Olympus Enters Action Cam Market with Its Stylus TG-Tracker

May 24th, 2016
Olympus Enters Action Cam Market with Its Stylus TG-Tracker

There is no such thing as an action camera in the Japanese company’s lineup of cameras. Until now. Today, Olympus introduced their latest piece of gear, the Stylus TG-Tracker action cam.

Yet another action cam!

It seems that we are witnessing another competitor emerging in the territory of the original inventor of the action cam, GoPro. The freshly announced Stylus TG-Tracker comes with a set of unique features and a form factor of its own, so it’s far from being another copycat GoPro clone. That said, we will have to wait to find out whether it can compete with the current “go-to” action cameras.

Specs of the Stylus TG-Tracker

One of the most exciting features is the outdoor ruggedness of this camera, not for nothing a member of the TOUGH line of cameras built by Olympus. Reading the specs you want to get dirty with this camera:

  • Waterproof up to 30m (98.4′)
  • Dustproof
  • Shockproof up to 2.1m (7′)
  • Freezeproof up to -10°C (14°F)
  • Crushproof up to 100 kg (200 lb)

Yes, this is tough, indeed! More rugged than the recently announced LG action camera, even.

The TG-Tracker comes with a 1.58mm f/2.0 wide-angle lens with a 204° field of view. Converted to a 35mm sensor that would be a focal length of 13.9mm. The used TruePic TM VII processor wasn’t newly developed but borrowed from the OM-D line of cameras and upgraded with UHD 4K video capabilities.

Available recording formats are 3840 x 2160p @ 30 fps, 1920 x 1080p @ 60/30 fps and 1280 x 720p @ 240/120/60/30 fps. The camera records to microSD cards in h.264 while an electronic 5-axis stabilisation helps improving shaky footage. Additionally, the camera can caputre 8MP stills, that’s 3840 x 2160 (16:9) pixels.

Stylus TG-Tracker

A very nice feature is the tilt-out 1.5″ LCD screen. Every time I have to use a GoPro (or similar) camera, I’m constantly cursing the fiddling with wi-fi networks, mobile phone screens, and laggy connections. Especially when there are multiple cameras involved. An onboard screen sure makes the device somewhat bigger, but framing gets a whole lot easier. You have to decide if it’s worth it. You can control the Stylus TG-Tracker camera, either way, using the onboard LCD screen and buttons or via a wi-fi connection with the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app.

Above the lens itself, there is a build in LED headlight. It can be used to illuminate dim surroundings such as underwater scenes. There’s even a dedicated underwater white balance mode for that.

A camera and an outdoor activity tracker

This camera isn’t just a camera as one of its main features is the built-in field sensor system. This means the Stylus TG-Tracker is capable of acting as an outdoor activity tracker with various data such as altitude/depth, GPS position, e-compass, air pressure, temperature and so on.

Either the LCD Screen or the OI.Track app can be used to monitor the data generated by the field sensors of the camera. This way, you can track your next hike, for example.

TG-Tracker

Olympus TG-Tracker with the included steady grip attached

Pricing and availability

The Olympus TG-Tracker camera comes in two finishes, black and some sort of venomous green. It will retail for $349 and will be available in late June to mid-July.

For more information, check out the UK microsite.

Press release: olympus-global.com

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 Aaron Goodrum
Aaron Goodrum
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September 28th, 2016

I’ve used GoPro forever, since they started their company. Recently I’ve broken 3 of my last GoPros to the tune of $1500, so I wanted to try something else. I like this camera. I went on a trip to Mexico with my girlfriend and 3 friends, here’s one of the videos from that trip, shot on the Olympus TG-Tracker.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK2D0OIL02U

Gene Nemetz
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May 25th, 2016

Cool little camera. LCD display. :-) I wish they’d make a second camera with no fish eye lens, with a mic jack and a headphone jack. If they would, the question is how many would I buy, not if I would buy.

Christopher Grant Harvey
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May 25th, 2016
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Why?

Gene Nemetz
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May 25th, 2016
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Excellent for a personal camcorder, and for live streaming. There’s a huge need for a simple live stream camera, one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. I would have bought several GoPros by now for live streaming. It has such an excellent picture. But the fish eye ruins it. Camera manufactures still don’t seem to understand the live stream market. And why a microphone jack? Built in microphone audio is awful. Why a headphone jack? To keep real time tabs on volume level. These things would be simple additions. and this Olympus camera already has an LCD display, also needed for real time video, keeping up real time with where the camera needs to be pointed. I’m just saying I have been looking for an inexpensive camera for live streaming. The last one I bought was almost $800.00, and it could only do 1080p recording. 4K cameras that have clean output and don’t have the 29 minute recording time are at least $1000.00.

Gerrick Winston
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May 25th, 2016

The example video they showed wasn’t so impressive…maybe it was compressed too much to fully appreciate all that resolution they’re boasting?

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May 25th, 2016

The presentation and product shots looked fine but the exapmle footage looked like it was from 1998. The whole sky blown out in every shot and a lot of compression artifacts. The design look promising but the footage is a no go IMO

Rafael Molina
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May 24th, 2016

Interesting

Ahmed Abul Burghul
Ahmed Abul Burghul
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May 24th, 2016

Amer Abul Burghul

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