Olympus has released details of a new flagship model that is being added to its Tough camera range.


Targeted at adventure and outdoor enthusiasts, the new Tough TG-1 has a 4x optical zoom lens with a bright f/2 maximum aperture at the widest focal length. Waterproof to 12 metres, Shockproof to 2 metres, Freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius and  Crushproof to 100 kgf, the TG-1 features advanced A-GPS technology.  The TG-1’s imaging system uses a 12-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, new generation TruePic VI image processor and Olympus’ latest iHS technology for rapid camera response.

The built-in A-GPS system can pre-load satellite coordinates to speed up satellite-acquisition. Using this technology, the names of 700,000 landmarks from 195 countries are automatically displayed on screen and captured with each shot. The GPS Logger function enables users to map their route while travelling with the camera via Google Earth. An integrated electronic compass works with the GPS unit to provide direction, longitude and latitude information in the special Active Gear display mode, which can be displayed on screen, even when the rest of the camera is switched off.

The versatile zoom lens covers a focal length range equivalent to 25-100mm in the 35mm film format and is entirely contained within the camera body to ensure it retains high optical accuracy, even if the camera is dropped or knocked. Four aspherical lens elements and special ED glass (Extra-low Dispersion glass) minimise common aberrations and produce superior image quality.

Two optional waterproof lens converters can be attached directly to the TG-1 using an adapter ring (CLA-T01) to provide fisheye wide-angle capability (FCON-T01) and extended telephoto lens reach (TCON-T01). A new 45m depth underwater housing, the PT-053, which accepts Olympus’ range of underwater flash units, will also be available.

The Tough TG-1 carries an RRP of AUD$499. Details are available at http://www.olympus.com.au/Products/Digital-Cameras/Tough/TG-1.aspx