Lucky is proud to present the Olympus TG-2, the third and last of my recent new cameras. It is a chunky point and shoot and it has the worst image quality of all my recent cameras. Why did I get it? Well it has some unique features.
You know that I’ve been on an equipment kick lately first buying the Canon 6D, then the Canon G15 and now the TG-2. I’ve also got rid of a few cameras so my total camera count remains steady. While these may seem like random purchases, I actually have put some thought behind them. At least that is what I tell my self to justify all these acquisitions.
The Olympus TG-2 is designed survive a 7 foot drop, temperatures of 14 degrees and the pressure of 50 feet of water. Yes, it is one of those Tough cameras. I’m not much of an extreme sports kind of guy so this camera is going to have it easy, lounging around by the pool or the ocean. But it fills an important niche, to capture the candid moments of summer, without worry.
It’s a surprisingly quick camera, JPEG only and I’m taking on a trip to Cancun, Mexico in a couple of days. I have the Sony TX5, my first waterproof camera from about 3 years ago but this one improves on it in several ways. First, it has a f2.0 lens at its widest 25mm focal length. A true 1080P high def video and the most amazing macro capability of all of my cameras. Its 12 MP sensor is the newest generation and even for its tiny size, it does acceptable shots up to ISO 400 and I’ve even pushed it to ISO 800 in a pinch.
The old TX5 goes to my younger son, who has bugged me for a camera. This little Sony with its strong build will be perfect for a young boy. Here you see him jumping into a pool, with the TX5 to document his plunge. Black and whites come out really crisp and the lower dynamic range and large depth of field really gives a sharp look to these photos. At 100%, even at the base ISO 100, there is noise reduction smoothing going on. It’s definitely not going to win any image quality competitions but I think it will be a fun camera.
I’ve only use the TG-2 a couple of times so I’ll do a more extensive writeup when I get back from my vacation. So far, it’s worked well at a pool side party and a boating trip. I really don’t expect to use the camera too often. The Canon G15, certainty destroys it in image quality, so it won’t be my daily carry around camera. But as you can imagine, it should be the perfect ticket for the beach. After all, just a few misplace grains of sand and the G15’s power zoom becomes history not to mention the constant threat of water.
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