Olympus Stylus TG-Tracker
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You will have noticed that I said camera rather than camcorder or video recorder as this unit can also take still as well as moving images.
It weights 180grams; it is 9cm from back to front, 3cm wide and 5.5cm tall.
The right side has the on/off/log selector arm. The top has the record button and behind this Menu, OK, < and > buttons that allow you to change settings.
The front has the large fish eye lens, the left side has a small 3.2x1.4cm TFT and this can be turned through 90 degrees. The base has the tripod screw and the back has a door behind which the solid battery and any micro SD card you insert lives, my tests were done with a Toshiba 64GB one which was a fast capture option and this would be required as this unit captures 4K video.
So now onto some of the claims – that I did not try – waterproof to 30 metres, shockproof up to 2.1 metres, crushproof to 100KG and still works at -10 Celsius. For underwater the unit will sense when you are more than 50cm underwater and change automatically to a suitable capture mode.
Another feature I did not test but is mentioned on their site is the field sensor system that tracks GPS, Compass, Acceleration Sensor, Barometer and Thermometer all built in to this small unit.
Images both still and motion stored on a Micro SD card can be transferred via Wi-Fi to a free App that resides on your SmartPhone and this not only shows the still and moving images but also keeps the readings mentioned in the paragraph above.
It is also possible to use your phone as a remote control for the camera so it could be left in a remote place and be used to say spy on a birds nest without you having to be up a tree to control it. There is a time lapse feature which means you do not even need to be nearby.
Having noticed the ultra-wide angle of the fish eye lens in my initial tests I can say having looked on the Olympus site that it is 204 degrees that is a remarkable 12 degrees behind you on each side.
The battery is good for 90 minutes of solid recording which means with a maximum recording time per single clip of 29 minutes three full turns and then some extra but of course you will need a large micro SD card.
The box contains a Basic Manual in 29 languages with four pages in English as well as leads and a handle grip that allows handheld action shots and also facilitates shooting and connection in ways otherwise not possible.
The Olympus TG-Tracker is available from the link below for £279.95 with free delivery; it is also available in green as well as the black for the same price.
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