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Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-2 Digital Compact Camera - Red (12MP, 4x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch OLED
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- Waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kg & freezeproof to -10°C
- 4x optical zoom & 8x super-resolution zoom for digitally extending the range of the optical zoom with virtually no loss of image quality.
- 1:2.0-4.9 wide-aperture high-speed lens for dramatic shots with low depth of field or reduced blur in low light.
- Advanced Underwater White Balance covering all underwater light situations for best natural colours.
- Super Sports Mode for sharper sequential shots of fast-moving subjects
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The Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-2: When the going gets tough, the Tough gets tougher
Make light work of dim shooting conditions.
Grab just as good pictures when shooting underwater as when taking images on dry land - that's the promise made by Olympus's flagship TOUGH model, the TG-2, the tough-as-nails successor to the TG-1. This camera is a specialist in delivering an excellent performance even at dimly lit depths of 15 metres; thanks in part to an extra bright f/2.0 maximum aperture lens providing a peerless low light performance.
Creativity is also here in spades, with a manual aperture priority option - a rarity in this category - allowing for shallow depth of field effects with attractively blurred backgrounds. And in terms of framing options, there is the ability to pull the faraway closer thanks to a maximum telephoto reach of 200mm, whilst at the other end of the scale macro shots can be captured as close as 1cm from your subject.
Outdoor enthusiasts on dry land haven’t been forgotten either. The rock solid construction protects against drops and scrapes in being shockproof (against drops from 2.1 metres), as well as being freezeproof (to -10°C), crushproof (against weights of 100kg), dustproof and naturally for an Olympus TOUGH, waterproof, to a depth of 12m no less, the TG-2 also features GPS tracking and eCompass facilities to pinpoint your location. There is also 120fps or 240 fps high speed video recording to enable slow motion playback of your action packed activities.
So whether you find yourself on the slopes of an alpine mountain or exploring the depths of a tropical lagoon, the TG-2 is a must for worry free photography and achieving pictures impossible with any non TOUGH-ened device.
And if that wasn't enough, the TG-2 provides the scope for expandability too. Optional accessories include a fish-eye converter for capturing wider angle shots even underwater, plus a tele converter, which increases the zoom by 1.7x to really extend creativity. And for those who want to plumb deeper depths still, the optional PT-053 underwater housing allows users to take pictures right down to an impressive 45 metres with the TG-2.
Never miss a detail, even in extreme conditions.
Brains as well as brawn, in a compact shell
This heavy-duty contender has a sensitive side too. Included as standard with the TG-2 are Olympus's iHS technologies (intelligence, High Sensitivity and High Speed) - in the form of both a 12 megapixel low noise, high sensitivity back-lit ‘BSI' CMOS sensor plus a TruePic VI image processor - to ensure you get the shots you want whatever the shooting conditions. And whilst the focal range on offer extends between a wide-angle 25mm and 100mm in 35mm film terms, there's also the additional ability to boost this zoom range from 4x to 14x with little discernable loss of picture quality.
Don't forget there is also the rare opportunity for a camera in this class to use manual aperture priority mode for setting aperture and achieving professional looking effects like background blur or ‘bokeh'. Advanced Underwater White Balance covers all underwater light situations in order to deliver the best natural colours too.
Throw in a Super Sports mode for sharper sequential shots of fast moving subjects, or Microscope Mode for effectively boosting the zoom range to 200mm, even just 1cm from the lens, and the TG-2 is your optimum, ready-for-anything travel companion.
Dramatic image quality formerly unfeasible in its class
Olympus is globally renowned for its optical engineering and the lens incorporated into the TOUGH TG-2 is certainly world class. Combine this with its powerful TruePic VI image processor and 12-megapixel low noise, high sensitivity CMOS sensor and it ensures the Olympus TOUGH TG-2 is capable of delivering pictures previously unattainable with an outdoors camera in this price bracket.
Make light work of dim shooting conditions.
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1080/30p or 1080/60i Full HD movie capability
In the TG-2's Full HD movie mode the camera captures video using the advanced Motion JPEG movie compression format at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels for excellent quality video with sound; in fact it's the best moving image quality currently available on compact cameras.
3-inch OLED 610,000 dots resolution display
To enable a crystal clear view of all those critters on the ocean floor, the TG-2 packs a high quality OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) screen for deeper blacks, richer contrast and a wide angle of view - whether composing shots or reviewing them.
