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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS

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86 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Finding the right balance between good image quality, durability, and ease-of-use can be a real challenge, but fortunately the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS is up to the task. TechRadar says it "produces images with nice, natural colours that have a bit of punch but not too much contrast," and "images are also well exposed," which Stuff agreed with, saying that the TG-2 "does a great job of exposure, keeping highlights in check whilst still pulling out detail from the shadows." Though it "loses out on fine detail," they say "that's only going to be an issue if you're keen to crop in or blow up your shots." They were also iffy on the video quality, calling it "less impressive, marred by that juddery zoom, not dealing well with panning motions." However, Digital Versus says the video overall is "clean, pleasant and nicely defined." So the TG-2 will take good images, but can it handle taking them in rough-and-tumble outdoor conditions? Well, TechRadar says it feels "nice and solid," though they found the controls "rather fiddly to use when wearing gloves," so cold weather could be a bit of an issue, as could sunlight, since "images must be composed using the 3-inch screen," making "composition almost guesswork in very bright conditions such as a ski slope or on a sunlit beach." One thing you won't have to worry about is water, as DigitalCameraInfo has "a lot of confidence in the waterproof compartments on the bottom and left panels of the TG-2," and Stuff put the waterproofing into practice, discovering "the seals held strong around the battery and connection compartments." So whether your next adventure is in rain, snow, sleet, wave, dive, or anything else wet you can throw at it, the Stylus Tough TG-2 can take a beating -- and great pictures.
86 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Average Critic Score
Product Review
SlashGear
We’ll start with the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS, which is for those who need a camera that will stand up to abuse but still takes good shots. Most times it seems you can’t have both, but that’s what Olympus is shooting for with the TG-2.
 
80
Photography Blog
Despite being little more than a refresh for 2013, the Olympus Tough TG-2 remains a very solid camera in more than one way, and one that easily earns our “Recommended” award.
 
90
Reviewed.com Cameras
Thanks to strong image quality, and despite imperfect usability, we do recommend the TG-2 for all your summertime shenanigans. But there's still plenty of room for the inevitable TG-3 to grow.
 
80
Stuff
If you're looking for a rugged camera that can do just that bit extra, the TG-2 could be for you, although rivals will beat it for pure image and video quality.
 
80
Digital Versus
The Olympus Tough TG-2 is a replacement for the TG-1—in fact, it's practically a clone of last year's model! A few improvements should make it nicer to use, even if this waterproof compact still isn't without its faults.
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Pocket-Lint
If you're after a tough, waterproof, dust/sandproof, and pretty much "everything-proof" compact camera then, from what we've seen, the Olympus Tough TG-2 ought to be a strong contender for your shortlist.
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Reviewed.com Cameras
The TG-2's stylish physical design and hot color scheme, plus its seemingly excellent image quality and lightning-quick autofocus, create a winning combination.
 
70
TechRadar
The Olympus TG-2 is pretty good example of a tough camera, but like several others, the controls are a bit too fiddly for use with gloved hands. The screen also suffers from reflections in very bright light, which is a problem if you want to use it on skiing or beach holidays.
 
80
Expert Reviews
A rugged, waterproof camera with some useful tricks for macro and low-light photography
 
90
PC Mag
The Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS rugged camera is a very minor upgrade to the excellent TG-1. It comes in at a lower price and walks away with our Editors' Choice award.

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