Olympus has yet again produced the toughest digital camera ever. This time in the form of the Stylus Tough TG-2 which can be taken underwater to depth of 15m (50′), frozen to -10C (14F), shockproof to drops of 2.1m (7′) and resist pressure up to 100kg (220lbs). Needless to way, the model is completely dustproof and weatherproof.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 is built around a 12 MP CMOS sensor behind a bright F/2 lens with a 4X optical zoom range equivalent to 25-100mm. This non-protruding lens is stabilized and covered by a sealed glass cover. Thanks to its high-speed CMOS sensor, the TG-2 can capture full-resolution images at 5 FPS for a maximum of 25 frames and full 1080p HD video.
The TG-2 is built with adventurous travelers in mind and integrates a GPS with digital-compass and manometer. Its tough build quality make it more suitable to harsh environments than any digital camera before it.
Along with the TG-2, Olympus refreshed its other class of water-proof cameras. The new TG-830 and TG-630 replace the TG-820 iHS and TG-320 before them. The TG-830, shown in blue just below, boasts a 16 megapixels sensor in a body which can be taken underwater down to 10m.
The TG-630, shown in white below, uses a 12 megapixels sensor in a body which can be taken underwater down to 5m. Both these cameras feature a conventional non-protruding lens with 5X optical zoom, equivalent to 28-140mm but with a slower F/3.9-5.9 maximum aperture range. The lower-end TG-630 lacks a GPS compared to the other two models.
All these rugged digital cameras are scheduled to be available in March 2013. The suggested price for the TG-2 is of $379 USD and for the TG-820 it is $279 USD. For the TG-630, it is $199 USD.