Do not believe the high reviews of this junk camera
Sherry G, Amazon
31 March 2014
Summary: I did, I succumbed to the online reviews stating this was the best way to go with a compact underwater camera. My boyfriend, who is a professional photographer, told me I would regret buying it. He was so opposed to me buying an Olympus he threatened to leave me if I bought it (joking of course). He told me that Olympus compacts cameras always have issues. So i completely ignored him and bought it anyway.
Summary: Died on first use in the ocean during my honeymoon (Fortunately, I had the foresight to bring multiple camera but only one waterproof one). As far as I can tell, the water leaked in through the mode dial. Some really fine sand made it's way in there (I could here grinding) and probably breached the seal. The battery/SD card compartment was bone dry when I checked.
Summary: I bought this camera back in March when it first came out. I was looking for a durable underwater camera. Since March I have used it a handful of times and I am not impressed. I understand that when you choose an underwater camera you lose some quality. However, it takes horrible pictures whether you are underwater or not. Half of the time I haven't been able to use the camera because all it does is beep several times and shut off.
Summary: I have been shooting with a Nikon AW100 for the last 2 years. Recently the AW100 was damaged and went in for repair. In the meantime I wanted to try something else. I picked up the TG-2 in time for a fishing trip to michigan. Right out of the gate I noticed the pictures were not as sharp and while the camera shoots faster than the Nikon the images were useless. I was further disappointed with the TG-2 when it fell out of my waders while I was taking them off.
Summary: The "Tough" little Olympus TG-2 iHS is pretty to look at, but it sits dead in front of me. Amazon's Pavillion Electronics sent a charger cable with a European style 3-pronged plug, instead of a standard 2-pronged plug. I live in Oregon, so someone at Pavillion goofed. You'd think that Amazon Customer Service would have quickly and easily ordered the right cable and have it shipped to me overnight (I need the camera as I type this).
Summary: 30 minutes into a family beach trip at Destin, Fl the camera stopped working. It will not do anything and it has not gone underwater. We are just outside our amazon return window so we are stuck contacting olympus. regardless of warranty service we will have no pictures from this trip.
Summary: We used this camera for 12 days and we we're very satisfied with the quality of the pictures. The Dynamic mode makes great shots! Unfortunately, once we used it in the water, after about 15 minutes in the water, air bubbles came out of the shutter button. The camera was garbage after this. Apparently water had somehow gotten into the camera and it would not work again. Everything was completely sealed which is why this surprised us.
After 32 days of use - Noticed major defect - broken.
Ivar J Kljavin / MS-50, Amazon
20 July 2013
Summary: A nice gift - but unfortunately, after 32 days - a loud fast clicking noise can be heard coming from the camera audible to the human ear and thus recorded on any video taken. Missed the 30 days return with Amazon :(. Most likely this camera out of 1000's has a defect - otherwise a good camera I think.
From a professional photographer: Avoid this camera
Brendan Bullock "bullockphoto", Amazon
15 July 2013
Summary: I make my living as a photographer and use the highest-end gear on a daily basis. I have wanted a waterproof camera for years, and so I decided to start reading reviews online... Many of them pointed to the Tough TG-2 as a 'best-in-class' point and shoot. I have never liked Olympus' products, so I was a bit leery, but after such across-the-board high marks, I decided to give it a shot.