Olympus goes unconventional, offers three models in the tough camera line up at CES.
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The first camera from Olympus is the TG-2 (pictured below), the updated version of the company’s popular TG-1. While the TG-2 retains the TG-1’s 12 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor and the f/2.0 lens, what’s improved is the ruggedness of the camera and the inclusion of a microscopic macro mode that’s bound to appeal to macro photographers.
The lens has a starting aperture of f/2.0 which goes all the way to f/4.9 through the zoom range of 25-100mm, but the lens comes with an adapter ring for more attachments. The camera can be taken up to 50 feet deep under water and can withstand drops from heights of 6 feet. The ruggedized body also serves to protect the TG-2 against the elements as freezing temperatures as low as -10 Celsius wouldn’t have any effect on the camera.
The other two models revealed by Olympus are the TG-830 iHS and the TG-630 iHS. Olympus also announced two other rugged cameras, the Stylus Tough TG-830 iHS and TG-630 iHS. The former is waterproof down to 10m, shockproof from 2m drops, crushproof up to 100kg, freezeproof down to -10 degrees Celcius, and dustproof. The latter is waterproof to 4.8m, shockproof to 1.6m, freezeproof down to -10 degrees Celcius, and dustproof. The TG-830 iHS gets a 16 megapixel sensor while the TG-630 iHS incorporates a 12 megapixel sensor.
The TG-2 will be available mid-march in the US for a retail price of $379.99 while the TG-830 iHS and TG-630 iHS will cost $279.99 and $199.99 respectively. No word on India availability or pricing.
|TG-830 iHS (below)|