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Olympus broke new ground in the rugged camera wars with last year's TG-1. With a bright f/2.0 lens — almost unheard of on regular point-and-shoots, let alone tough ones — the camera merged decent image quality with enough guts to withstand real action photography.

Design and features

This year's TG-2 looks rather similar on the outside to its predecessor, but boasts incremental rugged credentials. Now, the camera is waterproof to 15 metres, shockproof from 2.1 metres, freeze proof to -10 degrees Celsius, crush proof to 100kgf and dust proof.

Waterproof sealing has been applied to almost every component of the camera, with an additional water-repellent coating on the lens element. This should ensure that water droplets stay away from photos when pulling the camera in and out of the ocean. An optional case can extend the camera's waterproof credential to 45m underwater. Other extras include a waterproof fish-eye converter and a teleconverter.

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