Being 3-inches in size and offering a high 610k-dot resolution, whatever the weather or no matter how adverse the conditions, there is little chance of missing the moment with the TOUGH TG-2.
Discover extreme close-up photography with Microscope Mode.
FlashAir™ compatible for transferring and sharing images
Everybody wants a device that is wireless these days. Fortunately the TG-2 is bang up to date through being FlashAir™ compatible. Users can connect to their cloud or social network using their smartphone interface with the use of an optional FlashAir™ memory card.
There are also free iOS and Android software downloads for editing and sharing images in social networks via smartphone or tablet PC. Eye-Fi card and SDHC and SDXC card compatibility is further provided.
11 Magic Filters for turning the everyday into the extraordinary
Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the TG-2 utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. What's more, most of the filters can be used when recording video (except Fragmented and Sparkle) as well as shooting stills.
Users can choose from Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish-Eye, Soft Focus, Sparkle, Watercolour, Reflection, Miniature, Fragmented or Dramatic.
- Punk: Pose like Sid and Nancy and have your world turned dayglo pink, with this fun feature that transforms your photos into crudely photocopied fanzine style images, but in a good way.
- Pop Art: In the tradition of Andy Warhol, this effect enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid. It creates high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
- Fish-Eye: With its distorted 180-degree perspective, this filter reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish-eye lens. It lends a new perspective to the whole scene with a "round" effect.
- Pin Hole: For an ethereal feel, Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of images like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
- Soft Focus: Give your portraits that romantic otherworldly look beloved of wedding photographers.
- Sparkle (photos only): A Magic Filter that truly imparts a sprinkling of fairy dust, adding twinkling reflections to shiny objects.
- Watercolour: With this option pictures are transformed into a watercolour painting framed by soft light.
- Reflection: A simulation of a magical horizontal reflection of your subject: for example as if it or they were standing next to perfectly still water.
- Miniature: Capture your subject and present them as if on a toy town scale.
- Fragmented (photos only): Lends photographs a tiled, collage-like effect, as if an image has been cut up and reassembled.
- Dramatic: Enhances detail, for example in shadows and skies, to provide greater impact and drama to the everyday.
Always keep up to speed with your movies and stills.
Built in GPS and electronic compass
The TG-2 is equipped to save your location as data stored with every shot you take, whilst it can even record your route when you're not taking pictures!
The proof is in the proofing
Worry-free picture taking, that's the pitch for the TG-2; the camera is crushproof and able to withstand a force of 100kg, is waterproof to 15 metres (an improvement over the 12 metres of the TG-1), shockproofed against drops from 2.1 metres in height and freezeproof to minus 10°C.
The above is achieved, in part, thanks to a sliding double lock mechanism and metal body ensuring optimum protection for battery, card slots and ports, a hard glass lens barrier for extra tough lens protection, and water repellent scratch resistant double seal technology.
In a nutshell, everything about the design of this camera is focused around resilience to the outside elements.
Dual Image Stabilisation
Forget the shakes when taking images. Providing two-fold protection against blurring, this function is a combination of Optical Image Stabilisation - using a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor to detect camera movement and adjust the sensor accordingly - plus Digital Image Stabilisation, where the camera automatically increases ISO sensitivity to allow shorter shutter speeds. Both of these help to avoid image blur caused by camera shake or by fast-moving objects. There's also a built-in flash to fall back on too, if required.
Expand your camera with a range of accessories.
Flexibility… yet precision too
No matter what your subject, the 4x wide optical zoom, equivalent to 25-100mm in 35mm film terms, provides the scope for both precision and flexibility, while the 3-inch, high 610,000 dot resolution screen allows for accurate shot composition and crystal clear playback, with OLED technology providing enhanced contrast, brightness and angle of view.
The TG-2 additionally incorporates all the comprehensive features you would expect to find on an Olympus digital camera.
These include a powerful TruePic VI image processing engine, Multi-Motion Movie IS (image stabilisation) for reduced blur when recording video even while walking, plus HDR Backlight Adjustment for ideal exposure when shooting against the light.
