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    Olympus TG-2 iHS opinions please.

    hello folks,

    I'm in need of new camera opinions from knowledgeable friends here before I buy. My old camera that I'm thinking of passing along to a friend is my cannon s3is iv taken thousands of good shots from it but I believe its getting a little long in the tooth technology wise and 8/10's are a bit grainy been using photoshop to fix that.

    My first inclination is to go full on DSLR but the size, travel-ability & complication of working it to maximum effect seems a little daunting though this still might be the way to go.

    Mostly all I'm needing is the ability to take fine shots of my artwork in a controlled environment that I can produce supper clean glossy 8/10 prints from. Was thinking of DSLR because I'm fascinated with macro photography seeing the world in a different way leads to bursts of inspiration that id like to explore.

    Anyways back on track I found this over at Olympus one review I read
    says that this little camera can macro about as well as a DSLR with a thousand dollar lens but he may very well work for Olympus I'm not sure.
    TG-2 iHS - Tough Series - Digital Cameras | Olympus

    I thank you for any and all honest opinions & suggestions especially since I don't know what half of the specs mean or stand for good or bad I'm not sure.

    Shockproof Shockproof to 7ft/2.1m
    Waterproof Waterproof to 50ft/15m
    Freezeproof Freezeproof to 14F/-10C
    Crushproof Crushproof 220 lbf./100 kgf.
    Image Sensor 12 Megapixel - CMOS 1/2.3
    Focal Length/Lens Configuration 4.5 - 18.0mm (25 - 100mm equivalen in 35mm photography)
    Zoom 4x Optical Zoom + 4x Digital Zoom
    Aperture Range f2.0 (W) - 4.9 (T)
    Display 3.0" (3:2) 610K Dots OLED
    Focus System CMOS Contrast Detection
    Focus Range (from lens surface) Normal Mode: W/T: 0.1m-∞
    Super Macro Mode: 0.01 - 0.1m
    Focus Mode Face Detect AF, AF Lock, AF Tracking
    Shutter Speed 1/4 - 1/2000 (Night Scene: Longest 4 Sec)
    Image File Format Still Image: JPEG
    "Video: MOV/H.264
    AVI/Motion JPEG (High Speed Video)"
    Motion Blur Suppression Dual Image Stabilization
    Shooting Modes Aperture Priority Mode, Microscopic Macro Mode, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, 2 Custom Modes, Beauty Mode with Make-up, Scene Modes (Portrait, Beauty, Landscape, Hand-Held Starlight, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Self Protrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro, Pet (Cat), Pet (Dog), Snow, Panorama, Backlight HDR)
    Panorama In Camera Panorama, PC Panorama
    Continuous Shooting 5fps/25 images (12M)
    15fps/100 images (3M)
    60fps/100 images (3M)
    Shooting Assist Functions Histogram, Frame Assist, Hand-Held Starlight, Voice Recording
    Movie Mode 1080p, 720p, VGA, High Speed 120fps, High Speed 240fps
    Image Processing TruePic VI
    Image Playback Still Image: Single, Index view, Event view, Enlargement, Slideshow, Location
    Video Playback: Still/Frame by Frame, Fast Forward, Rewind, Voice Playback
    Playback Edit Effects Still Image: Resize, Crop, Red Eye Fix, Shadow Adjustment
    Flash Modes Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Off, LED
    Flash Working Range W: 0.2m - 7.9m (ISO 1600)
    T: 0.1m - 3.1m (ISO 1600)
    Self-Timer 12/2 seconds, Pet Auto Shutter
    Removable Media Card SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
    Outer Connectors Multi-terminal (USB Connector, DC Jack, Audio/Video Output), HDMI Type D
    Auto-Connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
    Power Source Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-90B)
    Battery Life (CIPA DC-002) 350 shots; 120 minutes continuous video shooting
    Dimension 4.5" W x 2.6" H x 1.1" D
    111.5mm W x 66.5mm H x 29.1mm D
    Weight 230g, 8.1oz

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    I am a big fan of Olympus. Their Micro 4/3 cameras are about all I shoot with any more.

    Being such a fanboy I bought one of those Olympus Tough cameras.

    I have never been so disappointed with a camera in my life.

    HTH
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB1 View Post
    I am a big fan of Olympus. Their Micro 4/3 cameras are about all I shoot with any more.

    Being such a fanboy I bought one of those Olympus Tough cameras.

    I have never been so disappointed with a camera in my life.

    HTH
    Thank you MB1 but could you expand a bit further? What one do you have, does it share a lot in common with this one and what would your recommendation be for a new camera purchase given the narrow scope of thing posted above that I'm looking for. I thank you sir..

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    I've just sold off my DSLR and gone mirrorless like many of the photographers here in the lounge. Take a look at the Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3rds, Sony Nex and Fuji X series. They give you dslr performance with a couple of exceptions and size and weight that is easy to carry around. If you are wanting to photograph artwork for reproduction then a point and shoot won't be the best choice IMHO. Get something with a larger sensor and better glass.
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