Olympus TG-1: Tough Cams Want to Snap Beautiful Photos Too

Let's face it, most rugged cameras can cope with being dropped, frozen or dunked in water, but few of them take good photos. This is why the newly announced Olympus TG-1 stands out: it's based on the company's amazing point-and-shoot XZ-1, only it's toughened up for the great outdoors.

The thing is, most rugged cameras use a shockproof body that's then stuffed with camera tech. Instead, with this one, Olympus took the XZ-1 and pondered on how to toughen it up.

The result is a camera with an impressive spec sheet. It has a 12MP CMOS sensor, an ISO range up to 6400, an f/2.0 lens with 4x zoom from 25-100mm and a 3-inch OLED display, making it almost as good as the XZ-1. Elsewhere, it has GPS, which is accurate to 10 metres and, uh, a compass.

Obviously, it's tough, too. It's shockproof, waterproof to 12m, dustproof, freezeproof and generally a sturdy little guy. It goes on sale in June for $US400, which seems like great value for a rugged camera that can hold its own photographically. [The Verge]