Olympus toughens up with the 12 megapixel TG-1

Adventurers and people who like to give their cameras a good flogging are about to want something new, as Olympus has today unveiled a new flagship strong camera that looks built to survive against its competitors.

The TG-1 is the latest model in the long running Olympus Tough line-up, with this model boasting some new technology which will be perfect for anyone venturing into the great beyond.

A new sensor is the first thing thrown in here, with a 12 megapixel CMOS sensor designed for faster auto focus and low-light photography, with up to ISO 6400 on offer. This technology is coupled with an F2.0 lens with 4x optical zoom, roughly equivalent to 25-100mm.

Like most cameras, you can also capture video here, with 1080p Full HD offered in the TG-1, complete with stereo sound recording, all viewable on the camera’s 3 inch OLED screen.

As it’s been designed for the wilderness, Olympus has thrown in a new GPS designed to pick up on your position faster than other cameras, even allowing you to pre-load satellite coordinates to speed up the GPS acquisition.

Then there’s how it’s built, and as a tough camera, you better hope this thing is built to withstand what you throw at it.

On the TG-1, Olympus has brought the ruggedisation up, shock-proofed from a drop of 2 metres, freeze-proof to -10º Celsius, crush-proof when up to 100 kilograms is pushed against it, and water-proofed down to 12 metres underwater.

If you need to go deeper, Olympus will also make an underwater housing available (PT-053), allowing you to bring the TG-1 down to 45 metres.

The TG-1 will be making its way to stores next month for $499 RRP, so make sure you wait until after it’s been released until you head out on your next adventure.