New announcement: Olympus TG-1

Today, Olympus UK have announced a new ‘Tough’ camera to add to their current range of compact, rugged digital cameras: the TG-1.

This latest model is not only designed to work in extreme conditions in the same way that previous models from Olympus and other manufacturers does, and it boasts a high-speed f/2.0 lens which is ideal for low light conditions or shooting fast action. This is something that does not exist on any other rugged model that is currently on the market. Combined with a high-sensitivity 12 megapixel CMOS image sensor and TruPicTM VI image processor, taking jaw-dropping images in challenging situations with less noise and a quick response time ensure unmatched image quality.

It’s rugged credentials also make this a camera unmatched in its class. Olympus have borrowed technology from previous cameras, as well as their range of underwater housings to design something that is completely waterproof to a depth of 12 metres (40ft). Taking shots in heavy rain or snow is also no problem, as the camera will continue to operate down to a chilly -10oC with no lens condensation – often a common problem in colder conditions.

If you’ve ever dropped a camera in the past (and it’s easily done), you’ll know that often they do not survive the impact and you are looking at either a costly repair or a replacement camera. The TG-1 continues with Olympus’ ‘Tough’ theme and is protected from drops or knocks up to a height of 2 metres.

The Olympus TG-1 also boasts a range of features to assist you to get the perfect photo with their range of scene modes and art filters. The cameras enhanced intelligent auto mode automatically detects the subject, lighting and situation to identify the scene you are shooting, and set up the camera automatically. Within the scene modes, there is a Super Sport Mode found on the dial on the rear of the camera. This uses super fast shutter speeds (up to 1/2000 sec) and captures 5 shots in a single burst to ensure your shot remains as crisp as possible.

The TG-1 also features a GPS function, similar to that found on the Pentax WG-2 GPS and the Panasonic Lumix FT4. Location and landmark information will be displayed and recorded along with your photos. The route that you have taken can also be tracked by using applications such as Google Earth and Picasa. You might think that using these functions would use more battery power, but Olympus have included a new battery (Li-90) capable of taking 220 shots on average per charge.

The TG-1 will be available this Summer and you will also be able to add a new range of accessories to your camera to widen your possibilities even further such as attaching a fisheye or tele converter and even an underwater housing capable of taking the camera down to a depth of 45 metres (135ft).

For full details and to place a pre-order, visit www.ParkCameras.com.

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