Until today, the closest thing to an action camera that Olympus has had is its ruggedized line of point-and-shoots. But that's about to change. Today, the company introduced the Stylus TG-Tracker, a member of the Tough series, which comes with a 204-degree (f/2.0) wide-angle lens and a Truepic TM VII processor that can handle 4K video at 30 fps. The TG-Tracker also features a 8-megapixel CMOS (1/2.3) sensor for stills, 5-axis image stabilization and a tilt-out 1.5-inch LCD. It's rare for these type of shooters to have a screen built in, so that's nice touch by Olympus.
Naturally, since this is an action camera, you don't have to treat it with care during your adventures. It's waterproof (100 ft), shockproof (7 ft), freezeproof (14°F), crushproof (220-lb force) and dustproof. And that's all without the housing accessory, which Olympus will sell separately. In addition to that, you'll get GPS capabilities for geotagging, plus WiFi to help you send media remotely to iOS or Android devices.
At $350/£280, the Stylus TG-Tracker costs less than competitors like Sony's X1000V Action Cam or GoPro's Hero4. Let's just hope it's as good as either of these. We'll find out when we test around its scheduled June release.