Olympus have unveiled a new rugged action camera that adds tracking data to help improve your performance. The new Olympus TG-Tracker has a 1/2.3"-type 7.2-megapixel imager capable to record 4K footage, a detachable grip, a 14mm (eq.) f/2 ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-axis image stabilisation and a 1.5" flip-out LCD monitor. It is shockproof to a height of 2.1 metres, crushproof to a weight of 100kg, dustproof, freezeproof down to -10°C and waterproof down to a depth of 30 metres. Underwater, the camera automatically adjusts white balance and other settings, and there is an up to 60-lumen spotlight for shooting when it would otherwise be too dark. And unlike products with regular geotagging, the TG-Tracker can sense acceleration, altitude or depth and temperature as well as direction of movement – in addition to latitude and longitude. This gives extreme sports enthusiasts a much fuller picture of where they were, what was happening and how they were performing at the moment any given image was captured. The Olympus Tough TG-Tracker will become available next month, priced at £279.99/$349.99/€349.00.
Olympus Press Release
Challenge yourself with the new Olympus Tough action camera
London, 05/24/2016 – Ten years after Olympus first sealed its serious imaging expertise inside a super-rugged casing, the TG-Tracker takes the all-action field log camera to new heights – and depths. While conventional action cameras convince in one area but fail in another – like image quality, shot selection or battery life – the TG-Tracker excels across the board. It combines the imaging power of Olympus high-end camera technology with the go-anywhere build quality that comes with a decade of category-leading outdoor expertise. For fans of extreme sports, that makes a big difference: instead of recording a rough impression of what they really saw, they capture a really impressive record of what they saw when things got rough. The TG-Tracker has a detachable grip, ultra-wide angle lens, 5-axis image stabilisation and a flip-out LCD monitor – so you can easily frame and shoot blur-free, by hand, in harsh conditions. You aren’t limited to mounting the camera on your equipment. Given the TG-Tracker’s comprehensive new tracking and field logging capabilities, the result is a more gripping, higher quality way to re-live and share intense moments – like a sky or scuba dive, kite surfing jump or wild-water ride in a bucking canoe. Using the free App Olympus Image Track Ver 2.0, owners can review outdoor adventures with all the information they need to bring the physical challenge to life: altitude or depth, air or water temperature, geo-location and direction and speed of movement. The new TG-Tracker is compatible with many harnesses and mounts for all sorts of outdoor and sports equipment (adapter supplied). It is available from July 2016 for €349.
Go anywhere, record everything
The new TG-Tracker has what it takes to hit the ground running. Literally. This camera is ready to record in the harshest environments without added protection. It is shockproof to a height of 2.1 metres*, crushproof to a weight of 100kg*, dustproof, freezeproof down to -10°C* and waterproof down to 30 metres* below sea level. In addition to Olympus image quality and its wide-angle, hand-held framing flexibility, it also has another dimension that makes sure it stands out among other outdoor still and video cameras: its five sensors. Unlike products with regular geotagging, the TG-Tracker can sense acceleration, altitude or depth and temperature as well as direction of movement – in addition to latitude and longitude. This gives extreme sports enthusiasts a much fuller picture of where they were, what was happening and how they were performing at the moment any given image was captured.
For example, when they review footage on their smartphone, scuba divers can see at a glance at what depth, water temperature and distance from the entry point they encountered a spectacular fish or species of coral. The camera even logs changes in G force – like a parachute opening or the take-off and landing that bookend a snowboarder’s 360 – then tags the chapter for easy retrieval. The TG-Tracker lets owners focus on the immediate challenge and thrill, while it is capturing all the key data. By showing images and details in context in the new and free Olympus Image Track App (OI.Track) – such as where a photo was taken on a realistic depth/time profile of a scuba dive – five-sensor tracking makes re-viewing and sharing extreme activities all the more fascinating, and more intense. This isn’t just life logging. It’s energising logging of a real-life adventure.
Olympus image quality guaranteed
TG-Tracker owners benefit from Olympus’ high-end imaging know-how, and a camera that out-performs similarly priced rivals in many ways. From 5-axis image stabilisation for video and the performance of the replaceable battery to the flip-out colour LCD for framing and reviewing the action. What’s more, its ultra-wide lens that captures a 204° field of view that often reveals peripheral details the owner cannot even have seen. On top the TG-Tracker records 4K video** with ease, powered by the same TruePic VII image processor found in several high-end Olympus interchangeable-lens cameras.
Underwater, the camera automatically adjusts white balance and other settings, and there is an up to 60 lumen spotlight for shooting when it would otherwise be too dark. The supplied grip extension and built-in mirror mean owners can hold their camera how they want and they make it as easy to shoot selfies as over a cliff edge or – using a compatible mount or harness – completely hands-free. Alternatively, for full-length selfies with a big group and all the gear, they can operate the camera remotely from a phone with OI.Share installed, another of Olympus’ free Apps.
Olympus Image Track software supplied
Reviewing footage is when the TG-Tracker really comes into its own – and the images and data recorded come vividly to life, either as high-resolution 4K video on a full-size TV or on a smartphone equipped with the new version of the free Olympus OI.Track App. Transferring stills and video** to the phone is simple, via Wi-Fi. OI.Track offers owners a variety of features and settings, but the most important is the option to browse images and related log data together, in split-screen mode. The log for each clip or still can be viewed from two perspectives: as a birds-eye map or as a chart plotting depth/altitude against time. By comparing past logs stored in the App, it’s easy to calculate distance covered, speed and other variables, which is great motivation to push the limits further next time.
Like every Olympus lens and camera, the TG-Tracker comes with a free six-month warranty extension**** when registered via the MyOlympus online platform.
UP-T01 Underwater Protector for precise focusing underwater without the potential to scratch the lens
LP-T01 Lens Protector for closer, scratch-free shooting above sea level
MC-T01 Mount Coupling with selfie-mirror for attaching the SG-T01 Steady Grip and compatible with numerous 3rd party accessories
SG-T01 Steady Grip for shooting stable stills and video in unstable situations (includes tripod interface)
CSCH-125 Tracking Holder*** for carrying the TG-Tracker on a harness at waist or shoulder height, and logging data hands-free
Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at http://www.olympus-europa.com for the latest specifications.
* Waterproof according to IEC standard publication 529 IPX8. Shockproof figures equivalent to MIL Standard (Olympus test conditions). Freezeproof and crushproof according to Olympus test conditions.
** 4K videos cannot be transferred to a smartphone, but can be streamed to a TV.
*** Images cannot be recorded while the camera is inside the Tracking Holder.
**** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.
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