New Olympus TG-1 iHS Tough camera leaks on BestBuy website

For a short period of time, BestBuy had a listing for a new rugged Olympus TG-1 iHS Tough camera on their website. The entry is now removed, but you can still see the cached version of the page.

The camera has 12MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, 3" OLED display, 4x optical zoom with f/2 on the wide end. Full features and specs of the new TG-1 waterproof camera after the jump:


  • USB 2.0 port
  • Allows an easy connection to your computer.
  • Memory card slot
  • Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity and SDXC formats for storing or transferring media.
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  • 12.0-megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor
  • Captures high-resolution images up to 3968 x 2976 pixels.
  • 4x optical/4x digital/16x total zoom
  • For precise zooming and accuracy.
  • 3" OLED display
  • With 610K dots for clear viewing and easy navigation.
  • HD movie mode
  • Allows you to capture video clips in 1080p, 720p or VGA resolution.
  • TruePic VI image processor
  • Helps ensure clear, detailed images.
  • Dual image stabilizer
  • Reduces image blur caused by camera shake and vibration. ISO up to 6400 for improved image capture in low-light conditions.
  • Scene modes
  • Include portrait, landscape, night scene, night + portrait, indoor, self-portrait, sunset, fireworks, cuisine, beach & snow and more. Magic art filters allow you to get creative with your pictures.
  • Burst shooting mode
  • Captures up to 3 fps or up to 200 pictures for fast-action shots. Panorama mode allows you to record stunning vista shots.
  • White balance modes
  • Include auto, overcast, sunlight, tungsten and underwater to keep colors looking natural.
  • Built-in auto flash
  • With red-eye reduction for natural-looking eyes in portraits.
  • Autofocus
  • With super macro mode focuses as close as 0.4" for clear photos up close.
  • Water-, freeze-, crush-, shock- and dust-resistant design


  • Product Height 2.5"
  • Product Width 3.9"
  • Product Weight 7.8 oz.
  • Product Depth 1"
  • Megapixels (Effective) 12.0
  • Image Resolution Up to 3968 x 2976
  • Optical Zoom 4x
  • Digital Zoom 4x
  • Lens Features 9 lenses in 7 groups
  • Lens Focal Length(s) 4.5-18mm (35mm equivalent 25-100mm)
  • LCD Screen Size 3"
  • LCD Screen Features OLED with 610K dots
  • Viewfinder LCD only
  • Image Stabilization Yes, duo
  • Face Detection Yes
  • Burst Mode Yes
  • Panorama Mode Yes
  • Image Stitching Yes
  • Internal Memory 7.9MB
  • Compatible Memory Formats Secure Digital (SD)|Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)|Secure Digital Expanded Capacity (SDXC)
  • Shutter Speeds 1/4 - 1/2000 sec.; Night Scene: 4 sec.
  • Aperture Range f/2 - f/4.9
  • White Balance Auto, overcast, sunlight, tunsten, underwater
  • Flash Range 7.9" - 11.5' at ISO 800 (wide); 1.6' - 8.2' at ISO 800 (telephoto)
  • Flash Modes Auto, red-eye reduction, fill in, off
  • Focus Range Normal: 2' - infinity; Macro: 3.9" - infinity; super Macro: 0.4" - 2'
  • Movie Mode Yes
  • ISO Equivalent Auto, high auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
  • Self-Timer 12 sec., 2 sec. or auto
  • Interface USB
  • Camera Dock Not included
  • File Formats JPEG, MOV/H.264
  • Exposure Control Exposure compensation (±2 EV in 1/3 steps)
  • Image Storage Capacity Varies
  • Batteries 1 rechargeable lithium-ion Li90B (included)
  • AC Adapter Yes
  • Imaging Sensor Type CMOS
  • Imaging Sensor Size 1/2.3"
  • Touchscreen No
  • HD Movie Mode Yes
  • Smile Mode No
  • Waterproof Yes
  • Coldproof Yes
  • Shockproof Yes
  • Low-Light/High Sensitivity Yes
  • UPC 050332182189

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  • The TG-1 quoting its being 40′ waterproof and 6.6′ is ok,
    but add the Full HD CMOS sensor and the f/2.0 max aperture,
    and you may have yourself a tough camera that’s hard to beat!


