Yesterday, Olympus pulled back the curtain on the latest refresh of their Tough series point and shoot cameras. Most notably for us here at SCBP, the TG-2 was made official and looks to bring us even more of the rugged capability that we loved from the original TG-1.
The TG-2 brings with it some notable improvements over the TG-1 including increasing waterproof depths to 15m (50ft, 10ft more than the TG-1). The rugged look is much more than design cues too; as you can expect from Olympus’s flagship Tough camera, the TG-2 can withstand being dropped from 6.6ft, being frozen to as low as 14-degrees (F), and avoids being crushed up to 220lbs. If you’re looking for a camera that can take whatever you can dish, this is the one.
In terms of imaging capability, the TG-2 packs a 12MP CMOS sensor and their new “Microscopic Macro” function that promises up to 14x zoom macro images with no degradation in image quality. Combined with Olympus’s fast autofocusing system as well as a 2.0-4.9 lens, the TG-2 seems to pack enough power to satisfy even the pickiest of photographers without sacrificing the ease of use that many consumers are looking for. For the experience set, the TG-2 will also have an expanded selection of add-on lens to choose from. Again, more for everyone regardless of their photography skill level.
Some other cool features include a built-in manometer to gauge everything from elevation to underwater depth – even flash a warning as you approach the 50ft maximum depth, eCompass and GPS for tagging all your snapshots, and Toshiba FlashAir support allowing you to easily share everything you capture – computer optional.
If you’re at CES make sure to stop by their booth and check out the TG-2 and the entire line of updated consumer imaging products including the entire refreshed line of Tough series cameras and the SZ line as well. Make sure to name drop us too. If you’re not in Vegas this week, we got you covered here on SCBP; check out our gallery below for more images of the TG-2.
UPDATE: The TG-2 expected to be available starting in March 2013 with a street price of $380.