Average Camera Review Rating [3 reviews]
This camera is currently ranked at #45 of the top camera sales ranking in US
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."
Olympus TG-2 Camera Reviews Roundup
|TechRadar: "As with the Olympus TG-1, one of the most exciting aspects of the Olympus TG-2's lens is that it has an aperture range of f/2-4.9. This means that at the shortest focal length a wide aperture is available, which enables you to use fast shutter speeds when light levels fall. However, in an improvement over the Olympus TG-1, the Olympus TG-2 has aperture priority mode available, which means that as the photographer, y..." - May 08 2013 More »|
|Photography BLOG: "The Olympus Tough TG-2 is a modest update of one of the most advanced "tough" cameras in the market. Its even more remarkable rugged credentials - waterproof to 15m, crushproof to 100kg, freezeproof to -10 °C and capable of withstanding drops from a height of 2.1m - are paired with a traditional design, down to the inclusion of a conventional shooting mode dial, and an excellent 25-100mm (eq.) f/2.0-4.9 l..." - Apr 06 2013 More »|
|NeoCamera: "Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 is the flagship rugged camera from Olympus. It distinguishes itself by being one of the toughest cameras available and by having the brightest lens, tied with the Pentax WG-3, among waterproof cameras. It also uses a lower-resolution 12 MP sensor which is advantageous for low-light performance. The TG-2 is designed to be taken anywhere and it has a GPS with digital-compass and a manometer t..." - Mar 27 2013 More »|
|Digital Camera Review: "I got to spend some time with the camera at CES. When I saw the TG-2 in the initial press release, I must admit, I really didn't give it a second thought. Overall, I am not a big fan of tough cameras. The tough camera market is oversaturated with mediocre cameras that don't provide the quality you want. They might be able to go under water or be slammed up against a rock, but if it doesn't take a great picture..." - Jan 28 2013 More »||N/A|
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