Action Cameras

Object of Desire: Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker

August 12, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

Think of Olympus’ newest action cam as the first self-aware action cam. The Tough TG-Tracker is loaded with sensors including GPS, an electronic compass, an accelerometer, a thermometer (active only underwater), a barometer, a manometer and a water detector. Data harvested from these sensors is used to help automatically compile highlight clips in the camera by detecting rapid changes in movement, for instance. It’s also used to put the camera into underwater exposure mode when you dip below the waves or it can simply record a data-rich log of your activities. As the name implies, the TG-Tracker can take a beating. It is waterproof to 30 meters without a housing, can survive falls from up to 2.1 meters and can endure up to 220 pounds of pressure without cracking. It records 4K video at 30p or Full HD at up to 60p via a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. If you need even faster frame rates, you can hit 240p when shooting at 1280 x 720 resolution. The TG-Tracker can snap 8-megapixel still images and has a fixed 13.9mm lens (35mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/2. This wide-angle lens has a 204-degree angle of view, though you’ll drop to 161 degrees if image stabilization is on. A built-in LED lamp can either illuminate a scene or serve as a flashlight pumping out up to 60 lumens at 3.5 meters. It features digital 5-axis image stabilization, a stereo mic, Wi-Fi and a tilt-out 1.5-inch display.

PRICE: $350

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