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.