CES 2013: Tough TG-2 camera leads Olympus splurge in Vegas

Olympus has long been a class leader in rugged cameras, and it is putting its best foot forward with a trio of new tough point-and-shoot cameras. The Tough TG-2 iHS is the successor to 2012's TG-1 - a camera that impressed many of us. The TG-2 packs the same 25-100mm f/2-4.9 lens and 12-megapixel CMOS sensor. The minor improvements include an increased depth rating - you can now take it as deep as 50 feet - and a super macro zoom mode that is capable of 14:1 magnification. The camera has a built-in GPS and a sharp 3in 610k-dot OLED rear display. It is rated to survive drops from 6.6 feet, is crushproof to 220 foot-pounds, and freezeproof to 14°F. It will be available in black or red and is priced at $379.99 (£237) - $20 less than its predecessor.

Also joining the Tough family are the TG-830 and TG-630. The former uses a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 5x zoom lens, and a 3in 460k-dot LCD. It is waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet, crushproof to 220 foot-pounds, and dustproof. There's a built-in GPS and compass as well. It will be available in blue, red, silver, or black for $279.99 (£175).

The TG-630 is very similar to the TG-830 - it uses the same lens and rear LCD, and, aside from not being crushproof, is just as rugged. It doesn't have a GPS and its image sensor is 12-megapixels rather than 16. It is priced at only $199.99 (£125) and will be available in black, red, white, or blue.

The SH-50 iHS is a 16-megapixel compact superzoom. It has a 24x lens, a 3in touchscreen LCD, and can record 1080p video. Its 25-600mm f/3-6.9 lens isn't the fastest in the world, but the camera uses the 3-axis still stabilisation and a 5-axis video stabilisation system that was developed for the top-end OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera for sharper photos and smoother video. It is priced at $299.99 (£187).

The final two superzooms are the similar SZ-16 and SZ-15. The SZ-16 is priced at $229.99 (£143) and features a 14-megapixel CMOS image sensor with a TruePic VI image processor that is capable of capturing 1080p video. The $199.99 (£125) SZ-15 uses a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, but can only manage 720p video as it has an older TruePic III+ processor. Both cameras uses a 25-600mm 24x zoom lens and a 3in 460k-dot rear LCD. The SZ-16 will be available in white or black, while the SZ-15 ships in red, silver, or black.