Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tough? We shall see

With my ageing Panasonic TZ5 just about on its last legs and numerous times of getting wet and dropped on rides I needed to get something a little tougher.

I was looking for a good tough compact camera and was reading up on a few when OrangeBrompton mentioned the Olympus TG-2 Tough Camera. What perked my interest was the f/2.0 lens which is always good to have esp for night time shots.
Olympus TG-2 (Black with Black lens ring)

The TG-2 comes in 2 colours (with 2 different coloured lens rings) Black & Red. I choose the Black.

Box of goodies

  • LI-90B Lithium-Ion Battery
  • F-2AC AC Adapter
  • CB-USB8 USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Instruction Manual
  • Olympus Viewer 3 Software CD-ROM
  • Lens Ring (additional colour)

Specification Highlights

  • 12.0 effective megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor
  • F2.0-4.9, 25-100mm lens (4X)
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Waterproof to 15m, shockproof from 2.1m, crushproof to 100 kg, freezeproof to -10C
  • 3.0 inch OLED display with 610,000 dot resolution
  • Aperture priority mode
  • Built-in GPS with landmark tagging, compass, manometer, and logging
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080/30p movie mode with stereo sound
  • 'Tap Control' for (limited) camera control when wearing gloves
  • Support for fish-eye and telephoto conversion lenses 
Sample shots using the built in functions:

PAD: 1st September 2013
Panoramic

PAD: 28th August 2013
NightTime

Pinhole

Punk

Miniature

Reflection
Been using it for a couple of weeks now and I have to say I'm pretty impressed by it. It starts up very fast and its ready to shoot in a few seconds. Only thing is that the GPS does take awhile to find itself but that's understandable at times.

The functions seem natural to me now and its quick and easy to change the modes.:P

Sharpness of the f/2.0 lens is great and the night shots come out pretty good compared to my old now dead TZ5. I haven't tried taking any shots under water or even dripping it in water. To be honest I didnt get it for that function, I just wanted to peace of mind that when I'm on a ride and it rains I don't have to worry about it getting water logged & dying on me. Also this doesn't come with a separate recharger which at first put me off but then I realised this is a good thing as all you need to bring with you for extended touring is the cable to plug into a USB port or the wall socket USB which is alot smaller and lighter than a separate charger unit. I normally take with me a USB power pack to charge my other USB gadgets.

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