Does Olympus offer tips for maintaining and using the camera underwater such as scene modes?
Yes, click here to learn what the different underwater shooting modes are used for and other helpful information.
What are the main features of the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS?
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS is a waterproof/shockproof/crushproof/freezeproof/dustproof digital camera with a fast f2.0 lens, enabling photography in scenarios that would challenge other digital cameras. The combination of durability and outstanding image quality make it possible to shoot stills and HD video in even the harshest conditions. The camera is waterproof to a depth of 15m/50 ft, crushproof to 100 kgf/220 lbf, shockproof for a drop of up to 2 m/6.8 ft, and freezeproof to -10 °C/14 °F.
The camera features a high-speed 12 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, supported by the TruePic VI image processing engine, resulting in high-speed autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition.
The bright f2.0 4x zoom lens provides a zoom range comparable to a 25-100mm lens equivalent in 35mm photography, with an additional 4x of digital zoom, with an option for Super-resolution Zoom. The 3.0 inch 610,000 dot OLED monitor provides excellent visibility outdoors to compose the perfect shot -- even in sunlight.
The Stylus Tough features an Aperture priority Mode to allow greater depth-of-field and Microscopic Macro Mode that enables shooting closeups 1 centimeter from a subject.
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS shoots in 1080p and 720p HD video. It also shoots video in the VGA format with options to shoot at High Speed 120 fps and High Speed 240 fps. The recorded sound in the videos is Linear PCM format, an audio format pioneered by Olympus in our digital audio recorders.
The camera also features GPS and an electronic compass. The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS is equipped with a logging function so you can track the route taken with third-party tracking software.
The 11 Art Filters, 22 Scene Modes and the 11 Magic Mode filters enable applying situation-specific shooting modes artistsic creativity in-camera.
What are the main differences between the Tough TG-1 iHS and the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS?
As the successor to the Tough TG-1 iHS, the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS has features and improvements not found in the TG-1.
The TG-1 was rated at 40 feet of water resistance without the underwater housing. That rating has been increased to 50 feet in the TG-2. The shockproof rating of 6.6 feet in the TG-1 has been increased to 6.8 feet in the TG-2.
The Super Sport option on the Mode Dial of the TG-1 has been replaced by the Microscopic Macro Mode on the TG-2. This mode allows super macro photography as close as 1 centimeter to the subject and also allows the use of the lens zoom in a supermacro mode.
The TG-2 introduces an Aperture Mode for the first time on an Olympus Tough camera. When the Mode Dial is set to the A (Aperture Priority) position there is an option to use f2.0, f2.8, or f8.0 (f8.0 yields the greatest depth-of-field).
The TG-2 offers two High Speed Movies Modes in the VGA format -- 120 fps and 240 fps. Both record for 20 seconds without sound. A 20 second movie clip in the 120 fps mode has a playback time of 1 minute 20 seconds and a 20 second movie clip in the 240 fps mode has a playback time of 2 minutes 39 seconds.
What is the purpose of the Scene Mode?
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS has a Scene Mode setting (SCN on the Mode Dial) that optimizes the camera settings for specific shooting conditions. All of the settings applied in the 22 available scenes can also be applied by the controls in the camera's menu, but applying them manually can be time-consuming. In addition, amateur photographers may not have a deep enough knowledge of photography to select the appropriate settings for some situations that advanced amateur and professional photographers might employ.
What is the purpose of the MAGIC Mode?
The MAGIC filters (MAGIC on the Mode Dial) are a set of 11 filters that apply artistic processing in-camera when photos are taken. Because of the processing time required to apply the filters, the image size is restricted to 5 megapixels or lower on some of the filters. Some of the MAGIC filter effects can be applied to videos, but you may find the frame rate to be too slow with filters that require more dynamic processing.
What is the A Mode on the Mode Dial?
The A Mode on the Mode Dial is the Aperture Priority Mode, which allows options for which f-stop to use. The options are f2.0 (the default and maximum aperture of the lens), f2.8 and f8.0. f8.0 provides the greatest depth-of-field.
When the Mode Dial is set to A, press the left arrow button on the four-way key pad. The f-stop can then be selected using the Up and Down arrow buttons.
What are the Custom Modes Setups?
The Custom Mode Setups (C1 and C2 on the Mode Dial) are used for saving and recalling custom menu settings. The options on the mode dial allow for quick access to these user determined custom presets.
