Olympus Tough TG-2 - Adding Aperture Priority into the Mix

Launch SRP: S$568

Conclusion

Conclusion

The Olympus Tough TG-1 was one of the best rugged compacts we handled and the TG-2 is no different. The OLED display looks good and the mode dial is a nice feature to have instead of having to change modes via the menu system. The best feature about the TG-2 is that it allows users to set the aperture value, a feature which the TG-1 left out despite being able to shoot at a maximum wide aperture of F2.0

However, whatever shortcomings that afflicted the TG-1 also make their appearance in the TG-2. The TG-2’s Achilles heel is its low light performance which starts to smudge details from ISO400, resulting in some noticeable detail loss. You can’t set the focus area as well, which is a pity since the camera may not actually focus on the intended subject. When that happens, you'll have to resort to trying to half-press the shutter button while trying to re-frame your subject a number of times before getting what you had intended initially.

But the TG-2 is still your best bet if you need a compact camera that can withstand the elements and the ability to now set the aperture serves to further sweeten the deal. If you happen to own the TG-1 and frequently shoot in Auto mode, then the TG-2 won't be a compelling upgrade. For those who don’t own the TG-1 or have yet to obtain a rugged camera, it’s definitely a good idea to put the Olympus Tough TG-2 in your rugged camera shortlist.

8.0
Performance
8
Design
8
Features
9
User-Friendliness
8.5
Value
8
The Good
Fast F2.0 lens
Accepts converters and filters
Super rugged
Has Aperture Priority mode
The Bad
Very small buttons
Aggressive noise reduction
No manual mode
Unable to select AF area