Conclusion: The Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS is a great choice for an all-round waterproof camera that produces images of a quality on par with a regular compact camera. Its underwater photos are free of color distortion and so is the video, though the movie sound recording feature really isn't useful.
Pros: Can add lenses and filters, No underwater color cast, Extensive GPS features, Three panoramic image options
Cons: Display difficult to view outdoors, Rear controls cluttered
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.
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.
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.
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...
Summary: 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...
Pros: 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, Sensor-Shift optical image stabilization keeps image...
Cons: 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
Summary: The Olympus TG-2 is a great looking tough compact that matches its fine appearance with an excellent performance. The images it produces underwater are very impressive and its fast autofocus operation won’t leave you waiting around to acquire focus before you fire the shutter.
Pros: Fast maximum aperture; Mode dial; GPS; Fast AF performance
Cons: Mode dial is difficult to operate underwater; Small buttons
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.
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