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2013-01-12 02:37 | Source
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On January 7 2013, Olympus announced a follow-up to the waterproof Tough TG-1 iHS from last year May 2012 - the new TG-2 iHS rugged camera. The TG-2 can now explore depths up to 50 feet (10 feet deeper than its predecessor), shockproof up to 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14°F, crushproof to a weight of 220 pounds and dustproof. The TG-2 features a 12 Megapixels backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, an ultra-bright f2.0 lens with converter-lens system compatibility, TruePic VI image processor, 5 fps high-speed burst shooting or 60 fps at 3 Megapixels, 3-inch OLED display (610K dots), HDR mode, and 1080p Full HD video capture.     

There is a new Microscopic Macro function that boosts zoom from 4x to 14x with no noticeable loss of image quality from one centimeter away. There is also High-speed autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for scene and subject recognition, and 8x Super-resolution zoom (4x optical zoom). The TG-2 iHS lens adapter converter ring supports the addition of a waterproof Fisheye Converter Lens or Teleconverter Lens for use under water. The Tough TG-2 iHS also boasts built-in GPS and underwater depth/elevation indicators, as well as a 3-inch OLED display. The Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 iHS is available for $379.99 in Black and Red colors. Here's the summary of first look review by Pocket-lint:

"From the outset the Tough TG-2 fixes many of our qualms with the original hard-as-nails cam. Pocket-lint was on hand at Minus 5, an ice bar in Las Vegas, to get our frozen palms to grips with what the TG-2 is all about. Design-wise it looks the same as its predecessor, except that the rear mode dial now houses manual shooting modes, including the all important aperture priority mode which lacked from the original camera. With that wide-aperture lens this is an absolute essential. Waterproofing is also improved, with the TG-2 now capable of handling depths down to 15m.  There's also a new super macro zoom mode, which is also included on the mode dial, and it sure is "super" in its ability to focus up close. And then some. We're talking more or less no distance from the lens - it can practically touch a subject and still focus with results magnified between 4x and 14x depending on the zoom setting.

Controlling the camera's zoom relies on the same two rear buttons as per its predecessor, not the more traditional zoom toggle that most compacts use. Although this makes sense, because it avoids any clash with sand and the like, its position doesn't feel the most natural in use, but it's usable enough. If you're after a tough, waterproof, dust/sandproof, and pretty much "everything-proof" compact camera then, from what we've seen, the Olympus Tough TG-2 ought to be a strong contender for your shortlist. It's about time the tough camera concept was pushed up a peg or two."

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Olympus TG-2 Camera Reviews Roundup

Steve's Digicam - Jul 07 2013
"Looking at our outdoor images, we can see that the camera fairs very well in most shooting situations, although it did struggle slightly with an overcast sky. Other than that, the exposure and colors are very accurate. Looking closely we did see a little noise in some of the darker and shadow areas, but nothing that really hurts the image. Aberrations are c..." More »
Not Rated
PCMag - Jul 02 2013
"The TG-2 is fast. It starts and fires a shot in about 0.9-second, records a 0.1-second shutter lag, and can fire off full-resolution photos continuously at 5.3 frames per second. It's rated to keep going for 25 shots, but we managed to rattle off more than 50 without any slowdown when using a SanDisk 95MBps memory card. There are also a couple high-speed sh..." More »
90out of 100
What Digital Camera - Jul 01 2013
"The fast AF system combined with 5fps sequential shooting allowed us to capture great shots in quick succession when shooting underwater. Colours were rich and exposure couldn't be faulted, however there's very little grip on the mode dial and we found it extremely difficult to change the shooting mode with wet hands. This shouldn't cause a problem in every..." More »
92out of 100
dpreview - Jul 01 2013
"The TG-2 has the usual features that you'll find on most point-and-shoot cameras. They include an 'Intelligent' auto mode, special effects ('Magic Filters'), and a large selection of scene modes (cat mode, anyone?). There are three ways to create panoramic images (two of them are stitched together right on the camera), and the results are satisfying. Olympu..." More »
72out of 100

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