To set a Custom Mode:
- Set the Mode Dial to the P (Program) mode so that you have full access to the menu.
- Open the menu and select the menu options you want to apply to the Custom Mode.
- In the menu, select Custom Mode Setup (located in the first setup menu) and press the right arrow button on the four way button pad on the back of the camera.
- Select one of the two Custom Modes and press the OK button on the back of the camera.
The menu options are now registered for the Custom Mode Setups. To apply them, simply rotate the Mode Dial to the C1 or C2 position.
Does the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS have a Macro mode?
The camera can shoot regular macro shots using its normal settings. For extreme macro work, the camera has a Microscopic Macro Mode that is enabled using the mode Dial. It allows shooting subject as close as 1 centimeter. The lens can also be zoomed in the Microcopic Macro Mode.
When the Mode Dial is set to iAUTO, why are some of the menu options deactivated (grayed-out)?
In the iAUTO shooting mode, the camera determines the appropriate settings for the given shooting conditions and subject matter. The camera will utilize one of the Scene modes, when appropriate. The menu options that control those settings are deactivated (grayed-out) in the iAUTO mode.
The subject I want in focus doesn't line up with the AF target frame. How can I get the camera to focus on the subject?
Using the SPOT autofocus option allows you to more accurately focus on the subject. To lock the autofocus on a specific subject, do the following:
- Position the AF frame on the autofocus subject and press the shutter button halway until the AF frame turns green.
- While holding the shutter button in the halfway position, recompose the image and press the shutter button all the way down to capture the image.
How do I use the different metering modes?
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS provides two metering options that allow the photographer to have greater control over exposure. The metering modes are set in the CAMERA MENU. Descriptions and applications of the metering modes are detailed below:
||ESP metering is recommended for general use. The camera meters the brightness at the center of the monitor and the surrounding area separately to capture an image with balanced brightness. When taking pictures against a strong backlight, the center of the image may appear dark.|
||Spot metering measures the exposure using a very small area in the center of the monitor and can be used to meter a backlit subject. Spot metering must be used very carefully because the brightness within the area on which the metering spot is centered can dramatically influence the final exposure.|
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS has Auto white balance, so why is it necessary to have white balance presets?
Having white balance presets grants the photographer more creative control. For one thing, daylight can be warm or cold. On a sunny day, early and late light has a warmer appearance than when the sun is high. The AUTO White Balance option might color correct for that warmth, thus taking away the ambience. Using the Sunny day setting will preserve that warmth. The AUTO White Balance will also diminish the red, yellow and orange colors in a sunset, so it is advisable to use the Sunny day setting when shooting sunsets.
On cloudy days, the light seems colder because the clouds absorb the warmer red and yellow frequencies of the sunlight coming from above the clouds. Therefore, there is a Cloudy day setting in the presets to record the images with a warmer appearance. Creatively, the Cloudy day preset can be used on a sunny day to give images a more “golden” appearance, or it can be used to make a sunset warmer.
The Tungsten light setting compensates for the yellowish color cast of indoor lighting and candle light. The Tungsten light setting should be used for shooting subjects being lit with floodlights, for example, for posting to an Internet auction site. Creatively, the Tungsten light preset can be used outdoors in daylight to make the images appear more blue—giving a surreal feeling of coldness and moodiness.
The Fluorescent lamp preset provides a color balance option for fluorescent lights. This preset is valuable when photographing in business and office environments.
With so many white balance presets available, when and why should I use One-Touch White Balance?
Auto White Balance is an excellent option in most shooting conditions, but there are situations that a more accurate and custom option may be necessary. The One Touch White Balance option allows you to place a white card or white sheet of paper in front of the camera to capture a more accurate reading. This can be very useful in underwater photography and in lighting conditions where a strong color cast is present.
How do I decide which ISO to use?
Think of the ISO values as film speeds. Low ISOs such as 100 and 200 are better-suited to situations in which there is a lot of light -- outdoors scenes, for example. Higher ISOs such as 400 and 800, would be used outdoors in bright light to capture fast moving subjects or indoors for available light shooting. ISO 1600 and higher would be used where light levels are very low, such as indoors or at night. The iAUTO and Scene modes automatically set the ISO values.
Can I shoot panoramic photos with the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS?
