Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 12 megapixel 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • High-Speed f2.0 Lens
  • Waterproof 15m/50ft
  • Shockproof 2.1m/6.9ft
  • Crushproof 100kgf/220lbf
  • Freezeproof -10C/14F
  • Dustproof
  • Water-repellant Lens
  • GPS and e.Compass
  • Automatic Underwater Balance
  • 5 fps burst
  • Aperture priority and programed auto modes
  • Scene modes
  • Super Macro
  • 1080p HD video
  • Li-ion battery rated at 350 shots
  • Release Date: 2013-01-07
  • Final Grade: 94 4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

4.7 Star Rating: Recommended
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Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS
Three words: Bright lens, underwater.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The top choice for all-weather models in 2013, the Olympus Stylus TG-2 blends a tough exterior with the capability to take high quality images. One of the key perks of the TG-2 is it's fast, f2.0 lens--but when that isn't enough, the TG-2 can actually add lens options, like telephoto and a fish eye. The TG-2 includes two of the manual modes with aperture priority and programed auto. The TG-2 can go as deep as 50 feet, which is more than many competing models, plus the faster lens allows for decent images with the limited lighting underwater.

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Olympus Reviews

Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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