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Traveler's Gifts: Olympus TG-2 iHS....One tough camera!

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In all honesty I must agree: I am brutal on a camera! Each camera I’ve owned has ultimately been rendered useless as a result it having somehow dropped or fallen into water. But at the same time, I need a good camera with adequate megapixels in order to capture images from all of my worldly travels and rendezvous with food and cars. If this sounds like you too, then say hello to the TG-2 iHS.

At $329, the Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS is everything people like us need and desire in a camera. Shockproof, crushproof, freeze-proof, dust-proof and waterproof to 50 feet depth, this little camera is no joke.

And while I have very little understanding of the challenges brought about by various conditions that have a definite effect on the ability to capture a stellar image, coupled with the how to element of manual adjustments necessary to manipulate the end result—I am thankful of a few things to include…

1. TG-2 iHS’s 12 megapixel sensor and VI processor shoots AMAZING stills

2. TG-2 iHS shoots full high definition video in 1080p

3. In addition to shooting in “AUTO,” TG-2 iHS has some cool settings for various scenes, along with a custom option where you or someone can adjust the settings for specific conditions. And while most cameras have a “Scene” feature, this one has a really cool setting called “MAGIC.” With MAGIC, various filter options make it possible to create mages with such awesome effects as dramatic, pop art, pin hole, fish eye, soft focus, punk, sparkle, watercolor, reflection, fragmented and more. Recipients of shots taken using the MAGIC filter option will swear they were taken by a professional!

4. TG-2 iHS also has GPS. So if you’re the type who says, “Yeah, I’ll label the pictures later,” and like me, you never do—this camera will remind you exactly where each picture was taken in this big ole world!

Having tested and owned many wonderful cameras from compacts to SLRs, the features, advantages and benefits of the Olympus TG-2 iHS have placed it at the top of my list of great cameras. Therefore, we all say goodbye to the days when the fear of a cameras fragility was a constant in the back of our minds. Heck, perhaps we can even allow the kids to use this one!


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