If Olympus' first action camcorder is anything like their tough cameras, the TG-Tracker should be an excellent performer. Taking the "TG" name of still cameras like the TG-4, the TG Tracker is named for the load of equipment it carries inside, including a GPS, compass, accelerometer, barometric pressure sensor, temperature sensor and water sensor.
So why all the sensors? The Tracker is designed to record more than just footage from your adventures. The camera will track where a video was taken, along with how high you were and how fast you were moving. Besides helping to keep a cool log book of sorts of your trip, the extra sensors help make the Tracker a bit more intuitive than most. For example, the camera can detect when you move from land to water and automatically switch to the underwater white balance setting.
While the extra features are cool, the Tracker looks like it should hold water compared to the competition (pardon the pun). While most action cams can head underwater, the Tracker is one of only a small handful that can do so without housing (the Ricoh WG-M1 is another). While the lens needs a protector (which is included in the price) there's no bulky housing to carry around or perhaps more importantly, muffle the audio. The action cam is rated to go under to 100 feet and is also cited to withstand drops of 7 feet as well as cold and dust.
Despite the fact that the Tracker is Olympus' first video camera, the video specs look pretty promising. The camera can record 4K at 30 fps, and for 95 minutes straight (which is when the battery will run out). Plain old 1080p HD is available at the faster 60 fps frame rate. The Tracker has a fixed-focus lens like a GoPro and most other action cameras, so there's no in and out focusing on all the action. The f/2 lens is bright and at 204 degrees captures a pretty wide perspective. That wide of a lens will likely distort the edges a bit, but it's too early to tell how noticeable the wide distortion will be.
One more unique feature--the Tracker has a flip out LCD screen. While common on mainstream cameras, most action cameras don't have a screen at all and when they do, they're fixed on the side or back. The screen makes adjusting the settings a bit more intuitive. With wi-fi, the camera can be adjusted remotely with a smartphone as well.
While the action camera arena is new to Olympus, based on the specs and their rugged still cameras, the Tracker should be a solid debut. The video camera is expected to hit shelves on June 27, 2016.