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August 05, 2013

Lawrence

Hip pocket wonder

This is my third, and best, Olympus tough style camera. First one was lost under 20 feet of muddy water while cliff diving (someone else, not me) and second one was filled with salt water after five years due to operator error.
Not only does this new camera solve the problem of my operator error due to the double latch system, the ability to add a telephoto lens (which I did) AND the Automatic scene mode [where the camera is smart enough to realize I am taking pictures of a sunset or on a bright beach] are a gigantic step up from my previously well used model.
As a definite side benefit, is the similarity to using almost identical functions as my prosumer level DSLR camera {...although a couple of buttons between the two are reversed and I tend to forget which camera I am using and have to visually check while the learning curve is in the initial phases.}

In summary: A GREAT PURCHASE, especially if you can obtain it on sale!

July 30, 2013

Eric

Great Upgrade

I lost my Tough 8010 in a rafting mishap. While I may try to look for it, I quickly took advantage of the situation and ordered the TG-2. The pictures so far are a great improvement over my previous camera. Super shots right out of the box. Did not read the manual yet. I hike, bike, kayak and scuba dive and need a camera that can hold up. I can't wait until I can take it diving. I hope to replace my underwater camera with it in the future if all goes well. I will be investing in the assorted accessories for now.
The downside with the camera. I would like a lens cover for the camera itself. I will try to find one for it later. Also, I wish it would have a wireless remote to operate it in addition to the timer.

July 24, 2013

seabeelarry

Great life proof camera

I just recently bought my TG-2 iHS, (June 2013), and played with it for about a week, before I took it on a 9 day cruise vacation to the Caribbean.

It worked perfectly, I dropped it on the ship's metal deck and in the mud in Jamaica...took it snorkeling in the Cayman Islands & in Cozumel.

Took pictures inside in the ship's show lounge, at the pool and on every island we hit.

And, the pictures all look great...

I like the feel of it...nice and sturdy. The charging system is odd, Olympus needs to supply a separate plug in battery charger, so we can have a charged backup, if needed.

Overall, my experience has been outstanding.

July 21, 2013

George2002

Great camera for novices

I needed a camera that could withstand the bangs and knocks that I dish out. This camera fits the bill!!! I dropped it while unwrapping it. Thought to my self, "crap, that is shot to he#$ now!!!. Picked it up, inspected it, turned it on, and wow--it works!! Good looking camera, has a sturdy, well built feel to it. I ordered the telephoto lens also. Took the red ring off, put it back in the box, will use the lens cover and ring adapter or the telephoto lens all the time. Ordered an extra battery to go with it, which is a good thing. Don't know if I had charged the battery that came with the camera all the way up or not, but did not get much of a life out of it. Going on vacation in a week, will know more about it then. Taking a cruise in Sep, will do some snorkeling with it, hopefully, the waterproof claims will be true.

July 18, 2013

Steve

Disappointed

After lots of research (although apparently not enough) we choose this camera for a the proverbial 'once in a lifetime trip' to Australia. The features we liked were the max waterproof depth, and the interchangeable lenses.

We had the camera for 3 weeks. 4 days into our trip, the camera failed. Press the power button, get several rapid beeps, then nothing. International call to Olympus Support, explained the situation, they eventually said it was a frequent issue with this model, the only solution was to send it in for repairs. Obviously we were stuck overseas without a camera for the remainder of the trip.

That major issue aside, the images we were able to capture are significantly over processed, rendering colors in flat continuous tones, as if airbrushed.

Also, the interchangeable lens feature is misleading. They are not interchangeable, but add on lenses that attach over the top of the existing lens, and the interface between the lenses is not sealed, allowing dust and water into the gap between the add on lens and the built in lens. This is a huge design flaw for an rugged environment/underwater camera. The telephoto add on lens leaves a circular border around the image, significantly reducing the size of the captured image. Think of those really cheap stick on lenses for your iPhones' camera and you have the idea.

Currently, (18 July), our camera is still in Olympus repair facility since July 8th, 'waiting for parts'. Even though it failed after we owned it for only 3 weeks, Olympus has decided to repair the bad camera, rather than replace it. All this and we purchased the extended warranty to boot.

I was just asked by a friend if I would recommend a camera for her upcoming trip to the Caribbean, you can imagine my response.

