On my recent trip to Fiji, I had the opportunity to test the Olympus TG-1 camera. This camera is waterproof to 40 feet/12 m without a housing. A housing is also available, so the TG-1 can be used for diving as well as snorkeling and other aquatic activities.
I used the camera without a housing for ambient-light snorkeling photography. Here are my initial thoughts.
-Very little shutter lag for a compact camera
-Central lens placement
-Fast lens for a compact camera in this category – f2.0
-Multiple underwater modes (most cameras in this class have only one underwater mode)
-Sharp macro photos using “underwater macro” mode
-Menu is user-friendly and intuitive
-No RAW shooting capability
-The dial is tricky to adjust underwater
-Flash automatically turned on each time the underwater modes were adjusted underwater
-Experienced internal lens fogging which took many minutes to clear
This is an impressive camera for snorkeling photography. It consistently produced sharp images, is packed with useful features and has a fast lens. However, due to the fact that it has no RAW photo format, I can’t recommend it for serious underwater photography. I consider it more of a “fun” camera, and will happily use it while snorkeling and boating.
Below are some images I took at Savusavu Bay and Matangi Island, Fiji using the TG-1.
Olympus TG-1Images - Fiji
Sample of Images from Olympus TG-1 camera taken in Savusavu Bay and Matangi Island, Fiji
Damselfish in Coral - Matangi Island, Fiji[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/olympus-tg-1-sample-underwater-images-fiji/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-worm-with-olympus-wm.jpg]Christmas Tree Worm
Christmas Tree Worm - Matangi Island, Fiji[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/olympus-tg-1-sample-underwater-images-fiji/thumbs/thumbs_black-brittle-star-wm.jpg]Black Feather Star
Split Rock, Savusavu Bay, Fiji[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/olympus-tg-1-sample-underwater-images-fiji/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-clownfish-with-anemone-wm.jpg]Clownfish in Anemone
Clownfish in Anemone - Matangi Island, Fiji[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/olympus-tg-1-sample-underwater-images-fiji/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-reefscape-from-olympus-wm.jpg]Reefscape - Matangi Island
Matangi Island Reefscape[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/olympus-tg-1-sample-underwater-images-fiji/thumbs/thumbs_split-rock-damsels-wm.jpg]Sergeant Majors
Sergeant Majors - Split Rock, Savusavu Bay[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/olympus-tg-1-sample-underwater-images-fiji/thumbs/thumbs_matangi-bird-wrasse-in-coral-wm.jpg]Bird Wrasse Pair
Pair of Bird Wrasse in Coral - Matangi Island, Fiji[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/olympus-tg-1-sample-underwater-images-fiji/thumbs/thumbs_banded-sea-krait-wm.jpg]Banded Sea Krait
Banded Sea Krait - Savusavu Bay, Fiji[img src=http://www.reeftraveler.com/wp-content/flagallery/olympus-tg-1-sample-underwater-images-fiji/thumbs/thumbs_split-rock-damsel-fish-wm.jpg]Sergeant Majors at Split Rock
Savusavu Bay, Fiji
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Edited on 4/22/2013- I took the Olympus TG-1 with its wide angle conversion lens to Hawaii to shoot manta rays. The camera flooded as I was shooting a manta doing barrel rolls. Needless to say, I was more than a little upset. I called Olympus upon returning home, and they replaced the seals. I no longer have trust in this camera.