Olympus rugged Stylus TG-Tracker is an outdoors camera worthy of lumberjacks

Despite the seemingly over-saturation, the action/adventure camera market is alive and well. Olympus proved this today with the announcement of its new Stylus Tough TG-Tracker, their first-ever rugged camera to feature a full Field Sensor System.

Thanks to an advanced array of sensors, the TG-Tracker is capable of logging everything from latitude and longitude to altitude, shooting direction, and air/water temperature along with its videos and stills. Those of you who enjoy being able to capture your adventures in the wild and relive them at home will find the added features of this camera particularly enticing.

Users of the TG-Tracker will be able to, in combination with the Olympus Image Track App, display their sensor data along with the stills and video captured while they were out on their adventures. Olympus says that this will enhance “the excitement of reliving outdoor action with an immersive, data-rich viewing experience.” This type of data is similar to those collected in Garmin’s Virb XE, which also overlays metrics onto videos.

It wouldn’t be a Tough brand camera without being able to take some serious punishment. The TG-Tracker is waterproof to depths of 100 feet, dust-proof, shock-proof from 7 feet, freeze-proof to 14°F, and crush-proof up to 220 pounds of force – as-is, without needing any form of protective case. To keep things steady, the camera comes with a grip for hand-held shooting.

olympus_tough-tg-tracker_11

That is all before we even mention the 204-degree ultra-wide f/2.0 lens, 8-megapixel backlit 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, digital five-axis image stabilization, and the same TruePic VII processor that Olympus puts in their OM-D and PEN camera – which all pair together perfectly to capture a unique field of view for the 4K/30p and Full HD 1080/60p videos the TG-Tracker is capable of. Unlike most action cams, there is a tilt-out, 1.5-inch color LCD for framing and playback, and an LED lamp for low-light shots. Sound recording should also be a plus, as the camera has a mic with linear PCM recording – most likely technology borrowed from Olympus’ voice recorders. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you pair the camera with a phone or tablet, to use wih the Image Track App.

The TG-Tracker will be available in black or green, and should retail for around $350, with availability sometime in June.

This new rugged cam seems to be the logical direction Olympus would take with its Tough-series of point-and-shoots. Olympus added action-cam-like features to the Tough TG-4 (in fact, we think the TG-4 makes a great action cam), and the TG-Tracker bridges the two categories. The TG Tracker is also the first Olympus camera to handle 4K video capture, which we see as foreshadow for future Olympus cameras to come.

Gaming

From PUBG to Apex Legends, this is how battle royale happened

Battle royale games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ and Fortnite have become the biggest trend in video games. The genre is also pushing the envelope in Twitch streaming and eSports.
Gaming

How to share your best gaming moments on the Xbox One and its mobile app

The current generation of consoles make it easier than ever to share your gaming highlights with the world. Here's a quick guide on how you can record a gameplay video on Xbox One.
Cars

Protect yourself and your ride with our favorite dash cams

Dashboard cameras can assist drivers in car accident claims, settle speeding ticket disputes, and even catch glimpses of incoming meteors, among other things. Here, we've compiled a list of the most noteworthy offerings available.
Computing

The U.S. government plans to drop $500M on a ridiculously powerful supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to build a $500 million exascale supercomputer by 2021. The project, known as the Aurora supercomputer, is expected to boost research efforts in fields such as public health.
Photography

Photography News: Taking a smartphone photo probably saved this guy’s life

A man was snapping a photo in Australia when the smartphone stopped an arrow shot at his face. In this week's photography news, see Canon's plans for a stabilized mirrorless, Hasselblad's newest accessories, Samyang's latest lens, and more.
Deals

The best budget-friendly GoPro alternatives that won’t leave you broke

Cold weather is here, and a good action camera is the perfect way to record all your adventures. You don't need to shell out the big bucks for a GoPro: Check out these great GoPro alternatives, including some 4K cameras, that won’t leave…
Computing

Nvidia’s A.I. Playground lets you edit photos, experience deep learning research

Nvidia is making it easier to access information on deep learning research. It has launched an online space with three demos for image editing, styling, as well as photorealistic image synthesis. 
Photography

Paper designs digitize in real time using an Illustrator-connected paper tablet

Love graphic design, but prefer the feel of real paper? The new Moleskine Paper Tablet - Creative Cloud Connected syncs with Adobe Illustrator in real time, turning paper sketches into digital drawings.
Photography

Insta-checkout? New Instagram service lets you shop without leaving the platform

Shopping on Instagram no longer means leaving the platform to checkout in a web browser. Instagram checkout launched in beta today with a handful of retailers, allowing users to checkout without leaving the app.
Computing

Make the most of your toner with our five favorite color laser printers

Color laser printers have improved dramatically over the years, and today's models offer both blazing print speeds and great image quality. Here are our favorite color laser printers, from massive all-in-ones to smaller budget options.
Photography

Sony’s latest sensor is stacked, backlit, and equipped with a global shutter

Say this five times fast: Backlit, stacked, global shutter sensor. Sony managed to cram all three technologies into one sensor. The result is a high-speed sensor with a higher resolution without sacrificing low-light quality.
Mobile

You can now use the innovative Red Hydrogen One on Google Fi

The Red Hydrogen One was first announced in 2017 and has been delayed a few times since then. Now, the Red Hydrogen One is finally available, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.
Photography

Looking to keep prying eyes at bay? Here's how to hide photos on your iPhone

People take tons of photos using their smartphones, but not all are meant to be shared or seen. Luckily, hiding photos on your iOS device is easy, whether you want to use built-in utilities or apps with added security.
Product Review

What do you do with 187 megapixels? The Lumix S1R is glorious overkill

The Lumix S1R is one of the most capable cameras ever made, from its robust build to extensive feature set. But its key feature, a 187MP high resolution mode, is something few customers will have use for.