Olympus is a known camera company that has been active for decades. I remember their compact cameras that were really popular back in the day. Like most brands, Olympus has too entered the action camera market. But with a focus on a little bit of a different niche. Olympus TG-Tracker is the most rugged action camera I have ever reviewed. It seriously looks like it can take a beating and come out with not even a scratch. It definitely stands out from the normal boxy crowd and that’s why I’m really happy to be able to review it.
- Dimensions: 93.2×56.5×35mm / 3.67×2.22×1.37″
- Weight: 180g / 6.35oz
- Video resolutions: 4K 30fps; 1080p 60/30fps; 720p 240/120/60/30fps; 480p 240/120/60/30fps
- Photo: 8MP
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse, Continuous
- Features: Waterproof up to 30m/100ft, Shockproof up to 2.1m/7ft, Dustproof, 1.5″ LCD, GPS, LED headlight, WiFi, Digital Image Stabilization,
- Ports: MicroUSB, MicroHDMI, MicroSD card slot
- Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 128GB
- Battery life: 95 minutes of 4K at 30fps
- Price: $299
In The Box
- Olympus TG-Tracker action camera
- Strap, Mount Coupling Adapter, Joint Screw, Standard Lens Protector, Underwater Lens Protector, Steady Grip
- MicroUSB cable, AC Adapter
Design & Accessories
The Olympus TG-Tracker definitely stands out. It has this rugged tough looking design that comes in all black and green. It kind of follows the same style as the rest of the Olympys Tough compact cameras. Looks wise, it kind of has the same shape as all the Sony action cameras. Pretty good for mounting onto helmets and cars/motorcycles.
Compared to most other action cameras, the body is covered with thick rubberized material. This has allowed Olympus to make the action camera shockproof from up to 2.1m/7ft and waterproof up to 30m/100ft. All that without the need of an external housing. Because of that, the Olympus TG-Tracker is also a bit bigger than rest of the action cameras on the market. It has a dimension of 93.2×56.5×35mm / 3.67×2.22×1.37″ and weighs in at 180g / 6.35oz.
The front of the Olympus action camera has the lens and a LED light. The back of the camera has a locked compartment which holds the battery, MicroUSB, MicroHDMI and MicroSD card slot. The right side has the 1.5″ LCD. What’s cool about the LCD is that you can pull it out like on a bigger video camera. A flip out LCD is especially good on this kind of design. Sony should learn from this and add this kind of an LCD to their action cameras as well.
The top part of the Olympus TG-Tracker has the record and menu buttons. You can use these to navigate through various settings and even past footage. There is also a threaded tripod hole underneath the camera for mounting.
As far as accessories go, Olympus has some pretty nice ones for anytime of extreme sports. Since the action camera’s body is waterproof, you don’t need an external housing. As long as you don’t plan on going deeper than 30m/100ft of course. You also get some standard accessories with the camera. For example a steady grip which is basically just a handle. It makes it easier to record with the camera. Since it is still pretty small, it can be uncomfortable to hold into it. In theory, it should also help record smoother footage. Definitely check out Olympus for all of the accessories they have available.
Video & Features
Inside the tough waterproof body, there is actually some good hardware as well. The camera has a 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS Sensor that can record with up to 4K resolution at 30fps. You can also record with Full HD 1080p at 60fps. Which is actually kind of lower than the standard nowadays. Most flagship action cameras already have 120fps at 1080p. 60 is good enough though as long as you don’t plan on recording slow-mo videos. If you do then you’ll have to do that in 720p.
In my opinion, Olympus has amazing colors. They do have decades of experience from producing compact cameras. The colors look really natural but not plain. Perfect balance in my opinion. Another thing is the video quality. It’s actually really good underwater and surprisingly clear. There are some parts when the quality is a bit blurry but that is due to lack of light. So quite a bit depends on the lightning.
Here’s another example of the 4K in an urban environment. As you can see the video quality is much more stable. There is no blur and even the trees are sharp. The action camera also has a digital image stabilization system that works when recording with up to 1080p. So if that had been turned on, the video would be even smoother.
What I like about the Olympus TG-Tracker is the features. It has a GPS that records everything. For example it has got extra sensors for saving data such as water temperature, altitude, depth, pressure and so much more. All of the data can be displayed on your video. It’s pretty cool. As I mentioned before, you also get a nice LED light which you can use underwater or in dark places, such as caves. It’s actually really useful.
The action camera also comes with WiFi. Olympus has their own app for iOS and Android, through which you can view live feed and change settings. Basically have all the control of your camera through your phone.
The Olympus TG-Tracker is the most extreme action camera I have ever reviewed. It is also the best action camera for extreme conditions. I would also say sports but depending on which. I can’t see this on skateboarding or BMX. However, for some cave diving or even downhill skiing, why not. It’s basically perfect for when you know the camera will take a beating. Also the depth and water temperature sensors should definitely add some extra Wow factor to underwater videos.
Olympus TG-Tracker is currently available on Amazon for $299. If you want a good bulletproof action camera, then Olympus TG-Tracker is definitely the best.