Ten Point-and-Shoot Cameras That Are Better Than Your Smart Phone

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 Rugged Waterproof Camera

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 Waterproof Point-and-Shoot Camera

With a bright f/2.0 zoom lens and aperture priority mode for manual exposure control, the Olympus Tough TG-2 is our top pick from the currently available rugged waterproof point-and-shoot cameras. It’s waterproof to 50 feet (15m), handles drops of nearly 7 feet (2.1m), freezeproof and crushproof; so you can safely take it places you’d never consider taking a digital SLR or your camera phone. It doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi but if you add an Eye-Fi SD memory card you can wirelessly transfer your raft trip or snorkeling photos and videos to your Smart Phone and then share them to Facebook and Instagram right away.

Why is it better than a Smart Phone?
Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof – plus a larger sensor and optical zoom. I don’t think I really need to say anything else.

Learn More About the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2 >>

  • MSRP: $379
  • 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor with iHS technology
  • 4x 25-100mm f/2.0-4.9 (equivalent) optical zoom
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD video with 120 and 240 FPS high-speed options
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 6400
  • 3-inch 610k-dot OLED display
  • Shooting modes: Programmed auto with aperture priority, Intelligent Auto and scene modes
  • 5 FPS high-speed burst at full resolution and 15 or 60 FPS at 3-megapixels
  • Waterproof to 50 feet / 15m
  • Shockproof from 6.8 feet / 2.1m
  • Crushproof to 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit / 10 C
  • Built-in GPS

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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • James Felbab says:

    Apprarently you missed this.


    For the majority of photographs taken every day, the cameras are way more advanced than the photographers. It’s really not all about the latest and best gear. What it’s really about is whats behind the gear. That could/should be your next article,IMO. Something like “How the top 10 photographers can use a smartphone to create stunning photos.” Or, “Top ten tips to make you a better photographer.” Good photographers don’t come out of a shrink wrapped box and never will. Photography is a skill and you can’t buy that skill with the latest and greatest $$$ camera. And, yes, the best camera is the one you have with you. I don’t carry around my cameras and lenses wherever I go but I do have my phone with me at all times. I’m not inclined to carry my P&S cameras as well as a phone so if/when the need arises the phone does an admirable job of capturing the moment.

    I read that the top selling camera in the world is the smartphone. Nothing else even comes close. That being the case, why not work on helping these smartphone users become better photographers. Once they realize the smartphones limitations they might be inclined to move up to a more advanced camera but it is not all about gear.

    Here are four points that are irrefutable.
    A poor photographer with a poor camera = a poor photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a poor photo.
    A great photographer with a poor camera = a great photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a great photo.

  • James Felbab says:

    That last point should have read… A great photographer with a great camera – a great photo.

  • susanne says:

    need advice: my husband has recently retired &, shall we say, not retiring well. Many years ago, he was an excellent semi-pro photographer. I’d like to find a good digital camera to get him interested in life again. We are an a very limited income (SS only). Any suggestions where I could start?

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