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Olympus Tough TG-2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 236 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and value for money. The portability and image quality are also appreciated. Many are negative about the manual image adjustments and energy efficiency. The zoom and flash get mixed opinions.

usability, image quality, portability, value for money, performance

features, viewfinder, focus, energy, manual adjust.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus Tough TG-2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS review


The Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS ($380) is the latest flagship in Olympus' rugged series of cameras, taking over from the TG-1 (in fact, the two cameras are similar in looks, with noticeable difference in body color). Packed into this point-and-shoot are a...

Solid yet light design ; Very good performance ; Fast, quality lens

Some issues with water tightness ; Audible lens movement noise when shooting video

The Olympus Tough TG-2 is a solidly built camera that is worth a look if you take a lot of active vacations, but issues with water intrusion gives us pause.

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Olympus TG-2 iHS Review


Olympus's Stylus TG-2 is their new leader in the "tough" or "lifeproof" camera category. Sporting a 12-Megapixel CMOS and powerful processor, this camera will also perform as well just about any other compact digicam. Add its stylish and very...

iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations ; Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record ; Tough" features: Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof protect the camera ; Very Fast AF ; Excellent image quality ;...

No external battery charger to keep a spare ready ; Buffer on camera fills quickly ; Overwhelming noise at higher ISO settings ; Screen can be hard to see underwater ; Higher end price wise for a tough camera

Olympus's Stylus TG-2 is their new leader in the "tough" or "lifeproof" camera category. Sporting a 12-Megapixel CMOS and powerful processor, this camera will also perform as well just about any other compact digicam. Add its stylish and very...

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Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS


This is the second in a series of short underwater/rugged camera reviews on DPReview. We're testing the cameras concurrently, and once all six cameras have been reviewed, we'll publish a roundup of the class, comparing them directly.

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...


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Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS


The Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS rugged camera is a very minor upgrade to the excellent TG-1. It comes in at a lower price and walks away with our Editors' Choice award.

Waterproof to 50 feet. Excellent high ISO performance. Fast f/2 lens. Snappy performance. Accepts filters and conversion lenses. GPS and digital compass. Macro LED light

Lens could be sharper. In-camera battery charging. Lens movement is audible on video soundtrack

When we reviewed the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS last year we found it to be one of the best rugged cameras on the market. It was a compact shooter with a fast lens that could shoot deep underwater, and survive drops, pressure, and extreme temperatures—and...

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Olympus TOUGH TG-2


Olympus has a well-deserved reputation as one of the pioneers of rugged compact cameras. Though the company has been producing waterproof cameras for a lot longer, the popular TOUGH series was launched in 2009. The TOUGH TG-2 was launched in January...

Bright f2.0-4.9 stabilised zoom ; Built-in GPS and manometer ; Tap to control feature ; Accessory lens attachments

Poor high ISO noise performance ; No manual exposure settings ; Can't take stills while video recording ; No built-in Wifi

The Olympus TOUGH TG2 has a lot to recommend it for those who spend a lot of time in and around the water and want a quality compact to record their activities. It's solidly constructed and the tap control makes it easy to get along with in the water...

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Olympus TG-2


Last year's best adventure cam gets even better.

The Olympus TG-2 comes with its fair share of quirks and problems. Yet it's very hard to ignore the impressive image quality that this compact, affordable, durable camera is capable of.

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Amazon review summary for Olympus Tough TG-2


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Olympus Tough TG-2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, lens, value for money

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Strike Two


Very fast start up, comparable to my SLR. I have used over ten digital cameras in my life, and this is the fastest point and click. Fast start up and takes a pic right when you press the button, hardly any delay

This is my second try at buying this model. Took the camera to the beach, got it wet, submerged it just to wash off a little bit of sand for less then 5 seconds, and when I got home the buttons on the back did not respond. The same thing happened with...

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Superb macro


The best compact macro shots I\'ve found.

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Large Clear LCD","Nice Body Color","Small \/ Compact","Superb Macro

Limited Zoom","Long Image Process Time","Max Zoom Bad Quality","No Viewfinder

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nice pics


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:4
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Olympus LI-50 B


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No