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Olympus Tough TG Tracker

£279.99 www.getolympus.com

It’s difficult to know whether an inexperienced action camera user is the best person to test a new action camera, or really just the least qualified; but either way, I found the Tough Tracker a remarkable bit of kit: producing results way above my expectations, with minimum practice. It was definitely necessary to read the manual, but once I’d done this, the rest fell into place quite quickly. I carried out the initial testing while shooting an open water swimming feature for OE. It was a gamble, so I did have a more traditional back-up. But it wasn’t needed; within an hour, I was shooting stills and moving footage, both in and out of the water, and by the end of the trip, I was more than happy with the results. Key things for me included the quality of the still images, the ease of shooting moving footage, and the really easy playback, via Wi-Fi onto a tablet, that made initial selection easy, and also provided quick feedback of what was and wasn’t working. The lens is a super-wide 204°, so care is needed close up. Otherwise it captures a very workable field of view – perfect if you’re unable to see through the flip-out viewfinder. Image stabilisation is so good that you stop worrying about it after a while. And I was impressed with its overall toughness and waterproofness. At 180g, it’s heavier than many of the action cameras on the market, and this may make it less suitable for helmet use; but that would be my only concern. Comes with detachable grip. Tom Hutton

VERDICT: An all action, action camera. Great image quality and robustness.

BEST FOR: Underwater, climbing and ski.

Review by Tom Hutton @mtbguiding