Hands-on with the OM System Tough TG-7
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Hands-on with the OM System Tough TG-7

The Tough TG-7 is the first rugged camera to wear the OM System name rather than Olympus. As you might have guessed, it's the seventh camera in the TG series, which has long been one of our favorites in the rugged/underwater space.

The TG series has not evolved a whole lot over the years. There's still a 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 25-100mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens, impressive rugged credentials, and the ability to associate location, depth, and more to your photos.

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When the TG-7 was announced, there was a lot of chatter in the DPReview comments about how the TG-7 needed to evolve. Why isn't there a larger, perhaps Type 1 (13.2 x 8.8mm) sensor? How about a different lens? The answer to that may be that the TG series has sold very well for Olympus/OM System, so maybe they're just giving the people what they want. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Before we start exploring the TG-7 in more depth, it's worth noting that the MSRP has jumped $100 compared to the TG-6, with a suggested price of $599.