Olympus trots out super-stabilized, super-rugged cameras at CES 2013
LAS VEGAS -- If you're plagued with super-fumbly hands, Olympus may have you covered with two new point-and-shoot announcements from CES 2013. The company announced a follow-up to the excellent everything-proof Tough TG-1 iHS from last year, as well as a long-zoom compact camera featuring a similar super-powered stabilization system as the one found in the high-end Olympus OM-D E-M5.
Like its predecessor, the new Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS is a rugged camera that has specs more akin to a premium compact camera. The lens has a maximum aperture of F2.0 with an aperture-priority mode, and the camera has a 12-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor to help performance in low-light situations. The camera also has HDR and high-speed burst modes, and it shoots 1080p video. The Tough TG-2 iHS also boasts built-in GPS and underwater depth/elevation indicators, as well as a 3-inch OLED display.
Those specs are good enough to rival many higher-end point-and-shoots, and the TG-2 iHS is also no slouch in the rugged department. The Tough TG-2 is rated as waterproof to 50 feet underwater, freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, immune to drops of more than 6 feet, dustproof, and crushproof to weights up to 220 pounds.
Due in March, the Tough TG-2 iHS is priced at $380.
If your hands are more on the shaky side of the equation than the butterfingers side, the 16-megapixel Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS pocket megazoom has one of the more impressive-sounding stabilization systems out there. Like the interchangeable-lens Olympus OM-D EM-5, the camera has a 5-axis sensor-shift stabilization system to correct for pitch and yaw rotation (i.e. tilting and tipping the camera) while shooting video. That stabilization system should come in really handy at the telephoto end of the camera's 24X-optical-zoom lens (25mm to 600mm).
Other intriguing specs include full manual exposure controls for still images, 1080i video capture at 60fps, and a high-speed movie mode that captures 120fps at an impressive 720p resolution. The camera also has a 3-inch touchscreen interface.
Due in March, the Olympus Stylus SH-50 is priced at $300.
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