2013 Tough Camera of the Year
Olympus TG-2: £249
The TG-2 is currently the best underwater camera on the market and shrugs off its competition with a virtually indestructible body and fast lens that boasts a maximum aperture opening of f/2.
The range of the 4x optical zoom (25-100mm) isn't as long as some compacts, but the way its fast AF system operates with its 5fps burst speed makes it a sprightly performer whether it's being used above or below water. The 12MP sensor and TruePic VI image processor pair up to deliver consistently rich and correctly exposed images, and as well as being fully waterproof to a depth of 15m, it's crushproof to a force of 100kg, shockproof to a height of 2m and freezeproof to -10°C.
The TG-2 is an ideal choice for capturing action, adventure or winter holiday snaps.
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