Olympus Tough TG-2 Review

April 5, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |


The Olympus Tough TG-2 is a modest update of one of the most advanced “tough” cameras in the market. Its even more remarkable rugged credentials – waterproof to 15m, crushproof to 100kg, freezeproof to -10 °C and capable of withstanding drops from a height of 2.1m – are paired with a traditional design, down to the inclusion of a conventional shooting mode dial, and an excellent 25-100mm (eq.) f/2.0-4.9 lens that allows it to stand out from the crowd.

Its image quality – while obviously not in the same league as a digital SLR or compact system camera – is definitely better than that of its predecessors (with the exception of the TG-1), thanks in a large part to this lens. Olympus has also addressed a problem that has plagued many cameras in the Tough range, namely the slow operational and AF speed. Again, you shouldn't compare the Olympus Tough TG-2 to a DSLR, but among all-weather compacts it's clearly one of the faster and more responsive offerings.

In terms of features, the TG-2 ticks almost all the boxes with a manometer, GPS, Full HD movies with stereo sound and slow-motion options, FlashAir card support, and the clever microscope mode, and it even offers some unexpected extras like the ability to take conversion lenses, wirelessly control compatible remote flashguns or store your settings in custom memory banks. We're also pleased to see the inclusion of an Aperture Priority mode for greater control over manual exposure adjustments, although there's still no direct-button access to sensitivity or exposure compensation settings.

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.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 4