Olympus TG-2 Review

 
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Model Name: Olympus Tough TG-2 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Olympus TG-1
TG-1 vs TG-2
Successor: Olympus TG-3
TG-2 vs TG-3
General
Model Number: TG-2
Camera Format: Compact
Currently Manufactured: No
Retail Price: $379.99
Street Price: $382.89
Date Available: 2013-03-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 8.1 oz (230 g)
includes batteries
Size: 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.1 in.
(112 x 67 x 29 mm)
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof Depth:  
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 12.0
Sensor Format: 1/2.3 inch
Sensor size: 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.55 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:  
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: Yes
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score:  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits):  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs):  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso):  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 3968 x 2976 (11.8 MP, 4:3),
3968 x 2232 (8.9 MP, 16:9),
3264 x 2448 (8.0 MP, 4:3),
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4:3),
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4:3),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1280 x 960 (1.2 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 5.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (30p)
1280x720 (30p)
640x480 (30p)
640x480 (120p)
320x240 (240p)
Movie File Format: MOV/H.264 with stereo sound (AVI/Motion JPEG for HS movies)
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: Olympus Lens, 9 lenses in 7 groups, with dual aspheric elements and 2 ED elements
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 25.0 - 100.0 mm
Zoom Ratio: 4.00x
Aperture Range: f/2.0/2.8/8.0 (wide) / f/4.9/6.3/18 (tele)
Normal Focus Range: 10 cm to Infinity
3.9 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 1 - 10 cm
0.4 - 3.9 in
Filter Thread: 40.5mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: No
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x (2x Super Resolution Zoom)
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection: Face Detect AF, iESP, Spot AF, AF Tracking
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: No
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type:  
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 610,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x
Top Deck Display:
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 6400
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto, High, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent1, Underwater, One-touch
Shutter Speed Range: 4 - 1/2000
Bulb Mode: No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: No
Full Manual Exposure: No
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Hand-held Starlight, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Under Water Snapshot, Under Water Wide1, Under Water Wide2, Under Water Macro, Pet(cat), Pet(dog), Snow, Panorama, Backlight HDR; Magic Art Filters: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Water Color, Reflection, Miniature, Fragmented, Dramatic
Self Timer: 2, 12, Pet auto-shutter seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-In, Off, LED
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: ISO 1600: W: 0.2m - 7.9m; T: 0.1m - 3.1m
Max Flash Sync:  
Flash Exposure Compensation:  
External Flash Connection: n/a
Built-In Wireless Flash Control: Full TTL exposure
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: No
Uncompressed Format:  
Movie File Format: MOV/H.264 with stereo sound (AVI/Motion JPEG for HS movies)
Included Memory: 22.0 MB
Included Memory Type: Internal
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: Yes
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: No
Remote Control:
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, DC Input, Audio/Video Output), Micro (Type-D) HDMI, Built-in GPS
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.73
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press?
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 5.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 25
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.22
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.29
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus):  
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):  
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.043
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time: 1.0
Play -> Record Time:  
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 3.7
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary LI-90B
Usable Battery Types: Lithium Ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary LI-90B lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 350
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X10.3-10.8
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Waterproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof (-10C), Crushproof (100kgf), Shockproof (2.1m). Upgrades from TG-1: Waterproof to 50 feet (vs 40), Expanded lineup of accessories including Macro LED adapter + In-body Super Macro zoom. Available in red or black.

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