Summary: I bought this camera for an extended hiking trip. Not wanting to carry my Nikon DSLR, I wanted a camera that I could strap on my pack and not worry about bouncing and rain. While it has some fun features like the special effects, I find the overall picture quality has much to be desired. The zoom produces grainy pictures. The ring around the lens fell off almost immediately and is now somewhere in the wilds of Montana.
Summary: I bought this camera for a trip to the Virgin Islands. I got it a couple of months prior to my trip so I could try it out and get comfortable with it. As a point and shoot it is a great little camera. Pics came out great and it has many features. Would have been a five star until I took it into the water. On my very first snorkel it leaked and was ruined. After drying out a couple of days it did turn on but the menu would not work, nor the picture viewer.
Summary: I like it takes photos underwater. I like that it is a small size and has a decent screen. But its zoom is bad. I bought the attachment zoom lens which doesn't do much either. It was a waste of money. I like the camera but taking photos from more than a few feet away is just frustrating.
Summary: Bought this for my first diving trip as a newly certified recreational diver. On land and underwater - the pictures were STUNNING. I loved the features and the battery life. The fish-eye lens and foam float strap made for excellent accessories. It was just amazing until my second day of diving when the depth warning went off at 20 feet, when we never descended beyond 25 feet, and by the time we were back to the boat it had stopped working.
Summary: I would have not bought this camera had I known that videos taken can only be used with Olympus software. Will not load to my Adobe Premier, nor play with Windows Media Player. Cannot utilize videos to combine with my other sources to create DVD.
Summary: I bought this camera the first time and it broke. It just stopped working, I wasn't even rough with it, I used it in a couple of wet settings, but something made it fail. So I contacted Amazon, and their fantastic customer support, and they sent me another one. I like the camera, but I am so nervous about using it in a water situation, or dropping it, or even doing what it is advertised to do.
Summary: As far as pictures goes, I can't complain. Nice camera, waterproof, etc. A lot of fun. Takes good pictures, nice underwater, has some fun features. For the video though, the camera clicks. If you hold it up to your ear you can audibly hear it. The camera picks it up, so unless you are putting music or something over the video, it is unwatchable. I called Olympus, and there is nothing they can or are willing to do.
Summary: I really like this camera and am getting plenty of use out of it. Pictures are good. Though it is bigger than I expected it to be though. My biggest complaint is that this is supposed to be a Tough camera: Per Product specs: "Shockproof 7ft/2.1m The shockproof structure of the TG-2 iHS ensures that your investment is protected. Carefully sandwiched between two protective frames, the lens and camera unit remain unfazed by bumps, drops, falls and other impacts.
Summary: The camera itself is decent enough. However the accessories disappoint. First, the camera doesn't come with a battery charger, you have to charge it in the camera. There is an AC adapter to connect via USB to the camera and charge the battery that way, but most other brands include a standalone AC battery charger. The appropriate charger in this case is the $50 Olympus UC-90 USB Battery Charger, which is a USB connection to the battery - you still need the AC/USB device.