Olympus has revamped its compact collection with a range of new models

Olympus has revamped its various compact lines with a slew of new products, including a new flagship Tough camera.


Tough-TG2 heads up the company’s compact announcements at this year’s

CES trade show in Las Vegas. Announced less than a year after its TG1

predecessor, the new model still offers the combination of a 12MP

backlit CMOS sensor, 3in OLED display with 610k dots and a 25-100mm


Olympus Tough TG2


waterproof capabilities, however, now see it remain functional to a

depth of 15m, while its other ‘tough’ credentials include shockproofing

up to a height of 2.1m, freeze proofing down to -10°C and crushproofing

to a force of 100kg.

Another change comes with the Macro

Microscopic function, which, the company claims, boosts zoom

magnification from 4x to 14x with no noticeable loss of image quality

from 1cm away from the subject.

Olympus Tough TG-830iHS


other cameras have also been announced at CES, including two further

Tough models, the Tough TG-630iHS and Tough TG-830iHS. The latter camera

boasts waterproofing capabilities down to 10m and shockproofing from a

height of 2m, together with freeze proofing, crushproofing and

protection against dust.

In terms of its imaging side, it brings

together a 16MP backlit sensor and 28-140mm lens, and sees the

inclusion of both a GPS system and an electronic compass.

Olympus SH-50 iHS


Tough TG-630iHS, meanwhile, bears many similarties to its launch

partner, although it sees a 12MP sensor in place of the TG-830iHS’s 16MP

alternative and can only be taken down to depth of 5m. Furthermore,

it’s shockproofing is said to only work to a height of 1.5m, but it’s

physically smaller and lighter than the TG-830iHS.

Other cameras

include the SH-50 iHS, which features the same 5-axis image

stabilisation system as featured on the OM-D E-M5, as well as pair of

superzoom cameras, the SZ-16 iHS and SZ-15 iHS, which each feature a 24x

optical zoom lens.

Olympus SZ-16iHS