Summary: The Olympus TOUGH TG-2 is an advanced waterproof compact with a 12 Megapixel sensor, 4x zoom lens with a bright f2-4.9 aperture and a 3 inch 610k dot OLED screen. There are optional lenses for telephoto and fish-eye shooting too which can even be fitted while underwater. It's equally at home on land or in the water where its responsiveness and compactness are complemented by a clever tap control feature.
Pros: Bright f2.0-4.9 stabilised zoom., Built-in GPS and manometer., Tap to control feature., Accessory lens attachments.
Cons: Poor high ISO noise performance., No manual exposure settings., Can't take stills while video recording., No built-in Wifi.
Conclusion: We are torn. We recommended the TG-1, and we started off really loving the TG-2. Nice images and fast performance in a rugged point-and-shoot – or any point-and-shoot, for that matter – can be difficult to come by, but the TG-2 handles with aplomb. Unfortunately, our love affair soured when we discovered water intrusion during a trip to a local water park.
Pros: Solid yet light design, Very good performance, Fast, quality lens
Cons: Some issues with water tightness, Audible lens movement noise when shooting video
Excerpt: The Olympus Tough TG-2 is more than just a shockproof, crushproof, freeze-proof and waterproof compact. It is also a very sophisticated compact camera featuring a bright 4x zoom lens (25-100mm equivalent) with a wide maximum aperture of F2. The high-speed autofocus system makes this camera a solid choice for outdoor action photography, and the 12-million-pixel BSI CMOS sensor delivers good image quality.
Summary: 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.
Excerpt: Building on the success of the TG-1 iHS , Olympus introduced their 2013 Flagship tough series camera, the TG-2 iHS. This model takes everything we loved about last year's model -- the f2.0 lens, iHS (intelligent, high-sensitivity and high speed) technology, and Full HD 1080p video recording -- and improves it. The waterproof rating has been bumped up ten feet to a full 50ft (15M).
Excerpt: The Olympus Tough TG-2 is one of the best-specified underwater cameras on the market, both with regards to imaging capabilities and tough credentials. See how it gets on in the What Digital Camera...
Excerpt: The new Olympus TG-2, which replaces the Olympus TG-1, has all the usual tough credentials. It's waterproof down to 15m (49ft), shockproof for drops from up to 2m (6.6ft), freezeproof down to -10C (14F) and crushproof to 100kg (22lbs).
Summary: 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 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 to prove it!
Pros: Bright F/2 Lens, Low noise until ISO 400, Nicely saturated colors, Balanced metering, Quick autofocus, Fast and responsive, Fine zoom steps, Good LCD visibility, Superb waterproof construction, Very good battery-life, Good ergonomics
Cons: General image softness, Limited use high-ISO, Below average AWB, Limited dynamic-range, Strong vignetting, Noticeable zoom lag, Slow lens on wide-end, No image parameters, Impossible to setup video framing