Olympus Tough Stylus TG-2 iHS Underwater Compact Camera

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Olympus Makes its Tough Camera
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Olympus TG-2 Camera Announcing the Olympus Tough Stylus TG-2 iHS, their newest Tough series flagship of underwater compact waterproof cameras. This updated TG-1 version is waterproof down to 50 feet, featuring a 12MP CMOS image sensor along with a large aperture opening starting at f/2.0 along with 4x optical zoom. Further updating their specifications are; 3.0 inch OLED rear screen, on-board GPS and elevation coordinates and also 1920 x 1080 movie output. The Olympus TG-2 iHS is going to become available March, 2013 in both a black and a red version in the US for $379.99  - Jan 8, 2013

Press Release:

Demand more than durability. The Olympus Stylus Tough® TG-2 now goes deeper and captures life closer than any stylus ever

Dive Underwater to 50 Feet and Capture Microscopic Macros to Reveal a Hidden World

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 7, 2013 – Olympus takes rugged durability and DSLR-image quality to new heights (and depths) with the new flagship Tough model: the STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 iHS. It expands on technologies that made its predecessor, the Olympus TOUGH TG-1 iHS, a standout among the Tough series of waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof compact cameras: a high-speed, ultra-bright f2.0 lens with converter-lens system compatibility, iHS technology to shoot brilliant images and incredible 1080p Full HD Video in the most extreme conditions.

Olympus continues to push innovation further so underwater enthusiasts can now explore depths up to 50 feet* with the TG-2 iHS – 10 feet deeper than its predecessor! Of course, it also withstands the rigors of other extreme conditions with its advanced ruggedized body construction that is shockproof up to 6.6 feet*, freezeproof to 14°F*, crushproof to a weight of 220 pounds and dustproof.

This high-speed performer delivers brilliant images courtesy of its high-sensitivity, high-speed 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combined with a blazing fast, DSLR-quality TruePic™ VI image processor. The iHS family of technologies unite for unmatched image quality in challenging shooting conditions with improved lighting, less noise and response times twice as fast as traditional point-and-shoot cameras.

The new Microscopic Macro function boosts zoom magnification from 4x to 14x** with no noticeable loss of image quality from one centimeter away for true macro results. When the doubly powerful Super Resolution zoom is used, aspects of the natural world usually invisible to the naked eye, such as veins on a leaf and the details of an insect’s eye, are revealed. High-speed autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition, and 8x Super-resolution zoom (4x optical zoom) produce incredible images in any location. The STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 iHS lens adapter converter ring expands system capability by enabling the addition of a waterproof Fisheye Converter Lens or Teleconverter Lens for use on land or under water.

With five frames-per-second high-speed burst shooting or 60 frames-per-second at 3-megapixel resolution, Movie enthusiasts can shoot 1080p Full HD videos (1920x1080 pixels) while Multi-Motion Movie Image Stabilization compensates for movement during recording to create smoother videos.

A 1:2.0-4.9 wide-aperture high-speed lens enables the user to capture dramatic shots with low depth of field or reduced blur in low light. The Manual aperture priority mode allows the user to set the aperture to give pictures different expressions, or for professional-looking effects like background blur.

In low-light conditions, HDR Backlight Adjustment takes a collage of images at various exposure levels and blends them into one perfectly exposed photo. The camera’s LED Illuminator perfectly captures the mood of low-light indoor scenes, beautiful sunsets or late-night outdoor festivities without a bright flash. Shadow Adjustment Technology adjusts shadows within an image shot under backlit conditions so that a subject’s face can be revealed even under harsh lighting. Eleven Magic Filters add a range of spectacular effects to both stills and video.

The camera’s three-inch, high-resolution OLED display (610K dots) provides excellent visibility in bright situations, enabling composition of the perfect shot in direct sunlight. Mark a special spot on the map with the GPS and e-compass functions that display and record location and landmark information with every shot. The built-in manometer records elevation and water depth and even displays a warning when the user approaches a depth of 50 feet.

Users can easily share their images on a big-screen HDTV in high definition using an optional HDMI cable or on their social networks using the Olympus Image Share smartphone application (via optional Toshiba FlashAir™ SDHC card or optional Eye-Fi Card).

Two bundled lens rings, one in red and one in black, and a premium wrist strap customize the camera’s look. The Olympus® PT-053 underwater housing takes the STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 iHS down to depths of 135 feet (45m). v *Waterproof according to IEC standard publication 529 IPX8. Shockproof figures equivalent to MIL Standard according to Olympus test conditions. Freezeproof according to Olympus test conditions. **35 mm camera equivalent.

U.S. Availability

The Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 iHS will be available in March.

Estimated Street Price:

Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 iHS Digital Camera: $379.99 (Available in Black and Red)

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: www.getolympus.com

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 3968 x 2976  
Other resolutions 3968 x 2232, 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 16:9  
Effective pixels 12.0 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 12.8 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type BSI-CMOS  
ISO Auto, ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format No  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25 – 100 mm  
Optical zoom 4×  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Normal focus range 60 cm (23.62")  
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39")  
Lens mount Unknown  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 610,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type OLED  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F2.0 - F4.9  
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Continuous drive Yes  
Self-timer Yes (2 and 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Stereo  
Storage included 22 MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Type D)  
Environmentally sealed Yes  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion LI90B rechargeable battery and charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 350  
Weight (inc. batteries) 230 g (0.51 lb / 8.11 oz)  
Dimensions 111 x 67 x 29 mm (4.37 x 2.64 x 1.14")  
Other features
GPS BuiltIn


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