The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS is the flagship of Olympus's Tough-series of waterproof compact cameras. This update to the TG-1 model is now waterproof down to 15m (50 feet), has a 12MP CMOS sensor and a 4x (25-100mm) optical zoom lens with a bright f/2.0 maximum aperture (at the widest-angle 25mm lens setting). Further rounding out the specifications are a 3.0" OLED rear display, built-in GPS and elevation recording, and 1920 x 1080 video output. An optional housing allows you to take it even deeper underwater - up to 45m equivalent water pressure. Additional accessories include a fisheye converter lens and a telephoto converter lens, both of which are still rugged enough to go for a dive.
Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Waterproof Compact Camera
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“ It's very solidly built, performs well, has lots of bells-and-whistles, and produces satisfying images for nearly all purposes.”
- 12 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
- 25–100 mm equivalent F2.0 - F4.9 lens
- Sensor-shift image stabilization
- 5 FPS at 12M, up to 60 FPS at 3MP
- ISO 100-6400
- 1080p HD video
- 3.0" 610,000 Dot OLED display
- Shockproof to 7ft/2.1m
- Waterproof to 50ft/15m
- Freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C
- Crushproof 220 lbf./100 kgf.
- Built-in GPS and elevation recording
|Max resolution||3968 x 2976|
|Other resolutions||3968 x 2232, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||13 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|White balance presets||4|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||25–100 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F2.0 - F4.9|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4x)|
|Normal focus range||60 cm (23.62″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Continuous drive||5 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 and 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Storage included||22 MB|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Type D)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion LI90B rechargeable battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||230 g (0.51 lb / 8.11 oz)|
|Dimensions||111 x 67 x 29 mm (4.37 x 2.64 x 1.14″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The Olympus TG-2 offers a very rugged body combined with good image quality, a fast lens, superb performance, a full-featured GPS system and plenty of fun extras. Downsides are few, which include issues with panning in movies, highlight clipping and chromatic aberrations in photos, and difficulty seeing the display outdoors.
Outdoorsy people who want a camera that can take good photos underwater or in the mountains.
Not So Good For
Those who take low light flash photos or shoot frequently in bright sunlight.
Really great camera. Very useful in all kind of circumstances. Oled display is very sharp. Very solid also.
Mirror effect Program Super Macro
The TG-2 is my 9thwaterproof camera. I bought it 3 weeks ago to take on an overseas holiday, it was to replace my Olympus 820 which I bought October 2012. I used it on land for a few days on my holiday before taking it no more than 2 metres into. We were in Thailand and as the weather and the water was hot I carried out my usual precaution of making sure the body temperature of the camera was close to the water temp. On the first water plunge the inside of the lens fogged up a little but ...
A worry-free & excellent camera
I have had the TG-2 for 4 months and have thoroughly enjoyed using it. The reasons that prompted me to get this camera were - 1. the adage that "the best camera is the one you have with you". My TG-2 goes everywhere with me, rain or shine, day or night. It serves as my journal/diary, for a picture paints a thousand words. This camera is small and light enough to carry around, but so are the myriads of other cameras. However, with the TG-2, I do so with the peace of mind that if it gets ...