August 5, 2013 by 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!
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July 31, 2013 by 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.
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July 24, 2013 by 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.
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July 21, 2013 by 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.
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July 18, 2013 by 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.
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