    • Question

      I haven’t been keeping up on the Olympus P&S lineup for the past few years but is the image processing in the “Tough” line as bad as their P&S cameras from the 2003-2008 era? I’m talking about heavy noise processing, mega saturation, and significant barrel distortion from the lens.

      • safe as houses

        … if that new Chevy is as bad as the ones from the 70’s that my mom drove, well…

  • reginald

    Could beat the D800, me thinks.

    • Dan

      Well, I am a lot more likely to buy the Tg-1 so you might have a point.

  • Michael

    Looks really tough and robust.
    And has GPS – Awesome!

    Hopefully they bring it in different colors!

  • Wow, looks good.

    • yes, better then the old Olympus Tough models

  • With the smartphones grabbing more of video and casual photo opportunities, traditional camera makers either needs to enter the extremely competitive phone market, or to do something different. Dust- & weather proof cameras is one possible area of key differentiating.

    Unfortunately, until now the concept has been to pick the low spec camera interior and put into an expensive housing, in order to keep the total cost down.

    Here, I am glad to see a bit more ambitious approach by this new Olympus TG-1 iHS Tough, with the new generation of BSI sensors, fast processing, making it worth feeding it with bright optics. Leveraging of the XZ-1 success in some ways.

    • Mendes

      Looks great. The $400 price tag is not cheap. I hope the lens is sharper than older Tough models and it has built-in WiFi as well.

      • Use Eye-Fi Connect X2 4GB Memory Card, Mobile X2 8GB Memory Card
        or Pro X2 8GB Memory Card. SanDisk now cooperates with Eye-Fi, and sells the 4GB & 8GB versions.

  • I just really hope there is Raw option.
    That’s what kills it for me with these cameras.

    • According to the spec above:
      •File Formats JPEG, MOV/H.264

      So no raw, but why do you think you need it “with these cameras”?
      -For increased dynamic range, correcting white balance?

      Workaround for raw: use AE & WB bracketing, use histogram feedback

  • you’re a douche

    This looks like a very nice camera, but $400 is a lot of money for a camera made for only 1 purpose. You have to realize that, its made for rough conditions, you’re not gonna bring this thing to a wedding.

    • Stephen S.

      Why not?

    • Zaph

      You must go to different kinds of weddings than me. Anywhere with lots of drinks, drunks and dancing is a dangerous place for a camera.

    • Valiant Thor

      Maybe I will. I’ve been to some pretty TOUGH weddings.

    • safe as houses

      “… a camera made for only 1 purpose. To take photos… oh, and movies. Damn, that’s 2 purposes.

  • Olympus Tough Camera Leaks? Doesn’t sound waterproof.

    Nice that it has fast f/2 lens and it’s relatively handsome for the breed.

    Folks have a tendency to focus on the waterproof aspect of these camera but they’re also considerably more impact- and crud-resistant than the standard digicam. So anyone who has a questionable record on keeping their portable electronics pristine is a potential customer.

    • I agree, this actually looks like a really nice all-weather camera

  • Pixel Judge

    $400? I’ll keep my Oly’s own ZX-1 for now.
    Tough series is getting better, but all I want is better I.Q. I can give up 2 MP, GPS, WiFi, art filters, raw file, ISO6400, half of shack and waterproof….
    I will rush to buy this camera only if the image match the ZX1 or Psonic LX5.

    • Yipyo

      “I will rush to buy this camera only if the image match the ZX1 or Psonic LX5.”

      …I bet it will underwater or in a heavy rain …or in a pool, or kayaking, or at a waterpark …hmmm.

  • Mr. Reeee

    Still the same crappy motion JPEG movie file format. Oh well, everything else beats the Panasonic TS4 hands down.

    This should be a good replacement for my Oly 1030SW.

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