cam pool, boosting all-around image quality.

$399.99 MSRP


More than a dozen waterproof cameras have hit the market within the last year. On the whole, they're better than the tough-cams that came before them. But even with all the improvements, they're really only suitable for shooting outdoors.

That's why the Olympus Tough TG-1 arrives with some buzz behind it. It's just as durable as the hardiest adventure-ready cameras, but stuffed with the brightest lens we've seen in the class. The hope is that it'll be the first tough-cam with serious photographic chops.

In practice, the TG-1 is the most versatile camera in its class. It isn't perfect, but most folks in the market for an adventure-ready shooter should take a look.

Check out our 7-camera waterproof shootout to see how the year's best tough-cams compare to each other.

The TG-1 is available now in gray/silver for an MSRP of $399.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Olympus Tough TG-1, take a look at these other point & shoot cameras.


  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Durability
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Dynamic Range
  11. Low Light
  12. Distortion
  13. Video
  14. Usability
  15. Ease of Use
  16. Handling
  17. Controls
  18. Speed
  19. Features
  20. Extras
  21. Video Features
  22. Conclusion

News and Features

Camera restricta hero

No Way, Cliché: This Camera Won't Work in Tourist Traps

This camera is definitely not for tourists.

Sony a7r ii gallery hero

Sample Gallery: Sony Alpha A7R II

What does 42 megapixels of resolution get you? Check our samples to find out.

Inspire pro in flight

DJI Announces Drone-Ready Micro Four Thirds Cameras

DJI announces 4K-capable Micro Four Thirds cameras for its drones.

Sony a7s ii news hero

Sony's New A7S II Shoots 4K Video In the Dead of Night

Sony keeps the low light 4K party going with the new A7S II.

Canon 600mm f4l do br prototype 600mm under glass

Canon Shows Off New 600mm f/4L IS DO With BR Optics

Lighter and smaller, the new 600mm f/4L IS DO looks promising.

Canon development news hero

Canon Announces Development of 250MP sensor, 8K Camera

The megapixel war heats up again thanks to Canon's newest sensors.

Bubbles hero 10

These Photos Show the Hidden Chemistry of Cooking

Take a look at these zoomed in photos of the cooking process.

Ricoh theta s hero 2

Ricoh's 360° Ambitions Come Full Circle With New Theta S

Can a tie-up with Google Maps take spherical photos mainstream?

Gh4 rigged

Panasonic's GH4R Finally Kills the 30-Minute Video Limit

Panasonic's GH4R is just a firmware update—but that's a good thing.