Testing My New Olympus TG-1 Underwater Camera

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Ixus 80IS got wet at sea while Ixus 95IS has blurry images

When both of my cameras died on me, I actually had problems of how I’d obtain a new camera. But GOD is good. He really works in mysterious ways 😉 I thought I’d have to wait for a long time to get a replacement camera. But just 2 weeks after my 2nd camera died, I got a new one. 😀

I actually thought of getting a Sony NEX5N. I also thought of getting a Nikon D3200 or Canon D20. But after weighing things over, I decided it would be wiser to get a powerful underwater camera – one that can withstand depths of up to 40 meters. Thus, I chose to get the Olympus TG-1, which is an underwater camera that is shockproof, freezeproof and waterproof of up to 40 meters. I’m still planning to get either a NEX5N or a Nikon D3200 when funds get replenished 😉

I ordered the camera from DB Gagdets. I started texting them last Monday. I told them the latest I’d confirm the purchase would be on Friday. However, my money arrived earlier so yesterday, I sent my payment. And in approximately 24 hours, my order arrived. It was shipped from Manila via LBC. I was so happy when I received the package. I immediately unboxed it and saw the following items:

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the 1st picture I took with the Olympus TG-1

It came with a camera case, a 4GB memory card and a camera strap along with the connectors and the Olympus CD. I immediately charged the camera. After which, I began taking photos of random things I could find.

Olympus TG-1 1st Test Shots at Night

Honestly, I didn’t like the first shot I took. It was too dark. When I adjusted the exposure settings, I came up with this too bright photo instead.

 I also tried taking photos of stuff in my room using the macro mode. Take a look at the photos below…

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normal photo

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Macro without LED Illuminator

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Macro with LED Illuminator

I tried playing more with the macro feature of the camera without using the LED Illuminator.

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On screen, the photo was awesome. However, I was disappointed to see the macro results of the Tiger Balm photo.

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 It lacked sharpness it its picture quality.

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I  guess I’ll have to take more shots tomorrow using natural light.

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I also took photos of the map of Bangkok using normal and macro settings.

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macro S2 settings

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Here’s a panorama view of my room. The camera has a feature where you can stitch 3 photos together. Notice the white lines in between the walls? That’s the result of the stitching. Sorry if you had to see my messy room. LOL.

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the result of using low light settings of the Olympus TG-1

My folks were already asleep. I tried to go out of our living room to take pictures of our Christmas tree. But since this ceramic fish was lighted, I used this as my subject instead. Take note that the small bulb inside the fish is the only light in our dark living room.

After I set up my tripod, I started messing up with the camera’s scene modes. Check out the rest of the photos below:

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I discovered that there were a lot of options to choose from on the camera’s Scene and Magic modes.

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Here’s a fish eye photo using the Magic feature.

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The Olympus TG-1 also has this cool Magic Punk option where photos turns into black and pink.

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The Magic Watercolor option gave me this output.

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I like the Magic Fragmented option of the cam. Do  you like what you see?

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I clicked and clicked and clicked as I changed each of the settings of the cam. I could no longer remember what were the other modes I selected.

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I think this is the Dramatic mode.

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Check out the rest of the fishes. lol.

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I’d have to tell you that non of the pics in here are edited, except for the watermark and the resized photos of course. Basically, all of the photos here were not edited. What you see is what I got after clicking on the shutter button.

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I just changed a few exposure settings here and there.

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This fish was shot with a flash. Honestly, I like it. There’s less noise in the camera considering how dark the room was. 😉

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This one I took using the Magic Drawing Effect.

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Zooming in and using the macro settings gave me these results.

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I dunno what options I selected on the following photos below but now am seeing noise in the photo.

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The next photo screams noise but it’s nothing to worry about.

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When I got tired taking photos of the fish, I decided it was time to bathe the camera 😉

First, I started turning on the faucet at the kitchen sink and decided to baptize the camera there. When the camera proudly showed me how tough it was, I decided to drown it in a bucket.

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Our bathroom doesn’t have a good light so it kinda looked dim even when I was taking photos. I also struggled in finding my focus since I was still playing with the camera.

Olympus TG-1 1st Test Shots at Night

Once the pail was full of water, I immediately submerged the camera. I also let it drink water coming from the faucet. Then I took a video, which I will post here once I upload it in YouTube.

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The camera was facing down and when I started clicking, the red square appeared – an indication that the camera couldn’t find its focus. I grabbed a bottle of shampoo to use as a subject. But despite that, it still had a hard time finding its subject. I had to adjust the bottle and made sure the light catches a portion of its body so that I can take my shot.

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After a few attempts. I finally got my underwater shots. The camera was prompting me to use the flash while underwater while I clicked. However, I didn’t dare do it. So pardon the dim underwater shots.

Olympus TG-1 1st Test Shots at Night

There you have it. Those were the few photos I captured while testing my new underwater camera. So far, I can say that the Olympus TG-1 can deliver good results. Tomorrow, I’ll work on test shots in broad daylight 😉

Update:

Here’s the video I took when I tried to torture the Olympus TG-1. hehehe

Talk to you later!

For more fish photos, check out this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetravellingfeet/sets/72157631812321542/

Comments

  1. I love it…. nice choice doi… hahaha biased talaga ako sa Olympus… it will always be my choice sa mga point and shoot… =D

  2. ahaka, cge ko’g delay sa akong review sa camera hehehehe… avoid lang og running water doi, naa sa manual. hehehehe…
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    • hahaha. mao ba? basahon diay ni nako tarong ang manaul kay ako nabasahan is pwde padaganan ug running water eh. lol. thanks dwin! 😉

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