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

Launch SRP: S$568

Image Quality, Performance and Sample Images

Image Quality and Performance

Being a rugged camera, the TG-2 is bound to accompany many on their trips and travels. Autofocus speed is pretty quick, but the TG-2 suffers from the fact that you cannot set the focus area. This means that you’re at the mercy of the camera and while it may lock onto subjects fast, it may not be the subject you want to capture.

The TG-2 is running the same image processor, TruePic VI, as its predecessor, the TG-1. So it comes as no surprise that the image quality of the TG-2 is almost the same as the TG-1. Similarly to the TG-1, the TG-2 scores 2000LPH both vertically and horizontally for the resolution test. Low light performance isn’t the TG-2’s strongest point though; with images displaying a significant amount of smudging and detail loss at ISO800. However, if the images are going to be used online then it’s still passable.

This image which was shot at ISO800, still looks reasonably good due to the lower resolution (500 pixels wide for this image).

 A 100% crop will reveal that the in-camera noise-reduction is pretty aggressive and smudges the details. This won't be an issue if the images are to be displayed online, which normally use lower resolutions.

The ability to manually shoot at f/2 is a welcome addition to the TG-2, which can lead to some pleasing shots with blurred backgrounds (bokeh effect).


Sample Photographs

Below are sample photographs shot with the Olympus TG-2. The photos have not been post-processed and are copyright to SPH Magazines. They are provided for your reference only and we ask that you do not reproduce them elsewhere. Click for the full-resolution images.

 f/2 at 25mm, 1/60sec, ISO125

f/2 at 25mm, 1/100sec, ISO100

f/2 at 25mm, 1/2sec, ISO200

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

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