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS offers three options for shooting panoramic photos in the Panorama Scene Mode:
- AUTO -- Three frames are taken and combined in-camera. The user only composes the shots so that the target marks and pointers overlap, and the camera automatically releases the shutter when alignment is achieved.
- Manual -- Three frames are taken and combined in-camera. The user composes the shots using the guide frame and manually releases the shutter when alignment is achieved.
- PC -- Up to ten frames can be taken using the guide frames to align the images and manually releasing the shutter. The images are stitched together using the Olympus software included with the camera. This technique produces higher quality images than the in-camera stitching.
The areas where the images are joined will be much cleaner in appearance if the camera is rotated on a tripod head with the back of the camera vertical than hand-holding the camera and rotating your body.
Does the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS have a date stamp function?
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS has a menu setting to enable adding a date stamp to the lower right corner of the image that will appear on the file on a computer and in prints. The calendar information must be entered into the menu correctly. However, be aware that once the date stamp has been embedded in the image, it cannot be erased because the image pixels have been overwritten by the date stamp. The date stamp only embeds the date and not the time. If you want to embed the date and time, you will have to use third-party software which can retieve the date and time from the metadata of the image.
How can I reduce the interval between shots?
Like any digital camera, the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS needs time to write images to the memory card. However, images shots rapidly are saved in the camera's memory buffer while they are being written. You can use one of the Sequential Drive Modes, which rapidly shoot images as long as the shutter button is pressed down. The camera can shoot at 5, 15 and 60 frames per second. In the 15 and 60 frames per second options, the file size is limited to 3 megapixels per frame and the ISO is fixed to AUTO..
What does the INFO button do?
The INFO button allows you to toggle to different displays to show you information about the image or current camera settings. There are four views available, with one providing the most details about the image, including a histogram and grid lines used for composing photographs. Another view displays GPS, compass and Manometer data. The displays vary between the shooting modes and the playback mode.
How accurate is the GPS (Global Positioning System) in this camera?
The positioning system itself has a variance, or error tolerance, of about 25 feet in the proper environment. The variance may become larger depending on the environment.
What is A-GPS data and how often do I need to update it?
The camera uses supplementary orbital data for improved signal aquistion. This will increase the accuracy and performance of the GPS function. The A-GPS data should be updated every 14 days, to insure the best performance.
The updater program can be downloaded from the folowing web page:
How can I view GPS data without having to go through the menu?
Pressing the INFO button will guide you to a view on the LCD screen that displays the GPS data.
Does the GPS tracking stay active even when the camera is powered off?
Yes, the GPS is active aquiring location information while the camera is powered off. This allows the camera to have the most current information at all times. To increase battery life while camera is not being used, turn the GPS function off before powering down.
Is GPS data captured when recording movies?
No, GPS data is not only available and stored with still images.
What are the High Speed Movie Modes?
The two High Speed Movie Modes shoot in the VGA format (not HD). Both shoot for a maximum time of 20 seconds. The 120 fps mode shoots in a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and a 20 second file has a playback time of 1 minute 20 seconds.The 240 fps mode shoots in a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and a 20 second file has a playback time of 2 minutes 39 seconds. No sound is recorded in either High Speed Movie Mode.
Are there accessory lenses for the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS?
There are two accessory lenses available: The Fisheye converter (FCON-T01) and the Teleconverter (TCON-T01), which are mounted on the camera using the CLA-T01 Adapter. All are available at the Olympus Store by clicking here.
The lenses are weatherproof and waterproof and can be used underwater. The CLA-T01 also uses the filter thread to accept 40.5mm filters.
Is there an underwater housing for the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS?
The underwater housing for the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS is the PT-053, which allows the camera to be used to a depth of 45 meters. It is available from the Olympus Store by clicking here.
What types of memory cards can be used with the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS?
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS accepts SD media, including SD, SDHC and SDXC cards, in capacities ranging from 128 MB to 64 GB. It supports the SD speed class and the UHS-1 speed class, and it is Wi-Fi compatible when used with an optional Eye-Fi™ or Flashair card.
When shooting HD movies, please use a card with an SD speed class of 6 or higher or a UHS-1 speed class.
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS does not accept xD-Picture Card media or CompactFlash® cards.
Memory cards are optional accessories and must be purchased separately. Olympus does not manufacture SD media. For a list of memory cards that have been tested and are known to be compatible with the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS, please click here.
