There were plenty of companies launching rugged cameras at CES 2013 and
Olympus too joined the league with three offerings. Their flagship
camera is the Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-2 iHS, which is waterproof,
shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof.
It is a successor
to Olympus TOUGH TG-1 iHS and features a f/2.0 high speed lens. It comes
with a 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combined with a DSLR-quality
TruePic VI image processor. According to Olympus, the new Microscopic
Macro function helps this camera to boosts zoom magnification from 4x to
14x. This camera is expected to arrive in United States from March 2013
with a price tag of $379.99 and will be available in black and red
Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-830 iHS is a 16-megapixel
camera, which comes with a BSI CMOS sensor. This camera too is
waterproof up to depths of 10 metres, and shockproof from drops of
heights up to 2 metres, and is both freeze-proof and dust-proof.
iHS is also capable of capturing high speed video at 120 frames per
second in 720p and 240 frames per second in HVGA along with high speed
sequential shooting for still images. This camera too will be available
from March $279.99. It will offer Silver, Black, Red, and Blue colour
TG-630 iHS is the third camera introduced in
STYLUS TOUGH series. It is also a rugged camera but it is not crushproof
like TG-830 iHS. STYLUS TOUGH TG-630 iHS includes a 12-megapixel CMOS
sensor and is shockproof from 1.5 metres, waterproof up to 5 metres.
This camera is expected to be available for $200 and will start
retailing in March.
Apart from this, Olympus also added
SP-620UZ and Olympus SZ-12 to its range of long zoom cameras. Olympus
SP-620UZ comes with a 21x optical zoom lens and a 16-megapixel CCD
sensor. The biggest advantage that SP-620UZ boasts of is the flexibility
to focus and capture distant subjects without having to carry
This camera also comes with a 3D
image capture feature, which combines two photos of the same subject
from different angles to generate dynamic 3D images that can be viewed
on a 3D-compatible monitor or television. It will be available sometime
later in January. Priced at $200, SP-620UZ will be available in silver
and black colour options.
The Olympus SZ-12 is a long zoom
camera that comes with 24x optical wide-angle zoom lens. According to
the company, this camera packs in two forms of image stabilisation to
help curb blur. OLYMPUS SZ-12 is a slim camera that comes with
14-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch LCD display. This camera costs $199.99
and will be available in silver, black and red colour options.
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