Olympus TG-2 iHS

 
Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F2.0-4.9) lens
  • 230g - 111 x 67 x 29mm
  • Revealed June 2013
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
91
Imaging
38
Features
42
Overall
39

Olympus TG-2 iHS summary

Olympus TG-2 iHS is Olympus's Waterproof camera initially released on June of 2013. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3968 x 2976.

The TG-2 iHS comes in at #29 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & over all #717 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should check out our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Olympus TG-2 iHS family

The Olympus TG-2 iHS has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can check out all earlier and most recent models alongside key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Tough-TG-6 front thumbnailOlympus TG-6
TG-2 iHS vs TG-6
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2019
Olympus-Tough-TG-5 front thumbnailOlympus TG-5
TG-2 iHS vs TG-5
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2017
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Olympus-Tough-TG-4 front thumbnailOlympus TG-4
TG-2 iHS vs TG-4
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2015
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-860 front thumbnailOlympus TG-860
TG-2 iHS vs TG-860
21-105mm
F3.5-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2015
Olympus-Tough-TG-3 front thumbnailOlympus TG-3
TG-2 iHS vs TG-3
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-850-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-850 iHS
TG-2 iHS vs TG-850 iHS
21-105mm
F3.5-5.7
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Olympus-Tough-TG-2-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-2 iHS25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-TG-630-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-630 iHS
TG-2 iHS vs TG-630 iHS
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-TG-830-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-830 iHS
TG-2 iHS vs TG-830 iHS
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Olympus-Tough-TG-1-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-1 iHS
TG-2 iHS vs TG-1 iHS
25-100mm
F2.0-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-TG-820-iHS front thumbnailOlympus TG-820 iHS
TG-2 iHS vs TG-820 iHS
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Olympus-TG-320 front thumbnailOlympus TG-320
TG-2 iHS vs TG-320
28-102mm
F3.5-5.1
14MP1/2.3"2012
Olympus-TG-810 front thumbnailOlympus TG-810
TG-2 iHS vs TG-810
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-TG-310 front thumbnailOlympus TG-310
TG-2 iHS vs TG-310
28-102mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-TG-610 front thumbnailOlympus TG-610
TG-2 iHS vs TG-610
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-3000 front thumbnailOlympus Tough-3000
TG-2 iHS vs Tough-3000
28-102mm
F3.5-5.1
12MP1/2.3"2010

Olympus TG-2 iHS Pros and Cons

Below is a list of benefits and drawbacks of the Olympus TG-2 iHS based on factors which are often considered important in a camera.

does have HDMI out
good battery pack (350 per charge)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
great minimum ISO (100)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built zoom lens (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
OLED tech
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
supports face detection focusing
supports tracking autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
weather proof
cannot use external flash
does not offer selfie friendly display
focusing manually not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of external microphone support
lack of headphone support
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of Timelapse recording
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low fps (5.0 frames/s)
manual mode not available
max zoom aperture not good (f4.9)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
no articulating screen
no phase detect AF
no RAW files
screen has low resolution (610 thousand dots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Olympus TG-2 iHS Sensor info

The dimension of the sensor in the Olympus TG-2 iHS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3968 x 2976 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the TG-2 iHS's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The TG-2 iHS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus TG-2 iHS dimensions

Olympus TG-2 iHS is 0.51 lbs (230 grams / 8.11 oz) & has exterior size of 111mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 196 grams so the Olympus TG-2 iHS is weightier compared with its rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Olympus TG-2 iHS besides a softdrink to help you get a feel for its scale.

Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button layout on the TG-2 iHS.

Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS topview buttons dials

Olympus TG-2 iHS Lens info

The TG-2 iHS offers a fixed lens and a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which may not be exceptional nevertheless it may be valuable in a few circumstances.

At the widest 25mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.0 and that's ideal for low light events and getting good bokeh. It will also allow you to set a much lower ISO and get better pictures. For the tele end, 100mm comes at f4.9 making it fairly sluggish and you would need to set slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus TG-2 iHS Connectivity

The TG-2 iHS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and sometimes alter settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Olympus TG-2 iHS Video info

The max video resolution in the Olympus TG-2 iHS is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance in quality and file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone and / or headphone port which means you have no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to look at a different model in case you want better audio for your video clips.

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Olympus TG-2 iHS Weather Sealing

Olympus TG-2 iHS has weather proofing making it a fantastic pick for use in rough locations. This is particularly useful whenever you are uncertain about the elements you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Olympus TG-2 iHS Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus TG-2 iHS includes a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 610 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Olympus TG-2 iHS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Olympus TG-2 iHS Shutter info

Olympus TG-2 iHS continuous shooting rate is 5.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus TG-2 iHS Flash and Hot shoe info

Olympus TG-2 iHS comes with only built in flash with no external flash support.

Olympus TG-2 iHS Autofocusing info

Olympus TG-2 iHS comes with just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which makes it helpful for portrait photography.

It also has Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Olympus TG-2 iHS has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful in low light conditions or you want to have more accurate focus control.

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Olympus TG-2 iHS Battery life

The battery pack (Li-90B) in the Olympus TG-2 iHS is designed to last for 350 shots with respect to the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than the usual in comparison to its class. The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 has the maximum (380) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Here is a number of Waterproof cameras that have the highest battery life:

Olympus TG-2 iHS for various types of photography

The following illustration presents a rundown of the Olympus TG-2 iHS for various types of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Olympus TG-2 iHS

The Olympus TG-2 iHS gets a rating of 28 which is subpar, and means the camera is simply not good to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the flexibility to use external flash.

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features face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Olympus TG-2 iHS Street photography highlights

With a nice points total of 61, the Olympus TG-2 iHS is a fine fit to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Olympus TG-2 iHS as a Sports photography camera

A subpar sports photography score of 41 means the Olympus TG-2 iHS is simply not good for shooting sports. A camera must have excellent autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking autofocus
weather proof
great battery power (350 CIPA)
low fps (5.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Olympus TG-2 iHS

Weight is extremely important in choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Olympus TG-2 iHS gets a above average 69 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent option to purchase for your journeys.

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good battery power (350 per charge)
weather proofing
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse recording
low resolution (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly

Olympus TG-2 iHS Landscape photography details

For anyone who is looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus TG-2 iHS and it's average grade of 47 for a landscape camera is somewhat adequate amongst its competition.

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really wide (25mm)
good max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
good battery pack (350 CIPA)
no manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
no manual exposure
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Olympus TG-2 iHS Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a articulating display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Olympus TG-2 iHS is simply not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar score of 36.

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decently wide (25mm)
great max aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone support

Olympus TG-2 iHS Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the TG-2 iHS, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall within the class of Waterproof.

The line graph down below offers you a bird's eye view of the TG-2 iHS vs it's highest ranked rivals suggested above.

Following are several cameras you may look into as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Olympus
Model
Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS
Type
Waterproof
Revealed
2013-06-28
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW format
Highest native ISO
6400
Minimum native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/2.0-4.9
Macro focus range
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inches
Display resolution
610 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech
OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
4 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
230 gr (0.51 lbs)
Dimensions
111 x 67 x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
350 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Li-90B
Self timer
Yes (2 and 12 sec, Pet Auto Shutter)
Time lapse shooting
Card slots
1
Pricing at release
$380