How is the camera's battery charged?
It can be charged in-camera either with the bundled F-2AC USB AC adapter or from a USB port on a computer.
To charge the battery, in the camera's SETUP menu, make sure the USB CONNECTION is set to AUTO. When the USB cable is connected, the LCD screen on the camera will display a USB menu. Select CHARGE and press the OK button. The orange LED on top of the camera will light up. When the LED goes dark, the battery is charged. The computer must be powered on to charge the battery.
If you are traveling internationally, the F2AC USB-AC adapter will automatically adjust to the local current. You only need to purchase the appropriate plug adapter for the country you will be visiting.
I lost the lens ring for my camera. Is it still waterproof?
The lens ring on the Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS is only cosmetic and has no effect on the waterproof integrity of the camera. It is removable so that the CLA-T01 Adapter can be mounted on the camera to accept the TCON-T01 Teleconverter Lens and the FCON-T01 Fisheye Converter Lens.
Make sure that the lens is firmly clicked into the locked position when remounting the lens ring on the camera.
Sometimes when I'm shooting in dim light I have a hard time getting the camera to focus. What can I do?
The Tough TG-2 iHS has a built-in AF Illuminator that will project light on a subject in a dark environment to assist the autofocus. In the camera's menu, set AF Illuminat. to ON. Then, when the shutter button is pressed halfway down, the AF Illuminator turns on to aid focusing.
How can I maintain the waterproof capability of the camera?
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS loses its waterproof capability if the battery/card compartment cover or the connector cover is open. Before using the camera, make sure that all the covers are closed firmly so that each lock makes a clicking sound. Do not open the battery compartment cover or the connector cover with wet hands, while underwater, or in a damp or dusty environment (e.g. the beach).
In addition, take the following care precautions when using your camera:
- Follow all recommended care and maintenance instructions in the product manual.
- After using the camera in an environment where it may be exposed to dirt, dust or sand, wash the camera using the following method:
- Fill a bucket with fresh water, immerse the camera in the bucket with the lens surface downward and shake the camera thoroughly.
- Let the camera air dry in the shade with good ventilation.
- Do not leave the camera in water for a prolonged period. Doing so can damage the camera's appearance and/or deteriorate water resistance.
- Do not pour running water over the camera directly from a water faucet. Doing so can deteriorate the camera's water resistance.
- Do not use chemicals for cleaning, rust prevention, anti-fogging, repair, etc. Doing so can deteriorate the camera's water resistance.
- Do not leave the camera in an environment at high temperature (104° F / 40° C or greater) or very low temperature (14° F / -10° C or lower). Doing so may break down water resistance.
- Do not apply excessive force to or attempt to peel off the rubber backing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover.
- If the rubber backing becomes worn or damaged, contact the nearest Olympus service center. (A charge will be assessed for replacement of parts.)
- Olympus recommends replacing the waterproof packing and seals annually.
- If the rubber packing of the battery compartment cover or the connector cover contains dirt or sand, wipe it off before closing the cover; otherwise, water may get inside the camera.
I can't get a sharp image using Night Scene? What am I doing wrong?
The NIGHT SCENE and NIGHT+PORTRAIT Scenes are meant to take long exposures of skylines and city streets by leaving the shutter open for several seconds. Camera motion while the shutter is open causes blurriness. Therefore, it is necessary to stabilize the camera by bracing against something solid or using a tripod or a camera clamp.
I went on vacation and used several memory cards. Now when I'm try to download my images I get a message "Image xxxx.jpg already exists. Do you want to overwrite the file? What's going on?
The Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS has two settings for creating file names for the images it captures:
- AUTO - Even when a new card is inserted, the folder numbers are retained from the previous card. If the new card contains an image file whose number coincides with one saved on the previous card, the new card’s file numbers start at the number following the highest number on the previous card.
Put simply, the camera picks up where it left off when naming files.
- RESET - When a new card is inserted, the folder numbers start at 100 and the file numbers start at 0001. If a card containing images is inserted, the file numbers start at the number following the highest file number on the card. If the card has been formatted, the file names will start with 0001.
Put simply, the card starts naming files anew beginning at 0001. At some point, the computer will start seeing duplicate numbers. When multiple cards are downloaded in this setting, each duplicate file name will have to be renamed individually or else the like-named files will overwrite their predecessors when they are saved to the computer. The original images will no longer be viewable.