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Olympus Tough TG-1 compact camera announced

Olympus has announced its latest rugged compact camera, the Tough TG-1, which is designed as a more impressive replacement to the TG-810 it launched last year.

Based around a new 12-megapixel sensor, the TG-1 includes an f/2.0 lens for improved light gathering and better low-light photography. The lens also boasts a 4x wide optical zoom system from 4.5mm to 18mm - although pushing the lens to its telephoto limits will see the lens rise from f/2.0 to a less impressive f/4.9.

It's the rugged body which Olympus is most keen to show off, however: according to the company's internal testing, the camera is able to withstand immersion in water up to 12 metres, bounces without damage when dropped from a height of up to two metres, and operates in temperatures as low as ten degrees below freezing. Olympus also claims the camera body is crush-proof to almost 100kg.

Additional features include Full HD video recording with stereo audio from a built-in microphone, integral GPS for geolocation of both images and video, a high-speed 60 frame per second video recording mode for slow-motion playback, and a burst mode capable of taking up to ten frames per second. A conversion ring offers the ability to add filters, wide-angle and telephoto lens adapters to the camera.

The camera boasts a large display on the rear, but it's not touch-capable: instead, users navigate the camera's various settings through a mode dial and a four-way pad.

UK pricing and availability for the Olympus Tough TG-1 has yet to be confirmed, with the company suggesting a US launch date of July at $400 (around £247 excluding taxes).

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