Added to this is Advanced Face Detection Technology for perfect people pictures, Pet Detection, Beauty mode for masking unwanted blemishes, Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto), AF Tracking, Shadow Adjustment Technology, ISO100 to ISO6400 light sensitivity, plus in-camera panorama for a quick and easy panorama shot. As if that wasn't enough, scene mode settings are included to provide an optimum performance in specific conditions and include Landscape, Night Scene and Underwater Snapshot plus Underwater Macro options.
Intelligent Automatic Mode (i-Auto)
Taking a great picture with the TG-2 is as easy as pointing and shooting, thanks to i-Auto mode. This compares common scenes and subjects with on board settings and automatically selects the most appropriate to deliver stunning results that optimize the impact of said subject.
Included in the box
A wide range of optional expandable accessories aside, the TG-2 is supplied with a comprehensive array of kit out of the box, as follows:
- LI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery
- F-2AC AC Adapter
- CB-USB8 USB Cable
- Hand Strap
- World Wide Warranty Card
- Instruction Manual
- Olympus Viewer 3 Software CD-ROM
- Lens Ring (additional colour)
The Olympus TOUGH TG-2 is available in black or red iterations.
Olympus TG-2 Red
Li-90B Lithium Ion Battery
CB-USB8 USB Cable
[ib] Image Management Software
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It did not disappoint. My first test with water was in the pool at the resort I was staying at; I took a mid-morning dip in the pool with my friends and took it in with me. 60+ shots of us with our face scrunched up under the water trying to keep it from flooding up our noses later, I was sold on both the camera and underwater photography.
The image quality is excellent, especially for a compact. The colours are vivid, the image is clear and the ability to shoot wide open at 2.0 makes for beautiful portraits. The ability to create two of your own presets was an excellent bonus and very useful for fast changeover when the weather got a little turbulent (due to it being the beginning of hurricane season).
As well as having a fast lens, the time from pushing the shutter to the photo being taken is barely noticeable; I don't feel like I missed any shots because of a slow shutter, and the autofocus is very accurate.
The battery, even though I hadn't quite fully charged it, lasted very well through frequent intermittent uses. I didn't feel any urgency to carry an extra battery or stop off to re-charge it, although those shooting for several days with no opportunity to recharge may feel differently.
In terms of handling, it's chunkier than the ultra-slim phones and compact cameras available. But this works to an advantage; it is easier and much more comfortable to hold than a smartphone, and it feels more secure in your hand when taking a shot.
Previous to this camera, I had tried using a Fujifilm Finepix underwater camera, but the results had been disappointing- grainy/noisy, dark or blurry at nearly every result (in water or on land).
The only downfall to this camera (and indeed most waterproof cameras) is its lack of RAW image capability. I enjoy the editing process almost as much as taking photos, and JPEGs just don't cut it when you want to do repeat edits (because of their lossy format) or want a fresh unprocessed image to begin their work with. This is a standard that really should changed as there are less capable digital cameras that can produce RAW images, and a lot more people concerned with image quality. As this is something that I do sorely miss, I felt it was enough to warrant only four stars.
Aside from no RAW, I highly recommend this camera to anyone who can get their hands on it.
Only complaint is that it focusses poorly in low light which is frustrating-do not buy it if you do a lot of low light photography.
It is excellent for action shooting in bright and wet environments-we use it when canoeing and kayaking and is great for this purpose. Have also used it underwater and it takes excellent photos in the sea.
Note that the seals are recommended to be replaced after a year, which I had not realised.
Overall a great camera for most action in good lighting conditions.
It's tough easy to handle and has some great features which I intend to try out on a forthcoming holiday,particularly the ability to use the camera underwater
Great buy would recommend.
I returned it to Amazon.
I have used it for about a year with housing.
Last weekend I used it without housing for the first time. Guess what? It flooded.
This has to be the worst camera ever made.
It took a while to get my head around some settings but eventually got great outdoor pictures especially underwater.
My problem is with the auto setting in artificial or low light, it is not possible to set the flash to fire every time, only when the camera decides it needs it. The problem here is that it has to be almost total darkness for this to happen, so all portraits come out with a unnatural brown cast. My main camera is a Lumix Z45 and on this model I can set the flash on auto mode to fire every time i want it to, resulting in excellent portraits. If I had the time to reset settings with every shot, no problem but I wanted a super quality point and shoot as well as full control when required. I must say photos are of excellent quality in all but auto mode, hence the 4 stars. It would have got an easy 5 but for this problem.
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