The Olympus TG-5 is the latest in Olympus’s Tough line of waterproof compact cameras. It’s a pocket-sized compact that’s waterproof down to 50 feet (15 meters), as well as being shockproof, dustproof, and freeze-proof.
Olympus is now OM System
In 2020-21, the photography business of iconic camera brand Olympus was spun off and sold. The core remaining Olympus brand is focusing on medical and scientific products. The camera and photography side was then rebranded as OM System, with the first cameras and lenses under that brand coming out at the end of 2021.
It has a 4x optical zoom, a 12-megapixel sensor, and built-in wifi.
While the waterproof feature is a defining feature of cameras like these, rather than treating them as dedicated underwater dive cameras, I prefer to treat them as amphibious. My thinking is that if you’re going to take a camera like this with you, chances are that you want it to perform as well out of the water as in the water. And that’s how I shoot with them, something that’s reflected in the sample images below. Basically, I’m using it as a go-anywhere travel camera, one that should be as comfortable swimming and snorkeling as shooting tourist landmarks or family snapshots.
You can click on each image to open a full-size version. One of the things I like about this camera is that you can shoot in RAW mode (Olympus’s RAW format creates files with the .ORF extension). That tends to be the mode I use and which was used for most of these example images. They’ve been lightly processed in Lightroom.
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