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Olympus' first rugged camera aimed at serious snapshooters, the TG-1's unique lens for its class sets it apart from the pack.
The Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS combines a bright lens, a high-sensitivity, high-speed sensor, and some nice extras to make it a top rugged compact camera.
The Olympus Stylus XZ-2 iHS is an excellent bright lens enthusiast compact. At this point, though, you should skip it at its full $600 price.
The TG-3 is just as tough as its predecessor, but gets a cool new macro trick and accessory, while the 24x compact zoom SH-1 gets styling and image stabilization to match the company's interchangeable lens cameras.
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We throw two of the best rugged point-and-shoot cameras into the Prizefight ring to see which one survives. It's Panasonic's TS4 versus the Olympus TG-1. Let's get it on!
The new Stylus Tough TG-2 iHS is prepared to go down to 50 feet underwater.
The TG-850 brings some firsts to the rugged point-and-shoot category to help beat out the stale competition.
It's a battle between two cameras that can withstand almost any type of abuse you can throw at them.
While it doesn't offer much for upgraders, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 is still a very good rugged camera.
For those who crave an enthusiast compact with more zoom range, the Olympus Stylus 1 should be high on your list for its excellent balance of performance, design, and features.