Besides their vast range of cameras, Olympus has made a name for themselves by unveiling rugged cameras. However, these cameras had been on the pricier side and thus their market had been eaten into by the likes of Panasonic, and more recently by Nikon. Olympus have answered the competition by recently announcing the TG-1 iHS, a rugged durable camera, which boasts about being the world’s first camera featuring a high-speed bright F/2.0 lens. Olympus claims that the combination of durability and outstanding image quality makes it possible for the camera to shoot in even the harshest of conditions. Capture beautiful underwater scenes and aquatic life, snap photos of dusk-lit peaks or record your ride down the rapids in dazzling 1080p Full HD Video.

The Olympus TG-1 iHS is the world's first rugged camera to incorporate an ultra-bright, high-speed F/2.0 lens allowing one to capture high-quality images at fast shutter speeds, even in low-light conditions. The camera's three-inch high-resolution OLED display (610K dots) provides excellent visibility in bright situations, enabling you to compose the perfect shot in direct sunlight. Protective coatings help to prevent scratches and cut down on reflective glare and the new lens on the Olympus TG-1 iHS transform your photographs with the same FAST AF system technology found on Olympus PEN cameras. The camera also features a water-repellent lens coating that prevents water from accumulating on the lens surface.

Freezeproof, dustproof, waterproof and crushproof

Freezeproof, dustproof, waterproof and crushproof

The TG-1 iHS is waterproof upto 40 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14 degree Fahrenheit and crushproof to a weight of 220 pounds. Olympus claims that their flagship Olympus Tough model is the toughest Tough model to date and an exceptionally high-speed performer with faster start-up time and quicker refresh rates.

A high-sensitivity, high-speed 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combined with a blazing fast, DSLR-quality TruePic VI image processor results in high-speed autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition, and 10x Super-resolution Zoom to produce great images in locations that make even the most seasoned photographers cringe. This family of technologies combines for great image quality in challenging shooting conditions with improved lighting, less noise and response times twice as fast as traditional cameras.

The brand states that it is designed specifically to keep up with the on-the-go photographer, the new Super Sport Mode combines high-speed autofocus with extra fast shutter speeds – up to 1/2000 – to freeze the action. Conveniently located on the dial, this mode captures five shots in a high-speed burst to ensure crisp shots in even the most extreme action sport settings. Low Light Mode is perfect for capturing the mood of low-light indoor scenes, beautiful sunsets or late night outdoor festivities without ruining the ambience with a bright flash. Shoot like a pro with 10 frames-per-second high-speed burst shooting and 1080p Full HD videos (1920×1080 pixels) or 60 frames-per-second (3MP) at the touch of a button, allowing for slow-motion playback. With iHS Technology, one's videos will benefit from excellent colour reproduction and faster processing speeds, while Multi-Motion IS compensates for user movement during recording, creating smoother videos. Linear PCM Recording, an audio technology pioneered by Olympus for professional voice recorders, records your videos with high-definition audio for optimal playback results. In iAuto mode, the Olympus TG-1 iHS automatically detects the subject, lighting and situation to identify the scene you're shooting – up to 30 different scenes, including Night, Sport, Beach and Snow, Underwater Snapshot and Backlight HDR – and adjusts the settings for ideal results.

For serious photographers, Olympus is offering system expandability for the Olympus TG-1 iHS. A converter ring allows you to add a lens converter adapter, waterproof Fisheye Converter Lens and Teleconverter Lens for use on land or in water. The Fisheye Converter Lens captures panoramic, wide-angle shots without compromising on the brightness of the 4x wide optical zoom (25-100mm) F/2.0 lens. The Teleconverter Lens extends your optical zoom from 4x to 6.8x, delivering dramatic close-ups with professional-looking background blur. Combined with the Olympus TG-1 iHS' 8x Super-resolution Zoom, which extends the range of the optical zoom with virtually no loss of image quality, you can reach an unmatched 13.6x magnification. Both converter lenses are waterproof to 40 feet. 

With the GPS and e-compass functions on the Olympus TG-1 iHS, location and landmark information will be displayed and recorded along with every image. The camera is also equipped with a logging function, so you can track the route taken from recorded images by using applications, such as Google Earth and Picasa. And with the brand-new LI-90 battery, you'll worry less about battery life and more about your next destination. Mark your spot on the map with the built-in manometer, which records elevation and water depth and even displays a warning when the user approaches a depth of 40 feet. The Olympus TG-1 iHS boasts four different underwater scene modes — Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2 and Underwater Macro — each carefully calibrated to allow for optimal color balance, exposure and flash, so you automatically get the best results. An LED illuminator on the front of the camera enhances focus and exposure for macro shooting – great for underwater close-ups where light is scarce. The LED illuminator also works in conjunction with the flash to help illuminate your subject in low-light conditions.

The Olympus TG-1 iHS will be available in June in the U.S at an estimated street price of $399.99, which roughly translates to around INR21,402. There is no word, yet, on the global availability of this model. For more information, click here.

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