July 16, 2013

Karla

DAMAGE ON THE FIRST DAY OF USE UNDERWATER

THE ORDER BY 50 FT OF DEPTH AND WAIT FOR A MONTH AND A HALF I WAS IN STOCK
THE FIRST TIME THE USE IN A POOL!!!
HAD DAMAGE
NOW IN REPAIR IN OLYMPUS AND HAS A MONTH AND NOT GIVE ME ANSWER
ONE TIME USE ONLY I AM VERY unhappy
LOST ALL MY HOLIDAY PHOTOS

July 13, 2013

David

Pleased and still learning the camera

I've had my TG-2 for about 2 months. It's given me some great pictures. Still pictures are the only application I've used so far. (Still learning). I purchased the extra zoom lens wich has been fantastic. Some bird pictures I've taken came out good. Still I wish there was another zoom with more power. One problem I had was I was out taking pictures of my grandkids one day and had the camera on all the time. At one point towards the end of the day it froze up and would not respond. I pulled the battery out and it came back to life. I thought I had lost the pictures I had taken because initially they did not show. Later on another outing I was looking thru what I had taken and they were saved. It turned out to be not a loss. I'm looking forward to using it in some snorkeling shots.
Overall it's my first digital and am pleased with it.

July 12, 2013

Dawn

TG-1iHS

This is the 4th Olympus tough type camera I've owned. I bought the original when I first saw one because I bike alot, spend alot of time at the beach and other extreme locations and always want a camera with me. I've had one pickpocketed in Buenos Aires. The last one was years old, only a 8 mpx and broke a few weeks ago in Costa Rica. I ordered my TG-1iHS and had it shipped to Nicaragua for my last 2 weeks of vacation. I also got the fish eye lense. I this the best camera for active people, especially those of us that don't want to carry a 50 lb. camera backpack with a giant camera body and extra lenses. And the fact that it's still waterproof with the additional lenses makes it a no-brainer to buy

July 09, 2013

Jean

Pretty darn good, but there's a learning curve.

I'd been puzzling over which DLSR to get so I could take macro shots. By accident I learned of the TG-2's "super macro" capability. Well, costly DSLRs with weight and expensive lenses, begone! I've been experimenting with this little camera for about a week. While looking around for teeny things to capture, I'm liking the nifty panoramic feature. The directions (strictly in the computer) and the software are not working as well as I'd like. Even technical help didn't address my question of why the directions say I must format the card in order to use it -- yet the camera IS using it -- and I can't find a way to format the card anyway. And the software only seems to download the photos from the camera. Afterwards they're nowhere to be found in my PC, so I have to go in and do a copy-and-paste. And I hope the software really will stitch my manually-taken panoramas together. Overall, though, I'm quite happy with the camera and am resigned to the learning curve. This is my first Olympus.

July 06, 2013

Leonard

Great Pocket Camera

I have been through the bulky DSLR's and my Pen Camera is not a pocket camera. I was looking for a fast camera that would fit in my pocket and be resistant to water and shock. I hike, bike ride, kayak, paddle board and photograph underwater as a scuba diver. This camera really takes great photographs. It does not use its onboard flash in low light. It does focus and shoot fast. I can pull it out of my pocket and hit the on button and get a photograph in seconds. I have not taken it diving yet, and if I do it will have to be shallow dives less than 45 feet. The GPS locates my location and adds the info to the photo. I use iPhoto to download the photos. The movies are sharp and very good. While not as wide as a GoPro the quality is very similar to the GoPro. The still photos I would say are equal to or better than my Pen photos. I soaked the camera in a pool with no leaks as the first test, about 10" depth as it float with the floating strap. I will lowered it to the bottom of the pool next. If it passes that test, I expect it will I will take it diving to about 25 -40 feet in a couple of weeks and check out the underwater photo quality. If it does a good job I will probably get the underwater housing and sell my Underwater Pen System. I will know more in about 4 to 6 weeks. If Olympus allows me to update this review then I will.

The cons: No lens cover and I am fearful of scratching the lens. I added a screen protector to prevent scratching the display.
The battery is charged in the camera, I see this as a negative because I can not use the camera if I need to charge the battery. I will search for an external battery charger. But, the good thing is you do not need to have an external battery charger. For these 2 items I subtract 1/2 star.

This camera fits my need for a pocket camera that takes great photos and with little shutter lag time and it can be dropped and it is waterproof.

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