Photos Taken with an Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera | Sample Images

Here's a collection of sample photos I've taken with the new Olympus TG-5 camera to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting…

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, dust proof, and freeze proof.

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.

Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Red
  • New 12 megapixel Hi speed image sensor for improved low light performance and noise reduction
  • Underwater compensation: 2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps); Bright F2.0 high speed lens; Video recording...

Sample Photos Taken with the Olympus Tough TG-5 Camera

I have a detailed hands-on review of the Olympus TG-5 separately. Here’s a collection of images I’ve shot with this camera to give a sense of how it works in real-world shooting conditions.

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.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₂₅₀₀ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₄₀₀₀ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₂₅₀₀ sec at f/2.8.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 18 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at f/4.9.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec at f/9.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 400 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₃₂₀₀ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 4000 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.8.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.87 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₂₀₀₀ sec at f/2.4.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 2000 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.8.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₃₂₀₀ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 640 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 5000 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.8.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₃₂₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 800 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 160 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 18 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at f/4.9.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 1600 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/3.2. This one is using the TG-5’s built-in macro focus stacking feature.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 320 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 640 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/3.2. This one is using the TG-5’s built-in macro focus stacking feature.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 6400 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.3.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₂₀₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 13.47 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at f/4.2.

This is a good example to show how the corners and edges of the frame aren’t especially sharp. You can see that clearly in the top corners. This is at ƒ/8.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 6400 at ¹⁄₅₀ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 1250 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/3.2. This one is using the TG-5’s built-in macro focus stacking feature.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 7.86 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at f/2.9.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 200 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 800 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 6400 at ¹⁄₆₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 250 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 125 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 125 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 200 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/2.0. This one is taken with the FCON-T01 fisheye lens.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 7.34 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 500 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.8.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 1000 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.0. This one is taken with the FCON-T01 fisheye lens.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 3200 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.8.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 6400 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 200 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₄₀₀₀ sec at f/2.0. It’s obviously possible to get some lens flare if you shoot directly into bright light sources such as the sun.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₁₆₀₀ sec at f/2.8. This one is taken with the FCON-T01 fisheye lens.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 18 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₄₀₀ sec at f/4.9.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₁₆₀₀ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 6.42 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₈₀₀ sec at f/10.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₃₂₀₀ sec at f/2.0. This one is taken with the FCON-T01 fisheye lens.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₂₅₀ sec at f/2.3.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₂₅₀₀ sec at f/2.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 250 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.3.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 4.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 100 at ¹⁄₅₀₀ sec at f/8.0.

Photo taken with an Olympus TG-5 with the lens zoom set at 5.5 mm. Exposure settings: ISO 250 at ¹⁄₁₂₅ sec at f/2.3.

More on the Olympus TG-5

I’ve posted a more detailed hands-on review of the TG-5 here.

Find Them At

You can find the Olympus TG-5 at the usual photography retailers, including Amazon, B&H Photo, and Adorama.

Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Red
  • New 12 megapixel Hi speed image sensor for improved low light performance and noise reduction
  • Underwater compensation: 2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps); Bright F2.0 high speed lens; Video recording...
Olympus Telephoto Tough Lens Pack (Lens and Adapter) for TG-1,2,3,4,5 & 6...
  • Extends the telephoto range from 100mm equivelent to 170mm equivelent.
  • Waterproof to 40 feet.
10in1 Accessories Kit for Olympus Tough TG-6 TG-5 TG-4 TG-3: Adapter as...
  • Basical camera accessories kit for your Olympus Tough TG-6 / TG-5 / TG-4 / TG-3. The camera case is made...
  • The adapter enables the attachment of extra lenses or filters, allows you get pictures of better quality
Olympus LB-T01 Lens Barrier For TG-1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • Protects lens surface from scratches and dirt
  • Turn the lens barrier to open and close for instant shooting
Olympus LG-1 Light Guide for Olympus TG-1,2,3,4,5 & 6 Cameras
  • Channels the cameras LED illuminator for enhanced, even lighting during macro photography
  • Compatible with Olympus TG-1, TG-2, TG-3, and TG-4

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  • Is the Olympus Tough TG-5 capable of taking 'over/under' (split shot) photos in the water? Or do I need to buy a dome or fisheye lens to be able to capture such shots? If indeed, such accessories are compatible with the TG-5?

    • Thank you for the information. But do you know if there is a Dome Port that can indeed be used with or is compatible for the Olympus Tough TG-5?

      • I'm not aware of one. In theory it might be possible to jury rig some kind of third-party housing and dome port, but that starts getting complicated and potential expensive fast, to the point that it would probably make more sense to upgrade to a better camera with a dedicated housing/dome port option.

    • It's technically possible, but the standard lens port is very small, so it's very, very tricky to get right in anything like real-world conditions (as opposed to a controlled space like a pool or something). There is a fisheye lens adapter that makes it a little easier--and I have some examples here--but it's still easiest with a full-size dome port.

  • Hi, Your test was very usefull for me when decided between cameras to buy. I mostly use my tg5 on water in my kayak. Do you have any idea how to avoid the lens to be wet? Water drops ruins many of the shots, and on the water it is not easy to clean it.

    • Yes, that's definitely an issue with these amphibious cameras. There's no magic way, but there are some options that can help, even if they don't totally eliminate it. Licking the lens works reasonably well, oddly enough. Just like the old Scuba diver and swimmer trick to prevent fogging, saliva helps the water bead off. If you don't mind spraying some chemicals on your camera and risking the chance of some oily residue, some carefully applied beading agents like RainX or a an antifogging mask spray can help. And while I know of no water repellent film that's specifically cut to size for the lens on this camera, it shouldn't be too hard to cut one from a larger sheet. The ones for GoPros are probably a bit small, but there should be other, larger sheets of hydrophobic film available somewhere. But when out kayaking with something like the TG-5 I've usually just worn something dry and absorbent like a bandana or similar around my neck and used that to wipe the lens from time to time. It's not perfect and doesn't do much in really wet conditions, but it's worked well enough for me quite a lot of the time.

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