The 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 freezeproof.
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.
- New 12MP Hi-Speed Image Sensor for improved low light performance and noise reduction
- Bright F2.0 high-speed Lens
- Dual Quad Core TruePic VIII Image Processor
Sample Photos Taken wth the Olympus Tough TG-5 Camera
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. Some of them were shot using the Olympus Fisheye Tough Lens Pack (available separately) that I’ve reviewed previously. I’ve noted the ones that used that in the caption.
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