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Olympus TG-1iHS

Sep 21st 2012 at 9:21 PM

The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS ($399.99 direct) is not your typical rugged point-and-shoot camera. This pocket shooter looks more like a traditional camera—its lens is centered rather than perched in the corner—and has a fast f/2 aperture on the wide end. The 12-megapixel TG-1 iHS Best Deal: $379.00 at can go down as far as 40 feet underwater, fires full-resolution images at 5 frames per second, and offers GPS functionality. Put all of these features together and you have an ideal outdoor model that ousts the Nikon Coolpix AW100 ($379.95, 4 stars) as our Editors' Choice for rugged cameras.

Design and Features Olympus TG-1iHS
The TG-1 eschews the standard rugged point-and-shoot design, which places the lens in the top corner. In addition to making it look a bit more like a standard camera, the TG-1 has the unique ability in its class to accept 40.5mm filters and conversion lenses—although you will need to grab the $20 CLA-T01 adapter to support filters. It measures 2.5 by 3.9 by 1 inches (HWD) and is a bit hefty at 7.8 ounces. The Pentax Opto WG-2 GPS ($399.95, 3.5 stars), another tough camera with a centered lens, measures 2.4 by 4.8 by 1.2 inches and weighs 7 ounces.

The 3-inch rear display uses OLED technology rather than the more-common LCD. Even though it only has a 610k-dot resolution, it looks just as good as the 1,030k-dot LCD found on the TG-820 . Because it's OLED, the contrast and viewing angles are greater, making it more useful on bright, sunny days.

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