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Always On: Rugged underwater camera showdown

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Always On: Rugged underwater camera showdown

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The Olympus TG-2 and the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 are both waterproof and shockproof. But only one of these tough cameras comes out ahead under extreme conditions.

-Welcome to the funniest Road Test that I think we've done yet. -Yeah. -Maybe even better than the sky diving. -Yeah. We're on a boat with a whole pod of dolphins surrounding us, and taking pictures with our new action cam. -I know. We're so old school. We're actually using cameras instead of phones. So, I am gonna tie out the hopefully waterproof, and otherwise rugged, Fujifilm FinePix XP200. And you have the Olympus Tough TG-2. -Indeed. -Now, both of these are supposed to be good underwater, up to about 50 feet. -Uh-huh. -We're gonna test it with just snorkeling in the water, and then we're gonna hand them off to some divers to try to take them just a tiny bit deeper. -Yeah. -Tiny bit deeper. -Oh, my God. Look at this, Jeff. Like it was something like this. -So cool. -Wow. -Look at that shot. -Dude. -Pretty good, huh? -Yeah. That's outstanding. -All right. I have to say so far, our cameras are holding up pretty well. -Yeah. -It's gonna come down to image quality. Okay. So, we have the two Tims here. -Yeah. We wanted to make it fair, so we got two Tims. We don't wanna have-- -Because that makes it more awesome. -Exactly. -And the Tims are divers. We are not. Neither Jeff or I are diver certified. So, we're gonna go ahead and give each of you a camera. -Tims, are you ready? -Ready to rock. -All right. -Let's do this. -Good luck. -Nice. -Tim's down. -Two Tims in the water. -Two Tims in the water. And-- -Two cameras. I think one thing we can guarantee in that Tim will-- -Hey. -Hey. Welcome back. -The Olympus might be done. -Oh, no. -The Olympus might be down. -It was on all the way to 130 feet and lost focus around 80. -Okay. -And then, just we're sort of coming up-- -She shut off. -Really? She has the vent. We need to get her one of the team works. -So, went to 100. It was fine. -Yeah. -Went far and far, we're still taking pictures with the other Tim at 130. -Wow. -Wow. -Very sweet. -It's got made much more rugged than that. -Oh. We've got problems. Only the-- -Yeah. -So, I'm assuming there may be some water in here. As I dried my nuts, I opened my battery compartment, but shall we take a look-- -Yeah. Unlocking it, and opening the battery compartment. -Yeah. -And there's definitely moisture in there. -Oh, no. Oh, yeah. I can see little water in there. -Yeah. -Oh. -It's some droplets. Yeah. -So, that might be what happened to it. -Okay. Just because my camera doesn't work anymore and every glass surface has a moisture under it, doesn't mean the pictures might not be amazing. Let's check them out. -Okay. -Oh. Nice shot, though. -Thanks. Wow. Wow. Oh, wow. -I know. Is that us? -That was great. -That was the best-- -Wow. -moment ever. -That's a great photo. -That's-- you gotta print that. -Yeah. -You're gonna put that on the wall. I have to say, though, I'm thinking the image quality is straw at this point. -I agree. -Unfortunately, for your camera, that does not appear to be the deciding factor. -It was fine down to 50 feet. But, oh-- well, that's not so much. I think that both of these cameras did a great job with pictures and video, both. -Absolutely. I would feel perfectly comfortable taking any of these on a snorkeling trip. I just think if you're gonna mess up, maybe go a little more rugged-- -Yeah. -That ultimately, the Fujifilm stayed strongest. -It's a little unfair. It says right on the front, 50 feet. So, we did exceed that. But if you're gonna award a winner, the guy that can go beyond and still hold up is gotta be the winner. -Yeah. I mean, I think it's clear that even in non-optimal circumstances, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is the ruggedist.
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