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How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways.
on June 23, 2012
I love my Olympus TG-820. Took it to Mexico and was extremely pleased with both the video and still shots, the overall build and feel of the camera, the bright screen, etc. I also used it for a river hike/swim adventure and it worked perfectly - above and under water.
Now, on to the case. Since I thought a good floatation case would be a great idea, I researched all the comments on Amazon and even checked out the info on the Olympus site which lists this case as the one for the TG-820. The price was great on Amazon and their service is always wonderful. How could I go wrong, right?
In spite of the naysayer reviews, I thought, how bad could it really be? Well, the negative reviews are the accurate ones. This case does only one thing well - it floats. That's it.
Here's what I hate about this case:
1. It's way too short for the camera. I could live with the fact it's also a bit of a tight fit, but it's so short that it leaves about an inch or more of the camera completely exposed and unprotected.Plus, I wouldn't trust the camera to not fall out if the top was not securely latched shut.
2. The toggle closure is difficult to open with two hands, much worse with only one - like when you're doing all the things you want to do with a "tough" camera. Would have been much better with a velcro or simple snap closure.
3. The tiny loop on the back is pretty much useless - you can't put a belt or strap (think backpack, life vest, etc.) through it, so whatever you hook it to, the camera is just going to dangle from it.
4. It's just plain ugly. The orange color and texture of the material look cheap.
How could Olympus design such a flawed product?
Under no circumstance could I recommend this camera case.